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Ideas I grapple with

The Highly Effective Detective would make a good movie.

1. If you were going to remake a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?

I would remake The Notebook.  I would have the movie appear to be a romantic movie by showing only loving, caring clips with sentimental music.  In reality the movie would be a zombie movie.  It would be one of the few movies that would spark discussion such as:

“Why did Ryan Gosling just shotgun Rachel McAdams?”  

“Because she become zombified by Alzheimer’s.”


2. If you could turn a book into a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?

The Gun Seller and I would have to cast Hugh Laurie, author of the book, as the lead.  When I read the book, I cannot help but picture him and hear his wit filled British accent narrate the novel.  


3. If you were going to turn a video game into a movie, what would it be? Would it be animated or live-action?

Metal Gear or Metal Gear Solid.  I prefer live action movies ergo I would prefer this movie to be live action but I could see how MGS fan base would prefer it to be animated.


4. You’re going to turn a book into a TV series. What is it? Why would it make a good TV show?

I think Carter Beats the Devil could make an interesting series.  It’s a period piece that is partly biographical about Charles Carter his rise to stardom, duals with a cruel magician, and overcoming personal grief.  There is a lot that could be done with the work to make it into a serial.

Interestingly, a few of the shows I enjoy were based from literary works.  The titular character in House M.D. was based off of Sherlock Holmes (House even lives in 221 B).  Scrubs pulls several references from the book The House of God.  


5. Do you generally prefer the movie versions or the novel versions of works?

My experiences have led me to say I don’t have a preference.  Jurassic Park was a much better novel than a movie.  The movie was great but there was so much that was cut out (I imagine time and budget constraints played a part in that).  Forrest Gump, on the other hand, was a much better movie than book.

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5 thoughts on “The Highly Effective Detective would make a good movie.

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Re: TV Series based upon books

    If you’re not watching the best show on television, you should. HBO’s The Wire is based upon the amazing non-fiction book “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets of Baltimore.”
    -Klaus

  2. The Gun Seller and Carter Beats the Devil would both be awesome if done justice.
    Does that mean you’ve finished The Gun Seller?

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