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» Friday, June 22, 2007
1. If you were going to remake a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?
I'm not sure who I would cast. Maybe Anthony Stewart Head or Hugh Laurie in the male role, but I would like to do Daddy Long-Legs properly, the way Jean Webster wrote it, not something about a French orphan.
2. If you could turn a book into a movie, what would it be and who would you cast in the roles?
I think Jean Webster's sequel to Daddy Long-Legs would make a great movie: rich society girl runs orphanage in an enlightened manner, runs afoul of officious Scottish doctor, and keeps two brothers and their little sister together although it would have been so easy to separate them. Ewan McGregor with a beard might be good for Sandy.
I'd also like to see Kate Seredy's The Good Master as a kids' movie (independent girl character in pre-WWI Hungary) or her Chestry Oak (young Hungarian prince during WWII) and always wished when they made Merlin with Sam Neill that they had done the Mary Stewart version. He's too old for the young Merlin anymore; unless they find a Neill lookalike for the younger Merlin and concentrate more on the Merlin-with-Arthur part of the books. A shame. Neill could have done a super job.
3. If you were going to turn a video game into a movie, what would it be? Would it be animated or live-action?
I don't play those types of video games.
4. You're going to turn a book into a TV series. What is it? Why would it make a good TV show?
I can't think of any book I'd want as a continuing series, but I'd love to see several books as a miniseries or a British-type limited series: the Stewart Merlin books, Chestry Oak, Good Master, Fardell's 7 Professors of the Far North, a real version of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Huckleberry Finn...
5. Do you generally prefer the movie versions or the novel versions of works?
Oh, I usually prefer the books, but some of the movies are very good. Harry Potter has been abridged, but the movies are fun. The Gordons' Undercover Cat and Disney's original That Darn Cat! are both good in their own ways, the original Lassie Come Home is excellent, National Velvet changes the story some but is still good, also 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Cheaper by the Dozen. I actually prefer the movies Journey to the Center of the Earth and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao to the books.