Top Ten Tuesday - Books I'd Like to See as Movies
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Broke and The Bookish
This Week: Top Ten Books I'd Like to See Made Into Movies
As usual, in no particular order:
1. The Warrior's Apprentice (Miles Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold)
Come on! SPACE OPERA SERIES!
2. The Last Unicorn (Peter S. Beagle)
Yup, there's already an animated movie, but there was almost a live action one. It was rumored that it would star some of the same cast and everything. Angela Lansbury! Christopher Lee! I saw CGI tests online... and then something must have fallen through, because I haven't heard anything about it since around 2005.
3. The Exploits and Adventures of Brigadier Gerard (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Period Comedy Adventure! This could be the next PotC, people.
4. X:Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (Chris Claremont and John Byrne)
Grrrr....Only it's never going to happen now, because they wasted the decent setup Singer had going with that horrible terrible no-good very bad &#*!?%$#*!! excuse for a film. </nerdrage>
5. The Dark Tower (Stephen King)
Casting news is moving forward, so it looks like this one might actually happen, and they have a decent plan! Whoo-hoo!
6. Dragonlance: Chronicles (Weis and Hickman)
By my hugely optimistic math, we're on track for a live-action movie premiering in 2030.
7. The Book of Three (Lloyd Alexander)
The Prydain Chronicles could take the big budget family movie treatment, if they can avoid the problems/mistakes made by The Golden Compass and Narnia.
8. Foreigner (C.J. Cherryh)
Someone should use the facial motion capture tech from Avatar to adapt this intelligent science fiction novel about alien politics and culture. I want someone to make this just to see people's reactions when nothing blows up.
9. Trading in Danger (Elizabeth Moon)
On the other hand, lots of stuff can blow up in this movie. I was a bit tepid on the rest of the series (review), but it could be a great sci-fi action flick with a kick-ass female protagonist. Really, you could adapt any of Moon's books that star badass ladies (which might be all of them) and that'd be fine with me.
10. The Spy Who Loved Me (Ian Fleming)
Yeah, I know Fleming specifically asked them never to turn this into a movie, and it probably shouldn't be an official Bond flick. However, I think the story, about an adventurous-minded woman, who for one frightening evening crosses paths with a pair of murderous goons and a mysterious and deadly gentleman, could make a great flick. I think it has to be a period piece, though, because a lot of what is great about it is Vivianne's tangled 50's-60's backstory, the meaning and weight of her lovers and life choices are dependent on living in that world.