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Welcome to the new Christian America: Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will, according to the Times, have all references to God and Church excised. Which boggles my mind, and makes me very sad. The article also points out that Tom Stoppard, the original screenwriter for the project, has been "dumped and his draft shelved."

It's like filming Moby Dick without the whale.


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Dec. 9th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
Wonder how long it'll take before any non-extreme-Religious Reich gods are debased into "cult idols and pagan delusions" because, of course (in their minds) there is only one God and he's ours.

Well, the good thing is when they haul me away to a camp for dissidents, I'll finally have more time to write without the worries of paying the rent. ;)

Dec. 9th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
I don't think it'll be policy to ban non-Christian faiths.

Rather, as in this example, the push is for a chilling atmosphere from the FCC and other agencies that brings studios and networks around to self-censorship. "Kinsley" seems to hitting the problem at the advertising level; no one wants to be seen as endorsing a film about sexuality for fear of giving offense.
Dec. 10th, 2004 01:04 am (UTC)
True, they're too lacking in the balls area to do an outright ban, but as a practicing pagan, I'm starting to wonder whether or not to really mention it that loudly in mixed company these days.....

Too bad that KINSEY's not finding an audience; I'd go see it if I were making money. And I'd try and bring a date. Funny, innit, that the movie's about rerpession and fear of offense and that's exactly what's stifling the movie and whatever discourse might come of it.

Yes, we're living in 1950s America again, boys and girls. (and if you want to see a movie that made me want to take an AK-47 to the entire 1950s generation of repressive judgemental bastards, go see that Julianne Moore flick with Dennis Haysbert from last year....)

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Dec. 10th, 2004 01:00 am (UTC)
Who knows? Still haven't read these myself, but there are ways to adapt novels while varying wildly from the source.

The bookish you will enjoy both THE NINTH GATE (movie by Polanski) and THE CLUB DUMAS (Arturo Perez Reverte's novel). Central figure is the same but rather than have to explain lots of stuff about 19th publishing and The Three Musketeers, they beefed up a subplot and made it more streamlined. To paraphrase Monte's review: "It's about books written by the devil, smoking, and it has Johnny Depp in it." :)

I'm still amazed that I love both the film and the movie and understand exactly why they did what they did. After all, it's a lot easier to say "This book is written by the devil" and hook your wagon to that as you need little more explanation than that.

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