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Old March 26 2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Remake of the Adromeda Strain

I loved the film The Adromeda Strain. They tried to resurrect the concept in a 2008 mini-series that if I recall correctly did do do well.

For those that haven't seen it before see below.

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When a military satellite returns to Earth, a recovery team is dispatched to retrieve it; during a live radio communication with their base, the team members suddenly die. Aerial surveillance reveals that everyone in Piedmont, Arizona, the town closest to where the satellite landed, is apparently dead. The base commander suspects the satellite returned with an extraterrestrial organism and recommends activating Wildfire, the government-sponsored team that counters extraterrestrial biological infestation.
The Wildfire scientific team studying the unknown strain is composed of Dr. Jeremy Stone, bacteriologist specialist; Dr. Peter Leavitt, disease pathology; Dr. Charles Burton, infection vectors specialist; and Dr. Mark Hall, M.D., surgeon, biochemistry and pH specialist. Hall is the "odd man", since he is the only one without a spouse. The Robertson Odd Man Hypothesis[1] states that unmarried men are capable of carrying out the best, most dispassionate decisions during crises and he is given the only key that can disarm the self-destruct mechanism. A fifth scientist, Dr. Christian Kirke, electrolytes specialist, was unavailable for duty because of appendicitis.
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Old March 26 2012, 10:40 PM   #2
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

ok.
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Old March 27 2012, 12:35 AM   #3
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

I read the book, but don't think I ever saw the movie. I remember being very disappointed in the ending of the book.
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Old March 27 2012, 01:04 AM   #4
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It is perhaps worth noting that the original movie was directed by Robert Wise, who also directed The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original, natch) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
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Old March 27 2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

The miniseries wasn't half bad, really. I remember being seriously freaked out by watching what happens to people as they're being infected by the 'strain'. The remake kind of butchered the concept of the 'odd man' hypothesis but I suppose that's a comparatively minor thing.
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Old March 27 2012, 03:30 AM   #6
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

The mini-series was mediocre, at best. I like Benjamin Bratt as well as the next gay guy , but the show was not as good as the original movie.
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Old March 27 2012, 04:03 AM   #7
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

Never saw the miniseries but read the book in 6th grade lol, my first adult sf... always liked it. The movie is one of the most faithful adaptations of a book ever done -- other than switching one scientist to a woman and changing darts to lasers, it's about note-for-note. Even some of the computer graphics are the same.
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Old March 27 2012, 04:31 AM   #8
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Re: Remake of the Adromeda Strain

It's among my wife's favorite films. Usually she goes for historical dramas and tearjerker romances.
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Old March 27 2012, 12:48 PM   #9
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It's among my wife's favorite films. Usually she goes for historical dramas and tearjerker romances.
That's funny. The reason I got to thinking about this film is because we've seen a plethora of zombie plague and pandemic films over the past two years and this film fits nicely into that Apocalypse genre or could easily be rewritten that way. Also because of course it has a sci-fi twist since the original film was based on alien microbes. It could also be rewritten with an area 51 conspiracy angle that is very popular today.
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