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« on: October 24, 2003, 08:58:59 PM »
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Philip K. Dick and/or Elmore Leonard.

both have had numerous films made from their books. just wondered what you liked / recommend?

i just picked up Dick's Eye in the Sky today at the library.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2003, 09:04:13 PM »
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Elmore Leonard.

I have only read Out of Sight and Glitz...but my step-dad swears by him, has most of his stuff...(realize my step-dad has pretty damn good taste for the arts)...he keeps trying to get me to read more...

But check those out if you haven't.  Out of Sight is a good read even if you have first seen the film...

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2003, 09:05:27 PM »
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Of Dick, I've only read A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep. I'd recommend both, ESPECIALLY the former. It's very very good.

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2003, 09:25:03 PM »
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Do Androids...... is the basis for Blade Runner, right?

is the film close to the book?
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2003, 09:46:28 PM »
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It is the basis, but no, the film isn't exactly close to it. Although they're both brilliant in their own rights.

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2003, 12:41:45 PM »
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I went through an Elmore Leonard period where I would read nothing but his books... think I read like thirteen in a row.

He wrote mainly westerns and crime novels... I would stick with the crime novels... he really is the master of pulp fiction.  If you want to give him a chance, make sure you read a few of his books.  You'll start to see all the same characters showing up (like Michael Keaton in Out of Sight and Jackie Brown).  

Get Shorty is really good, but avoid the sequel "Be Cool".  Pronto, Glitter, and Riding The Rap... I remember liking those, but it's been about eight years.  I should read them again.

PKD... Read his shorts then read DADOES and A Scanner Darkly.

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2003, 03:14:39 PM »
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Of Dick, I've only read A Scanner Darkly and Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep. I'd recommend both, ESPECIALLY the former. It's very very good.


VALIS is great, too.  Some seriously deranged, philosophical sci-fi, but so interesting....

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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2004, 11:14:55 AM »
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Writer Elmore Leonard's Hollywood Slate
Source: SFGate.com

Writer Elmore Leonard has been out promoting "Mr. Paradise," his new crime novel, and gave the San Francisco Chronicle an update on what various books of his have been optioned and by whom.

John Travolta begins filming next month on "Be Cool," reprising his role as Chili Palmer in this sequel to "Get Shorty." Written in 1999 by Leonard at MGM's request, the novel shifts the action from movies to music.

Quentin Tarantino and Miramax have the rights to adapt "Killshot," a 1989 Leonard book about a half-Indian, half-French Canadian hit man plying his trade in the Midwest.

John Malkovich's production company Mr. Mudd plans to adapt "Freaky Deaky, " Leonard's 1988 novel about former '60s activists in Detroit caught up in an extortion caper.

Kathy Bates is putting together a deal that would have her adapting and directing the 2000 novel "Pagan Babies," set in Rwanda during the 1990s.

Catherine Zeta Jones plans to star in "Cuba Libre," Leonard's 1998 novel set in Cuba during the Spanish-American war in 1898.

Producer Tony Bill ("The Sting") wants to direct "Swag," Leonard's 1976 novel, one of four featuring the Jack Ryan character introduced in "The Big Bounce."

Don Cheadle, who co-starred in "Out of Sight," wants to direct an adaptation of "Tishomingo Blues," Leonard's 2002 novel about a stunt diver who wanders into trouble in a Mississippi casino.

Paramount has optioned "Tenkiller" for Bruce Willis, based on a Leonard short story about a rodeo stunt man who returns from Hollywood to find trouble brewing on his ranch.

Veteran producer Walter Mirisch has been working with Joel and Ethan Coen to adapt "La Brava" for Universal Films, based on Leonard's 1983 book about an Old West prison break.
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« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2004, 11:21:41 AM »
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Leonard must be rich as hell.

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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2004, 01:43:56 PM »
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I like John Irving and Andre Dubus myself.
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« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2004, 02:50:23 PM »
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does anyone know much about purchasing the rights to books?
how it works, figures involved, etc?
i guess you pay and have so many years to do something with it, if not, the rights go back to the owner to sell to another?
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2004, 01:20:35 PM »
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I started reading Elmore Leonard's "Be Cool" yesterday.  I'm only about 30 pages into it, but it seems interesting so far.

 

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