Post by konradsmith on Jul 24, 2015 10:23:55 GMT
One thing about it , Foundation has absolutely zero T&A and a minimal of violence, unlike GoT which has erotica that GRRM wrote and even HBO could not do! (People tend to not notice that.)
I think there has to be some restructuring , I watched the pilot for Man in a High Castle. Man! talk about sophisticated science fiction, that is almost all 'inner voice'. It was turned into a post-WWII dystopia 'action' , tho with the Dick odd-twist of the alternate universe ambiguity. Had a good reception and Amazon has ordered up a season. I don't know where they can go with it since Dick never wrote the sequels he had intended. Even then the intrigue of the novel it's abstract reality , I picture the dramatization going down hill.
About the Nolans I tend to think that both of them are pretty clunky when it comes to things like dialogue and characterization but are much stronger with things like theme and story structure. Then of course, I never saw Interstellar which apparently doesn't do wonders for their reputation in any of those departments. While I love the Dark Knight trilogy a great deal, there are some absolutely shitty lines in those movies (everything from the guy driving the truck with Gordon in the chase in TDK, for example, saying cliché after cliché, "we're like sitting ducks", "what's that a bazooka?", "that is not good, okay, that is not good" etc. to something like, "you're pure evil," "I'm necessary evil" in TDKR). Now I haven't kept up with Jonathan Nolan's previous forays into TV, this is why I have some worries about what he'll do with the Asimov for HBO.
As for Foundation and how it will play into HBO's want for nudity in its programming, it's possible that that all could be shoehorned in somehow if they really want it enough, despite how sexless a writer Asimov is. But really from what I've gathered Westworld will already be including a "robot brothel", so I guess if it's going strong by the time the Foundation is made, they could let it do the heavy lifting nudity-wise. I do think that HBO pressures shows into including nudity though. Obviously for PR reasons they have to be cagey about all of that but I think it's pretty apparent that that's their MO as a network and part of their formula for success with certain viewer demographics. Not only does Neil Marshall's interview back in 2012 about his experience making "Blackwater" point to this being the case but Nic Pizzolatto, when asked about making s1 of True Detective, said that if it was up to him there'd have been no nudity in the show. Implying that that which was included was not his idea. Both of those seem to suggest that there are HBO executives who try to push or even force that sortof content into their programming.
(Which I don't condemn really because I don't think it's compromised either show too greatly artistically...I mean, every network comes with it's own baggage and it's a helluva a lot better for a show to have naked people in it now and then than having product placement and commercial breaks! )