Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Movie: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

So Many Books
is pondering books that can't possibly be as good as their titles but are.
She has included one of my favorite books from many years ago, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein. That reminded me that I had heard, seen, read, or been told that Tim Minear, screenwriter for Firefly, The X-Files and Angel is working on a possible screenplay for the story. I found this article about the project.

The challenges:

"This is about a revolution. It's big and it has a lot of really complex political ideas. It's hard in that respect. How do you personalize this? There's a lot of talking in the book - theoretical talking about Libertarian ideals and political structure and that sort of thing - how do you take that and make it immediate and dramatic and emotional? How do you say that stuff through scenes and action, as opposed to characters sitting around and having a conversation? That's difficult.

"The other thing is to make sure the powers that be in Hollywood don't force you to turn it into some Marxist screed on socialism, when Heinlein was a Libertarian and it's about free-market capitalism. You want to try and not make it about an evil corporation. That's the trick."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can hardly wait for this movie to come out. I am worried because others have murdered a few Heilein books when they made them into movies. I think the screenwriter(s) can work the political ideas into scenes in which the Prof or other characters are making actual speeches to the people of the moon. Also, they could do it just like they did in the book. During scenes between the action there were discussion scenes in the hotel room that served as Wyo's hide out. Also scenes could be written at Manny's house. Also in the capsule down to Earth the professor could start talking to calm both of their nerves down..