Use of Weapons declared best sci-fi film never made
Iain M Banks tops Reg reader poll
Our poll to name the best sci-fi film never made has returned Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks as the book Reg readers would most like to see projected on the silver screen.
The 50 candidates attracted a whopping 27,088 votes, with the winner securing 10,032. Runner-up was Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's The Mote In God's Eye, which was honoured with 7,099 votes. You can see the full results right here.
So, Hollywood take note: scrap plans to "reimagine" Total Recall and get down to making something original.
I haven't personally read Use of Weapons, so I'll leave it to you lot to suggest how it might best be brought to the big screen. If we get some decent casting/directorial suggestions, we'll look into knocking up a poster to celebrate the movie which is yet to be. ®
de gustibus non est disputandum
but that doesn't alter the fact that you're wrong.
Distribution of votes.
That's a *very* skewed distribution there. Did somebody use a script?
My favorite is excession
Damned if I can see a way of taking a story mostly constructed from the interior monologues of the unimaginably powerful shipminds, and converting it into a watchable movie.
How the hell do you get a shipminds visible manifestation, and multi-kilomiter long ships hull, probably concealed by layer upon layer of 'fields', to emote in a fasion an audience can appreciate?
Or a drone, for that matter?
though I'd put Player above Consider.
It's worth making the effort for Excession though.
<QUOTE> Ulver laughed. 'It looks,' she snorted, 'like a dildo!'
'That's appropriate,' Churt Lyne said. 'Armed, it can fuck solar systems.'
One small flaw
The plot twist that makes Use of Weapons so cool relies on you not realising the details of the Zakalwe/chairmaker situation until right at the end.
If you can see the actors, that won't work.
Additionally, I think it would be beyond challenging to keep track of and show all the flash forwards/flashbacks/reverse chronologies in a film.
Fantastic book, abysmal film potential.