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Has anyone ever thought of making a screenplay out of "The Crystal… 
21st-Nov-2003 03:32 am
Bill by Binkette
Has anyone ever thought of making a screenplay out of "The Crystal Shard" by R.A. Salvatore?

I've thought about it for a while....with the success of the LotR movies, it could open the door for more fantasy genre movies. It'd have to be much better than the "Dungeons and Dragons" movie....yes yes I'm sorry for even bringing that horrid film up but its a dnd based film...I guess.

Some people might say "start with Homeland" ...but I personally think the whole underdark scene might be a turn off for normal movie-goers. Not to mention the whole lightless world. Perhaps a flashback or two?

I've looked over the novel, not major just skimming for ideas, and thought it could be easily done. But would it float? WotC could make a fortune....i'm sure they'd dig that. Leeches.

Anyways...who would you cast for...

Artemis? (not a large part, so maybe someoene big for a cameo....or a greater role is the whole trilogy was made.)
Akar Kessell?
and the rest....

Other thoughts?

P.S. I'd really like to see "Vampire of the Mists" as a movie. Probably the best Ravenloft novel I've read...ok i've only read about 5 or 6 Ravenloft novels :)
21st-Nov-2003 01:37 am (UTC)
P.S. I'd really like to see "Vampire of the Mists" as a movie. Probably the best Ravenloft novel I've read...

That's not saying much. I'm a RL fan, but I must admit the novels suck. But then again, so too do most other D&D licensed products.
21st-Nov-2003 07:37 am (UTC)
Some of the RL novels were quite good. Vampires of the Mist oversimplified Strahd, in my opinion, but was a good read. I'd like to see Knight of the Black Rose (even more oversimplification of Strahd) or Spectre of the Black Rose done.

Then again, I'd like to see the DL Chronicles done as a movie.
21st-Nov-2003 07:54 am (UTC)
Heh. It was more about Jander. I forgot about Knight of the Black Rose. Its been ages since i've even seen the book....a buddy has it since about jan. 2002??
21st-Nov-2003 01:20 pm (UTC)
I shudder at the idea of the DL Chronicles being turned into a film/films. I'd be even more of a perfectionist over them than I am over LOTR. I actually think Legends would be much better as a film because there are fewer characters to follow and it could be condensed easier. But you couldn't do Legends without doing Chronicles. Maybe they'd be best off doing them as mini-series' or TV films. Then there'd be more scope for doing more and more of the books.
21st-Nov-2003 02:13 am (UTC)
Dude, Wheel of time screenplays MUST be made. Granted it would take the rest of my life to watch movies that long .... but whateva
21st-Nov-2003 05:15 am (UTC)
Viggo Mortensen must play Drizzt. He can be downright elfy if you shave him, and he's proven he can do ninja-ranger stuff already.
I can't imagine who in the world could play Wulgar, he'd have to be young, and really big.
21st-Nov-2003 07:44 am (UTC)
That guy who played the Gruselug (sp?) off of the WB's Angel? I think he'd make a good Wulfgar though if you make him blonde I'd worry he'd look too much like a beach bum.
21st-Nov-2003 07:47 am (UTC)
Enough fur and an magical adamantine warhammer can help anyone's image.
21st-Nov-2003 07:53 am (UTC)
yeah, he'd have to be shaved every few minutes. he seems to be the insta-scruffy type, like myself *scratch scratch* and a friend.
21st-Nov-2003 07:55 am (UTC)
He pulled it off in Crimson Tide. Man's got some hollow cheeks too.
21st-Nov-2003 07:56 am (UTC)
He was in Crimson Tide??

Granted, I don't remember that movie at all.
21st-Nov-2003 08:30 am (UTC)
If anythging.... The Dragonlance chronicles would make the bestt movie
21st-Nov-2003 01:36 pm (UTC)
I would say the screenplay would need to start out in a relatively low-magic world. It would give the story more credibility with audiences who don't follow D&D. But please god, not a movie about Strahd. That would heavy-flop. I would say, if anyone does go the Ravenloft route, make it about a non-vampire character (Azalin or Strahd in my opinion).
21st-Nov-2003 01:48 pm (UTC)
Icewind Dale is a relatively low-magic world. I mean, Drizzt is one of the main sources of magic, just for being a drow. You've got the wizard council who drops out during the prologue and just one uberartifact, the shard itself. That plus one demon is about the sum total of magic in the book.
3rd-Dec-2003 02:31 pm (UTC)
Bruenor: John Rhys-Davies (hey, he worked as Gimli)
Wulfgar: anyone as long as it's not Ah-nuld.
Catti-brie: Famke Janssen

Talking of Forgotten Realms and movies, who'd you cast in a movie as the younger Elminster Aumar as depicted in Greenwood's Elminster: The Making of a Mage, the Old Sage Elminster of Shadowdale, Khelben "Blackstaff" Arunsun, Laeral Silverhand Arunsun, the Simbul, Mystra, Fzoul Chembryl, Sememmon, or Szass Tam.
3rd-Dec-2003 02:35 pm (UTC)
One other thing: The only problem I'd have with it is that NOBODY would know how to pronounce Drizzt Do'Urden's name except perhaps Salvatore himself. Shit, my friend calls him Drist DeLorean 'cause he has a bad memory for names and pronunciation.
3rd-Dec-2003 02:42 pm (UTC)
well if they did a movie i'm sure someone would be smart enough (or at least I hope) to consult Salvatore about such things.

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