I am living in Vancouver right now where they are hard at work filming I Robot. It stars Will Smith as Elijah Bailey. I am not sure what's going on as I am not too familiar with the story(I only ever read The Robots of Dawn), but I heard they really aren't staying true to the story. It would seem that Hollywood still hasn't learned the lesson, that Lord of the Rings taught them! It really is too bad. This is what one of my friends who works on the second unit told me anyways. Anyone have any opinions? How about other Sci Fi books that should be movies?
May 30th, 2003, 08:41 PM
I'm in Vancouver too!
As for I, Robot. I read it when I was 17 (7 years ago), but I seem to remember that it was a collection of short stories, not a novel at all.
May 30th, 2003, 10:37 PM
Amazon review of I, Robot (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0553294385/qid=1054351404/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/002-5022369-3199218?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)... For your reference.
Yes it is a collection of shorts, each set within certain guidelines as prescribed by Asimov. And while each is independent of the other, the stories could be said to tie into each-other making the book work as a whole...
On the other hand, I doubt Hollywood has read any of the Amazon reviews, nor have they done much research into the purpose of I, Robot... That is partly how Smith ended out in this movie...
May 30th, 2003, 10:50 PM
I disagree fully with your view of Will Smith. He may not have made the best choices so far, but his acting skills are there. He has after all been nominated for 2 academy awards already.( i know that doesn't mean all that much but you generally have to pretty good to get a nod).
When coming up with Elijah Bailey roles, me and my brother could only think of two others that could pull it off. Denzel Washington and Chow Yun Fat. I also wanted an Indian actor to play him(can't remember his name) but he would have been great.
I heard that they are going to produce all the films in the series too, so they wanted Will over the next 10 years or so.
May 31st, 2003, 01:34 AM
I would hate to see Will Smith play any role in any movie associated with any author I enjoy. Whatever acting skills he has, his future movies will be tainted by his past errors.
May 31st, 2003, 01:24 PM
Unfortunatelt what people fail to realize is that Elijah Bailey was not even a character in the I, Robot collection-- their central character was Susan Calvin.
Elijah Bailey was the protagonist of The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun and The Robots of Dawn; with a "flashback" role in Robots and Empire.
May 31st, 2003, 01:43 PM
PLEASE tell me Will Smith is NOT Lije Bailey.
It's like the last post says, Bailey was NOT in I, Robot. He was in the Robot Series, which is made up of 4 different books.
BTW Flint, I like the choice of Denzel or Chow Yun Fat. Interesting, though not what I pictured.
As for Smith, get this... I found out that he was apparently supposed to be cast as NEO in the first Matrix! UGH!
June 6th, 2003, 08:32 PM
All I know for sure is that the movie is not going to be exactly like the book. I believe Will Smith is playing Elijah Bailey(perhaps they've changed the plot or something) but there is a chance they could change it! The film is being directed by Alex Proyas( Dark City, The Crow) so maybe it won't be bad. I really don't know. It's so hard to tell what's going to be crap nowadays.
June 7th, 2003, 12:18 PM
From www.scifiwire.com :
"Bridget Moynahan has signed on to star opposite Will Smith in I, Robot, the upcoming film adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic SF short-story collection, Variety reported. Moynahan will portray a psychologist in the distant future with a specialty in robot psyches, who must aid a detective (Smith) investigating a murder supposedly committed by a robot"
Doesn't sound anything like I, Robot to me...
June 7th, 2003, 04:15 PM
I, Robot is the more famous title than the others in the Robots series. I, Robot was used to set up the robotic laws that became the centre points of the series thereafter. Will Smith as Bailey I think won't be so bad. You are all way to critical before you see something. So it won't follow the story exactly, they are following the exact premise of the Robots series. The synopsis for the movie is exactly like a brief description anyone would make of a Robots novel.
Again, just because its called I, Robot doesn't mean they can't use the Elijah Bailey. Its just the most well known title come on people, get with it.