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Old August 6 2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

As I said in another threat I'm reading The Draco Tavern by Larry Niven. I'm on a bit of a Niven bender at the moment and thought I would ask. Are they all too out there or could any of his works translate well into film form?
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Old August 6 2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Well, the Draco Tavern stories would be a great basis for a television series, IMO. The way those stories are all pretty-much short and to the point (and often with a nice twist at the end) would be perfect in a one-hour a week time-lot.

Always thought that Footfall or Lucifer's Hammer would make good cable miniseries.

The Mote in God's Eye or Ringworld might make for a good epic movie.
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Old August 6 2013, 11:48 PM   #3
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Lucifer's Hammer
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Old August 7 2013, 12:20 AM   #4
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Footfall would be a fun miniseries. As would Mote In God's Eye (but not the crappy sequel)
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Old August 7 2013, 12:30 AM   #5
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

I'd love to see them try Inferno.
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Old August 7 2013, 12:46 AM   #6
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Mr. Laser Beam wrote: View Post
I'd love to see them try Inferno.
Me too. Actually, I thought I was the only person who remembers that one!
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Old August 7 2013, 12:47 AM   #7
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Although it would get a bit disgusting when they get to the part of hell where the advertising people ("immoderate flattery") are.
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Old August 7 2013, 12:58 PM   #8
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Ringworld, done as a massive trilogy of 3-hour films by Peter Jackson.
And it's about time, 'cause we finally have the tech to create convincing Kzin and Puppeteers.

I also like the idea of Draco's tavern as a TV series.
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Old August 7 2013, 10:33 PM   #9
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Ringworld, done as a massive trilogy of 3-hour films by Peter Jackson.
And it's about time, 'cause we finally have the tech to create convincing Kzin and Puppeteers.

Here, here
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Old August 8 2013, 02:52 AM   #10
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Syfy is supposed to be making a Ringworld miniseries, though they had a similar announcement several years ago without anything happening.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/04/10/ringworld-syfy/
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Old August 8 2013, 03:01 PM   #11
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

^I remember the original announcement and was very excited because this was back in the glory days of the Sci-Fi Channel. Unfortunately, this time around, I worry about this announcement because SyFy is terrible in comparison.

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Ringworld, done as a massive trilogy of 3-hour films by Peter Jackson.
And it's about time, 'cause we finally have the tech to create convincing Kzin and Puppeteers.
And Ringworld itself.

Ringworld Engineers is my favorite of the series partially because it does the most world and history building of the series and I would love to see all of envisioned on the big screen.
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Old August 8 2013, 08:25 PM   #12
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

Actually, I'm rather surprised his short story "The Jigsaw Man" was never adapted for either the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits revivals. That story "screams" TZ with the revelation at the end (the protagonist's original "crimes").

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Old August 8 2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

I have wanted a "Mote in Gods Eye" movie for forever now. When I first read the story the industry didn't have the tech to do the Moties justice, but they do now. No doubt though, it is viewed as "hard sci fi" and with the action occurring in space on ships, less appealing since the industry pretty much ran the space genre into the ground in the 80's.

But overall I've had some pretty big problems with Niven/Pournelle books in the past - particularly Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall. Would lkely watch if either were produced but not pushing or even hoping for either.
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Old August 8 2013, 10:51 PM   #14
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

What? No one thinks Protector or World pf Ptavvs would make good movies?
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Old August 8 2013, 10:54 PM   #15
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Re: Are there any Larry Niven books that would make good movies?

How about using Niven's Gil "The Arm" Hamilton stories as a basis for a futuristic cop series?
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