SyFy Announces Plans To Make A Ringworld Miniseries

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So I've heard that SyFy is doing a miniseries based on Larry Niven's "Ringworld" series. All I've been hearing from those who have received this news, are groans of dismay, mostly because the SyFy channel is notorious for doing really bad adaptations of what are regarded as classics of the genre, usually with the addition of monsters that never appeared in the originals.

I have no idea how SyFy expects to create this miniseries, because the Ringworld Known Space Universe is so integrated and complex that it's almost impossible to take any one book out of context. It would be something like doing a film on the Rape of the Sabine Women without any background in the Trojan War--it would make very little sense.

I'm guessing that they're going to do something along the lines of a Ringworld Sampler--"Here we have a giant structure built around a star, and there are lots and lots of people living on it. Let's talk about a few of them and their angsty problems." Possibly they lifted the script from the Wikipedia entries.

I guess Niven's on board with it, because you can't just decide you're going to make a movie about somebody's book without asking them for permission--or at least paying a hefty sum for the permission.

Judging by the press release, they're going to do an adaptation of the first book in the series. Maybe--just maybe--they'll manage to pull it off and get it to work. This isn't the first time SyFy has announced plans to make a Ringworld miniseries; possibly the state of CGI art has progressed to the point where it's actually feasible.

True fans will be mortified, the way they were mortified by the "Dune" movie that came out back in the 1980's; new fans who don't know crap about the series will probably lap it up with a spoon.

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