Seeing a loved book made into a movie can be a tragedy, a comedy,or a love story. Peter Jackson did a brilliant job with The Lord of The Rings, a book I practically lived in during high school and college. I, Robot, on the other hand had absolutely nothing to do with Isaac Asimov’s book by the same name. In fact, it blatantly broke Asimov’s Rules of Robotics.
That said, here are some books I’m would like to see at the movies:
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum. Yes, I know it’s a really, really famous movie already. But can’t we do a non-musical version, please?
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov. Paging Peter Jackson. This saga deserves your touch. And, what a great time for the message of solving problems with wits instead of might.
Knight’s Castle, Edward Eager. This great kid’s book from the 50s would be so easy to update. It’s filled with magic. I keep hoping the Harry Potter craze will resurrect Eager’s books. They certainly deserve the attention. Bonus — there are built in sequels!
A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe. Maybe people are afraid to go there after the Bonfire of the Vanities mess. Too bad. This is truly an epic story. If not a movie, can it be an opera?
Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz. Odd is arguably the most engaging character Koontz has ever created. A spooky, touching, and heartbreaking book. Not to mention loaded with action. And ready made sequels are available. Maybe this one is in the works somewhere?
Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris. This beautiful novel set during WWII has Indy hit written all over it. Friendship, disaster, love, betrayal — it’s all here. All it needs is to get made!
Undaunted Courage, Stephen E. Ambrose. The true story of the Lewis and Clark expedition is as exciting as any made up adventure. Someone, be a good American and put it on film.
Those are a few of my picks. What books do you want to see at your local multiplex?