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The Man Who Fell to Earth…Again

SciFiWire is reporting that there will be a remake of the 1977 David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

What the article does not say is that the movies are based on the fantastic book of the same name written by Walter Tevis. The book was outstanding. Maybe the remake is a good reason to re-read this classic as I always promised myself I would. I have only a vague recollection of the 1977 movie. I had a chance to see it a couple of years after its theatrical release but the character study aspect, if I recall, did not appeal to the false depiction of what I thought science fiction should be. (Thanks for nothing, George Lucas.) When I got older and wiser (I know I am getting older. I hope I am getting wiser.) I gave the original Tevis work a chance and absolutely loved it.

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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

2 Comments on The Man Who Fell to Earth…Again

  1. I’d like to see a movie closer to the book…but…which version of the movie did you see? The UK theatrical version was a lot longer than the US theatrical version, and that’s the one that has been most seen on television, VHS, etc.

    There’s a new DVD version that restores the film back to the UK theatrical version. It’s not really closer to the book–but it’s a much better film.

  2. I suppose it was the shorter version as I saw it on TV or cable. And I should clarify: I never watched it all the way through. Like I said, at the time it did not appeal to my tastes.

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