It’s time for another look at Sci Fi stories that have made it to the big screen. For this edition of Book To Film, a couple of classics that everyone should be aware of! Click for my previous posts, part one and part two…
2,000 leagues under the sea
Futuristic submarines, monsters and amazing adventures filled the original story. It has become a recommended read for anyone getting in to the genre. It was turned in to a film in 1956 and was personally produced by Walt Disney and directed by Richard Fleischer. The big stars featured in the film include Kirk Douglas, James Mason and Paul Lukas.
It’s a fun classic despite it’s age. Do the special effects stand up after all this time? With a great story and such a fine cast, does it really matter?
If you are already in to Sci Fi films in a big way or perhaps appreciate the older and slightly off kilter authors, then you may have come across ‘Battlefield Earth’. It is considered be one of the most massive flops of all time. The book it’s based on (book and film share the same name) was written by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Therefore, knowing that John Travolta was the lead actor and major force behind the film should be no surprise!
The film was criticised for just about everything, the acting, the dialog, the way it was filmed and so on! It has now become a bit of a cult, in a ‘so bad that it’s really good’ kind of way.
Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy
Don’t panic! Those are the reassuring words that are printed on the front cover the Hitch Hikers Guide. A guide carried by Ford Prefect and given to Arthur Dent. The original set of books about the guide and the adventures of Ford and Arthur was written by the late Douglas Adams. It was first turned into a radio series which became a cult hit.
Later the BBC turned it in to a TV series. In my personal view, the best version for the screen so far. Far better than the 2005 version featuring Martin Freeman, Sam Rockwell and the late Alan Rickman. For me, the voice of the guide will always be Peter Jones, sorry Steven Fry!
The story has proved so popular it has made it on to vinyl LP’s, comic books and even stage plays. It is one of those classics that can be enjoyed over and over.
The original idea for Logan’s Run came from the book of the same name by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. A dystopian future where population growth is controlled and the city is where you were born, lived and died. Going outside was strictly forbidden.
The stars of the 1976 film include Michael York, Jenny Agutter and Richard Jordon. We must not forget Peter Ustinov and Farrah Fawcett also starred – quite a cast!
It’s a fine film and acted well but sadly someone has decided a remake is required. I can’t understand why anyone feels it needs one!
I really enjoyed the original book by Orson Scott Card, and also its sequel, Speaker For The Dead. It was a good story that I have re-read a few times now.
When the 2013 film version came out, I was excited and looked forward to seeing how it would look on the big screen. Sadly I was disappointed. Like many others, I felt the plot was lacking far too many aspects of the original story. I’ve no problem with the acting and special effects, just let down by the adaptation.