Episode 194 - Adapted Adaptations

Nov 24, 2014

This week the topic of our Quackcast was inspired buy my Friday newspost where I talked about how we relate to adaptions of created properties (fave comics or books turned into movies etc), and some of the challenges involved in creating adaptions. i.e. Hollywood will often try to create a sure fire hit by adapting an already successful property (like Lord Of The Rings) into a movie. That property has massive fame and name recognition plus a lot of fan love and popularity. The challenge is to try and create a vision that appeals to the fans while also translating the books into films in such a way that it will easily appeal to the wider population outside of those fans and it can be a tricky process. In this Drunk Duck community webcomic podcast Banes and I discuss some of the pitfalls, cases when it's been done right, wrong, and extra-special!



Ozoneocean at 6:55PM, Nov. 26, 2014

I was just glad it had that made for TV adaptation that finally brought the real strength of the story to the fore and showed us the real journey to conquest that the books were about. Speaking of adaptation and Dune: the game version for the Sega Megadrive/genesis was the first real RTS game. and it was good! Without that there would have been no Red Alert, No Warcraft, and or course no World of Warcraft. -different type of game I know, but it came from the RTS version.

ejb at 4:49AM, Nov. 26, 2014

I was wondering the same thing. Perhaps it had to do with the idea of the Spice being less an elemental or natural resource and more of a space-warping, mind-altering, consciousness-expanding substance. Both directors used those sorts of ideas and themes in their other works. Unlike the more common 'from boy to king,' Dunes's 'from boy to messiah' character arc seemed to appeal to both directors as well.

Ozoneocean at 7:25PM, Nov. 25, 2014

I read about Jodorowsky's Dune aspirations years and years ago, and it sounded way crazier than anything Lynch would have thought up. With Jodorowsky and the Lynch, Hurbert must have really been despairing over the movie industry... I have a promotional book about the making of Lynch's version, by a press guy who was [aid to be on the set and follow the progress. There are some interesting tit-bits you can pull from that about the process- but they all seen to have been committed to doing a great job anyway, even if it didn't turn out that great. You have to wonder why surrealists were so drawn to that story, it's a pretty normal scifi story as far as it goes, there's lots of stuff out there that was VERY sureal, whereas Dune is just a conventional epic about royalty and empire building with the added complication of water conservation.

ejb at 6:32AM, Nov. 25, 2014

Great topic, guys. There's a fascinating documentary called Jodorowsky's Dune, which came out recently. It's all about an ill-fated mid-70s adaptation of Dune by abstract/surrealist director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The director explains how the movie would diverge from the book because it was a melding of the author's vision along with his own and that of his team of artists. The stories about how he gathered his group of actors, artists, designers, and musicians are all crazy and hilarious. The documentary is definitely worth a watch, especially if you're at all interested in seeing Moebius's wonderful character designs and story boards, or Salvador Dali as the emperor of the universe!

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