Why aren't they more terry pratchett movies

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Why aren't they more terry pratchett movies

Postby Macarona » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:07 pm

I was thinking that many well known books have been made into high budget films (harry potter, Dune, Lord of the rings), yet the Discworld films so far have all been relatively low budget and simply shown on the TV. However some of the books seem to be very good for adapting to film (Lords and Ladies, Pyramids, Good Omens etc.) Yet few of the books have been made into films and none have been made into high budget films, does anybody know why?
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Postby Kin Arad » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:33 pm

Weren't they doing a Good Omens film?
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Postby SimsKatie » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:41 pm

Kin Arad wrote:Weren't they doing a Good Omens film?


I think it collapsed into development hell. I'm glad, honestly - I'd heard Robin Williams was supposed to play Aziraphale.
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Postby meerkat » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:55 pm

Hi SimsKatie!

Never! That would be as big a mistake as letting David Jason play Rinswind!
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Postby Kin Arad » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:58 pm

I think it's very hard to make films out of good books - especially getting the right actors. I'm not sure why they bother trying in some occasions :roll: I think they got lucky with Harry Potter, but maybe it was because they grew up with the roles and were kept under strict surveillance so they didn't turn out funny :?
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Postby michelanCello » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:01 pm

SimsKatie wrote:
Kin Arad wrote:Weren't they doing a Good Omens film?


I think it collapsed into development hell. I'm glad, honestly - I'd heard Robin Williams was supposed to play Aziraphale.

:shock: Robin Williams as Aziraphale? Nevah!
But didn't they just recently sign the contract for a movie? Or was that something else? :?

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Postby meerkat » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:03 pm

Remember that what you read and see in your mind is totally different from what the films produce. On the rare occasion that the character is right, there is always a flaw in the film somewhere where they introduce something that doesn't exist in the story.

I think it's just not fair to the book.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:09 pm

Welcome to the site, SimsKatie!

Part of the reason I think, is that Terry has been very careful about selling the rights to the books. There's a story that may or may not be true that an American company wanted to make a film of Mort, but didn't want Death in it. :shock:
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Postby David Brown » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:11 pm

SimsKatie wrote:I think it collapsed into development hell. I'm glad, honestly - I'd heard Robin Williams was supposed to play Aziraphale.

I could see Johnny Depp in the part, but not Robin Williams. Nor Robbie Williams, come to that.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:13 pm

Stephen Fry would be good in the role. :D
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Postby Teppic » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:26 pm

meerkat wrote:Hi SimsKatie!

Never! That would be as big a mistake as letting David Jason play Rinswind!


On that subject, is Sky's CoM worth watching? I've obviously been aware of it for ages, but only started on the Wizards novels a couple of months ago, so didn't want to watch it before I'd read the book. To be honest, I can't see David Jason as Rincewind. For a start, I thought Rincewind was much younger - like early 30s (is his age ever mentioned actually?)

As Albert in Hogfather though he was great. I thought that was a good bit of casting.
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Postby Macarona » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:28 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Stephen Fry would be good in the role. :D

I definitely agree!
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Postby SimStars13 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:28 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Stephen Fry would be good in the role. :D

Oh My God Yes! But not Robin Williams... never! :)
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Postby meerkat » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:31 pm

You are sticking too, Simikins! This site is really sticky tonight!
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:31 pm

Teppic wrote:
meerkat wrote:Hi SimsKatie!

Never! That would be as big a mistake as letting David Jason play Rinswind!


On that subject, is Sky's CoM worth watching? I've obviously been aware of it for ages, but only started on the Wizards novels a couple of months ago, so didn't want to watch it before I'd read the book. To be honest, I can't see David Jason as Rincewind. For a start, I thought Rincewind was much younger - like early 30s (is his age ever mentioned actually?)

As Albert in Hogfather though he was great. I thought that was a good bit of casting.


There's a bit in the book of COM where Rincewind and Twoflower find themselves in an alternative universe. His character in that universe is described as being 33. :D

To be honest, the films aren't bad. They aren't the books, but they are entertaining.
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