Friday, July 30, 2010
I, Robot : The Illustrated Screenplay by Harlan Ellison
A movie scrip which is based on Asimov's short story collection. Unfortunately this movie was never produced, and the movie which uses the same name, as is supposed to be based on the same collection has nothing to do with this script (or with the story collection, either). This script follows fairly closely many of the stories, is bound together with a Citizen Kane – like story where a journalist tries to find out what kind of character the Susan Calvin really was. This could have been the best science fiction movie ever. The storyline is pretty good. However, the script would not work as written anymore – many of the stage directions feel very old fashionable and are directly from the seventies. Time lapse shots of sun moving through sky would probably feel pretty quaint in a modern movie.