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On a completely different note...
Those of you who have known me for a while know that I am a very keen fan of Stephen King and his various works. While browsing the Internet Movie Database this morning I found a neat little piece of news. It seems that Anthony Hopkins will be playing Ted Brautigan in a movie adaptation of Stephen King's compilation novel Hearts In Atlantis. I have to be rather amused at the tag line, "What if one of life's great mysteries moved in upstairs?"

To the best of my knowledge this is the first adaptation of a Stephen King novel that will come even remotely close to touching on the Gunslinger universe, and I'm eager to see how they handle this very complex story. Not to mention it's going to be weird to see the man who played Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter portraying a character that is almost 180 degrees around from that role.

Current Mood: intrigued

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roho From: roho Date: September 19th, 2001 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, is Hearts in Atlantis one of his drama/fantasy type books? Or a horror? Judging by Feren's comment about it touching on the Gunslinger universe, I'm guessing the former, and they've actually done a fairly good job with those! To wit, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Green Mile (from what I hear)...they might not ruin it :)
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2001 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)


You still haven't read The Green Mile? I need to stop by your place this weekend and drop if off for you, then. I know I went to see it with you or Aureth (I'll be damned if I can remember who it was exactly) when it came out in theaters and was very pleased by the work they produced based on the serial.

That reminds me, I need to get that flick on DVD.
roho From: roho Date: September 19th, 2001 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: TGM...

Nono, I've read it, I just haven't seen it yet! At least, I think I read most of it...it was a while ago. I was reading it when it was the original serial novel, and I think I might've missed one or two :P Maybe a refresher wouldn't be such a bad idea after all!

So, by deduction, I guess you saw it with Aureth in the theatres :)
From: jaguarundi Date: September 19th, 2001 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: TGM...

G'wah! Go see The Green Mile, now....
shaddragon From: shaddragon Date: September 19th, 2001 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd heard they were making Hearts in Atlantis, but not that Hopkins would be in it. That sounds downright interesting -- anybody with a range like that should be able to play Brautigan pretty well. Good voice for the part, too. I can't imagine they'll be able to get the whole book into it, though. (It was something like sixteen hours on tape; I listened to it not too long ago, the unabridged version.) Maybe they're only doing the first section?

Drama/fantasy, yeah. Except with definite chunks of horror (but I guess that's normal for King). Some of the Vietnam bits aren't exactly gentle. Not nearly enough Gunslinger, though-- must have Gunslinger movies. (Though... who in the world would they get to play Roland?)
feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2001 12:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
My understanding is it's only touching on the short story at the beginning titled, Low Men In Yellow Coats, but I don't have confirmation on that yet.
roho From: roho Date: September 19th, 2001 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was a thread about this on alt.fan.stephen-king some 5 or 6 years back, it was kinda' neat :) I can't remember many of the candidates, but I think one of the ones that was popular was Clint Eastwood, for the gaunt, chiseled, unemotional look. But in his latest roles, I just can't picture it. Bleh :P
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feren From: feren Date: September 19th, 2001 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bruce Campbell?

Chiseled good looks, but not world-weary... not worn enough.

I think the Dark Tower series is something best done as they're rumored to be doing with The Eyes Of The Dragon: animated. It'd really be the only way to pull it off decently.
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