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February 26 2006

Instapundit interviews Tim Minear in this podcast. Tim's segment starts about 21:10.

Tim talks about why his shows end after 13 episodes, why his shows have been difficult to launch, planning series primarily for DVD, cancellation, DVD economics, strong female characters, how he got into television and writing, his screenplay for The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the Internet's effect on his writing, Drive, and fans.

Fun quote: "If I knew the secret of making a hit series, I wouldn't be cancelled more than a bad check."

It was interesting finding out more about Tim's background prior to TV, and the premise for Drive sounds really intriguing. I agree with him that it seems like a great framework for telling a variety of stories. I just hope we get a chance to see them all. I really loved his answer to a question I've often been annoyed by -- why do so many of his stories focus on women? "Because they're 50% of the population?"
His description of 'Drive' made it sound more interesting to me than my initial take on the premise. I'm now thinking less 'Cannonball Run' and more the Stephen King novellas 'The Long Walk' or 'The Running Man'.

I'm officially intrigued. Might send out a press release or something.

(it was cool to hear about the Heinlein script too, tho' I really liked the 'Starship Troopers' movie whereas TM didn't sound too impressed)
(it was cool to hear about the Heinlein script too, tho' I really liked the 'Starship Troopers' movie whereas TM didn't sound too impressed)

I'm only downloading the podcast now, but perhaps Tim Minear is a big fan of the Starship Troopers book and like many fans of the book was disappointed in how vastly different the movie was from the book. The book had a lot to say about politics and the military and the movie didn't use any of those themes, instead making more of a statement on war propaganda. It's one of those movies that is more "inspired by" rather than "based by" the novel. Actually apparently when director Paul Verhoeven first began working on the movie it was called "Bug Hunt" and had nothing to do with Starship Troopers. It was a friend of the director who read the script and pointed out how it had similarities with Starship Troopers, so the rights for the novel were bought up. I read that Paul Verhoeven claimed to have never finished reading the novel because he found it boring, which is likely to explain why it's so different and carries so few of the book's themes.

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