Post by engineerrailman on Mar 30, 2019 11:26:25 GMT
I wanted to create this thread because I thought of an idea. What one of us created a reboot of a Thomas show that is aimed at a more General Audience.
I came up with this idea because not long ago I watched a show called Once Upon a Time. This show is a mature take on the classic Disney films. I liked the show, and I thought to myself "If Disney can do a mature take on their classics, why not Thomas?"
I was thinking of doing a live action take on the show with his using real people, miniatures, practical effects, animatronics, and digital matte painting. With a very limited use of CGI. It would be a mature retelling of Awdry's books, TV series, as well as original content. The stories would be extended to 30 to 40 minutes long rather than 4 minutes and 30 seconds or eight or six minutes, and cover real life events such as The Great Depression, World War II, and the Beeching Axe. The show would be renamed The Railway Series.
I would do this myself, but I have other plans in mind, so I thought someone might do it for me, with me making ideas, and script writing thoughts
Any ideas or thoughts from you hard core RWS fans like SleeperAgent, Ryan, Christopher, Knuckles, etc?
Post by Sleeper Agent on Mar 30, 2019 14:20:50 GMT
Not to be a Negative Nancy but wonderful as it sounds such a thing is a chimera I'm afraid. I'm hardly the most prolific modeller but even with ten or so of the top enthusiasts out there it would take a long time under a voleenteer umbrella and the distance between them vs what occurred at say Shepperton Studios would make such a team effort difficult on a project of such size. Fan fiction and a working script out of it is more of a possibility but usually anything involving a short film is usually a one or two man affair concerning the actual modelling and filming aspect. Personally i've a few notions in my head centred around the RWSverse that I would like to flesh out in the fulness of time but i'm not really a fan writer and know nothing when it comes to film editing etc so I wouldn't be much help with this anyway Trainz and similar are probably the best bet for such a new verse launch as the graphics have come so far in the last few years and is a lot quicker to expand with the right know how and chums.
Post by engineerrailman on Mar 30, 2019 22:45:53 GMT
Yes it is a big project, I agree. However, stuff like what I thought of can become a reality. Take a look at the Thomas Creator Collective. Fans came together to accomplish a big project. My thought is to try and come up with ideas that could work for a new series for Thomas.
You don't have to be the modeler or storyteller yourself. Maybe an idealist. Or the Sudrian Historian (judging by a lot of knowledge on railways) something, whatever you do best. I'm not a writer really. If anything, I am terrible original writer. I can readapt stories, but not be original.
My idea is The Railway Series show is presented by SIF. So members of SIF can come together to show their talents to bring Thomas into the real world, this time in his proper E2 shape.
Post by engineerrailman on Apr 21, 2019 23:47:46 GMT
Hmm... Not bad. Tales when Topham was working for the Elsbridge and Knapford Railway. It would be nice to see him even build the coffee pot engines, including when the line was extended to Tidmouth and the flooding that happened.
how about adapting some of the railway history from the island of sodor, or reading between the lines into a prequel series like their doing with game of thrones? i came up with that idea the other day and i think it would be cool
A semi-reboot to erase BWBA from canon if Thomas ever gets back on track. The Classic Series, the RWS, TGD, HOTR, BMM, Seasons 17 to 21 and some Sodor episodes of S22 & S23 all remain in canon.
Thomas, Percy and Toby would be re-located back to the branch line sheds.
Emily is relocated to Thomas's Branch Line.
Henry would be brought back to Tidmouth.
Rebecca stays but Nia leaves. It can be revealed Nia was just on loan.
Pip and Emma would be introduced to help "semi" modernize the show.
The reboot would be aimed at an older audience given the TV series fails to keep up with a younger audience.
Another reboot idea I have is to remake bad episodes from Seasons 8 to 12 into good episodes. Like what S17 did with Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough.
That sounds like a plan. Season 13 to 16 can be redeemable. Especially with the Episode Adaptions where the fans redid some of the terrible Thomas stories like Wonky Whistle (The trouble with an Engine Driver rather than Thomas), Fiery Flynn (Flynn is well respected, and a diesel engine is set on fire rather than firebox on fire), Misty Island Rescue (Ferdinand keeps Bash and Dash in order, and all three become characters who needed sympathy), etc.
Also I would like to bring back Knapford Harbour as the main port and not Brendom Docks. Cranky and Salty can still stay at Brendom though. Percy can go back to working at Elsbridge Harbor, engines meeting Thomas at Elsbridge rather than Knapford.
Edit: Although if I was doing reality version of Thomas, then Tidmouth would be the main port, and Knapford will be the junction to Thomas' Branch Line, with Percy working at Knapford Harbour
Semi-inspired by Parks and Rec and The Office, imagine an Office-style mockumentary sitcom focusing on the NWR engines and staff. The interview segments with the engines alone would be funny in and of themselves.
Post by Two Red Engines on May 3, 2021 22:46:28 GMT
I know this is two years too late, but I do admit this does sound interesting. Any room for one more VA/Writer? Anyway, if ever this project does happen, it would certainly be an improvement over a certain other reboot!
Once upon a time, there was a little engine called Edward.
How about CW tv series prequel? Like Smallville, Gotham, Riverdale?
Which focused on young pre-fat controller Sir Topham Hatt? Before he wear top hat?
Before Thomas was created?
It should called Sodor!
I know this isn't cannon to the RWS, but I do quite like Victor Tanzig's career path for the Fat Controller, mainly with him being head of railways right across Britain before stepping down to manage Sodor's railways... I guess the way you could have that work would be to have him grow up as an engineer on the E&KR, then have him take position as director of Sodor's railways during the transition from private companies to NWR, though this would only be for a year or two, before he is offered the job as controller of the wider UK network... Then many years later, after all the nationalisation malarchy is done, he then steps down to manage Sodor once more, though this time he's here far more permanently...
MrMilkDuctor: Most of them are hit era which I don’t mind since this is the I grew up on
Sept 21, 2021 19:07:34 GMT
aspiegurl: IDK where you are but it aired first the year I was born and in reruns until '98. It's on Youtube and there's a wikia for it.
Sept 21, 2021 21:20:27 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: I was born in the 2000s so i I didn’t even watch the reruns from 1993 - 1998, as I said the only time I watch shining time STS was probably on a unknown channel but hey that’s cool to hear
Sept 21, 2021 22:02:48 GMT
dtchapman1: I suppose that is one thing we do have to consider on this forum now. We are pretty much at a point that new members are going to have grown up largely with the HiT era.
Sept 21, 2021 22:26:37 GMT
Two Red Engines: Me, I was born in '96. I didn't really see the episodes when they were first broadcast (Dad's job took us overseas), but I had several VHS tapes from S1-8 - including the AUS releases of Thomas & Gordon, Percy & Harold, Trust Thomas,...
Sept 21, 2021 23:22:57 GMT
Two Red Engines: Story & Song Collection, and Thomas & The Special Letter!
Sept 21, 2021 23:23:27 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: The hit era is actually decent compare to what we have now also the merchandise was just incredible
Sept 21, 2021 23:33:57 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: Two red engines i had only Like 5 DVD’s when I was young sadly I lost 3 of them hopefully you kept all of your VHS tapes
Sept 21, 2021 23:37:21 GMT
Two Red Engines: Thanks! I think I managed to keep most of them (mainly the individual S1-4 releases, as well as my Series 5 box set), as well as two DVDs, an S1-5 compilation ('Truck Loads of Fun') and a Series 6 release, ('The Chocolate Crunch')...
Sept 21, 2021 23:41:07 GMT
Two Red Engines: ...but some were lost to time, and others (mainly the S8 releases!) were just simply given away. Still have about 5 VHS releases (6 if you count the fact that my S5 box set came with two tapes) and those two DVDs, though, so not too bad in my opinion.
Sept 21, 2021 23:42:55 GMT
Two Red Engines: Say, anyone still got copies of their Railway Series books? Me, I've still got my 1997 edition of 'The Complete Collection' (the Gawdry version!), as well as RWS volumes 31, 32 and 40 (along with some stories from RWS 28 and 30 from the TTTE Book Club).
Sept 21, 2021 23:45:44 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: Solid collection right there!
Sept 22, 2021 0:05:56 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: I have the complete first series of the classic collection DVD from 2003 the one that has a menu option,I might post that later and a another one from the hit era a steam team DVD these are the only ones I still have .
Sept 22, 2021 0:06:33 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: Classic Thomas is gonna come back?
Sept 22, 2021 10:15:53 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: Or did I just read that in a wrong way
Sept 22, 2021 10:19:38 GMT
whosgeoffrey: I'm personally inclined to think of it as just another one of Allcroft's very heart-warming messages to the adult fanbase. If she is doing something new with Thomas, I doubt it'll be new episodes, though — maybe the biography she mentioned some time ago?
Sept 22, 2021 12:36:14 GMT
MrMilkDuctor: Yeah that could be true
Sept 22, 2021 13:17:21 GMT