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Interesting Co-Incidence Noted Between a Book and A Movie
Posted: 16 July 2006 09:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Well, a week ago I finished Dean Koontz’ newest book,  ‘The Husband’.

It is a thriller that kept me up way past bedtime!  I read it in three nights.  A real fun book to read, I recommend it highly!

Then, Saturday, last night, my wife and I rented ’ Firewall ’ the DVD with Harrison Ford, a very good thriller.  I think the movie is about 2 years old.

And gee!  The plots were nearly identical, even many of the incidents!

The twists, the plot points, the gangs of thieves (kidnappers in the case of the book) were eerily alike!


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Posted: 16 July 2006 11:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Do you mean Dean Koontz?

Though I understand Stephen Koontz is a pretty good writer also. His monograph on the Influence of trade in live cattle futures on the stability of short-run cash slaughter cattle prices was a definite page turner.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 10:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I loved that book.  It really brought cattle futures to life for me. 

Dan, Firewall came out this year.  It’s entirely possible that Dean Koontz worked on the screenplay.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 03:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Harrison Ford just looked old and paunchy in it…
The days of Han Solo and Indiana Jones are long past.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Oops, hit it twice.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 03:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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that was silly of you raspberry

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Posted: 17 July 2006 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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FlintJ - 17 July 2006 07:12 PM

Harrison Ford just looked old and paunchy in it…
The days of Han Solo and Indiana Jones are long past.

If only.  I can’t believe he’s doing Indiana Jones IV.  What a waste of film.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Yah.

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Posted: 17 July 2006 11:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Alex - 17 July 2006 03:59 AM

Do you mean Dean Koontz?

Though I understand Stephen Koontz is a pretty good writer also. His monograph on the Influence of trade in live cattle futures on the stability of short-run cash slaughter cattle prices was a definite page turner.

Yes, Dean is correct, I knew that didn’t sound right when I typed it.

Thanks, I corrected my posting.

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Posted: 20 July 2006 07:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I don’t believe Koontz had anything to do with the movie (I read the book but didn’t see this movie).  The screenplay was written by Joe Forte and there is no mention of collaboration.  I’ve looked at some other reviews but linked only this one:  http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/f/firewall.html

United States, 2006
U.S. Release Date: 2/10/06 (wide)
Running Length: 1:45
MPAA Classification: R (Violence, profanity)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Cast: Harrison Ford, Paul Bettany, Virginia Madsen, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Robert Forster, Alan Arkin, Carly Schroeder, Jimmy Bennett, Robert Patrick
Director: Richard Loncraine
Screenplay: Joe Forte
Cinematography: Marco Pontecrovo
Music: Alexandre Desplat
U.S. Distributor: Warner Brothers

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Posted: 20 July 2006 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’m not saying Koontz definitely had anything to do with it, it’s just a possibility.  He’s written for Hollywood, and 95% of people who work on a script are never credited.  Most scripts seem to have at least half a dozen people who work on them at one point or another, yet only one or two get a writing credit for it.

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Posted: 22 July 2006 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Well, whatever the reason, both were fun!


Especially the book, which, as I said, kept me up way late, it was just too good to put down, with a twist and a turn every chapter, and plausible (within reason) all the way.

And the movie was good, too.  I just thought it odd that they were so similar, and you know, actually Dean Koontz could have sold a ‘treatment’ to some producer, but not the book rights, so that he could get paid twice.  Fine with me!

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