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« Reply #75 on: October 06, 2011, 06:23:49 am »

Not remotely Steampunk (although it's the right era), but I would LOOOOVE to see a decent, faithful adaptation of the original "Phantom of the Opera" novel by Leroux. Ever since Lon Chaney's version in 1925 it's been absolutely slaughtered. His version, while simplified, was pretty much the closest to the book, and even it changed the ending from the original book ending after test screenings. Pooh. There was a surprisingly faithful animated version from the 80s, but it's kind of dreadfully done. Mostly faithful (can't see the Phantom killing a cat, but other than that, it's not bad), but really, really low production values.

My ideal would be either Tim Burton directs a stop-motion version a la "The Corpse Bride" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas", or Guillermo del Toro directs a live-action version with Erik played physically by Doug Jones. Not sure who would do the voice in either version, though; the Phantom has a voice that is described by people who are trained opera singers exposed to the best voices in the world as "angelic" and "unearthly", and in the twenty-three years since I first read the book I've never yet heard any voice and gone "That's it!" although Christopher Lee for the speaking role would be awesome. Hey, Jack Skellington had different voice actors for singing and talking, so why not?

There would be singing (it's a story about an opera singer, after all), so there would need to be appropriate voices for that, but it wouldn't be an actual musical. No sudden bursting into song about how lonely anyone is. And if you take the middle-aged, hideously-deformed genius psycho with the voice of an angel and turn him into a sexed-up woobie rocker (I am looking at you, Webber) I will cut you.

There's romance in the book, yes, and that shouldn't be lost (or cheapened *ahem*), but a movie version that went back to the terror as well would be amazing. There is a ghost who is a skeleton in a tailcoat suit stalking the darkened, endless corridors of the opera house, who absolutely terrifies everyone who so much as catches a glimpse of him.

Burton or Del Toro. Yes, please!! Cheesy
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« Reply #76 on: October 06, 2011, 06:31:13 am »

Not remotely Steampunk (although it's the right era), but I would LOOOOVE to see a decent, faithful adaptation of the original "Phantom of the Opera" novel by Leroux. Ever since Lon Chaney's version in 1925 it's been absolutely slaughtered. His version, while simplified, was pretty much the closest to the book, and even it changed the ending from the original book ending after test screenings. Pooh. There was a surprisingly faithful animated version from the 80s, but it's kind of dreadfully done. Mostly faithful (can't see the Phantom killing a cat, but other than that, it's not bad), but really, really low production values.

My ideal would be either Tim Burton directs a stop-motion version a la "The Corpse Bride" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas", or Guillermo del Toro directs a live-action version with Erik played physically by Doug Jones. Not sure who would do the voice in either version, though; the Phantom has a voice that is described by people who are trained opera singers exposed to the best voices in the world as "angelic" and "unearthly", and in the twenty-three years since I first read the book I've never yet heard any voice and gone "That's it!" although Christopher Lee for the speaking role would be awesome. Hey, Jack Skellington had different voice actors for singing and talking, so why not?

There would be singing (it's a story about an opera singer, after all), so there would need to be appropriate voices for that, but it wouldn't be an actual musical. No sudden bursting into song about how lonely anyone is. And if you take the middle-aged, hideously-deformed genius psycho with the voice of an angel and turn him into a sexed-up woobie rocker (I am looking at you, Webber) I will cut you.

There's romance in the book, yes, and that shouldn't be lost (or cheapened *ahem*), but a movie version that went back to the terror as well would be amazing. There is a ghost who is a skeleton in a tailcoat suit stalking the darkened, endless corridors of the opera house, who absolutely terrifies everyone who so much as catches a glimpse of him.

Burton or Del Toro. Yes, please!! Cheesy

Del Toro, an interesting choice.  To me it would be so Burton, but wow, Del Toro could add a very interesting, unexpected twist.   Grin
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« Reply #77 on: October 06, 2011, 08:24:54 am »

I understand that his surname is Del Toro but did you know that in certain parts of the UK, Del is short for Derek and so I read this as Derek Toro - doesn't have quite the same ring, does it?

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« Reply #78 on: October 06, 2011, 10:44:23 am »

What about a Steampunk spaghetti western by Quentin Tarantino.
With a trunk shot from an empty tender of a steamtrain.
A triangle shot with blunderbusses and rayguns.
And Michael Parks as the first sheriff McGraw.
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« Reply #79 on: October 06, 2011, 11:13:33 am »

Can we petition the BBC to turn Robert Rankin's 'The Japaneses Devil Fish Girl' into a series?

Followed by 'The Mechanical Messiah' and what ever the third book in his steampunk trilogy will be (I'm guessing 'The Monkey Detective'...)
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« Reply #80 on: October 07, 2011, 11:43:27 am »

Maybe a Steampunk adaptation of the Wild Geese.
Animated or Live action.

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Think about it

Airships. Parachutes, Africa, Elite Commandos....You can use an international cast and do anything you want. Just keep the insipid "love interest" to a dull roar.

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« Reply #81 on: October 07, 2011, 05:05:05 pm »

Oo, great thread topic!

I'd be up for a 'bigger' version of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast (is it steampunk? Well, it damn well could be - the aristocratic family is supposedly based on certain chinese dynasties, but visually the BBC series mixed in Dickensian schoolmasters, georgian/elizabethan court attire, linguistic usage and vocabulary of about 1910-1920 and architecture and clockwork that might have been any of them!). The BBC series was stunning and I can't really fault it, but a long movie version with a larger budget, different director and maybe a bit more time to stick to the ponderous plot (so technically two movies, since the tv version squashed two books into one series).

O, and a really epic and ass-kicking suffragette biopic. Something like this might exist already but I've only started studying the Suffragette movement properly recently, and it's making a hell of story (and there'd be explosions! Awesome explosions!).
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« Reply #82 on: October 13, 2011, 09:44:38 pm »

A remake of 'Reach for the Sky', originally played by Kenneth Moore in the 50's, based on Douglas Bader's biography, to see a remake of this would be tremendous. Of course you cant beat the charms of the original black and white movie but a modern interpretation would be epic.

 What would be interesting also is a sort of Biographical movie of the life of Dolphy Galland, the fighter ace of the Luftwaffe during WW2. He befriended Douglas Bader when Bader was shot down over France and captured. They met up again and remained friends after the war. Just to balance it out between enemy and ally, Galland was no nazi, he was a man of honour. These days it seems to be the fashion to make movies and documentaries about those Germans during the war who opposed the Nazi regime. He may not have been an active anti-nazi but he was honourable all the same!
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« Reply #83 on: January 25, 2013, 11:32:43 pm »

I just stumbled upon for this short animation clip from Reeve's "Mortal engines" and started to think that same story would look just awesome in whole movie or even movie trilogy.

Mortal Engines: in museum on Vimeo


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« Reply #84 on: January 26, 2013, 12:26:32 am »

I agree with the suggestion of of The Peshawar Lancers and would like to propose the childrens book Fattypuffs and Thinifirs which could be done lavishly with the full steampunk look (I think it's been done on zero budget for childrens T.V. back in the 1970s but I'm not sure.

For the late night film market I think a really very entertaining version of A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman could be done punctuated by all of the specialist advertisements in beautiful detail. For instance I would like to get Christopher Lee to do the Professional Exsanguination company advertisement. 

Then there are two universes I would love to see either as really good T.V. series or films.
They aren't Steampunk but they are fun.  The Liaden stories by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and the Vorkosigan stories by Lois McMaster Bujold.

I'll probably think of more later.

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« Reply #85 on: January 26, 2013, 12:06:29 pm »

"To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis could make an outstanding film I think.  It would appeal to us because of the main setting (the 1880s) and also to more mainstream SF fans because of the time travel.  You could get those more interested in history involved too, because of the scenes set in 1940s Coventry (and the blitz thereof). 

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« Reply #86 on: February 15, 2013, 07:00:08 pm »

Thursday Next...novels all of them, much better than that Potter character...

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« Reply #87 on: February 15, 2013, 07:17:26 pm »

Not remotely Steampunk (although it's the right era), but I would LOOOOVE to see a decent, faithful adaptation of the original "Phantom of the Opera" novel by Leroux. Ever since Lon Chaney's version in 1925 it's been absolutely slaughtered. His version, while simplified, was pretty much the closest to the book, and even it changed the ending from the original book ending after test screenings. Pooh. There was a surprisingly faithful animated version from the 80s, but it's kind of dreadfully done. Mostly faithful (can't see the Phantom killing a cat, but other than that, it's not bad), but really, really low production values.

My ideal would be either Tim Burton directs a stop-motion version a la "The Corpse Bride" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas", or Guillermo del Toro directs a live-action version with Erik played physically by Doug Jones. Not sure who would do the voice in either version, though; the Phantom has a voice that is described by people who are trained opera singers exposed to the best voices in the world as "angelic" and "unearthly", and in the twenty-three years since I first read the book I've never yet heard any voice and gone "That's it!" although Christopher Lee for the speaking role would be awesome. Hey, Jack Skellington had different voice actors for singing and talking, so why not?

There would be singing (it's a story about an opera singer, after all), so there would need to be appropriate voices for that, but it wouldn't be an actual musical. No sudden bursting into song about how lonely anyone is. And if you take the middle-aged, hideously-deformed genius psycho with the voice of an angel and turn him into a sexed-up woobie rocker (I am looking at you, Webber) I will cut you.

There's romance in the book, yes, and that shouldn't be lost (or cheapened *ahem*), but a movie version that went back to the terror as well would be amazing. There is a ghost who is a skeleton in a tailcoat suit stalking the darkened, endless corridors of the opera house, who absolutely terrifies everyone who so much as catches a glimpse of him.

Burton or Del Toro. Yes, please!! Cheesy


I would love to see that. I'd also offer myself as the Historical Singing Consultant, as my mission for the last five years has been researching and recreating the singing of that era, which, regrettably, as far as I know, NO ONE else in the world is doing.

I'd also so much like to see the same done with 'Trilby', - the book that inspired 'The Phantom of the Opera' - that I may be drafting a script for a screen adaptation...

...Not that I have any means of making a film of the script, but a girl can but dream...
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« Reply #88 on: February 25, 2013, 05:29:54 pm »

A film based on the red headed Field Marshal Michel Ney, one of Napoleon's generals. That would make a cool epic movie with lots of mass armies, colorful uniforms and big battles. Plus his extraordinary life upto the guilotine. The Kaiser Wilhelm and Stalin are two more characters of which would make great movies.

 More closer to se steampunk, films based on Scott Westerfeld's 'Leviathan' series. I can see them being like a steampunk version of Harry Potter in a way.
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« Reply #89 on: February 26, 2013, 11:04:59 am »

New stories  in The Parasol Protectorate universe giving an interesting twist on the phrase Finishing School.
How to curtsey perfectly whilst throwing a knife and so on. I can see this as a film or T.V. series.
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« Reply #90 on: February 26, 2013, 04:58:55 pm »

Fellow Steamers,

Might I suggest the following:

  • Diary of a Victorian Cad : Simon Pegg as Buford Foale, gambler and man about town.
    Tin Manx: animated adventure featuring a clockwork cat in 1860's era Isle of Man.
    The Dentist Abroad: "Saint" style adventure featuring "The Dentist" Nathanial Skidd, an Edwardian man versed in pain & restitution.
    Dolly-Mops: the madcap escapades of two working girls (Doon MacKichan & Shappi Khorsandi) and their Madame (Jo Brand) in an alternative London where men have been replaced by robots. Squeal with laughter as they try to make a living. 

I am thinking small screen, big budget, liquid lunches. What say you ? Any Investors?

Yours in Anticipation,

L.H.   
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« Reply #91 on: June 26, 2016, 08:47:50 pm »

Space 1899 would be nice to see as a film. (not that I've played the game yet)
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« Reply #92 on: June 26, 2016, 11:00:38 pm »

I would like them to make The Lunar Chronicles into a movie ,also maybe The Tiger's Saga ,and this weird book i read called Blood Red Road I think all those books would make great movies  Cheesy
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« Reply #93 on: June 27, 2016, 08:31:26 am »



 This is a true tale from the wild colonial days of New Zealand. It involves sailors,  saloon girls, thwarted love , attempted kidnapping, murder,  marooned castaways and a controversial trial.  I have always felt it would make an excellent period movie.  It would fit well in the  steampunk genre

 Below are several variations on the tale.   There  are  N.Z. crime books that  give more details including  the dubious history of  the heroine Elizabeth  and the intimate relationship of the sailors. It is quite the romantic tale ...

http://yardyyardyyardy.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/menage-murder.html
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=TAN18861127.2.23
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=WC18870120.2.10
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP18861106.2.41
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« Reply #94 on: June 27, 2016, 08:47:12 am »



 Next on my long long list  would be dieselpunk remakes of old nostalgia classics that were once serial favorites of previous generations and remade in the  disco era. 

Buck Rogers of the 25th century.
Flash Gordon
Clutch Cargo
Felix the Cat
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« Reply #95 on: June 28, 2016, 03:57:24 am »

I'd love to see a short film of Kipling's 'With the Night Mail' or a stop-motion version of Norman Lindsey's 'The Magic Pudding'.
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« Reply #96 on: July 03, 2016, 06:21:10 pm »

There's so much talk of shared universes with movies now. I want them to do a pulp team-up with the Rocketeer, the Shadow and Doc Savage.
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« Reply #97 on: July 07, 2016, 08:39:23 am »


Movies that good be enhanced with a steampunk   renovation

The Red Baron
Those Magnificent men in their Flying  Machines
The Great Race
Munsters Go Home
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« Reply #98 on: July 12, 2016, 08:07:44 pm »

"Passage" by Connie Willis would be great on screen.  I'd also happily pay to see "Dancers at the End of Time" (Michael Moorcock).
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« Reply #99 on: July 18, 2016, 08:05:55 am »


Movies that good be enhanced with a steampunk   renovation

The Red Baron
Those Magnificent men in their Flying  Machines
The Great Race
Munsters Go Home

This thread is so old, I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but naturally The Great Race should be redone in modern Steampunk. But who is going to be as good as Jack Lemmon in the role of Prof. Fate?
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