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OK. You have the skills, talents and financing to get a major Hollywood production off the ground, say with a budget as high as 100 million. What movie would you make?

 

Of course, I'll start. I would do Heroes for Hire, based on the heyday of the Power Man/Iron fist book from the late 70s. Nether Luke Cage nor Danny Rand have had a movie yet, so the characters are still in play. I know John Singleton has been talking about a Luke Cage movie, but it keeps getting pushed back.

 

A Heroes for Hire movie would only need a slight update to bring it into the early 00s. The formula is can't miss exploitation. Think about it. It's Shaft and Enter the Dragon in one movie. Kill Bill can kiss my @#$.

 

I would have Ray Park play Danny and Tyrese Gibson play Luke. I would cast Devon Aoki as Colleen Wing and Sanaa Latham as Misty Knight. I would follow the Moses Magnum storyline from the Claremont/Byrne run with a few alterations, and it would write itself. You have opportunities for urban adventure, super powers and martial arts all in the same flick. I would follow the example of the first two X movies and trim back the spandex, using a more science fiction approach for powers and the like. This would put butts in seats.

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Thanks for giving me a meeting, L.G. I'm sure you'll give me the greenlight once you hear my pitches--

 

Future Man--It's the 1980s. With the loss of the Challenger space shuttle and the increase in the arms race, it's like people don't believe in the future anymore--until Jachim Toraquar, an inadvertant time traveler from the year 2975, arrives in 1986. Possessing telekinesis and energy-blasting powers, he tells the world that there is a future for humanity, and it's great. Poverty, disease, bigotry, ignorance and famine are no more, and humanity is admired and respected throughout the universe for its dedication to moral progress and the greater good.

 

It's the best future humanity could ask for--except that it isn't true. Jachim Toraquar is actually Frank Chaplin, who acquired the powers in an accident with an exploding satellite that had crashed from Earth orbit. He created the identity of Jachim Toraquar to divert attention from his friends and private life, and to give hope to the world that there needn't be a nuclear war, that we would not inevitably destroy ourselves.

 

Needless to say, it's a superheroic action-adventure, with lots of effects and fight scenes tied together with a solid story. We have the potential here to create a character as iconic as any major-league franchise hero. All we need is the go-ahead.

 

Captain Wonder--This is our chance to make superhero movies fun again. We tell the story of a mall security guard who can't get any respect for his position, so he becomes a costumed crimefighter, using gadgets he's built himself to fight evil. Like the Indiana Jones movies in tone, our hero fights crime with humor, style, and some first rate fight scenes. I think we can get Ryan Reynolds for the title role.

 

(More about Captain Wonder here.

 

Intruder Missions--This could be the next big science-fiction series. Humanity, having colonized the galaxy, finds itself at war with an unknown enemy. The human military sends out long-range patrol and reconnaissance ships, called Intruders, deep into enemy-held space to seek out and identify enemy bases and fleet positions, to strike against them before they can strike at humanity. Lots of outer space action with exceptional, dedicated characters caught regularly in life-and-death situations. Think Star Trek meets Das Boot.

 

Untitled Eighties Porn Project--This would be in the vein of Boogie Nights, about the world of the adult film industry during arguably its most exciting time. I'm thinking Reese Witherspoon as Ginger Lynn, Jennifer Love Hewitt as Christy Canyon, Christina Ricci as Traci Lords, Jennifer Hudson as Ebony Ayes, Charlie Sheen as Peter North and Jack Black as Ron Jeremy. Of course, we'd have to change all the names to avoid--well, you know--lawsuits.

 

This is our time, L.G. We could make movie history here. You'll have people fighting their way to the ticket counters, companies clamoring to make the merchandise. This is the express train to the big time--all we need is your approval.

 

Come on, L.G.--whaddya say?

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A 100 million budget? That is a ballpark of a Daredevil film (78M) or X-Men 1 (75M), X-Men 2 (110M), Fantastic 4 (100M), Ghost Rider (110M).

 

I'd go for a relatively untapped properties.

 

Currently I enjoying She-Ra and would love to see SMG take on She-Ra as both Buffy and She-Ra are relatively equivalent -- strong, determined, feminist characters. A 100M budget would give it a good boost at a franchise, the second and third would naturally have bigger budgets. The trilogy (using SW and LotR and models) would involve the Great Rebellion overcoming Hordak and the Horde with a final Battle of the Fright Zone.

 

My other option would be to use a "second stringer" Marvel/DC character. Not an A-Lister but one that should have a decent film made about them eg Warbird (Carol Danvers), She-Hulk, Power Girl (for two reasons), Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Zatanna, Dr Fate.

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A 100 million budget? That is a ballpark of a Daredevil film (78M) or X-Men 1 (75M), X-Men 2 (110M), Fantastic 4 (100M), Ghost Rider (110M).

 

I'd go for a relatively untapped properties.

 

Currently I enjoying She-Ra and would love to see SMG take on She-Ra as both Buffy and She-Ra are relatively equivalent -- strong, determined, feminist characters. A 100M budget would give it a good boost at a franchise, the second and third would naturally have bigger budgets. The trilogy (using SW and LotR and models) would involve the Great Rebellion overcoming Hordak and the Horde with a final Battle of the Fright Zone.

 

My other option would be to use a "second stringer" Marvel/DC character. Not an A-Lister but one that should have a decent film made about them eg Warbird (Carol Danvers), She-Hulk, Power Girl (for two reasons), Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Zatanna, Dr Fate.

 

Who would be able to pull of the Power Girl costume?

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I'd do The Definitive Steampunk Movie.

Gears, Gadgetry, maybe magic (i'm of two minds on whether to include magic), burning Zeppelins, Spies, Counter Spies, Royalty and Duels.

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I had an idea for a screenplay in which a scientist working at a genetic bank (to which all the leading lights in science, the arts, athletics and other disciplines have contributed) decides to use that material to create a superhuman. The result is a girl he dubs Frankie. Needless to say she grows into adulthood almost instantly, and then things start to go wrong. Horribly wrong.

 

If I had that much money to work with, I might buy the film rights to Girl Genius. I don't know whether I'd animate it or do it live-action, but I have no doubt that a faithful adaptation would be cool. And the series is large enough to fuel a potential franchise.

 

Or I might do a movie adaptation of The Stainless Steel Rat. That would be fun.

 

I also had a movie idea called Son of Santa. But I'm not quite sure how I would do it.

 

Live-action Dirty Pair.

 

Live-action Slayers.

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The time has come the Walrus said to speak of many things,

of ships and shoes and sealing wax and cabbages and kings....

 

Or of one king, at least -- the master of the one true city, the king of AMBER! I'm making the dream movie my old gaming group used to cast during our non-gaming interludes: All the Princes of Amber, based on the 5-book "Amber" series by the late and great Roger Zelazny.

 

CAST

starring

King Oberon -- Patrick Stewart

Lord Dworkin -- Robin Williams

Prince Benedict -- Daniel Day-Lewis

Prince Bleys -- Kenneth Brannaugh

Prince Brand -- Val Kilmer

Prince Caine -- Alan Rickman

Prince Corwin -- Piers Brosnan

Prince Eric -- Tom Selleck

Princess Deirdre -- Linda Hamilton

Princess Fiona -- Glenn Close

Princess Florimel -- Jane Seymour

Prince Gérard -- John Rhys-Davies

Prince Julian -- Rutger Hauer

Princess Llewella -- Winona Ryder

Prince Random -- Denis Leary

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The time has come the Walrus said to speak of many things' date='[/i']

of ships and shoes and sealing wax and cabbages and kings....

 

Or of one king, at least -- the king of the one true city, the king of AMBER! I'm making the dream movie my old gaming group used to cast during our non-gaming interludes: All the Princes of Amber, based on the 5-book "Amber" series by the late and great Roger Zelazny.

 

Cast

King Oberon -- Patrick Stewart

Lord Dworkin -- Robin Williams

Prince Benedict -- Daniel Day-Lewis

Prince Bleys -- Kenneth Brannaugh

Prince Brand -- Val Kilmer

Prince Caine -- Alan Rickman

Prince Corwin -- Piers Brosnan

Prince Eric -- Tom Selleck

Princess Deirdre -- Linda Hamilton

Princess Fiona -- Glenn Close

Princess Flora -- Jane Seymour

Prince Gérard -- John Rhys-Davies

Prince Julian -- Rutger Hauer

Princess Llewella -- Winona Ryder

Prince Random -- Denis Leary

Sounds cool! Except that you've already far exceeded your 100 million dollar budget just on casting, and now have no money to actually make a movie... :winkgrin:

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Okay, admittedly this one is going be hard to do on that budget but I think I could at least do the first - Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars trilogy.

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I would probably try doing something from the Cthulhu mythos. Get some decent acting talent and somebody who is good at subtle but effective use of CGI. Don't know if I would do an anthology of the shorter stories, try to adapt one of the longer novelettes, or try to come up with something original that has much of the same eerie feeling.

 

I would probably try to cast good but (mostly) unknown actors. The test screenings/readings would be a good place to figure out who is looking for a paycheck and who is genuinely excited about the project.

 

Beyond that, I think my own plot ideas are too complicated for anything less than a multiple part mini-series.

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Sounds cool! Except that you've already far exceeded your 100 million dollar budget just on casting' date=' and now have no money to actually make a movie... :winkgrin:[/quote']

Yes, that might be a problem -- but I cannot compromise on the dream casting my friends and I geeked out over so many times in the past! So where to get more money...think think think

 

I HAVE IT!

 

I'll rent out teh Bunneh to the BDSM sub-culture, and make up the shortfall that way. For your disciplinary delight, I present "Dom Bunneh" -- or should that be "Masteh Bunneh"?

 

I'm the President of the NGD, so I can do that, can't I? With my subjects of the NGD? Yes, Precious, my subjects, mine...mine to exploit and dispose of in various startlingly outrageous ways....{gets a far-away look}

 

Um, what was I saying? All of a sudden I find myself thinking about an entirely different kind of movie...something like Teh Bunneh Does Ambeh.

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A re-do of Starship Troopers, keeping it true to the book.

Juan Rico as a Filipino.

Ship's Sargeant Zim as a short Finno-Turk.

Powered Armor suits.

Etc.

 

Honor Harrington. (On Basilisk Station)

 

Bazheel Banhakson. (Oath of Swords)

 

OK, my dream project: a series of movies, each dedicated to a different WW2 aircraft, covering a famous pilot/unit flying that aircraft. 1st movie: P-38 Lightning, covering the career of America's top ace, Major Richard "Bing" Bong. The ending would be spoken, covering how Major Bong died creating a Hollywood stereotype.

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Okay' date=' admittedly this one is going be hard to do on that budget but I think I could at least do the first - Kim Stanley Robinson's [i']Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars[/i] trilogy.

 

Great books, but budget aside, I'm not sure I'd want to know how they'd be perverted...uh, transformed in the course of a movie production. I picture a studio exec saying "this is just a bunch of geezers yakking...we need more explosions!" And that would be sad.

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Great books' date=' but budget aside, I'm not sure I'd want to know how they'd be perverted...uh, [i']transformed[/i] in the course of a movie production. I picture a studio exec saying "this is just a bunch of geezers yakking...we need more explosions!" And that would be sad.

 

I think it would make a better TV series.

 

There's lots of explosions anyway - not to mention the fall of the bean pole.

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I think it would make a better TV series.

 

There's lots of explosions anyway - not to mention the fall of the bean pole.

 

I agree, books that dense would translate better into a miniseries format. Still take a big budget to do them justice, though.

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I'd do up one of the great Pulp style adventures. maybe Tarzan, Conan or even Doc Savage. I'd do it straight and ACTUALLY FAITHFULLY ADAPT ONE OF THE ACTUAL NOVELS OR NOVELLAS instead of making up a story which far less rich than the actual source material!

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Let's see if it's Sci-Fi movies err SyFy I can probably squeeze six or seven films out of that so pick up where they left off o nthe Dune Series and see how far we can get?

 

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Alright serious answer.

 

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Foundations of War is a novel I've been working on I'm at where agents are looking for me to find an initial editor since I'm a first time author. With the budget proposed I think something could get worked out.

 

 

Living on the edges of High School culture, Foundations of War takes an adolescent Morgan from the fringe of society to the fringes of reality. Confronted by Cassandra about his previous life Morgan becomes trapped by the lure of understanding his dreams. Echoes of Morgan’s first incarnation calling to him, driving him on.

 

Once the ruler of the World Below; War led a bloody campaign cutting into the heart of the Pearl Empire. Those who stood before his armies were slaughtered. In the aftermath of what would be known as the Child’s War the warrior king vanished leaving only a prophecy of his return.

 

Aided by an old friend and fortuneteller Cassandra takes Morgan back to the moment of War’s death. The two, Cassandra and War, strike a bargain for one thousand and one deaths as Morgan is forced to watch. Knowing he is the final incarnation before War’s return Morgan is left covered in the ashes of War.

 

With each passing day Morgan seems to grow stronger, remembering the arcane rotes and martial techniques of his former life. Yet this new found power leaves Morgan caught between the world he once knew that seems to be spiraling out of control and the murderer he is afraid to become. As everything he knows begins to fall apart Morgan finds himself clinging to the woman who has sworn to kill him.

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A couple have been itching at me, too

 

I'll second The Chronicles of Amber. While I've done a very similar "dream cast" in my head many times before ("Cast the movie of a book" is a common road trip game among my friends), I'd be willing to compromise in the sake of realistic production goals, although many of my favorite newer actors seep to keep slamming out good movies and upping their paychecks, so my roster keeps changing. Heck, most of my "theoretical" stage designs I did for classes back in college were all focused around doing an operatic version of Amber. Well, that, and I really wanted to design a set for the stage version of the fight up Kolvir.

 

That said, for mine...

 

First off, right out the gate...

It's been gnawing at me, literally for YEARS, that not a single person has ever made a movie of War of the Worlds that is faithful to the book, including the bloody PERIOD. I still have high hopes that Jeff Wayne will finally get the funds together to do his animated version, but I'd prefer a full budget live action version.

I see Dominic Monaghan as the Artilleryman, Ewan MacGregor as the Narrator, mayhaps Liam Neeson as the Curator (Viggo Morgenstern would be my younger choice here)

The last stand of the ironclad Thunderchild should be worth the price of admission by itself...

 

Next on my list...

The Chronicles of Prydain

They really deserve a better treatment than The Black Cauldron gave them. If Narnia can have the full LOTR treatment, Prydain certainly deserves a red carpet rollout (I admire the Narnia books, but there's NO contest in my preferences). I'm thinking they could be handled fairly with three long movies. The events of the Book of Three and The Black Cauldron could be combined, as they are naturally linked and essentially concurrent, while The Castle of Llyr and Taran Wanderer overlap each other somewhat IIRC. The High King would need it's own movie.

 

 

Not sure about the casting here.

Taran I don't have any solid feeling on, because I'm not real familiar with many actors in the right age range. Any suggestions?

Princess Eilonwy: I'd be good with Emma Watson.

Fflewddur Fflam:Again, I'm thinking Ewan MacGregor. He can sing.

I could be persuaded to go with Neal Patrick Harris, however. Who can also sing.

Gurgi: Andy Serkis or John Leguizamo.

Prince Gwydion of Don: I'm kinda leaning towards Karl Urban these days.

Doli: hmmmm... Figure after the CGI Gimli-izaton process, you'd want a strong actor with strong features. I always favor Ron Perlman in those conditions.

I could run through the rest of the cast, and might chime back in as I think of others, but you get my point. I'm sure I've seen other actors who I'd be willing to cast, but the names are escaping me at the moment.

 

those are my biggest ones. Less gnawing include The Man Who Never Missed, Armor, or any of a number of possible Bolo movies.

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I'm loving the notion of a real Starship Troopers movie, not the abomination that got released...

 

If I had 100M, I'd do a live-action Cowboy Bebop movie, just to make sure Keanu Reeves didn't get anywhere near it...

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