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Old November 7th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #1

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If you were a Hollywood big shot and could make a movie about anything from history you wanted, what would it be?

I recently finished The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair and couldn't help but think how good a movie Jurgis Rudkus' life in early 20th century Chicago might make. The gruesome descriptions of the meat packing industry's practices of that time could make for some intense yet historically accurate cinema.

What other books or specific parts of history do you think would carry over well to the big screen?
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Isandlwana comes to mind, I know Rourke's Drift has an excellent movie, but I think that Isandlwana should be portrayed starting with how that battle came to pass in the first place. I can think of many more, I think we should do these one at a time.
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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:28 PM   #3

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Siege of Yorktown
War of 1812
The Barbary Wars 1801-05
Life of King Tut
Life of James Madison
Life of Sam Houston
Comanche Indians
Superman vs Doomsday
Something with Star Trek
And of course, some sort of time travel flick.
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World War II aquamen, in their minisubs or just setting charges in underwater gear. Alexandria Harbor. The Italians are very interesting, as are the British and the Americans.
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I once suggested to Spike Lee that he do a movie on the Black Panthers and how they won the revolution only to have drugs end it.
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Frederick Russell Burnham, founder of the US scouting movement and Baden-Powell's inspiration.
Right out of a Boys Own Aventure story. Unfortunately, his successful killing of many, many Red Indians, Mexicans and Africans is a bit un-PC these days.
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I would love a Hollywood funded movie about Magellan's voyage or Sir Francis Drake
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I think the invasion of China by Altan Khan would make a good movie. The rise and fall of the Qing dynasty would also be good.

The British takeover of Jamaica would be interesting, as would the Normandy invasion of England.

The life of Baron Von Stueben, and the tobacco plantations by John Rolfe would also be good to make.
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Isandlwana comes to mind, I know Rourke's Drift has an excellent movie, but I think that Isandlwana should be portrayed starting with how that battle came to pass in the first place. I can think of many more, I think we should do these one at a time.
Haven't you seen "Zulu Dawn"?
There is also a film in the works (has been for years and years) that was code-named "Zulu Rising" (although there is now a book of that name out), that was intended to bridge the gap between "Zulu" and "Zulu Dawn" and have a more native-centric viewpoint.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:32 AM   #10
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Superman vs Doomsday and Something with Star Trek are the two my favorite...
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