Obviously, this post is a few days late; what can I say, I spent the weekend at CONvergence (a Twin Cities-based sci-fi convention) and am just now recovered enough to think about posting something. I still haven’t thought of anything particularly impressive, though, so I’m just going to be lazy and throw out a few books that I think would make great movies. (Or, at least, could. Let’s face it; everyone thought there was a good movie in I, Robot, and nobody thought there was a good one in Who Censored Roger Rabbit?)
1. Phule’s Company. I’ve actually blogged about this one on my own blog, Fraggmented, but it’s been a while and it does belong here. It’s a scenario tailor-made for Hollywood; a band of misfit soldiers and failures gets taken over by an eccentric billionaire officer and becomes one of the elite fighting units of the Galactic Legion. David Tennant would make an absolutely perfect Phule, and there’s sequels ready-made (although the book series goes rapidly downhill once Aspirin stops writing the books himself.)
2. Those Who Hunt the Night. This Barbara Hambly novel would make an awesome movie; it’s got vampires and spies, and the Victorian era is something that it’s really easy to make good by throwing just a little bit of money at. Basically, think “Sherlock Holmes” in terms of design sense, and add in vampires.
3. World War Z. Yes, I know they’re working on it. WORK FASTER. I want to see soldiers battling zombies in an epic battle for the fate of the world, and I want to see it now. Screw “Walking Dead”, this is the zombie story America is waiting for.
4. Magic Kingdom
For Sale Sold! Some people might prefer Terry Brooks’ Shannara series, but I always found them to be fairly bland fantasy, and bland “epic” fantasy at that. Nothing like a movie that needs to film in seventy-two different locations because someone had to transcribe every random encounter from their campaign notes. Magic Kingdom has a lot more personality, a smarter hook, and a strong ending to boot.
5. Undead and Unwed. Oh, look! More vampires! But this is as far away from Those Who Hunt the Night as it’s possible to get: It’s a smart, silly action/comedy/romance along the lines of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with a vampire Chosen One named Betsy who doesn’t take the vampire “rules” seriously. And yet, it’s nowhere near as irritating and sucky as Twilight. You could even film it in the Twin Cities (where it’s set, and where author Mary Janice Davidson lives.)
Those are five of mine, but there are plenty more; feel free to add yours in the comments section!