ps238principal (ps238principal) wrote,

So how long before we get a better attempt to make a show based on 'The Dresden Files'?





I really need to start wishing for more things aloud. As many have ecstatically reported to me, Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens" will be turned into a television production with help from Monty Python alum Terry Jones! This will be awesome (or at least, it had better be). I do wonder how they'll handle all the footnotes that made the book such a delight to read. My idea? Get someone who can do a decent imitation of Simon Jones to be, as he was in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the first versions, at least), 'The Book.' I'd even advise ripping off the way the 'Guide was portrayed as computer graphics back in the day, but opting for a version that uses animation or even some of the techniques from Mr. Jones' series about the Crusades, where paintings and other artworks came to life via the use of actors in elaborate makeup. Also, as a fan, I do have a list of other demands suggestions:

- Pratchett gets to be the Witch Finder, Shadwell (I hear he's expressed an interest) and/or the person who sets Agnes Nutter alight, resulting in comedic revenge.
- Death should look the same as he does in Discworld movies, just because it'd be a great tribute and tie-in to Pratchett's other works. And it would safe a few pounds on the costume.
- Alan Rickman needs to reprise his role from 'Dogma' as the Metatron.
- I'd love to see Stephen Fry as Azirophale. Jimmy Carr could produce a decent Crowley, I think, though I'd also dig (warning, religious and adult humor) Rowan Atkinson taking the role.

Note: This list is subject to change in content and length without warning if cooler suggestions are made. :)

Turning to other book adaptations, some out there may not have heard of Joe Hill. He's Stephen King's son, and one of his books, "Horns," has been optioned for the silver screen, and I think I see the appeal that the studio is shooting for, beyond any supernatural aspects and/or horror. The story starts with our hero, Ignatius (Ig for short) waking up after a bender where he was mourning the death of his murdered girlfriend. He sees in the mirror that he now has small horns sticking out of his forehead. Other people don't seem to notice them, and he now appears to inspire people to unwittingly tell him their darkest secrets and ask his 'permission' to act upon their worst impulses. Ig also starts to learn more than he ever wanted to about what those he thought closest to him really feel about him and his supposed role in his girlfriend's death.

What I think the studio may see in this story is a young male character who not only feels like he's unjustly disliked by friends and family, he knows for sure he's unjustly despised, if not the object of wishes that he'd die or leave forever. Given the history of 'it sucks to be me' characters in film, I'd hate to see a director set the script at Mope Factor 10 just because he can. Much like his father's writing style, Hill relies on creating a full character portrait and history for us to sympathize with, as opposed to just tossing someone out there with a sign around their necks that says 'dead girlfriend, nobody likes me, my soul is a black vortex of bad poetry.' This is all just setup, by the way, as the real meat of the tale comes later. I'd almost say this is Hill taking one of King's many demonic monsters that looked human, seeming to know every sin every other character is guilty of, and showing us what it would be like to become one of them.

As for Hill's writing itself, he's very much the product of his father's work and familial influence (at least, it seems that way, which is a hard comparison to steer clear of), which isn't a bad thing, I think. Those familiar with King's work will note a love for rock music, though it seems to move the era drawn from up a decade or so to the late 60's and early 70's, along with an injection of jazz. His stories also strongly hinge on the reader caring about the characters. If the director/writer/producer/best boy fail to make them the focus (as has gone wrong in so many Stephen King films) to concentrate on the supernatural adventures of Everyone-Hates-Me-Boy, it'll come out about as flat as Anakin Skywalker in Episodes II and III. I'm also betting that the protagonist won't become as wasted-looking as the text describes (hey, it's Hollywood), but that's not what'll make the movie sink or soar. It's a decent read if you can't wait for your next King fix, which I believe is going to be a new bit of middle-history in the Dark Tower series.

Now some potentially craptastic news, for me, at least: Just as I'm thinking of transitioning all of my home phone service over to my cellular telephonic device, Imperial Forces are targeting my cellular carrier. AT&T, and its nearest competitor, Verizon, is just too darn big to be a good cellular provider to me. What I mean is that they have what looks like unwillingness to invest in making their networks cheaper and more reliable. I'm thinking of hucking my current smartphone and returning to a cheapo device with minimal texting. It seems that cell phones/wireless data services are being priced to squeeze more dollars out of existing customers rather than making network access more affordable and robust to widen the customer base. This could just be a misperception on my part, as I don't know if things like this ever went into effect, but if it weren't for must-have gadgets like Android and Apple phones, I'd almost predict that cell use would decline over time if current trends keep up. Even T-Mobile is somewhat guilty of this; if I ever upgraded my G1 to a G2, my cost for data would rise. Not to mention all the 'unlimited' plans that now come with data caps that can be exhausted in days, if not hours, resulting in overage fees. While it's no doubt alarmist, the sci-fi library in my head keeps bringing up scenes in Asimov's "Forward the Foundation" where Hari Seldon notices the breakdown in maintenance and progress in technology as heralds to the collapse of the Galactic Empire. His phone bill was probably huge, too. :(

So while I arrange a potential funeral for my favorite touch-screen device, here's some things that might cheer us all up:

- Ever wonder where the nearest location used for a movie is to you? Try consulting this map of 100 years of set locations. Naturally, I think my closest was for Robert Altman's "Kansas City." Go fig.
- I now feel a lot better about my meager arts & crafts skills, now that I've seen the photo blog, Regretsy. If this goes on for too much longer, they may some kind of skills test before they'll let you into a hobby store. :)
- A leftover from St. Patrick's Day. Watch this next video clip from Q.I. to learn an interesting fact about Ireland that's a little surprising.
- Some character designs (well, if you count the lions as characters) for the new 'Voltron Force' show look pretty good. Though I will restate that were I in charge, I would demand to know what exactly the people in the limbs of the robot were doing that I couldn't do from the cockpit in the head, and I'd set a policy that at the first sign of any trouble, Voltron is formed along with the Blazing Sword to dispatch the threat quickly and without any fuss so we could knock off early for the day.
- Sneak Thief 3: Triple Trouble continues the brief but fun series of point-n-click puzzling we've seen in previous installments.
- If you're an MST3K fan, you'll be familiar with one of the heckling silhouettes quipping, "We have a title!" Here's two minutes of movie clips where the title is part of the dialog.
- From the upcoming Wonder Woman TV show, here's the new costume. I was hoping for something a bit more mythological, but we'll see how it works.
- Alert Reader Sterling brings us notice of a 'Woot'-style website, but for gaming stuff: Gamerati's 'Loot.'
- In case you missed them, here's the Doctor Who 'Red Nose' clips from Britain's 'Comic Relief' charity telethon, the pair of them are over here.
- So which of Lovecraft's oft-used words were used the oft-est? Find out with this handy reference. I would've thought 'cyclopean' to have been higher up the list.
- See if you can solve the puzzles and handle the excitement of a game titled Cardboard Box Assembler. It's from Adult Swim games, so it's not as dull as it sounds. :)
Tags: at&t, good omens, horns, joe hill, neil gaiman, stephen king, t-mobile, terry pratchett
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