The Crossroads of the Aether
Here's question I would like to put to the citizenry of the Empire. What would you like to see in any upcoming Steampunk Movie or TV or Webseries. I mean besides airships and great costumes. What kind of characters, plots, and imagery do you want to see on screens big or small. Do you like almost historical, or a completely unique alternate pseudo-Victorian universe? What books would you like to see adapted? Or would you prefer somethng new? I ask both as a writer and as somebody still young to the genre.
Maybe a movie in a Super Hero fashion. They're making all kinds of Super Hero movies these days, why not one from the Victorian age?
Or they could make a new Wild Wild West TV series.
About two years ago it was announced that Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) had gotten the rights to reboot "Wild Wild West." Nothing seemed to come from it. Last year it was announced that Moore was doing a western series called "Hangtown", apparently a cross between "Tombstone" and "Castle." "Hangtown" is listed in IMDB as "Under development" 2012 but there is no sign of WWW so we're more likely to be seeing yet another crime drama than any steampunk.
Alternate pseudo-Victorian is always good. Perhaps a Victorian like Robin Hood character who uses a submarine to raid the East India Company's homeward bound ships and returns the 80% of the profits to the people in the Colonies. The 20% he keeps is to pay his crew and maintain the submarine. :}
Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series. This would work so very well on so many levels. It's got action. Comedy. Werewolves. Vampires. Ghosts. Paranormal romance. Airships. Goggles. Zombie Hedgehogs.
Considering Steampunk Superheroes. I did suggest sometime ago a Steampunk version of the Shadow with top hat and Colt 1877's. I love doing things like this, mostly because I love the original Wild Wild West TV series, (James Bond in the old West. Can anyone imagine these shows as Steampunk; "Get Smart" as (Siegfried in elegant Victorian clothes and a monocle), Hogan' Heroes (probably an alternate history, unless Hogan and the other Non-French prisoners are Foreign Legionaires captured in the Franco-Prussian war), Mission Impossible, the A-TEAM (no wait, ABC tried that with Bill Smith leading a team of Western Heroes in the 1890's, it didn't last), Knight Rider (KITT as a steam driven vehicle)...what's your idea?
How about a type show where a mad scientist traps someone in a theater and forces him to watch bad renditions of Shakespeare plays and awful vaudeville acts. He can create his own robots from old clocks and stove pipes and they can riff on the actors. It can be called 'Mystery Science Theater 2000'.
Don't worry SD, I've been told I run too long too. Part of my problem is even my minor characters have back stories, and I am a bit addicted to exposition. I'm running into with this short story I'm working, but fortunately I'm trying to keep it under control. Whether or not it's sucessful remains to be seen.
I fear for any film made by the Hollywood machine these days. Their blundering attempt to capture every (perceived) money-making cliché, meme, and pop culture fad at the expense of everything else and then slathering on an opaque layer of CGI and then paced for attention deficit syndrome suffers, leaves me cringing. There is some hope however; the John Cater movie was a very good attempt at recreating the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I think a modern remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea would be good, especially if they actually used the book as a guide rather than a rough outline. Captain Nemo was the seminal steampunker: wronged scientist with an outraged conscience, who is a mechanical genius out to change the world. He learns too late that he was on the wrong track in his flawed plan to horrify the world out war. Let’s more character, less CGI and explosions.