Monday, September 07, 2009

Book to Movie... Possible Now?

What book could be made successfully into a movie now? Discussion open!

And not just any book!

What book contained elements that would require a level of special effects unattainable until now? (Most likely sci-fi or fantasy, or even horror.)

We've all favorites we'd like to see on the big screen. (Praying of course that the writers & director didn't mess it up.) But what book has been out of the reach of film makers due to the implausibility of creating that particular world or reality? What creatures or elements has put your favorite novel on the 'not-in-my-lifetime' list until now?

I love Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern. I've always thought the trilogy would make for an engaging set of films. However, those dragons (and their little cousins, the firelizards) are pretty integral to the storyline. They are present in almost every scene. Their muscle movements cannot be hidden by scales, as the beasts have soft hides. They fly with riders on their backs. The realism required was beyond our technology.

Until now!

Jurassic Park stirred the possibility many years ago. Now, with movies such as Cloverfield, The Water Horse, District 9 - creatures who are not really there can appear just as real as the actors themselves. It's been many years since these books were best sellers, but who knows? The Dragonriders of Pern could indeed take flight now!

So you tell me! What favorite book of yours has NOT been made into a movie, but with the advances in technology and special effects, COULD be a movie now or within the next year?


  1. There are a few mysteries that I'd love to see serialized on TV....MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin, etc.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. Almost every author dreams of getting a movie offer. I'd love it if one of mine became a movie. Aside from that, almost every book I like would make a good movie. I'm not going to pick one and slight the others.

    Morgan Mandel

  3. I truly can't think of one.

  4. I don't read a lot of sci-fi or fantasy so I can't think of a book where the special effects have made it impossible to turn it into a movie. Like Morgan, I'd love a movie offer for my book!

  5. It seems as if there's nothing Hollywood can't make into a movie. Flying dragons, time warps, anything.

    I'm reading a book now that I would go see as a movie - Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn. It's not full of special effects, but concerns an attack on the White House. I'd love to see all the action played out on screen, along with the details on the White House, etc.

    Straight From Hel

  6. Oh there's numerous books I'd like to see as movies, but I was thinking more in terms of what simply wasn't physically possible until now.

    And my book series would do far better as a TV series than individual movies.

  7. Well I've been told by lots of readers that my own Owen Fiddler would make a good movie, but not for tech/special effects advances, more for intense story line and conflict and resolution personal interest plot worthiness. But as far as books I've read lately, I really haven't been reading a lot of sci-fi far out there stuff so, erm ... gosh drawing a blank here - lol

    have a Great Labor Day, Diane!

    Marvin D Wilson

  8. Working backwards from that premise, i can tell you one that they are "rewriting" an idea I totally hate...The Wizard of Oz. It is to be "more modern, sexier, and darker" it is to star Dakota Fanning. I like her in some things but a classic like Oz...hmmm.

    I know Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson is coming to the big screen - I have great hopes for that one. TA Barron's Merlin the Early Years series would be fantastic as well.

    Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

  9. I'd love to see Alexandra Sokoloff's supernatural thrillers turned into movies.

  10. I've been tearing through non-fiction lately. Many of those titles are certainly movie contenders. Allyn