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August 09 2005

Tim Minear talks "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" in the final part of the iF Magazine interview. And there's some more post-mortem analysis of 'The Inside'.

Even such a detailed interview manages to mention our dreaded doppelganger Josh.
Otherwise another fascinating look into the mind of the genius that is Tim Minear. Now we know for sure that Amber's episode isn't going to air, I need the dvds to get a release date asap. (Though I do really want to see all the other episodes as well)
Its called 'Have Spacesuit, WILL Travel' not 'Have Spacesuit, AND Travel'. And its about more than one guy. And good luck adapting 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'. I wouldn't want to try it.
With Minear's luck, he'll probably write the greatest adaptation ever, and the project will go into permanent turnaround.
With Minear's "luck?" I'd say Talent.
I consider Tim to be way talented. He wrote my favorite episode of Firefly, "Out of Gas". Enough said.
I agree, Tim is very talented. I just think his luck stinks. (See also: Judd Apatow, David Greenwalt, pre- and post-Joss.)
I'm glad that somebody like Tim Minear is the one writing it, and wants to make sure that the movie stays as true to the novel as possible. After the fascist dreck that they made out of Starship Troopers, I had hoped that Hollywood would keep their hands off of any other Heinlein works. However, with Tim's input maybe TMIAHM can avoid a like fate.
...I liked Starship Troopers. I thought it was hilarious in how faux-seriously it took itself. It was alarmingly gross, and the brain bug was just a big, well... you know. But I thought it was perfectly cast and really funny. To me, it made fun of its own misogyny and fascism.
Willowy - That would have been fine if it chose a different title and the makers didn't claim to be making a reasonably faithful depiction of the novel. As it was, it wasn't even a satire - it was a mockery. It was somewhat akin to a movie version of Origin of Species which proclaimed the glories of Creationism.
Starship Troopers was a Verhoeven production (Oh He Who got hold of We'll Remember It For You Wholesale and turned it into Total Recall), and for a Verhoeven production, Starship Troopers was an excellent, excellent, movie.

It's all a matter of what ones basis for comparison is.

I have great hopes for TMIAHM, despite my....personal discomfort regarding Heinlein's politics.
To be fair to Voerhoeven, he did also direct "Robocop" and, back in Europe, "Soldier of Orange."

Actually, although I hated his movie of "Starship Troopers," it wasn't so much fascist as a deeply sarcastic take on Heinlein's politics in that book -- but the sarcasm is so thick it comes out the other side as nihilism and almost an endorsement of something like fascism, though I'm sure Tim would argue that there's nothing whatever fascistic about Heinlein's view and, though it's been years since I read the book, I'm not sure that I'd disagree, bleeding heart pinko that I am
Gee, it has been so long since I read any Heinlein I didn't even realize there was politics in his stuff...I was awfully young when I read through his books. It seems to me I do remember a lot of sex in a number of the later ones I read though. Funny how selective memory can be. ;-)

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