Holy crap, I just found out that Amazon is doing an adaptation PKD's "Man in the High Castle" and they've already released the pilot episode on Amazon Prime! Looks fantastic. Those of you who've read the novel will probably want to see how well it holds up, but some of those clips show that they seem to have done a great job. The design of the Hakenkreuz itself gets top marks. The love affair that the film industry has developed with PKD's works has yielded many lukewarm results (except for "Blade Runner", a liberal yet sterling adaptation, and "A Scanner Darkly"). It's too bad that none of this happened during PKD's own lifetime, whose situation was utterly destitute (I've read) and, at the worst of times, even had to resort to canine fare.
Boromir as Mitch. Lol. I liked Mitch a great deal. I like Sean Bean a great deal as well.
They couldn't find an Indian actor to play Venkat Kapoor? So they went with Nigerian. I can already see the producers' conversation: Indian...Nigerian, potato potatoe meh...as long as he is brown >_<
I'm not sure about Matt Damon as Watney. I hope he can do it, he's a great actor. It's just that Watney is very spunky guy who uses irony and humor as a defense mechanism. I don't remember Damon playing anything like that before. I'm thinking he might be too serious for this character. We'll see.
Also Norwegian to play German. Close enough Hollywood. Close enough lol
Yes, pretty much what I thought.
Nevertheless, in one of the discussions I followed on this issue, somebody really commented "Hey, you do not know what you are talking about. Some Indians are very dark-skinned". Reeeeallly?
Lol, some people.
If Robert Downey Jr was younger he'd be perfect Watney. Or Ed Norton, he has that sexy geeky side to him and he's funny But both of them are too old. Matt Damon is too old. Remember Watney is in his 20s.
Yep I did know about this - very much looking forward to it. I think Matt Damon is a good call, I actually quite like him as an actor, and he comes across like he's got a good sense of humour in interviews.
Hopefully the humour of the book will be apparent in the film, and it won't just be about suspense suspense suspense!
And for me, that is the most imporant feature of Mark Watney, the very thing that kept me reading on and on.
If you get further in the book, you learn that one of the important factors why Mark Watney was selected for his participation, was that he is a seriously likable person, one who can make a group of people stick together better. Matt Damon? Hah!
That's quite interesting. Mark Watney never struck me as particularly young, on the contrary, he comes across as settled and mature to me (so my impression of him was that he would be in his thirties).
Also, the author Andy Weir (who admitted that the book is quite autobiographical) has not been in his 20's for quite some time, if I venture a guess, as he does not give his age anywhere
But, which Mid-20's person remembers the REAL (the original) Star Wars episodes?
I'm wit @Derk of Derkholm on this one. Matt Damon is a good actor, but I don't think he's a good fit for this role. Also, I'm glad they are making this movie, but I hope the writers keep the depth in the story. Ridley Scott is a real fine director, but he needs good source material. So I hope the writers don't change to much.
My first thought was Ned Stark as Mitch. I think Matt Damon can pull it off. I have no idea who else I'd chose anyway. I'm glad it's a big budget film. I may have to spend the money to see it at an IMAX theater.