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Topic: movie

From: tim
Location: sydney
Date: 08/25/2006

Hiya Greg

When are they going to make one of your novels into a movie??? Psychlone, Forge, Eon & Eternity would really kick butt at the box office.

Tim

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/29/2006

Hello, Tim! FORGE is "in development" at Warner Bros. now--the others are still available. We're hoping for news on this front soon.

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From: Greg
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Date: 09/01/2006

I think Philip Seymour Hoffman would be a perfect Vergil Ulam.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2006

Interesting choice!

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From: ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 09/01/2006

Hey, this is fun! Martin - Johnny Depp? Hans - Van Damme?

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/03/2006

Well, we're casting a LITTLE beyond the eighteen-twenty year old range... for FORGE. Vergil in BLOOD MUSIC should be in his thirties--or able to play thirty well. My choice for Vergil might be Vincent D'Onofrio...

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From: ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 09/03/2006

It's not my fault Greg, it's Hollywood's; they're taking too long to get your stuff to the big screen!

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/04/2006

Yeah, we're twiddling our thumbs and playing the equivalent of fantasy baseball!

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From: Randy Merkel
Location: Paso Robles, CA
Date: 09/05/2006

Is the plan still to fold FORGE & ANVAL into one movie? I hope not, unless it's three+ hours long, as each book seems to be very different.

Find a good director! You don't want Speilberg to do a "War of the Worlds" on it, e.g., screw the plot and build a move around special effects. Perhaps someone like Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) or Ridley Scott (Blade Runner and not Kingdom of Heaven).

-- Randy

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From: Terran
Location: Winter Park, FL
Date: 09/05/2006

I love the choice of Vincent D'Onofrio! In my book, he's one of the most underrated actors working today.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/05/2006

No hints of plans at the moment are forthcoming. Actually, I quite liked most of WAR OF THE WORLDS. Very scary film--viscerally upsetting. And remarkably faithful to the original novel. My main objections--lightning bolts delivering pilots, and a little confusion as to whether these guys are from Mars at all. But the movie is definitely a keeper, and a worthy successor to George Pal's version.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/05/2006

I highly recommend THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, with D'Onofrio's heart-rending portrayal of Robert E. Howard.

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From: ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 09/06/2006

Ah, I sense a slight spike in Amazon sales of this dvd over the next few days - your recomendations get taken seriously around here! Well, if we can't get a Hollywood blockbuster made, how about just a Sci-Fi channel miniseries? For example, I thought the Dune and Children of Dune mini's were really well done, with only one big name actor (William Hurt) involved. Why couldn't something similar be done with Forge/Anvil, Moving Mars, etc.?

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From: Stefan Johansson
Location: Renton WA.
Date: 09/07/2006

Greg,If I had the money a lot of your books would be good films.Your excellent work is long over due in film. I have been thinking that a 3 film series on the RAMA books would be pretty neat too. Speaking of Ridley Scott, Blade Runner is still an amazing film. Just finished Quantico, now reading Queen of Angels. You might brace yourself because somebody in the film industry is going to figure out how really great your work is, and it could change your life. I believe it will happen because not even Hollywood is that dumb.
Hope you are well.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/07/2006

Much easier said than done! Putting talent and production and screenplay together makes the great majority of these dream projects die a-borning, so to speak. And some of them get made and you wish they hadn't been... I still marvel, however, at how many productions result in worthy films and shows. The DUNE miniseries among them.

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From: Greg Careaga
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Date: 09/12/2006

I also enjoyed Sci-Fi Channel's treatment of DUNE. I thought the treatment was much more faithful to the novel than Lynch's film. The costumes were a bit much though. The Bene Gesserit looked like they were straight out of a Wagnerian opera.

At the other end of the spectrum, EARTHSEA was very poorly done.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/12/2006

Thanks, Stefan! I'd love to see RAMA as a film as well. Sometimes, SF novels fare better as miniseries... And one of my favorites, not yet done well--a perfect series idea--would be Phil Farmer's RIVERWORLD. I'd pitch it as LOST meets HEAVEN CAN WAIT!

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/12/2006

I liked the miniseries based on DUNE as well. Lynch's film of course is gorgeous, but in its final edit, plays more as Cliff's notes for a longer film! Have yet to see EARTHSEA.

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From: srv
Location: SF
Date: 09/17/2006

A true Forge would be a great movie - but I can't imagine Hollywood keeping the ending. The utter helplessness of humanity, a paralyzed government, apocalyptic themes. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great message civilization needs.

The idea that it only takes one ultra-xenophopic race or one step too far outside the preserve. I have a suggestion for the opening should the movie ever be made - a wolf hones in on a noisy chick fallen from a nest.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/18/2006

In the beginning, that's exactly what Ken Nolan's fine screenplay did. Later, we all thought more about this, and decided to add ANVIL OF STARS into the mix, to give a more rounded emotional adventure--which is precisely what Stephen Susco did in his re-drafting. Now--we wait and see.

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From: Chuck O'Connor
Location: Cypress, CA
Date: 02/10/2007

Greg,

I agree with a previous writer - - you and Ben Bova could conceivably produce a kick ass Mars movie screenplay together. However, from a sci-fi standpoint,I think Stephen Baxter could also add some unexpected surprises to whatever you would both conjure up, and Martin Caidin (if he's still writing) could add some hard realism to the astronaut-side of the saga.

If "Forge of God" is truly being made into a motion picture by Warner Bros., and there's hints of "Anvil of Stars," I feel that Moving Mars should also be given equal movie consideration by whomever is producing or chumming your books to the studios.

Haven't read Quantico yet but I plan to pick it up after all the hype I've heard about it.

Chuck O'C

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/12/2007

Alas, Mr. Caidin is no longer with us. It would take a while to count his books--aviation and otherwise--in my library. MOVING MARS was optioned about ten years ago, without result... and it seems that the Mars movie moment has passed, with mixed results making it to the screen. Still, there's always hope that a real Mars mission will kick-start interest all over again!

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From: Peter bland
Location: Australia
Date: 02/26/2007

I have just been reading this and wondering why no has mentioned(that I saw) The serpent Mage or Infinity Concerto.
Two of my personal favorites cloaked with mythical references.
Greg you must have done a George Lucas and studied Hero of a Thousand faces.
I am not detracting from the books, I have read and re-read them a dozen times.
Great stuff and very surprised that has not being picked up for a Movie given the boost LOTR gave fantasy movies.
I would personally love to see the Crane women on the big screen and Cate blanchett as One or three of them would be perfect!

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/26/2007

Thanks, Peter! No interest so far, but one can never tell. My inspirations were indeed Joseph Campbell--but even more, Robert Graves, Poul Anderson, and Jorges Luis Borges... And Borges is having an influence on me yet again with CITY AT THE END OF TIME, along with Sir Arthur Clarke and Olaf Stapledon--and of course, William Hope Hodgson.

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From: james mc mahon
Location: ireland
Date: 10/31/2007

hi greg will you please make a movie of your book eon its the first book i read over and over again i love it its the best i ever read so go on ya will ya will ya will thanks james

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/02/2007

Love to, James! But someone's going to have to toss some money my way and loan me a big camera. Seriously, it would be fun.

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From: Cormac O'Neill
Location: United Arab Emirates
Date: 03/15/2008

I have to agree with James, I loved eon and cannot stop myself from looking for Legacy and Eternity in every bookstore I know!

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From: Alistair Lark
Location: London UK
Date: 04/21/2010

Discovered this forum Thread.

All i can say is that, i've pondered about the reasons why one (or more) of your amazing books have not been turned into stunning movie blockbusters by now!??

Considering that the LOTR trilogy & now Avater has shown what can be done with cleverly created CGI, Hollywood or Weta even have NO excuse not to make one of your books . say EON, into a blockbuster!

I'm sure i'll be booed & cheered, but my next statement, but after reading EON AND RAMA ... I have to say EON is superior! .. No disrespect to the Legend Clarke.

Could you not approach a director like Cameron etc?
Al

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/07/2010

Of course I'm an admirer of James Cameron. Still waiting for that Blu-Ray special edition of THE ABYSS, one of my favorites. Ah, if wishes were horses!

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From: corie
Location: vic
Date: 01/14/2011

my dad and i think you could merge forge and anvil in to one movie by making the events from forge flash backs though out anvil it would be in keeping with the opening of anvil of stars

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/16/2011

Not too far away from our current plans, Corie! Thanks for writing.

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From: Tonya
Location: Indiana
Date: 07/06/2011

I picked up the book Legacy at the good will store and I can't wait to get home to read it every day. I was looking on the internet to see if any of the books were made into movies or a mini series on syfy channel and am very disappointed. I was hoping the fox series terra nova was Legacy , just renamed. Hopefully, someone will realize what a good flick these books would make. I will be looking for the other books when I am finished with this one.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 08/07/2011

Thanks, Tonya! We're working on getting EON into film. Wish us luck! And check out the CGSociety Eon challenge if you haven't already.

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From: Eddie
Location: Florida
Date: 11/09/2011

Hi Mr Bear my names Ed,
To me Anvil would make a great mini series, when I look back at books I've read Forge,Anvil,the Corum series and the Elric series I have wondered why they never put these to screen as they "the material" is a lot better than a lot of the junk screen writers put out there.I will say there are some good movies but most of them to me are kind of well lame.I couldn't imagine this to be anything but fantastic given today's special effects and coupled with your great story.
I really hope they tailor more to readers to make this a great experience to watch.

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From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/16/2012

Thanks, Eddie! Great books don't always make it intact to the screen, and movies are different from books anyway--but those would all make interesting shows. The quality filmmakers and producers simply don't have enough money or time to do everything we like, alas!

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