BBC War of the Worlds

BBC War of the Worlds

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dvb70

90 posts

55 months

Monday 30th September
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I have read it yes and the main characters wife is a very minor character who is only briefly in the story.

I have to ask have you read the book if you think the main characters wife features heavily? They are primarily a source of motivation rather than a character.

That's all kind of irrelevant anyway though given the main characters are going to be couple who have faced adversity in their relationship. These were not themes of the original story. Are not the themes of the original story actually good enough to stand on their own rather than adding soap opera elements?





Edited by dvb70 on Monday 30th September 14:22

Zirconia

Original Poster:

33,363 posts

232 months

Monday 30th September
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One particular book (not HG Wells) had several versions in different media types endorsed/written by the author and they were all good though the film took a second viewing for me. I await to see what War of the Worlds is like and hope it is done well.

gregs656

4,292 posts

129 months

Monday 30th September
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Rare for a on screen adaptation not to make changes. The trailer looks promising.

InitialDave

5,919 posts

67 months

Monday 30th September
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Adding a female main character to a story doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing.

For example Ma-Ma in Dredd. She's not a character from any of the comics, but she's an excellent character and makes for a really good film. It doesn't always have to turn out like the 2016 Ghostbusters debacle. I'll hold off on my pitchforks until I've seen it!

A "correct" period setting for War Of The Worlds should be good, I wish they'd done that instead of the Tom Cruise movie - we'd already had a "modern" WOTW in the form of Independence Day, anyway.

dvb70

90 posts

55 months

Monday 30th September
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I guess I just think the original story is strong enough to not need this change. I am sure we are going to see one of this couple the story is now about needing to be saved by the other and the original story does not have that kind of cheap manufactured drama. The main character worried about his wife but never knew where they were or had to get hands on in saving them. There were no heroics from the main character. They were just someone trying to survive.

I am probably being overly picky at this point based on not much though. I did like some of the stuff in the trailer.

SlimJim16v

2,383 posts

91 months

Monday 30th September
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Just had a look for this on IMDb and there are two series starting this year. Confusing.

dvb70

90 posts

55 months

Monday 30th September
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Apparently Fox is making a modern day version. The trailers below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtQNSP_kv14

Very little to go on based on the trailer as to what this one might be like.


RogerDodger

1,620 posts

42 months

Monday 30th September
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I doubt they'll have the balls to show the Curate as the cowardly selfish man that Wells clearly portrayed him as.

Fundoreen

1,006 posts

31 months

Monday 30th September
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this has taken ages since it was announced. Maybe they are taking time to get it right. There was a bbc remake of first men in the moon that was terrible with very unfinished looking special effects a few years ago.

Eric Mc

108,141 posts

213 months

Monday 30th September
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dvb70 said:
I have read it yes and the main characters wife is a very minor character who is only briefly in the story.

I have to ask have you read the book if you think the main characters wife features heavily? They are primarily a source of motivation rather than a character.

That's all kind of irrelevant anyway though given the main characters are going to be couple who have faced adversity in their relationship. These were not themes of the original story. Are not the themes of the original story actually good enough to stand on their own rather than adding soap opera elements?

Edited by dvb70 on Monday 30th September 14:22
I have read the book - quite a few times - but not for a long time.

I don't expect any TV or film adaptation to slavishly follow a book - they are two different mediums for telling a story - so there will always be changes to suit the medium. And the time in which the story is being told, will also make some changes inevitable.

I'm just grateful that somebody at long last has been able to make a filmed version that sets the story in the original setting and time period.

It beats setting it in the US, which all other radio and film versions have done.







Cantaloupe

750 posts

8 months

Tuesday 1st October
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dvb70 said:
Good too see they have found a way to get a strong female character in to this. Honestly I wish the BBC could just make something without this type of bullst. What's wrong with a straight up period correct adaptation that's never actually been done before.

I may be reading to much into it but the trailer very much makes me think we will be seeing a strong female character and a love story shoehorned in.
Worry not my wee bairns , the BBC will shoehorn in all sort of characters not in the novel, people of ethnicity,
alternative sexuality and disability.


gregs656

4,292 posts

129 months

Tuesday 1st October
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RogerDodger said:
I doubt they'll have the balls to show the Curate as the cowardly selfish man that Wells clearly portrayed him as.
Why do you say that?

RogerDodger

1,620 posts

42 months

Tuesday 1st October
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gregs656 said:
RogerDodger said:
I doubt they'll have the balls to show the Curate as the cowardly selfish man that Wells clearly portrayed him as.
Why do you say that?
Because religion seems to have become untouchable on the BBC. They are usually scared to death of offending any one particular sect .

Eric Mc

108,141 posts

213 months

Tuesday 1st October
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Why not just wait to watch it rather than speculating wildly.

dvb70

90 posts

55 months

Tuesday 1st October
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I thought this was the place to enjoy a good rant based on a flimsy premise?

Johnnytheboy

18,863 posts

134 months

Tuesday 1st October
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Not if Eric disapproves. hehe

Eric Mc

108,141 posts

213 months

Tuesday 1st October
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Nothing to do about approval or disapproval - more about pointlessness. Wait until you see it - and then you can have a valid opinion.

I'm looking forward to it but more in hope than expectation. At least they've made an attempt to set the story in the right place and the right time.

johnymac

172 posts

119 months

Tuesday 1st October
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Does anybody have any idea when this is likely to hit our screens?

Eric Mc

108,141 posts

213 months

Tuesday 1st October
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It'll be fun to see Woking being vapourised.

generationx

2,520 posts

53 months

Tuesday 1st October
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Looking forward to this one.

Quite interesting that the Beeb don't list it on their own "Ten Shows To Watch In October"...

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190930-10-tv-sh...