12 books that inexplicably haven't been turned into films

Odd List Ali Bianchi 8 Nov 2013 - 07:03

There are some terrific books that would make some terrific films. Such as this collection here...

Turning a popular book into a movie seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? Movie execs love established properties, and adapting something that's got a built-in fanbase seems like a guaranteed way to get bums on cinema seats.

But although it sometimes seems like every book to sell more than a handful of copies has been turned into a film (even non-fiction plotless stuff like He's Just Not That Into You and What To Expect When You're Expecting, of all things) there are some famous stories that have yet to grace the silver screen. Here are 12 of the best books yet to be adapted into films, and our picks for directors and stars...

A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

The book: Ignatius J. Reilly is a vastly overweight 30-year-old man living with his mother. Seeking employment in New Orleans, he suffers a series of misadventures in his one-man battle against the modern world.

Why it hasn't been filmed: There have been repeated attempts to make a film version, most notably with Harold Ramis in 1982, with John Belushi linked to the lead until his death that year. John Candy and Chris Farley were also touted to play Ignatius before their premature deaths, giving the adaption a reputation for being cursed. 

Dream casting: Will Farrell has recently been linked to the role of Reilly, but so far his version has failed to materialise.

Ideal director: Jason Reitman.

The Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett

The books: A comic fantasy series, chronicling the adventures of the kooky inhabitants of Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the back of a giant turtle.

Why it hasn't been filmed: With the exception of some made-for-TV efforts, Discworld is probably too complex for a feature film. Essentially parodies of books like Lord of the Rings, Discworld stories interweave and overlap, rather than following a linear narrative, making their adaptation a tricky proposition. There is, however, a rich vein of interesting characters and scenarios ready to be tapped into by some brave filmmaker.

Dream casting: Sir Ben Kingsley as Rincewind, the reluctant and unmagical wizard.

Ideal director: Guillermo del Toro.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The book: Essentially the coming-of-age story of Holden Caulfield, a 17-year-old excluded from every school he has been to, who navigates his way through the challenges of growing up.

Why it hasn't been filmed: With bucketfuls of teen angst, it should be perfect for the Twilight audience, especially given its huge international success. However, its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality may make it difficult to adapt for that particular demographic. J.D.Salinger, the author, was reluctant to agree to a film adaptation, but since his death in 2010 there have been renewed attempts to secure the screen rights.

Dream casting: Ezra Miller as Holden.

Ideal director: Stephen Chbosky.

Nostromo by Joseph Conrad

The book: Charles Gould owns a silver mine which provokes revolution and warring tribes in the fictional nation of Costaguanero. He orders Nostromo, a daring sailor, to keep the silver out of the hands of the revolutionaries, which he does, but ultimately becomes corrupted. 

Why it hasn't been filmed: David Lean was due to film the epic tale, with Marlon Brando, Christopher Lambert, Dennis Quaid and Isobella Rosellini set to star (along with Spielberg offering to produce the film for Warner Bros). Sadly, Lean died as principal photography was about to begin, putting a stop to the whole project.

Dream casting: Daniel Craig as Señor Gould, as Robert Downey Jr as Nostromo.

Ideal director: Paul Thomas Anderson.

Ubik by Philip K Dick

The book: Set in the near future where man has begun to colonise the moon, the book follows Joe Chip, a technician who employs people with the ability to block psychic powers, in order to enforce privacy. After being set up on fake lunar mission, Chip and his crew mates experience strange phenomena, with those that separate from the group winding up dead.

Why it hasn't been filmed: Just about the only book by science fiction writer Philip K Dick still to be turned into a feature film, an attempt was made in 1974 by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Gorin, commissioning the author to write a screenplay edited heavily from his initial book. In 2011, Michel Gondry was rumoured to be working on a film adaptation, but there are no signs so far. What happened to it?

Dream casting: Tom Cruise as Joe Chip.

Ideal director: Alex Proyas.

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The book: 100 Years of Solitude recounts the story of seven generations of the Buendi family who founded the town of Macondo, believing it to be a kind of utopia. Soon, and over generations, the town befalls a series of extraordinary and unfortunate events, which the family appear to be unable to escape from.

Why it hasn't been filmed: Although the book has rich themes that are perfectly suited to a cinematic interpretation - and is the author's best-selling work - Gabriel Garcia Marquez has so far refused to sell the rights to producing the film. That'd explain that, then.

Dream casting: Al Pacino as Jose Arcadio Buendia, patriarch of the Buendia family.

Ideal director: JJ Abrams.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The book: Set in a future world, Infinite Jest is a highly complex affair, revolving round the missing master copy of a film so entertaining that people lose all interest in anything other than viewing it, leading to their inevitable death in a state of catatonic bliss. Separatists are attempting to get a hold of a copy to aid their terrorist campaign against the United States.

Why it hasn't been filmed: Simply, the story is so lengthy and complex, with such a disrupted narrative involving themes of substance addiction, depression, child abuse, family relationships, and popular entertainment, that to translate it to film could well be impossible. Just look what happened with World War Z.

Dream casting: The character list is so massive, that there are no real lead roles - another reason it would be difficult to film.

Ideal director: Paul Haggis.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft

The book: Geologist William Dyer discovers the remains of unknown ancient life forms in Antarctica. An exhibition sent to study the remains encounters difficulties as members of their party start to go missing.

Why it hasn't been filmed: Guillermo del Toro has written a screenplay based on the book, initially mooted as a 3D film starring Tom Cruise. However, due to del Toro's desire to make it a R-rating, alongside the lack of a happy ending or any kind of love story, he has struggled to raise the finance needed. Given that the premise is very similar to that of Prometheus, an adaptation is unlikely to be arriving anytime soon.

Dream casting: Harrison Ford as Professor William Dyer.

Ideal director: Gareth Edwards (if del Toro doesn't get to do it).

Drood by Dan Simmons

The book: A fictionalised account of the last years of the life of Charles Dickens. Charting his downward spiral after disaster on a train, the book witnesses him sinking himself into the nightlife of the London slums, alongside an obsession with corpses, murder and opium dens.

Why it hasn't been filmed: The newest of the novels featured, since it was only written in 2009, it's early days for this one yet. There's certainly precedent for the idea of a historical figure mingled with fictional elements (see: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). However, this is a very dark and psychological affair, delivered through an unreliable narrator. Unsurprisingly (and we don't mean this in any kind of grumpy way!), Guillermo del Toro is said to be circling the project.

Dream casting: Daniel Day-Lewis as Dickens.

Ideal director: Werner Herzog.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The book: Influenced by their classics professor, six students at Vermont college seek to broaden their thinking and style of living through recreating arcane rites. With normal moral boundaries out of the window, the group soon spirals into obsession, betrayal and murder.

Why hasn't it been filmed: A movie version of The Secret History was reportedly in development by Alan Pakula before his death in a car accident on Long Island in 1998. Tense, bizarre and compelling, and filed in the totally hot right now gritty teen drama category, it's strange that studios have not yet come knocking with more fervour.

Dream casting: Some kind of combination of Joseph Gordon Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Emily Watson and Carey Mulligan.

Ideal director: Darron Aronofsky.

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

The book: Absalom, Absalom! details the rise and fall of Thomas Sutpen a man born into poverty in West Virginia but who dreams of becoming a powerful family patriarch, a dream which ultimately turns on him. Events are retold out of order, gradually peeling back the layers of truth behind Sutpen's life.

Why it hasn't been filmed: Telling the same story from three interconnected perspectives would make it difficult to translate into a coherent narrative.

Dream casting: Joaquin Phoenix as Sutpen.

Ideal director: Christopher Nolan.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

The book: A mixture of both horror and love story, the multiple plot threads focus in on a family who move into a new house, only to discover that the inside is larger than the outside, which gradually drives them insane.

Why it hasn't been filmed: As a piece of writing, it's unconventional to say the least - it uses frequent footnotes, different coloured text and unusual layouts, and it's written in a very disorientating style. As it stands, the author is currently refusing to sell the movie rights, but even if these were obtained it would take a very skilled director to thread together all the elements.

Dream casting: James Franco as Johnny Truant, the central protagonist.

Ideal director: Spike Jonze.

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Someone needs to make a movie of "The Lies of Locke Lamora", first book of The Gentlemen Bastards series. It's kinda like Ocean's 11 set in a (wonderfully detailed) fantasy world with great characters, humour and action. By far the most engaging modern fantasy series after A Song of Ice and Fire.

I'd say Gilliam for Pratchett...

What about red mars by Kim Stanley Robinson however whole heatedly agree with ubik, it's dick's inception

Lord Of The Rings. Done right this time.

Actually, the Discworld TV movies are pretty good and without the big studios' pressures, they stayed pretty close to the original. I really like the Going Postal TV movie from 2010 with fantastic cast (David Suchet as the villain) and great VFX. The other tv movies (Color of Magic and Hogfather) also have great actors (Jeremy Irons as Vetinari) so in a way, I'm glad they stay as TV movies.

Agree with Going Postal and Hogfather, but TCOM was terrible. David Jason was all kinds of wrong as Rincewind. I think Rhys Ifans is a better choice.

Yes, Going Postal was excellent. Richard Coyle was really good in that role. David Jason was a terrible Rincewind. I assume his star power got the project made though.

What about Neuromancer by William Gibson; the cyberpunk tome surely deserves a big screen outing ....


Often thought Neil Ashers books would make great films, although i wouldnt start with the agent cormac series, but with hill diggers or Prador Moon. Annother book that could be easily (and cheaply) brought to the screen would be The Trigger by Arther C Clarke and Micheal Kube-McDowell, although a 3 part miniseries may be a better format for that one.

"Essentially parodies of books like Lord of the Rings...". So the writer here hasn't read any Discworld novels then?

I think a movie adaption of World War Z might be a damn good watch...

Childhood's End, anyone?

Arthur C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama"...anyone?

amen brother. amen.

It's a bloody excellent book, but I wouldn't want to see the hatchet job that would get it down to a 2.5 hour movie.

Each Dresden Files book would be eminently adaptable to a movie though. The TV show missed the mark, but I would dearly love to see several scenes from those books dramatised with a big effects budget (e.g Sue, Bowling For Vampires, Shedd, Demonreach, Bloodline Curse)

Michael Moorcock's fantasy / sci-fi books, especially his eternal champion series, would be amazing if done properly. But it is too much of a small audience and the books are so complex and over-lapping and would need many films... Though if they just focused on one hero, say Elric - the most popular - it might work... but I love these books so much, I would be afraid that any movie would never live up to my high expectations. So perhaps better off to stay as books.

Iain M Banks 'Culture' novels would be fantastic too.

I never got that. Rincewind is supposed to be relatively young. Too old to be a student but a lot younger than most of the faculty (with the exception of Ponder Stibbons). I always pictured him to be somewhere in his 20s or 30s.

I know everyone went on about Cloud Atlas being unfilmable (it clearly wasn't) but surely House of Leaves is THE unfilmable book. There is no way you could make it into a film in such a way that doesn't loose large swathes of the plot. I still re-read that novel and discover something new every time, and my copy is now packed full of my own notes!

Live By Night - by Dennis Lehane

I read this when it came out, loved it, then heard that Ben Afleck bought the rights to it and is now going to direct the film version.

It is an EPIC read.

I would love to see Isherwood's novel, Mr Norris Changes Trains turned into a film. It's a short novel with strong characters and sharp dialogue that I feel would lend its self to film very well.

Any of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books would be amazing if someone could figure out a way to make a film based on a book about books within books, which later on becomes a book about a book within a book about books about books. I think.

I'm still waiting on Good Omens to be done. It's one of our favourite fantasy films to cast :)

I disagree about Cloud Atlas the film. While it was a different beast to the book, I enjoyed the film; I just had to switch off my expectations and follows the story(s).

Ooh, i would like to see a film made from Dan Browns other books, suprised Dale Brown has never had any films made from his books. Would love to see a film made from Mike Lunnon-Woods Angel Seven.

There is no way Catcher in the Rye should ever be filmed. It would just anger the masses of people who hold it close to their hearts if they didn't get it absolutely perfect

I would be keen to see film versions of Mark Gatiss' Lucifer Box novels. Vintage spy dramas with an edge of supernatural about them. Also funnier and more depraved than Mr Bond. Although I imagine them working very well as TV specials as well.

Also we about Kim Newman's alternate history novels like Anno Dracula series or the Moriarty books? Given the popularity of both franchises (meaning vampire lore and the sherlock Holmes resurgence of the past few years) it might be a refreshing change to the content being made using these characters at the moment. The bloody Ted Baron in particular has some excellent cinematic aerial combat sequences.

Dresden Files all the way! Absolutely brilliant books and Sue on the big screen would be amazing, as would Dresden's trip to the Gates with Mother!

Sorry, I muddled that first sentence. I meant Cloud Atlas clearly wasn't unfilmable as they made a very good and underrated adaptation of it.

The Mortal Engines Series by Phillip Reeve would be a fantastic teen/young adult sci fi film series, either as films or as a tv series.

Am surprised the Lensman series never made it. Maybe they are waiting to see if Ender's Game makes any money?

I am totally for Discworld on the Big Screen, just stay clear of the Rincewind books, since the narrative is all over the place. I think the Watch would be perfect for film adaptations though.

Dragon Slayer would be good too! Quark!

I would have to say anything by Brandon Sanderson. Mistborn would be awesome as a film.

The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce is a favourite and very filmic fantasy/coming of age novel which I'd like to see filmed. But I'd love to see Brian Lumley's Necroscope series filmed (the first three at least) - claim back vampires from the Twilight twaddle!

Always thought the Amtrak wars would make an excellent film/films

I'd like to throw a series in there. The Jerusalem Man series by David Gemmell.

Yes!! We need HBO to get on this for when Game of Thrones (eventually) finishes. A season a book, new cast each year. Movies wouldn't capture the detail of the universe. Or an epic animated series. I want to see the "Killing Time", the "Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints" or the "Mistake Not..." opening all kinds of cans of whoop-ass on the big screen.

That'd be great - but a TV series would be better.

Am chugging through the audiobook of Republic of Thieves as I type!

I'd like to see some decent versions of James Clavell's Asian Saga.

Whirlwind hasn't been done in any format yet, to the best of my knowledge. I think it would work well.

Altered Carbon should be on that list.

Agree. Waiting for Terry Gilliam to helm this puppy for a decade. Will take Terry Jones now.

Don't forget "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" by Heinlein.

I would pay a lot of money to see 'Heroes Die' by Matthew Stover; TV series, movie, anything. Recommended reading for anyone.

The Wheel Of Time saga? Didn't Universal pick that up?

This. I laughed my ass off when the 'Mistake Not...' revealed his real name. Gods, Banks has left a massive hole in a lot of lives.

I'd love to see a film adaptation of Nightwatch. Probably my favourite book of all time. Really get to see how Sam Vimes becomes the man that he is.

Just don't know who could play him. Also think they'd struggle to make it less than a 15 with some of the more important scenes in there.

I'd have to say Eric Idle for Rincewind. I just have fond memories of his voice work on the games that they made.

Completely agree. They should film this instead of The Dark Tower. My favorite trilogy of novels.

The Sparrow / Children of God by Mary Doria Russell - it was supposed to have been greenlit for a movie makeover but nothing ever happened. That would have been spectacular and very moving.

I heard that David Jason would only agree to be Albert in Hogfather if one day he could get to be Rincewind when they cast that. Add star power, and*shrug*.

Still angry that they cast Twoflower as white in that. *seriously*?

Hell yes. Only not the 60s set one, it doesn't really work too well. The first one would be deeply awesome.

I mean, seriously how can you go wrong with an end scene set inside Vesuvius, complete with a trans reveal?

Argh. I have absolutely no idea who to cast as Lucifer right now.

The Stainless Steel Rat anyone?

I would have thought American Tabloid would be a good inclusion for this list.

I was about to comment that very same thing! Love those books and they *could* look fantastic, but I sadly can't imagine anyone doing them well. They'd probably miscast the hell out of Thursday, too. Maybe it's better off left in our imaginations - save the awesome Thursday for book people (seems appropriate).

How bout the phantom tollbooth? Yeah there's an old one. I mean a new one.

It's already been done right.

I would really love to see a straight up version of "The Kraken Wakes" by John Wyndham, all about an alien invasion of Earth's oceans.
It's got big set pieces (the Sea Tanks emerging from the sea and grabbing people), atomic bomb explosions, lots of suspense (the commentary from the bathysphere as it goes down to investigate) and a couple in the centre of it for the audience to identuify with.
Perhaps it would be better as a TV mini series but get someone like Roland Emmerich to do it and I think it would be fan bleeding tastic. And Craig Daniels and his lovely wife Rachael Weisz would be perfect as Mike and Phyllis Watson.

I like what you did there

While we're on 2000AD, how about Button Man (done by Ben Wheatley)?

I think the other comments show there are lots of books to be made in to films and more importantly that there is a real desire for strong narrative, characters not explosions and good storytelling. I can also see from the books chosen that most people have a good idea what be popular, and it's not sequels, remakes and film versions of TV shows - Hollywood, please pay attention!

Whoa, The Catcher in the Rye and the Twilight audience??! You lost all credibility on that one.

The Catcher in the Rye would not make a good movie because almost all of the action is internal. Also, Holden hates movies.

I doubt it has anything to do with explicit content. The content was maybe explicit in the 50s, and it still gets challenged by overzealous people, but really it's quite tame by modern standards.

A good film version of Eragon would be nice. Or the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik. Peter Jackson has bought the movie rights! For those who don't know it, it's about a English navy captain during the Napolontic wars, who finds a Chinese dragon egg and becomes its rider. The air battles... instand epicness.

I'm still hoping that Markus Heitz' The Dwarves series is getting a adaption. For those who don't know it: like the Dwarves in The Hobbit, that but a lot more awesome. Heck, there are even 'zombies' in the first book, not to mention the Alfs, which are the darkest form of Elfs you will ever find. (They like to paint with human blood.)

Also, Bernhard Hennen's The Elfs series is very good. But I image a very tricky thing to translate to film, because of the amount of things that happen.

I'm surprised that no one has taken a stab at "The Alienist."

'Infinite Jest' would be tricky. Let's forget about cramming that book into 120 minutes of film. What about the fact that the author was one of the biggest critics of television (and by extension, film) in recent years? I don't want to spoil the plot but the words "film so entertaining that people lose all interest in anything other than viewing it" should tell you enough. You don't really even need to go through any lengthy analysis to get to a deeper meaning.

If you don't believe me, check out Foster Wallace's essay 'E Unibus Pluram'. Although it was written in the nineties before the advent of social media and the rise of the internet, it is still relevant. Foster Wallace basically postulates that culture is stagnating because of the effect of television.

He goes onto say that it is almost impossible for television to criticize itself in any meaningful way. Television has co-opted self-reflexive irony (the ability to draw the audience's attention to the fact that they are watching a programme / film then criticize itself) into many of its programmes/films. So much so that it is difficult for this kind of technique to have any effect on its audiences anymore.

I'm going to have to stop before I re-write my thesis word for word but the thought of putting this book in particular onto the big screen is just gross (for want of a better word).

Ben Kingsley as Rincewind!? Don't see it. Not at all. Too old! He'd make a good elder! I love how Rincewind was portrayed in the point and click games. Young, useless and sarcastic.

I just enjoyed seeing it played out on screen!

In my head Rincewind is a kind of Shaggy looking character. Maybe Rhys Ifans could have played him.

The reason that none of these have been made into films is because it would be ridiculously difficult to do it, because the writing style/format is what makes it great. Something like Catcher in the Rye is like 80% internal monologue, that just doesn't work on film.
And House of Leaves, yes it's an incredible book, but the formatting of the book is what takes it a step further, the main character's psychosis influences the text, and that can't be done on film.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.Apparrently Ridley Scott has the rights to it, but has a backlog of other films to do first.Fantastic sci fi novel

I would prefer Big Over Easy being adapted, but sticking with the more mature vibe. Very Who Framed Roger Rabbit esq.

Indeed, he announced it a few years ago and I was extremely excited, but he's decided to focus on stuff like Robin Hood, Prometheus and Blade Runner 2, sadly.

Morgan Freeman's been trying to get that off the ground for years. David Fincher came close, I understand, but ended up coming to nothing so far.

I still would love to see a movie of The Ear The Eye and The Arm, some amazing Afrocentric sci-fi. Also, since Infinite Jest is on the table, how amazing would The Silmarillion be? With the right director of course, who would be willing to tell a story stretching over nine movies.

Say what? Big errors here. There have been several terrific Discworld movies! And "Just about the only book by science fiction writer Philip K Dick still to be turned into a feature film"??? Very very few Dick novels have been made into movies. He wrote about 40 novels and several volumes of short stories. Only 4 of those novels have made it to the screen.

A great number of mistakes in this story.

I'd love to see a big budget movie version of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - but given the character's actions, it ain't going to happen! Brilliant books, very dark journey...

Nor researched properly I have the Two part Discworld cartoon film Soul Music, and The Colour of Magic. I've also seen the live action Hogfather and Going Postal both made for TV movies and there is a series based on the Wyrd Sisters

Why do books need to be made into films? They're a distinct art form. As well look at a book and imagine it as a painting, an LP or a sandwich.

How could CitR be better on the big screen than it was when you read it at 14?

(As opposed to reading it at 30 and wanting to smack the whiny little sod round the ear!)

How would a CGI Ankh Morpork be better than the one you made in your own head?

To Kill A Mockingbird on film is pretty decent and a damn good attempt, but is it better than the book? No.

We never see articles or people asking 'which films would make great novels'.

In my opinion, 100 Years of Solitude is unfilmable. The book is so heavily reliant on it's unusual structure, imagination and use of time, I don't see how it could be done successfully.

Having said that, if it was going to happen I'd grab the director from Beasts of the Southern Wild.

In fairness the article does acknowledge made-for-TV efforts

I think I'd rather have Eric Idle as Rincewind, particularly after the fantastic job he did voicing the game, and a Sunderland supporter to boot!!

Christopher Brookmyre's Jack Parlabane novels would make an excellent series of films. There was that dodgy made for tv effort of "Quite Ugly One Morning", but the book deserved better.

Norman Hunter's Professor Branestawm would make a great kids movie.

Dream casting: Tom Cruise


is tom anyone's dream? is this 1989?

Did this article basically say that Catcher in the Rye was basically Twilight with more swearing? Also surely it is rather obvious why a film adaptation of Catcher hasn't been done: the story of a boy wandering round New York not doing that much and absorbed in his own thoughts won't translate well into a blockbuster

Or Bill the Galactic Hero

I always thought the old old 2000AD story "Flesh" would of made a good film. Food shortages in the future so hunting Dinosaurs in the past. If not then what about Strontium Dog or Sam Slade?

That's what i'm waiting for.Think it's still in development hell.

I would love a Wheel of Time film series, but can't imagine how they could do it due to the amount of films needed - Harry Potter needed 8, so WoT would need like double that!

Plus the main characters are quite young, so the actors ageing would be an issue I assume for that many films.

Would love to see someone try though.

The place to start Diskworld on the big screen would be "Guards Guards" directed by Peter Jackson, or "The Wee Free Men" done by Pixar or Dreamworks animation.

How about Dead Man's Rock by Arthur Quiller-Couch. Written in 1887 it combines the best of Indiana Jones (in fact I'm certain some scenes were taken from this book). Some passages just leap out at you as great movie scenes; the wild Cornish coast, jungle tribes and smog filled London. Unlike some books suggested here it's very readable and would be easy to film.

Good omens! that needs to be made into a film

Ringworld, Lensman,The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, Foundation...there are plenty of untapped books, which makes you wonder why Hollywood keeps going back to things that have already been attempted.

I enjoyed most of the elements of Going Postal, but I thought they really messed up the portrayal of Moist Von Lipwig. In the book he was shown as a sort of street smart genius able to con anyone (except for the Patrician) and came up with some ingenious ways around seemingly impossible problems whereas in the film he just sort of had solutions fall into his lap.

It ruined it for me unfortunately, which is a shame because like you say the casting was near perfect.

Hollywood is content to print its own money and just recycling scripts!

Perfect for the sci-fi fan out there would be George Zebrowski and Charles Pellegrino's the Killing Star, it would never work as a movie due to the very complex explanations needed for the story to move along. But then when a person can say that the Discworld is like parody of LOTR, I don't hold out much hope for diversity (btw, if you want a ripoff of LOTR, go to the safe bet of Eragon before insulting a great series and brave writer)

Wish I'd said that. Oh wait . . . .

How odd - I never even saw your comment! Obviously a good fit for the role then eh?

I've had a few epic sandwiches in my time. It seems churlish not to want to share them with the world via the media of film.

Seriously though I always really liked the novelisation of The Abyss far better than the film (which I also really like).

I'd like to see a film of Christopher Fowler's Roofworld - should be relatively cheap to do too as all you'd need is the London skyline and some wires and you're good to go.
I wouldn't want to see any of his Bryant and May mysteries filmed though as they're a bit hokey in my opinion.

great minds etc :)

From Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light, Creatures of Light and Darkness, Isle of the Dead, Roadmarks, Jack of Shadows, the Amber series (may be better suited for HBO or SHO. From Fritz Leiber - the Fafhrad and the Grey Mouser Series, again may be better for SHO or HBO or such. Karl Edward Wagner - the Kane stories. From Michael Moorcock - the Elric sries, the Hawkmoon series, the Corum series. From Isaac Asimov - the Foundation Trilogy. E. R. Eddison - The Worm Ouroborous. Edited by Gearge R. R. Martin - the Wild Card series.

Idea for next week's article: "12 books that inexplicably have been turned into films"

Yes! Although, the books are so good, there is a massive potential for them to be ruined -focus too much on the romance side, not get Hester right, etc...

Weaveworld by Clive Barker would make a great movie.

I'm amazed that Weaveworld has never made it to the screen, despite having various writers attached to it over the years. Even better than a movie (or two) would be a ten-parter, HBO style.

I've long thought that Robert Silverberg's 'Lord Valentine's Castle' would make a brilliant cinematic experience.

It has a strong spine of a plot; basically it's a Wizard of Oz/road movie mix…characters come together to reach a final destination which will culminate in the protagonist's realisation of his goal.

The landscapes are keenly painted by Silverberg; the characters are well defined and the dialogue is simple and easy to adapt.

Each time I have read it, I see the film unfold in my mind's eye.

It would be magnificent.

Chris Hemsworth as Valentine and Andrew Stanton for director. (cos John Carter is a stunner).

They are doing a tv series of "The Watch" - Rhianna Pratchett is co-writing it. Could be good.. but i agree that the night-watch books are the obvious "stand-alone" movie choices too. Or maybe Mostrous Regiment.. The Rincewind books were such a bad idea to start with.. TCoM and TLF nearly put me off Discworld.. Really hard reading compared with his later novels!

The Bridge by Iain Banks, directed by Darren Aronofsky maybe, that could work. I agree also that Clive Barkers Weaveworld or The Great And Secret Show would translate well if done by the right director...I'd like to see what Ang Lee would make of Quiddity.

In fact thinking about it I'd love to see any of Banks Culture novels filmed, they are some of the best scifi Ive ever read.

Great choice! I have been meaning to read those again at some point. Takes the idea of an anti-hero to new levels.

Wasnt he voiced by Eric Idle? Or did I dream that?

Would have made an excellent companion piece to LA Confidential, which was a superb adaptation I thought.

I'd love someone to do an adaptation of "House of Leaves", but I'm skeptical of its chances of working - I've read the novel about ten times and I've still no idea what the hell actually happens in it, how any of it happens, or what it means. The narrator might well be mad, he's commenting on an analysis written by a blind man of a film which may or may not exist, and which may in turn be fiction or non-fiction. I'm down with ambiguity in movies (some of my favourite films of recent years are Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", Nicolas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising" and Ben Wheatley's "A Field in England", none of which contain "answers" in any real sense) but I think this one might struggle to find a backer...

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. Directed by David Lynch. That would be PERFECT.

World War Z! That would make a great film.

Thank you I was about to come complain about that myself. Yes they had a reference in one book to gollum but I don't see LOTR having a copyright on all fantasy elements.

Has to be Eric Idle after voicing Rincewind in the games.

Loved the hogfather, hated going postal and the color of magic, they changed too much for my liking.

And an american, whats wrong with the world!

He was and a bloody good job he did too.

The discworld book that should be made into a film is moving pictures, its got Windlepoons, Gaspode and its about movies. Get it made Mr Pratchett but only after another 10 books ;)

*shudder* Some things are best left alone...

Perdido Street Station by Mr Miéville

Yeah he was, there were quit e a few homages to Monty Python in it. I vaguely remember a crowd of people wanting to do a stoning in the second one.

Hollow Chocolate bunnies of the apocalypse. Now that would be a great movie!

THere are a lot of good fantasy series that could do well on screen, but mostly as tv series as there wouldn't be enough time in 1 movie or a trilogy to properly display all of the important parts of the stories.

Dave Eddings Belgariad/Mallorean series of novels, his Elenium/Tamuli series would also be good tv.

CJ Cherryh's Foreigner series of novels, or her Chanur series.

Anne MacCaffrey's got a large number of series that could work. The best bet for big screen would be the Pern series, especially the original books before they started spreading out in both past and history. Leesa/Mnemoth would be the perfect starting point, and could easily go like SHIELD and turn into a series. Her Doona series, Acorna, and most of her work could look amazing on the screen.

However the most popular series that we know won't be done but should have been is what was once considered the OFFICIAL continuation of Star Wars, the Timothy Zahn written trilogy Known as the Thrawn Trilogy are the ones fans have wanted to see on screen since they were written, and now that Disney owns SW, they've basically thrown them out and are doing their own continuation. And it is going to have to be extra good to be half the quality of Zahn's work.

Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. Aside from the titles already on that list, this is the one of the last great works of literature considered impossible to adapt to the big screen. But it's possible.

Hollywood suits are too stupid! They only make movies for the lowest denominator.

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