How do you see the movie working?

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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by macurbach » Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:59 pm

The whole over arching concept of fighting the sea/water as an enemy doesn't work without the Spiritus. Anders can't do what he has to without it.

I agree that most of the subplots would have to go; just too much information to cover in a film. Simon's and Anna-Greta's back histories are awesome, and great to read, but again, would be extremely difficult to fit into a film.

While I could see it being done for the above reasons, I would hate to see Elin, Henrik and Bjorn go. It's all just so damn creepy...

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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by Nightrider » Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:08 pm

The "water" storyline is very important in the novel and should also be important to a potential film script. Plus the Spiritus, plus Hubba and Bubba, plus Elin...True, lots of subplots will have to be shortened or jettisoned completely. However, there's plenty of things that should be kept on, as they are essential components of will make "Harbor" into a great movie.
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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by Nightrider » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:56 am

Well, I was watching absolutely horrendous Stephen King miniseries "Bag of Bones" and I realized what Mr. Lindquist should do in order to sell more books and give "Harbour" proper treatment it deserves...A miniseries on American television! On a right cable channel, with a right script and a right director there will be no stopping "Harbour". I used to think that a movie was the only way to go, but the more I kept watching "Bag of Bones" the more I realized that if this tepid and incredibly unoriginal script got turned into a high profile 2 night event, "Harbour" shouldn't have any problems getting sold to US Cable TV. "Bag of Bones" which is based on King's 1998 book is so amazingly lame and would be so easily overpowered by "Harbour" that TV version of Mr.Lindquist's bestseller should be a natural vehicle to propell him into literary stardom beyond anyone's imagination.
That pretty much settles it for me..."Harbour" must be a miniseries and not a movie.
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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by gattoparde59 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:53 am

Nightrider wrote:A miniseries on American television! On a right cable channel, with a right script and a right director there will be no stopping "Harbour".
Agreed. HBO could do it, or any of his novels, including Let the Right One In. More likely a Harbour miniseries would end up on Swedish tv.

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Post by Jameron » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:57 pm

I think the opening scenes in the book that have Anders and Cecilia walking/climbing to the big rock, holding hands, and finally having their first kiss was beautifully written and should definitely be included in the film. We have to see what Anders has lost in order to empathise fully with him. To lose his beloved (until the reveal) daughter, and then his true love wife, and finally his self worth and self respect. Of course, this can't be oversold, understatement is key.

And I won't complain if Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson play young Anders and Cecilia. Yeah, I know, you can stop rolling your eyes now. There's nothing wrong with having a "squee" moment in there.

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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by Nightrider » Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:19 pm

Jameron wrote:
And I won't complain if Kåre Hedebrant and Lina Leandersson play young Anders and Cecilia. Yeah, I know, you can stop rolling your eyes now. There's nothing wrong with having a "squee" moment in there.
:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

Seriously though, after LTROI and Handling the Undead, Harbour is probably the most screen ready piece by JAL.
For now it's Handling the Undead that's on cinematic horizon. Can't wait.
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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by Nightrider » Thu May 31, 2012 6:37 pm

5/27/12
At the Cannes Film Festival Mads Mikkelsen has won the best actor prize
for the drama "The Hunt". Once again, I'm convinced that he would
be perfect for the role of Anders....if "Harbour" is ever turned into a movie.

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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by gattoparde59 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:27 am

I have been re-reading the book, and I started thinking about this thread again.

Looking back at earlier posts, I like Aurora's idea for a more chronological screen play. This introduces the main characters early on, especially Henrik and Bjorn. Then we know exactly who they are when they turn up later and start scaring the bejesus out of everyone.

A narration, or different characters narrating different parts make sense, since the book is a series of stories strung together. I could easily picture Anna-Greta filling in Simon on the island's dirty little secret. That could be done a number of ways depending on the budget. I would like to see a series of period engravings illustrating the story as Anna-Greta tells it.

Lastly, making this a 4-6 hour mini-series would solve many problems with the novel. If this was done in the English speaking world, they could still retain the Swedish setting as they did with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. While I am thinking of that, why not Max von Sydow playing Simon? If he is still alive at any rate.

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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by Nightrider » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:36 am

Either way HARBOUR makes it to the big or small screen would be fine by me. I just love to witness another JAL related live action project see the light of day. Max von Sydow is a great actor, but at this point he's way too old to play Simon. Way too old....Waaaaay...
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Re: How do you see the movie working?

Post by gattoparde59 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:53 am

Nightrider wrote:Max von Sydow is a great actor, but at this point he's way too old to play Simon. Way too old....Waaaaay...
Too old? Here are a couple of sneaky ideas for the part of Simon. Hans Alfredson (who may also be too old) or Per Ragnar. Anyway there is an endless supply of elderly actors and its an easy part, an actor playing a performer. ;)

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