We’ve all done it- rewriting or recasting a movie, TV series or novel in our heads. Care to share yours here?
My contribution: I keep imaging an alternate version of 2001: A Space Odessy in which the David Bowman character is replaced by a woman. In this version, Frank and Dana Poole are a husband-and-wife astronaut team chosen to pilot the Discovery to Jupiter. (we get a gratuitous zero-gravity sex scene to establish how they spend all those months alone together). After Dana goes to rescue Frank and discovers he was already dead, we see zero-gravity tears beading up in her eyes.
I’d also rewrite the ending slightly to better match the novelization. I’d add a few last lines of dialog, where Dana addresses the empty room: “Hello? Who are you? Where are you? What do you want? What is all this for?” In other words, basicly the existential questions we all address to God. Then finally we see the Star Child (a newborn, NOT a fetus) reaching a hand out to the sphere of the Earth like a child reaching for a ball.