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Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by cheesebiscuit, Aug 18, 2004.
If you could make a book into a movie which book would it be. & why?
I have a number of books I would love to become made into GOOD movies, but how often does that happen? More often than not the movie-maker misses the point of the book, or just simply makes a bad movie. Because of this fact... I almost dread the idea that a book I like might be made into a movie!
Thats why i want you to make the movie! tell me how you would do it.
stephen hunter---point of impact--w/tommy lee jones
the r.a. salvatore books with forgotten realms/terry goodkind books. I believe these two would be great in a dark cartoon like the spawn cartoons.
They already did: Gone With The Wind and Cyrano de Bergerac.
Non-stop action and lots of wacky special forces type ambushes and gun work.
Quirky plot too
John Varley's Titan trilogy.
Larry Niven's Ringworld (no, really make it into a movie...)
Niven & Pournell's The Mote in God's Eye
H. Warner Munn's Merlin's Ring
Michael Chrighton (sp?)'s The Sphere, except done right, along with the book unlike the Sam Jackson version.
Anything by Clive Cussler with Dirk Pitt as the main charactor. I liked the other books with the younger guy, but they just didn't have the heart put into them like his earlier books did.
The author sold the movie rights for Vertical Run to Warner Bros. Sadly however, lots of movie rights are sold to studios and never get made into movies. Great novel.
GUNS OF THE SOUTH by Harry Turtledove. I haven't read but this one of his many books, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a good twist of "what if" and the integrity of the characters is well-maintained. It's about the "War Between the States" and how a bunch of apartheid-loving South Afrikaans use a time machine to take AK-47's to the Confederates in order to change the outcome of the war to their liking. Something a little different. Didn't conform to my world view but an interesting treatment of the subject.
I agree, The Sphere could make an amazing movie!
I would really have loved to seen the Bourne trilogy made into movies accurate with the books, not a similiar idea with no story in common.
How about a movie based on some of the old Kings talked about in ancient literature?
"Unintended Consequences" There! Now it's out in the open and we can discuss it like adults.
I'd love to see UC made into a movie, but the libs and rumphumpers who run Hollywood would never let it happen with their money, not to mention that they'd probably screw it up royally. Justice couldn't really be done to the book via a movie anyway; a mini-series would be a better vehicle, with the right cast and crew.
A couple of books I'd like to see are "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand and "World War III" by John Stanley. The latter has a platoon of adult chimps trained to hate Chinese dropped behind enemy lines to wreak havoc, plus a cast of purposely stereotypical characters from just about every war movie made.
Same with Alas Babylon; a mini-series would be the best venue.
Rainbow Six or Without Remorse. Two of Clancy's most exciting novels. It's just too bad that the movie versions would be butchered as usual.
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
-i want to see Richard kick some butt!
"The Cardinal in the Kremlin" by Tom Clancy.
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
Both great stories, but each one would be better off as a mini-series.
The Earl Swagger novels by Stephen Hunter. A little pulp-y, but they would adapt well to movies. The Bob Lee Swagger books would be butchered by Hollywood.
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Quality productions of the Left Behind series, not the B movies that are out now.
The Nodd's Ridge series by Tabitha King
I used to think that the Ashes series by William W. Johnstone would be good, but after #15 or so, it got REALLY formulaic.