Larry Niven, that is. David Niven isn’t up to much movie-making these days.
Inspired by this thread. Larry Niven is my favorite sci-fi author, but I’m on the fence regarding the filmability of his stories. I know that the Sci-Fi Channel is planning a four-part miniseries of Ringworld, and I’m hopeful it will be decent, but I recognize the problems the story will present.
But LN has written a batch of stuff. Most of his best stuff, IMO, is the “known space” material, all of which would require backstory to be filmed. Gil the Arm stories are kind of promising, especially Death by Ecstasy, but would need to be fleshed out somehow. His later works might be more filmable, but I don’t like them half as well as the early stuff.
Can any of them be done? And why the delay in filming any of the works of one of science fiction’s most popular authors?