endless list of favorite movies:Brokeback Mountain (2005) dir. Ang Lee
We coulda had a good life together. Fuckin’ real good life. Had us a place of our own. But you didn’t want it, Ennis. So what we got now is Brokeback Mountain. Everything’s built on that. That’s all we got, boy, fuckin’ all. So I hope you know that, even if you don’t never know the rest…I wish I knew how to quit you.
Cassian was one of the best Jaeger pilots of
the PPDC until, during a fight with a huge Kaiju, he felt his co-pilot dying.
Key was his best friend, his only friend, and Cassian never recovered, choosing
to retire, to escape far from the battlefield.
Burdened by self-pity and an oppressing sense of guilt, Cassian struggles to
survive, until one day General Saw Guerrera, his old boss’s co-pilot, finds
him, asking him to come back. They need pilots, all those they can find. They
The exact moment Cassian enters the Shatterdome he realizes he’s home.
Jyn Erso is Saw’s adoptive daughter and a great pilot. Or at least she is on
paper as Guerrera has always prevented her from piloting one of those metal
giants she loves so much. The official excuse? She’s not ready. In reality? He
just doesn’t want to lose the one member of the only family he’s ever had.
As Jyn and Cassian try to persuade Saw that they are drift compatible, Bodhi
Rook lab technician is trying to find a way to understand Kaiju’s attack’s
pattern. His research brings him face to face with organ smuggler and Kaiju enthusiast
Orson Krennik. Not his brightest moment.
Bonus: the mighty Jaeger known as Force Alpha is piloted by married couple Chirrut & Baze,
Jyn’s old friend and Cassian’s old acquaintances.
Jyn’s and Cassian’s Jaeger is called Rogue One by Bodhi, because “you are both
“"What?” he asked, sounding nervous. “Nothing.” “Luce.” “I can’t get it out of my head,” she said, rolling over on her side to face him. She didn’t feel steady enough to sit up yet. “This feeling that I know you. That I’ve known you for a while.” The water lapped against the rock, splashing on Luce’s toes where they dangled over the edge. It was cold and spread goose bumps up her calves, Finally, Daniel spoke. ‘Haven’t we been through this already?“ His tone had changed, like he was trying to laugh her off. He sounded like a Dover guy: self-satisfied, eternally bored, smug.
Adaptations of old stories will frequently move them closer to the production in time and/or space, even if the original is only a couple of decades old.
Distinct from Recycled IN SPACE in that the purpose is to make the story more familiar and accessible, whereas that trope is often based around transplanting a story into a less familiar setting. Also, by its nature, a Setting Update is typically made long after the original, whereas a Recycled Premise is usually a Me Too made to cash in on hot demand. Sometimes, especially with the more radical changes, it can be a genuinely clever analogy.