Gary Whitta

The Book of Eli screen­writer on his all-Time genre favourites

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Favourite SF/fan­tasy film

The ones that in­flu­enced me most as a kid were the orig­i­nal Star Wars tril­ogy, and Time Ban­dits. I loved that movie so much I made my own full-size replica map. The Last Starfighter also had a huge im­pact on me as a kid who grew up in the 1980s play­ing videogames. And Car­pen­ter’s The Thing was a big in­flu­ence on my first novel, Abom­i­na­tion.

Favourite SF/fan­tasy TV show

Grow­ing up it was un­doubt­edly the BBC TV adap­ta­tion of The Hitch­hiker’s Guide To The Gal­axy. Though it looks hor­ri­bly dated now it struck me as wildly, rad­i­cally bril­liant, so un­like any­thing else on TV at that time. Later on, I be­came a mas­sive fan of Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion.

Favourite SF/fan­tasy book

Hitch­hiker’s is my all-time num­ber one. My favourite stuff right now? Pa­trick roth­fuss’s Kingkiller books and the Joe Abercrombie First Law se­ries. It doesn’t quite qual­ify as SF, but I sim­ply must rec­om­mend Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle. Ab­so­lutely bril­liant.

Guilty SF/fan­tasy plea­sure

I’ve been re­watch­ing the en­tire run of Bat­tle Of The Plan­ets, which I loved when I was a kid. It’s all on Hulu and the cool thing is that they also have the orig­i­nal Gatchaman se­ries that BOTP was ba­si­cally stitched to­gether from, so it’s in­ter­est­ing to watch both and see all the dif­fer­ences.

Gary wrote The Book Of Eli, worked on Rogue One and has penned the script for forth­com­ing thriller, The War Ma­gi­cian. He can be found at @gary­whitta.

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