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Books that should be TV/Movie by Dolphin Boy - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:42:29 EST ID:8bWLemGw No.392738 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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It's no secret that hollywood is out of ideas for movies, what are some great stories from literature that you think should be adapted to the screen?

  1. Hyperion - Dan Simmons: This book has everything; FTL travel, time travel, malicious AI, Aliens and compelling characters. Due to the fractured story telling in the first book and the protracted narrative, this would probably have to be done as a tv series. If successful, the sequels are just as compelling.

2. Forever War - Joe Haldeman: I truly can't believe that this one hasn't been made into some kind of film adaptation already. Of all the stories on this list, I feel like this one needs the least amount of work story wise to translate to the screen. The story is tight enough story that it could easily be written into a feature film.

3. Snow Crash/Seven Eves/Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson: Pretty much anything by Neal Stephenson deserves an adaptation, but these 3 in particular have always struck me as the most cinematic in his oeuvre. Snow Crash is basically just a better version of the movie Ready Player One, that's coming out later this year.The premise for Seven Eves is that the moon blows up for no reason, it got a luke warm reception, but it's one of my very favorite books and I believe it would translate well to the big screen. Cryptonomicon follows 2 narratives one begginning in WWII and one in the modern world, following lost german submarines, crazy marines and crazier treasure hunters, with a sprinkle of geopolitics and intrigue. Any of them would make for an excellent blockbuster.

4. The Stars are Legion -Kameron Hurley: This 2017 book is enigmatic, bold and really sticky, for real, I felt like I needed to take a shower after I read this book... in a good way. The story chronicles the lives of a female-only, alien race living on multi-layered, hostile, living planets. The set-pieces in this book alone would be amazing to see translated onto the screen.

5. Wild Cards series - J.R.R Martin: OG martin fans know about the amazing anthology series he edited. In an alternate history where an alien ship crash lands on earth shortly after WWII, it releases a virus that causes people all over the world to change. Some become more become superhuman, some become disfigured monsters. Its a really interesting set of books with a wealth of amazing characters. Theses a wealth of material here, with plenty of well-written interesting characters.

My prediliction is towards schlocky sci-fi, so that's all I can really comment on, but I'm sure y'll have a couple of stories you've read that you'd like to see made into flicks.
Major Motoko Kusanagi - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:21:03 EST ID:iUL6a+lr No.392740 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Transmetropolitan. A Spiderpunk Jerusalem would be dank.
Wayne Skylar - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:45:24 EST ID:IGClfu5B No.392741 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I just read Silmarillion and gotta say I'm interested in how Peej would approach it (given the time & inclination of course; no slapdash Hobbit shit).
Mah Boi.
Chandler Bing - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:46:03 EST ID:jg5tkKYJ No.392742 Ignore Report Quick Reply
A Thomas Ligotti tv series in a Twilight Zone/Black Mirror format would be fucking sick. I'd love to see an episode based on The Shadow at the Bottom of the World or The Clown Puppet.
Eddie Murphy - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:55:59 EST ID:4PYKAkjr No.392745 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Anything from The Culture Series.
Massive AI ships, stations, etc. Tons of different aliens. Insanely high tech goodies.

Hamilton's The Night Dawn Series would be epic too. Probably make for a great series since it could be run like GoT and the whole saga could be stretched out across multiple season's.
Alex Cox - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:56:03 EST ID:sURhPz99 No.392746 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis. Would love to see Mickelson Garris make a long film or even miniseries about this cos it'd be one hell of a ride.
Alex Cox - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 18:56:48 EST ID:sURhPz99 No.392747 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Mick Garris*
Professor Charles Xavier - Sat, 06 Jan 2018 19:21:01 EST ID:yV3ximT+ No.392749 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Brave New World is getting a mini series.
John Sheridan - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:59:29 EST ID:6Qq7ngyu No.392809 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I think of stuff like saga but no way someone would put the necessary money into something that r rated and about parents.

Was the childhoods end series any good?
Vic Vinegar - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 02:11:09 EST ID:yV3ximT+ No.392810 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I watched it recently for the first time and it was pretty good but you could tell that they needed a bigger budget and that some of the ideas are a bit too high concept to translate very well.
Still worth watching though, I'd say.
Amanda Pays - Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:38:27 EST ID:FZfhK4qg No.392842 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I'd love to see Dune done in a TV format. I think it needs that slow burning, the politics, science, culture and religion was very intricate in the books so they need to take their time with it. See: early GOT

Roadside Picnic. Stalker was an "adaption" film but it lacked the horror aspect of it, instead being more of arthouse. Roadside picnic was a grim, gritty sci-fi and would made a great direct adaption. Annihilation which is coming out February is actually similar in theme, so I'm looking forward to that.

Dunwich Horror. Not getting my hopes up with that as Lovecraft is infamous to portray as most of the horror is indescribable to the reader. But with a few trick of the camera and concentrate on the psychological horror and you might have a good film there. One can dream.

Also very stoned, I can only think of the books ive read recently and am poor at typing, please be gentle.
Tex Avery - Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:29:35 EST ID:hNHMNDvE No.392844 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Malazan would be a mess, but if they focused on say the chain of dogs, twood be sex.
Joel Coen - Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:24:12 EST ID:yV3ximT+ No.392847 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Dune actually was done, early 2000s or late 90s I think as a SciFi miniseries.
Look up Children of Dune.
Benecio del Toro - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:49:05 EST ID:58lwY5/L No.392862 Ignore Report Quick Reply

Like half of these are already being worked on


Dune and Children of Dune are two separate miniseries.

I'd like to see Phule's Company, Rama, a 1/2 hour Bill the Galactic Hero or Stainless Steel Rat, Motie, and Sprawl Trilogy.

The Lost Continent, Caspak, and Barsoom would be nice but Caspak and Barsoom are probably too big to do right even with a mini series. The Lost Continent however would be perfect for a mini-series and leave plenty of room to get picked up as a full series.

I know Ringworld is being done by HBO but what I would really like to see is a series/movie Known Space franchise. Start with a Gil the ARM space procedural series, followed by a Beowulf series to introduce a lot of people. After that you do Ringworld movies, a Protector special, then start up a Man-Kzin wars anthology show after the second or third Ringworld film, and finish up with the Of Worlds films.
Donald Glover - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:50:16 EST ID:5+HkDpTX No.392871 Ignore Report Quick Reply
A Lovecraft anthology series is what I'm rooting for
Marty Huggins - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:11:07 EST ID:oa2mmJAW No.392872 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Why not just watch a bunch of Lovecraft films?
Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhu, Dagon, In the Mouth of Madness, Re-animator... here are a bunch https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Films_based_on_works_by_H._P._Lovecraft

Or just watch Masters of Horror.
Drik Bogarde - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:53:08 EST ID:FrSNKhL7 No.392873 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Cause I watched them all you dingus.
Dawn Summers - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:19:02 EST ID:yV3ximT+ No.392875 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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Ryan Gosling - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:49:03 EST ID:MTJZYllG No.392882 Ignore Report Quick Reply
If you guys haven't checked out The Void yet, I highly recommend it. It's like a mix of The Thing and Lovecraftian(or more Thomas Ligotti tbh) horror.
Zoe Washburne - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:47:33 EST ID:u+SQmS1M No.392892 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Those are neat but they're based on his bigger works. Most of Lovecrafts short stories are fantastic yet too short for a full movie
Zooey Deschanel - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:26:12 EST ID:oa2mmJAW No.392896 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I think the short ones are too short even for TV episodes. Not a lot actually happens in them, it's mostly just the narrator explaining their internal thought processes/feelings at length, which would make for boring watching.
Happy Time Harry - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:31:24 EST ID:s1mI/tM6 No.392898 Ignore Report Quick Reply
IMO From Beyond did good t taking one of my favorite shorts of his and stretching it out into a full-on Hellraiser rip-off
Happy Time Harry - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:07:28 EST ID:WvcTM5Dm No.392920 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>forever war
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Forever_War_(comics) it's not a movie, but amazing stuff if you liked the book. (and otherwise)
Carl Grimes - Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:14:23 EST ID:vnd6uMxk No.392944 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Electric Koolaid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
Junky, William S Burroughs
Naked Lunch, William S Burroughs - I'd like to see a better adaptation of this. Cronenberg's film was okay but it had little to do with the novel. A real adaptation of the novel would be difficult though because it involves many heinous acts including pedophilia.
The King in Yellow, Robert W Chambers - would be good as an anthology, it's a collection of short stories. Chambers was a huge inspiration to Lovecraft, Lovecraft even wrote an introduction to the edition I have.

Finally for all the people whining about Lovecraft adaptations shut up. There's at least 20 movie adaptations of Lovecraft's works and likely over a hundred tv episodes/anthologies. BUT what I would really like to see is an adaptation of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle. Everyone goes apeshit over the Cthulhu Mythos but I actually liked his writings about the Dreamland better. Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is my favorite short story of his (it's more of a novella though I suppose.) Off the top of my head I can't think of a single Lovecraftian adaptation I've seen that deals more than tangentially with the Dreamlands.

Also some of the lesser known adaptations of Lovecraft's work were done by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and they are really very excellent.
Wesley Wyndam-Price - Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:15:45 EST ID:FrSNKhL7 No.392947 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I've just watched it. It was interesting but it ultimately fell into too many horror tropes (more like clichés tbh) to be enjoyable.

The cats of ulthar would make for a great episode. Now that anon mentionned a Lovecraft anthology serie, I just can't stop thinking about it.
Or that scifi novel about a guy trapped in an invisible maze, that one was great.

>Naked Lunch, William S Burroughs
Have you actually read it? The whole thing doesn't make any sense. It's a fucking mess. I'd say Cronenberg did as much a faithful adaptation as he could.
Blix - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 02:22:29 EST ID:no491XO4 No.392963 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Cronenberg's adaptation of Naked Lunch was intended to be a mishmash of the ideas from the Naked Lunch novel and a biography of Burroughs himself. It was not supposed to be a direct adaptation of the novel (but yes, I know, the name makes it seem to the contrary...)

I used to want to see a *good* movie adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy. When they actually made the first movie and it wasn't very good, I think it was the case because the studios made it waaaaaaay too PG-13 ('cuz there's some crazy stuff that happens in those books) and it was super dumbed down and they stripped out all of the (interesting) controversial religious ideology of the series.

I'd also like to see a TV series based on The Lathe of Heaven. The 1980 movie was pretty decent (way better than the modern remake one), but there's just so many interesting ideas that even the good version left unexplored from the book.
Morgan Le Fey - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:38:17 EST ID:vnd6uMxk No.392980 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Naked Lunch is a series of loosely connected vignettes that serve mostly as social commentary. It could work, if it got past the censors. I recall one part where packs of rabid dykes swarm into a warehouse where rich old men are selecting which boys they want to fuck from a selection dangling from the warehouse ceiling. The dykes begin to tear limb from limb the old men and boys alike while one of the main characters barges in dressed as a pirate and begins decapitating people.
Tate Langdon - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:24:48 EST ID:4PYKAkjr No.392983 Ignore Report Quick Reply
So, HBO it is!
Liz Lemon - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:31:20 EST ID:8bWLemGw No.392990 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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>Like half of these are already being worked on
If by "worked on", you mean "stuck in development purgatory for multiple decades" then yes you are correct.

The rights for Hyperion, Snow Crash and Forever War are on the table, but I'd be surprised if we saw a film adaptation for any of them in the next 5 years.
genophyte - Sat, 13 Jan 2018 22:40:02 EST ID:I9nPhzzV No.392995 Ignore Report Quick Reply
hyperion would be pretty decent as a series,although that cgi budget would have to be huge to do it justice. i could see them wasting 80 percent of that budget just on shrike scenes
Gigi Edgley - Sun, 14 Jan 2018 02:18:54 EST ID:58lwY5/L No.393007 Ignore Report Quick Reply

>stuck in development purgatory for multiple decades

uh, no:




Also Hyperion is being adapted by SyFy
Lynda Carter - Sun, 14 Jan 2018 11:43:33 EST ID:LblVs4/c No.393036 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Boy, that sequence of events sure says a lot about our society!
C-Higgy !lfsExjBfzE - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:10:06 EST ID:J2nxIdks No.393061 Report Quick Reply
I think a limited series on a premium cable network or streaming service adapting The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime would be good.
Charlemagne !PXhMv3keyc - Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:44:43 EST ID:N2J2sF2P No.393101 Ignore Report Quick Reply
I could see The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay as an HBO series.
Might be a little too reminiscent of Mad Men though.

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