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FictionQuest
12-07-2011, 01:22 AM
Just read this blog post dft.ba/-1bjO (http://dft.ba/-1bjO) and thought it might make an interesting question here.

I would go with Rendezvous with Rama

Diana Hignutt
12-07-2011, 03:01 PM
How's about a Sandman movie based on Neil Gainman's celebrated comic book/graphic novel series....

JimmyB27
12-07-2011, 03:21 PM
I don't think it would fit into a film, but maybe a mini-series of the Farseer trilogy would work?

MamaStrong
12-07-2011, 07:05 PM
Sadly, I think I've only read books that have been made into movies already. Except maybe some of the middle series of books by V.C. Andrews. <---back when I was reading stories that were worse than my own life so I didn't feel so depressed. (first time confession eek!)

dragonjax
12-07-2011, 07:46 PM
How's about a Sandman movie based on Neil Gainman's celebrated comic book/graphic novel series....

No no no no no no no no no no no no no no. Please, no. Not a Hollywood Sandman. Please no.

JimmyB27
12-07-2011, 07:47 PM
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no. Please, no. Not a Hollywood Sandman. Please no.
HBO miniseries.

Scriptissima
12-07-2011, 07:49 PM
Peter Ustinov's "The Old Man and Mr. Smith." LOVE that book; it has been a favorite of mine for 20 years or so. And I think it would make for an awesome movie.

Alpha Echo
12-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Honestly...none. I'm almost always disappointed in the movie version of my favorite books. You just can't capture everything on screen the way you can on the page.

Once I finish The Stand, though, I may be interested in checking out the mini-series, just to see how the screenwriters adapted that huge novel.

I think The Green Mile is one of the best movies based on a book.

I would like to see The Help though.

But now I'm talking about movies that have already been done.

How about my book? Does that count. :D

Diana Hignutt
12-07-2011, 08:14 PM
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no. Please, no. Not a Hollywood Sandman. Please no.

We could write the script, it would be okay...

we'd go with the capturing of Dream, the whole Cereal Convention, the Corinthian, a smattering of the Endless, and stir in some explosions and car chases....box office gold.

dragonjax
12-07-2011, 10:34 PM
We could write the script, it would be okay...

we'd go with the capturing of Dream, the whole Cereal Convention, the Corinthian, a smattering of the Endless, and stir in some explosions and car chases....box office gold.

Actually, the "A Game Of You" arc would probably make a very good HBO mini series. Coincidentally, that also had very few direct appearances of Dream.

Nugus
12-07-2011, 10:37 PM
How about Scared Games by Vikram Chandra - it would be an Oscar winning epic methinks.

Shadow_Ferret
12-07-2011, 10:41 PM
Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Only criteria is that I'm the consultant and have final say on the finished product so we don't end up with crap like those 70s adaptations of Land That Time Forgot or anything Sci-fi channel has made.

Same with adaptations of Elric, Fafrd and the Grey Mouser, and any character creates by Robert E Howard.

Diana Hignutt
12-07-2011, 11:16 PM
Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Only criteria is that I'm the consultant and have final say on the finished product so we don't end up with crap like those 70s adaptations of Land That Time Forgot or anything Sci-fi channel has made.

Same with adaptations of Elric, Fafrd and the Grey Mouser, and any character creates by Robert E Howard.

You know the John Carter movie comes out in March, right?

Could you imagine the glory of a good Tarzan at the Earth's Core adaptation?

Vince524
12-07-2011, 11:42 PM
How about mine?

Probably have to have it published first, right?

If not, the In Death novels by JD Robb, (AKA Nora Roberts.) Probably would work better as a hbo series as well.

Archerbird
12-08-2011, 12:09 AM
I would like to see Jonathan Strange eat a dead mouse, so I'm gonna say Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I thought it already was a movie, but I couldn't find anything.

Manuel Royal
12-08-2011, 12:39 AM
Giantkiller. After I write the novel, of course.

In regards to books already written -- well, apparently somebody's actually going to attempt The Stars My Destination. Will probably be terrible.

I'd love to see a good version of Lest Darkness Fall.

Jess Haines
12-08-2011, 12:59 AM
I think we just did a thread like this recently, didn't we? Or maybe that was books that will probably never be made into movies, lol. I think I mentioned Sharon Shinn's ARCHANGEL as a good candidate.

I'd love to see C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy made into movies, too.

scarletpeaches
12-08-2011, 01:00 AM
By the Book by Scarlett Parrish.

Ed Panther
12-09-2011, 01:28 AM
The Sun Also Rises. It would have to be a great director though.

Al Stevens
12-09-2011, 01:32 AM
Foretaste of Glory, by Jesse Stuart

areteus
12-09-2011, 02:52 AM
There is no way that a Sandman movie could happen because the rights are all tied up... and if there were, there is a good chance it would be terrible because Gaiman is unlikely to be involved in it at any level...

Good Omens on the other hand is apparently already in the works...

I'd like to see Elric done well as a fantasy series...

Ed Panther
12-09-2011, 03:53 AM
Honestly I could go for The Series of Unfortunate Events being made into movies (again), but with much more competent actors and director and vision. The series really is a stroke of genius, in my opinion.

Well Jim Carrey could still be Count Olaf, but everything else would need to be completely different.

Darkshore
12-09-2011, 07:05 AM
I'd love for Patrick Rothfuss's Kingiller Chronicles to hit the big screen, but I'd be to terrified of them mucking it all up. Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim would be an awesome movie though, it's basically a B-Movie on crack.

Flicka
12-10-2011, 11:03 AM
I've always wanted to see a movie set in ancient Egypt so my vote is for Pauline Gedge's Child of the Morning.

SirTysonius
12-12-2011, 10:44 AM
Patrick Rothfuss's "The name of the wind"

It would be a seven hour long movie. And I would love every second of it!

Scribe4264
12-12-2011, 10:44 AM
Anne Rice's The Mummy.

bettielee
12-12-2011, 10:56 AM
I'd like a faithful version of Black Beauty. In my mind, there hasn't been one yet. They all sucked for various reasons.

I'd also like to see A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It's an amazing book.

NewKidOldKid
12-12-2011, 03:29 PM
The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but only if they make all three books into movies.

KTC
12-12-2011, 08:56 PM
A Confederacy of Dunces
The Near Witch

KTC
12-12-2011, 08:57 PM
Anne Rice's The Mummy.

Agreed! That book SO read like a movie!

Satori1977
12-12-2011, 11:06 PM
By the Book by Scarlett Parrish.

I'd watch that.

Satori1977
12-12-2011, 11:09 PM
One that comes to mind is Vicki Pettersson's Scent of the Zodiac series. Such a great UF/superhero series. The imagery is cool, and if they could get it right, the visuals on screen would be amazing.

Scriptissima
12-13-2011, 09:47 AM
Honestly...none. I'm almost always disappointed in the movie version of my favorite books. You just can't capture everything on screen the way you can on the page.
While I agree with your last sentence, there are some movies, that do an amazing job converting the story. There are actually at least two movies that I like better than the novels they were based on - even though the novels were outstanding. The movies/novels being "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco and Margaret Atwoods' "The Handmaid's Tale."

Once I finish The Stand, though, I may be interested in checking out the mini-series, just to see how the screenwriters adapted that huge novel.
Never read the novel, but I liked the mini-series when I watched it about ... um ... 15 (?) years ago.

JimmyB27
12-13-2011, 03:41 PM
I've just thought of another one - Dune.

Diana Hignutt
12-13-2011, 04:00 PM
I've just thought of another one - Dune.

That's been made into a movie...twice now...

JimmyB27
12-13-2011, 04:43 PM
That's been made into a movie...twice now...
Yeah, I'm pretending those never existed on account of the fact that they suck donkey balls.

ohthatmomagain
12-13-2011, 04:45 PM
It's YA, but I'd love to see the Mortal Instruments (City of...) books become movies. Especially the Clary/Jace ones.

Diana Hignutt
12-13-2011, 05:37 PM
Yeah, I'm pretending those never existed on account of the fact that they suck donkey balls.

Fair enough. Can't argue with the facts.

Diana Hignutt
12-13-2011, 05:38 PM
How about Watership Down? But, not a cartoon...

defcon6000
12-13-2011, 05:52 PM
Yeah, I'm pretending those never existed on account of the fact that they suck donkey balls.

David Lynch one wasn't so bad, but it should have been broken up into two, maybe three, parts. It's too epic a novel to fit into one movie.

I'd like to see The Skinner by Neal Asher as a movie, but that too would have to be broken up. Ubik would also make a good movie.

Diana Hignutt
12-14-2011, 03:10 PM
David Lynch one wasn't so bad, but it should have been broken up into two, maybe three, parts. It's too epic a novel to fit into one movie.

I'd like to see The Skinner by Neal Asher as a movie, but that too would have to be broken up. Ubik would also make a good movie.

Ubik is being adapted.

Maramoser
12-17-2011, 02:51 AM
I used to think Pendragon series by DJ MacHale and would make awesome movies. Haven't read them in a while but I think it's still true. There would be so many opportunities for killer special effects with all the different worlds and action.

Of course, there are 10 books, so maybe a TV series...

Manuel Royal
12-17-2011, 03:01 AM
I've tried to imagine a movie adapted from Gravity's Rainbow. Probably pretty much impossible.

Although the author and I don't get along that great, I've often imagined Steven Boyett's Ariel as a movie.

yellowhammer
12-17-2011, 03:32 AM
Justin Cronin's The Passage. Good thing movie rights have already been purchased.

Mackenzie
12-17-2011, 03:57 AM
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon would make an awesome film.

It's my world
12-17-2011, 04:04 AM
Abarat by Clive Barker

triceretops
12-17-2011, 04:25 AM
Anything by the late great Poul Anderson, since he's mister Cinematic, IMO. I've been waiting for a supposed sequel or remake of Nolan's Logun's Run, but I've heard nothing on it. It was slated for a 2010 release, alas, never making it.

When four agents told me that my thriller, Fusion, should be a graphic novel or comic book, 'cause of strong visuals, I was surprised. But, hey, what's not to like about a female Iron Man in disguise, especially with a wheelchair-bound MC?

Tri

Manuel Royal
12-18-2011, 04:12 AM
Anything by the late great Poul Anderson, since he's mister Cinematic, IMO.Ah; interesting. Maybe Brainwave?

triceretops
12-18-2011, 04:24 AM
Brainwave would be an uber cool choice.

W.L. Marks
12-18-2011, 08:14 AM
The Mortal Instruments series probably would make for a good movie trilogy.

As for another YA series I'd love to see: The Bartimaeus Trilogy.

JimmyB27
12-18-2011, 05:15 PM
Excession. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excession)
Actually, any Iain Banks book would be great, but Excession is crying out for some CGI awesomeness.

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
12-22-2011, 08:01 AM
"The Given Day" by Dennis Lehane. Just finished it a while back, and was blown away. I love anything from the WWI period, it has Babe Ruth in it, and J. Edgar Hoover at his early, evil best. You got terrorists, labor unrest, the Flu Epidemic, and police corruption.

Plus, I'd love to see them film the Great Molasses Flood. :D

silentpoet
12-25-2011, 08:48 AM
Mini series but The Belgariad. Surprised it has not been done yet.

Camilla Delvalle
12-27-2011, 02:52 AM
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever?

Or maybe I'd prefer them as a TV series or anime series.

cmi0616
12-27-2011, 05:58 PM
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen should and will get made into a movie someday, mark my words.

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz- i've always loved this book and thought it would make a great film

robjvargas
12-27-2011, 06:58 PM
I'm wondering is the HeeChee series, or Oath of Fealty, both involving Frederick Pohl.

Lucifer's Hammer?

I don't know if it could be made, but I'd be intrigued by seeing Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End.

mscelina
12-27-2011, 07:11 PM
*evil grin*

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Abso-freakin'-lutely.

unsettlednomad
01-03-2012, 01:41 AM
stole my idea

How about mine?

Probably have to have it published first, right?

If not, the In Death novels by JD Robb, (AKA Nora Roberts.) Probably would work better as a hbo series as well.

cosmia
01-03-2012, 01:48 AM
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, although I'm not sure I could actually bear to watch a film version of that. So depressing.

FrankiiGii
01-03-2012, 04:26 AM
I would love to see a really good adaptation of Good Omens. Also The King Must Die by MAry Renault. It's a historical re-imagining of the myth of Theseus. I plan on writing up my own adaptation for Script Frenzy but I don't plan on it being any good :p

FrankiiGii
01-03-2012, 04:37 AM
How about Watership Down? But, not a cartoon...

That could be fantastic. As long as Tim Burton didn't get anywhere near it. How do you imagine it?

Killgore
01-03-2012, 07:12 AM
I've been waiting for an Ender's Game movie since I read the book, oh, 20 years ago.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer would be terrific (that made for TV movie doesnt count)

Victoria
01-03-2012, 12:40 PM
The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

Manuel Royal
01-03-2012, 07:28 PM
Unfortunate title aside, H. Rider Haggard's Eric Brighteyes is quite a story. Some scenes would look great on screen.

dwriter68
02-03-2012, 02:40 AM
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Great Story. Beautiful characters.

MaryMumsy
02-03-2012, 03:31 AM
If not, the In Death novels by JD Robb, (AKA Nora Roberts.) Probably would work better as a hbo series as well.

I missed this the first time around. I'd love to see the In Death series as films also. Unfortunately the perfect Roarke is a little too old now: Pierce Brosnan. I don't know who I would see as Dallas.

MM

Shadow Dragon
02-03-2012, 04:12 AM
Midnight's Daughter, or any book by Karen Chance, would make for a cool movie.

Sam K.
02-03-2012, 06:46 AM
Most of the books I like seem to be either movies or in the works to be so - or fantasy and so probably impossible (in the case of things like Name of the Wind).

I'd really love to see Vurt by Jeff Noon as a movie...it was going to be in 2002, but no word since.

I think it would be very interesting to see how they'd do The City & The City by China Miéville as a movie.

AKyber36
02-03-2012, 10:19 AM
*evil grin*

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. Abso-freakin'-lutely.

I came on just to say the Kushiel's Legacy series. Can you imagine not only the setting and characters but also the visuals? I would love to see the Midwinter Masque at Cereus House on full screen with all of those costumes! =) Not to mention, seeing what sangoire really looks like.

blacbird
02-03-2012, 11:38 AM
Any of the Travis McGee thriller/mysteries by John D. MacDonald. I believe he expressly forbade such adaptations, but I could be incorrectly mistaken, and possibly wrong. To my credit, however, I might be in error.

caw

blacbird
02-03-2012, 11:40 AM
I'd be intrigued by seeing Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End.

Yes, my second choice. One of the greatest SF novels of the 20th century, and easily Clarke's real masterpiece.

caw

GeorgeK
02-03-2012, 04:53 PM
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Ransom
02-03-2012, 05:21 PM
Drop City - T. C. Boyle

ncochrane3
02-16-2012, 07:41 PM
I would love to see Stephen King's 11/22/63 made into a film (and I bet it will happen one day!)

maxmordon
02-16-2012, 09:10 PM
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon would be a terrific HBO series.

The whole historical fiction novels of Venezuelan author Francisco Herrera Luque. It follows the same family from the colonial era to the first half of the XX Century.

DavidBrett
02-17-2012, 03:57 AM
The Invisible Fiends books by Barry Hutchison would make a great 12-A horror movie series!

Same goes for Department 19 by Will Hill.

The Skullduggery Pleasant movie is already underway, otherwise that woulda been on my list, too.

bearilou
02-17-2012, 04:20 AM
I'd like to see Elric done well as a fantasy series...

Oh yeah!

Also, Soulless by Gail Carriger.

iRock
02-17-2012, 06:10 PM
The Book of Lost Things, for sure.

Tinman
05-22-2012, 08:05 AM
They Thirst by Robert R Mccammon, Midnight Mass by F Paul Wilson. And it's a short not a novel, but One For the Road by Stephen King.

Fuchsia
05-22-2012, 07:12 PM
There has never been a definitive Alice in Wonderland, IMO.

Also, the Gormenghast miniseries was all kinds of terrible (with the exception of Christopher Lee as Mr. Flay - he was awesome). I was so disappointed by it that I'm adapting it myself, because SOMEONE has to do it properly, even if it will never be made. :(

LongWave
05-22-2012, 11:34 PM
One of Carl Hiassen's adult novels -- one of the good ones, not Strip Tease.

retromovie
05-22-2012, 11:50 PM
The phone directory. It'd be better than most movies and is full of one liners.

Smiley0501
05-23-2012, 05:41 AM
I second Soulless. Or it'd be even great as a mini-series.

Anna L.
05-26-2012, 06:29 AM
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. Done right, with adequate technology, it'd be as epic as LotR. Which is why I'm pretty excited that Peter Jackson bought the film rights. It might just happen.

fivetoesten
05-26-2012, 06:45 AM
The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez. Get 'em Mack!

Raventongue
05-27-2012, 03:25 AM
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis. Done well, it would probably become the next Fight Club.


"The Given Day" by Dennis Lehane. Just finished it a while back, and was blown away. I love anything from the WWI period, it has Babe Ruth in it, and J. Edgar Hoover at his early, evil best. You got terrorists, labor unrest, the Flu Epidemic, and police corruption.

Plus, I'd love to see them film the Great Molasses Flood. :D

Hell. Yes.

PorterStarrByrd
05-27-2012, 03:33 AM
"If I Never Get back" Daryl Brock

J.S.F.
05-27-2012, 08:12 AM
Gone South, by Robert McCammon. He used to write these really gross horror novels I read as a kid and while I liked them, I didn't think they were that special. Then about twenty years ago I picked up GS and from the first five pages I was hooked. It has all the elements of an epic adventure, a very likeable and somewhat tragic hero and heroine, great sidekicks/adversaries, and lots of offbeat characters popping up along the way. Excellent in every detail.

Wind Ann Wise
06-20-2012, 12:51 AM
That's tough, 'cause there's not many books I like that haven't been made into movies already!

I think Laurie Halse Anderson's newest novel, Wintergirls should be a movie!