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Old March 10 2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Can Destiny be filmed?

After seeing Watchmen yesterday, its a question that begs asking-could Destiny be made into a good movie or TV mini-series, given real-world budgets and directors?

Id vote a nay, simply because many concepts and ideas about Trek, and how the characters react to the challenges within the trilogy require some understanding of how the Trek universe works-and whoever took on the project would have to develop and explain complicated characters to a new audience in only two hours, AND integrate that with the trilogys plotlines too.

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Old March 10 2009, 06:12 PM   #2
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

Direct to DVD then, targeted at the hardcore uberfans. Question is... is there enough of us out there to justify the investment?
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Old March 10 2009, 06:15 PM   #3
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Direct to DVD then, targeted at the hardcore uberfans. Question is... is there enough of us out there to justify the investment?

I'd buy 5 copies myself. I'd spread it around to anyone I knew who was into the TNG-era treks. An animated mini-series would be absolutely amazing!
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Old March 10 2009, 06:18 PM   #4
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

Animation. Great idea. That'll knock the costs way down.
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Old March 10 2009, 06:23 PM   #5
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

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Animation. Great idea. That'll knock the costs way down.
Will it? The animators would have fun designing different areas within Destiny-theres so many landscapes/planets/battlefields to draw that they'd probably botch it, or do a good job , followed by the studio shutting down from burnout.
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Old March 10 2009, 06:26 PM   #6
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Animation. Great idea. That'll knock the costs way down.

It'll knock the cost down considerably. Can you imagine what it would cost to actually film that Trilogy? $300 million-$400 million? Who knows...
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Old March 10 2009, 06:56 PM   #7
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The actors' salaries alone would make this thing nearly impossible to do. Nevermind the rest of the production budget.

But it would be sweet to see on the screen.
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Old March 10 2009, 07:08 PM   #8
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

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The actors' salaries alone would make this thing nearly impossible to do. Nevermind the rest of the production budget.

But it would be sweet to see on the screen.

If it's just voice work, then the salaries won't be as big a problem. Frakes, Sirtis, and Dorn were all part of the Gargoyles cast while Patrick Stewart does voice work on American Dad. They probably don't get the same kind of scratch for animation as they do for live action.
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Old March 10 2009, 07:36 PM   #9
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An animated version would be cool.
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Old March 10 2009, 08:21 PM   #10
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Someone give me 150 million and I'll...
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Old March 10 2009, 08:27 PM   #11
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

I got all three books on Saturday, on the last chapter of book 1 right now and I've been thinking about it myself, animation would be the best way to go about it. Salaries, CGI, building so many sets, theres no chance of this ever being live action. but I would love to see some form of it onscreen.
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Old March 10 2009, 10:05 PM   #12
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I'm not sure how well the climax of Destiny would translate to a visual medium, though - how do you turn this moment of Hernandez and the Caeliar digging into the consciousness of the Borg and healing, then taking them into the gestalt of their own free will into a moment that's displayed on a screen and still conveying these thoughts?
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Old March 10 2009, 11:57 PM   #13
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Sure, it could be filmed. I'd love it. But, you're right, though, that it presumes a fair amount of familiarity with the Trek ethos, not the least of which is why is everyone so frightened by the Borg.

That's why books are better than movies.
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Old March 11 2009, 04:07 AM   #14
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Re: Can Destiny be filmed?

It could be done as part of the Titan animated series we've been talking about over in the Titan: The TV series thread.
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Old March 11 2009, 06:50 AM   #15
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I think you would need a miniseries. Especially since a good chunk of the novels are the backstory about the Caeliar civilization lost in time with humans onboard.
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