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Old 04-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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For Harry Harrison fans...

For those fans who would like to see a movie made of a Harry Harrison novel, there is a Kickstarter project being run by the director of Repo Man, to do a movie of Bill, the Galactic Hero.

And yes, I have chipped in. My first Kickstarter project...

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Old 04-14-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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I'd be tempted if I hadn't found the book to be agonizingly juvenile.
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Old 04-14-2013, 04:53 PM   #3
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I'd be tempted if I hadn't found the book to be agonizingly juvenile.
Deathworld would have been better choice...
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:12 PM   #4
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Bill, The Galactic Hero was what the director and Harry Harrison were working on when Harry died...

Too juvenile? In a world of Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Iron Man, ect...
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Old 04-14-2013, 05:54 PM   #5
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Deathworld would have been better choice...
Agreed.
Or maybe the Stainless Steel Rat.
But Deathworld 2 would make a great movie...
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Old 04-14-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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In another universe, where Hitchcock would direct Soylent Green, or Make Room! Make Room!, I wonder how much Harrison's reputation and royalties would have risen?
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:14 PM   #7
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Agreed.
Or maybe the Stainless Steel Rat.
But Deathworld 2 would make a great movie...
And it is a filmable work (and my preference in books to film). a little CGI at the front, Two main characters/actors, barbarians for the rest (cheap costumes), use existing buildings for sets, minimal special effects...

But the film at hand is Bill, not the our preference. In a week we'll get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down...
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Deathworld would have been better choice...
One of the Stainless Steel Rat stories might have gotten some of my money. Bill is apparently an anti-war pieces, and that seems to be a part of the appeal to the producer. Unfortunately, whatever anti-war message in it was so buried in 12 year old humor than I never even noticed it, before invoking The Eight Deadly Words.

Bill the Galactic Hero is one of, best I can remember, three books I've ever put down with no intention of ever finishing, and is the reason I didn't read Discworld books for a couple of decades (because they were recommended to me by the same guy who recommended Bill - he's one of my best friends, and I love him dearly, but he has the sense of humore of a demented 12 year old on a sugar rush, so his recommendations for "funny" books is really more an an anti-recommendation to me).
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Old 04-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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Bill, The Galactic Hero was what the director and Harry Harrison were working on when Harry died...

Too juvenile? In a world of Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Iron Man, ect...
The humor it it seemed, to me, to be aimed at pre-teen boys, which would make sense if it were intended as anti-war propaganda.

It wasn't quite fart jokes and Mr. Hanky, but it wasn't that far from it.
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Hmmm, I was always hoping for Death World or a Jim d'Griz movie.
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And it is a filmable work (and my preference in books to film). a little CGI at the front, Two main characters/actors, barbarians for the rest (cheap costumes), use existing buildings for sets, minimal special effects...
That was my thinking.
They could even trim out the bulk of Deathworld 1; just start with the casino and have Jason get kidnapped after passing the funds to the pyrrans...
Makes it a lot more accessible.
And if the movie succeeds, the first sequel could be Pyrrus (bigger budget)...
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:23 PM   #12
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I just noticed Deathworld is in the US public domain. I've never read it. Added to my TBR list.
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For those fans who would like to see a movie made of a Harry Harrison novel, there is a Kickstarter project being run by the director of Repo Man, to do a movie of Bill, the Galactic Hero.

And yes, I have chipped in. My first Kickstarter project...

Linky here

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...-galactic-hero
I checked this out and ended up backing the Openshot video editor Kickstarter.
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A movie of The Stainless Steel Rat would seem to be an excellent idea. I much prefer "Slippery" Jim DiGriz to Bill.
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I just noticed Deathworld is in the US public domain. I've never read it. Added to my TBR list.
For two years I've told myself that I was going to read that, but I never get around to it.
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