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8th January 2006 18:45  #1

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Books to Film
I am not sure how many "readers" are among the DVD Active members. But I was wondering if you had a favorite book or short story that you feel would make an excellent movie or television series. One screenplay that has made the rounds in Hollywood is Caleb Carr's extraordinary crime novel, "The Alienist." I wish someone would get that film rolling. I would love to see Christopher Nolan, Neil Jordan, Tim Burton or the Hughes brothers direct. Any other great books that scream to be on the silver screen?

8th January 2006 18:54  #2

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
I recently read "High Society" by Ben Elton, which was an excellent thought provoking read about Britian legalising all drugs. In order for it to work as a movie, I reckon the story would have to be told linearly instead of all the flashback narrations.

8th January 2006 19:17  #3

Tigerclaw Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: Canada Posts: 493 Send a message via MSN to Tigerclaw
The Walking Dead: The Heart's Desire
by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn

8th January 2006 19:49  #4

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Well. Looks like we got ourselves a reader.

8th January 2006 20:06  #5

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Siege of Silence by A.J Quinnell

8th January 2006 20:21  #6

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Here we go Tony. Another serious one.

Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama and the 3 follow up books. Good enough for you? Does that meet your strict non funny criteria?

And you wanted me banned. Look how serious I can be.

8th January 2006 23:16  #7

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Aaron, for once I actually agree with you.  I'd love to see a movie of the Alienist.  I'm not sure that it could be done properly, but I would get excited if it had some talented writer/director associated.

9th January 2006 10:18  #8

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
You've only agreed with me once?

9th January 2006 11:33  #9

Intergalactic Ponce Member Join Date: April 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,151
Terry Pratchett Discworld Books. Although it's difficult to know which one's would make the best 1st films, if you know what I mean, or what would be the best way to realise them. A fully CGI film or live action with CGI environments. I personally would like to see a film structured around Sam Vimes and or the Wizards. A better way to go may be to either combine elements from several books or for Pratchett to write an original screenplay. Either way, casting would be a sod to get right.

9th January 2006 19:36  #10

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,435 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I spend most of my time reading non-fiction and books about film (though any of my friends would tell you I don't read very often). I said this before in another forum onthe old site, but I'd like to see someone attempt to make Ender's Game. I know it could be a gigantic failure, but I still want someone to give it a chance, preferably NOT Wolfgang Peterson, whose been attached to direct for decades.

I'd also like to see some kind of epic, LOTR style, live action trilogy of Myazaki's early manga effort Nausicca of the Valley of the Wind. His anime version was really nothing in comparison, and the books lend themselves to some spectacular visuals.

9th January 2006 21:00  #11

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Also, I'd like to see the book Angels and Demons a few years after The Da Vinci Code is released.

10th January 2006 13:36  #12

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
I am gonna reach way back to my childhood for this one: Encyclopedia Brown. Before there was Harry Potter, these books captued my imagination. I think these children's classics deserve to be adapted faithfully to film. I would also add Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." However, I have heard it is currently in pre-production.

11th January 2006 1:38  #13

Greg Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United States Posts: 8
I would say either Life of Pi (schmaltzy yes, but I enjoyed it, kind of like The Old Man and the Sea meets Franny and Zooey) or The Rule of Bone by Russel Banks.  I heard that M. Night Shyalaman was interested in doing Life of Pi.

11th January 2006 2:02  #14

77MiKe77 Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United States Posts: 66 Send a message via AIM to 77MiKe77 Send a message via MSN to 77MiKe77 Send a message via Yahoo to 77MiKe77
i think the book the hobbit would make a great movie. it might take a while to make but I hope it will be made :/
i'd also like to see the artemis fowl books made into movies

11th January 2006 9:15  #15

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,706 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub - The film rights were meant to be sold to Steven Speilburg but I have heard nothing about it

11th January 2006 15:17  #16

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
77MiKe77 wrote: i think the book the hobbit would make a great movie. it might take a while to make but I hope it will be made :/
i'd also like to see the artemis fowl books made into movies


There's been rumors that Peter Jackson may take it up after King Kong.  Ian Holm has expressed interest in taking another turn at Bilbo.

12th January 2006 0:07  #17

Gerd Member Join Date: February 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 29 Send a message via Yahoo to Gerd
I'm a voracious reader.  I would also like to see Angels and Demons done.  It's a great book.
Love to see the Hobbit and Andre Norton's Witch World series.
I think I heard that Artemis Fowl was in the development stage for filming.  But they're also going to do Pulmans His Dark Materials.

Oh and Ann MacAffery's Dragons of Pern (the first 3 books only, they are the best of the lot)

12th January 2006 1:58  #18

Darren Russell Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 208
Aaron Schneiderman wrote: I am gonna reach way back to my childhood for this one: Encyclopedia Brown. Before there was Harry Potter, these books captued my imagination. I think these children's classics deserve to be adapted faithfully to film. I would also add Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are." However, I have heard it is currently in pre-production.

Dude, I was thinking the same thing.  I remember when I was in third grade (god, i'm dating myself)(lol) our teacher used to read those "mysteries" to us.  I've always thought that those books would make either a great TV series or at least a couple of good movies.  What they could do is make short films to play in front of a major kiddie release.  I think they'd do well.  If not, why not direct-to-video? Hey Hollywood, are you listening?!!  

12th January 2006 2:00  #19

Darren Russell Member Join Date: June 2004 Location: United States Posts: 208
On another note, I'm looking forward to Meg by Steve Alten.  I just hope that Hollywood does the book justice, and people give it a chance...instead of comparing it to Jaws (which will eventually happen). LOL

16th January 2006 19:54  #20

Danny Storr Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 161
The lovely Bones by Alice sebold
A great read and has been knocking around the film studios for some time FilmFour originally had the rights to make it with Lynne Ramsey on directing duties but FilmFour then went bust and the project was suck in limbo...
FilmFour have since come back to life in one way or another but I have recently learned that Peter Jackson has bought the rights and will Produce and direct and is currently writing the screenplay ,I hope Alice is involved in the picture but Jackson at the helm is very exciting !!!

17th January 2006 5:14  #21

Aaron Schneiderman Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,198
Danny I am with you on this one. After "The Alienist," I would have to agree that "The Lovely Bones" would be my next choice to see adapted to the screen. If as you said, Peter Jackson is at the helm, we may get a terrific film.

17th January 2006 15:22  #22

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Isn't the Lovely Bones already in development for a movie?

17th January 2006 20:14  #23

Danny Storr Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 161
Yep that what I said

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