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07-09-2002, 17:18:11
Have any of you read any or all of O'Brian's series of 20 novels?

Well, Fox is currently filming "The Far Side of the World" the title of the tenth novel in the series.
Director: Peter Weir
Jack Aubrey: Russell Crowe
Stephen Maturin: Paul Bettany
Filming is taking place in Baja California. The replica of the HMS Rose is standing in for the HMS Surprise.

Weir has worked on the screenplay (with others) but it is not clear if they plan to stick to the plot of one of the novels or pick and chose elements from different books.

I really enjoyed the books, especially the first dozen or so. I am anxious to see how the film project develops.

20-09-2002, 23:20:13
I have read most of the books. Really liked them but then I'm a sucker for naval fiction. Have you tried the Bolitho books by Alexander Kent (aka Douglas Reeman) or the Ramage series by the late Dudley Pope?

21-09-2002, 10:36:16
I guess trotting out ol' Hornblower is considered too basic for blasť affectionados of the genre?

22-09-2002, 10:52:28