Favorite Book into Film, Not Yet Done?

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Thursday, December 15, 2005 3:49 AM


I was about to say Anansi Boys, but it doesn't really need a movie. Anyone who has read Neil Gaiman's stuff knows what I mean.



Thursday, December 15, 2005 8:15 PM


Eucalyptus: A Novel
by Murray Bail

A lovely haunting love story set in Australia...

Russell Crowe as the storyteller
Summer Glau as the girl
Geoffrey Rush as the father
Hugh Weaving as the suitor

Oh and I heard that Peter Jackson is directing the Lovely Bones as his next film after King Kong.. should be interesting.



Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:20 PM



Hugh Weaving as the suitor

god i love hugo weaving. that has nothing to do with this topic, but i love that man. he is so amazing.

anyway, my books, off the top of my head would be:

la bete humaine by emile zola

count zero by william gibson (and for that matter, why not neuromancer for the love of god?)

hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world by haruki murakami

oryx and crake by margaret atwood

that's all i can think of at this time of night without going to my bookshelf. lazy.

the arithmetic of absence


Friday, December 16, 2005 7:13 PM


I have the fortune of knowing that one of the books that I’ve wanted to see made into a film is actually on its way. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is in pre-production and expected to be released as John Carter of Mars. I’m not aware of any difficulties so I expected that it should be released soon. Another book that I’ve wanted to see made into a movie is Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. I understand that the production company has stalled and the project has been shelved. That’s unfortunate. They waste over 200 million on a ridiculous remake of a movie that has already been remade when they could be producing a movie that would be entertaining and original with a critically acclaimed story by a master science fiction writer. I’ll never understand Hollywood.

I would also like to see the The Sword of Shannara made into a movie. To be followed, in turn by the Elfstones and the Wishsong, respectively. I don’t expect that this will happen any time soon if at all, but it’s on my wishlist, nonetheless.

Also, I would like to see an adaptation of Martin’s A Storm of Ice and Fire. The series is too large to cinematically display, so I would want only the story arc of Arya made into a movie. She is by far the most interesting character. She seems to be making the most dramatic change in character from a naïve 9 year pretentious princess to a throat-cutting sword-fighting 10-year old waif. The series is yet to be finished. I think Martin is writing the last book, or so I hear. How the movie should end will be dependent on (1) whether or not Martin actually ends up finishing the series or if he is just going to continue adnauseum like Jordan and (2) whether I like the ending of the story. Failing either case I would suggest tacking on a “Hollywood Ending” and being done with it, but I still think it could make a great movie. Kristen Stewart would have been perfect for the part of Arya, but she’s already too old, I think.

Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum.


Saturday, December 31, 2005 8:00 PM


Armor by John Steakley. A great look at what makes a hero, a more interesting look at fascism than starship troopers, and an incredibly fascinating take on fatalism in war.


Tuesday, January 3, 2006 6:55 AM


1. The Crystal Singer trilogy by Anne McCaffrey.
Director - Joss Whedon (he likes strong female characters!). I'd be Killashandra Ree [hey, I can dream!] with Adrian Paul/Adam Baldwin as the first singer she has a fling with and then either Hugh Jackman or Scott Bakula as Lars Dahl. Locations tbd, but NZ would be nice .

2. Wizard of Earthsea. Forget the DREADFUL tv movie and do it properly! Ursula LeGuin to have reasonable sway over casting. Director: Peter Jackson, when he's not too busy , shot on location around the many tiny islands that live off the two bigger ones in NZ.

3. Weirdstone of Brisingamen and Moon of Gomrath. Pretty much have to be shot on location around Alderly Edge OR have flawless CGI.

4. The Compleat Traveller in black; starring Alan Tudyk.


Devout Keeper of Jayne's Lunchbox


Tuesday, January 3, 2006 8:23 AM


As someone mentioned above, I'd love to see Good Omens by Niel Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Terry Gilliam came thiiiis close to doing it a couple of years ago with Robin Williams and Johnny Depp as Aziriphale and Crowley, but the money fell through at the last minute.

I'd love to see a film series based on R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf books, but I don't think it'll ever happen.

One book I'd like to see a movie of is John Stakley's Vampire$. It was technically made before as John Carpenter's Vampires, which I really enjoyed when it first came out. Then I read the book and realized that Carpenter had taken 1 character name, and one scene from the book, and tossed the rest out. The main character in the book, Felix, isn't even in the movie.

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."


Tuesday, January 3, 2006 8:30 AM



Originally posted by Finn mac Cumhal:
I have the fortune of knowing that one of the books that I’ve wanted to see made into a film is actually on its way. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, is in pre-production and expected to be released as John Carter of Mars. I’m not aware of any difficulties so I expected that it should be released soon.

I too would love to see a John Carter movie. I tore through those books as a kid.

Unfortunetly, there may be problems with it after all.

When the project was announced a couple years back, Robert Rodriguez was attatched as director. He was dropped when he left the Director's guild in order to give Frank Miller directing credit on Sin City. Sky Captain director Kerry Conran was hired as a replacement, but was let go after Sky Captain bombed. This summer, Jon Favreau was announced as director, but then his movie Zathura flopped, and word as been nil on the movie since.

One thing that worries me is that the movies being produced by Harry Knowles. Now I like his site (Aint it cool news), but he's never produced before, and this is a pretty big movie by nature.

On the plus side, he says he has a friend who's been bugging him to cast Nathan Fillion as Carter.

I really hope it gets made, but this project has been in development with some producer or another for almost 30 years, and no one's gotten it off the ground.

here's hoping though....

"Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle."


Tuesday, January 3, 2006 5:28 PM



These people need to get their acts together.

I don't want to have to come out there.

Qui desiderat pacem praeparet bellum.


Friday, January 20, 2006 7:22 AM


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever

Actually, the rights have been purchased recently and is being pitched to studios.

If you have never read the series, I would suggest it. It is dark, the hero of the books is anything but a hero. You will both love and hate Thomas Covenant, and early on he commits an act that will frustrate you. Many people have thrown the book down at that point, but don't short yourself by doing so, see it for what it is.

I won't go into details here, but if anyone wants a synopsis I will gladly give one without giving anything away.

The Hobbit and LOTR's were my first and best loved books, but this runs a very close second.

Also Good Omens would be wonderful


Friday, January 20, 2006 1:58 PM


I would quite like to see the Tomorrow series by John Marsden on the big screen. Not picky about who makes it or about who is in it as long as they're good and don't murder one of my favourite book series.


Friday, January 20, 2006 2:06 PM


First and foremost, my favorite dualogy: Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle by Matthew Woodring Stover. Those two books are my favorites.

Secondly, McCaffrey's Pern.

http://www.xffx.net/blog <-inching towards daylight


Friday, January 20, 2006 3:54 PM


There are so many great suggestions here in this post. I'm in agreement with the untapped potential of Dean Koontz novels. The adaptations so far made of his novels have been beyond horrendous IMO. I'd like to see his novels--By the Light of the Moon, Fear Nothing, Seize the Night, Odd Thomas,Forever Odd,The Taking, One Door Away from Heaven (my personal fav), False Memory and Dragon Eyes made into fabulous films with a director that would do them justice.

I am also a huge Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake and Merry Gentry fan. Great news is that there is a screenplay being written right now for Guilty Pleasures. You know, this scares me though--with what's been done to, say, Anne Rice's vampire novels made into film--they were so very lacking in the original depth of the novels as well as true content. Especially Queen of the Damned. I liked the movie--yet saw it before I read the novel. Now I can't watch the movie. I'd really hate for Laurell's novels to be turned into the same tripe.
Anything done well with Neil Gaiman's novels would be great. I haven't seen the BBC Neverwhere as of yet--the novel was very good. I am reading Stardust now.
I, too, would like to see a first class rendering of Don Qixote.
A couple more books to film I'd like to see would be--
Jacqueline Carey's--Kushiel series.
P.J Tracy's--Monkeewrench
Dan Brown's--Angels and Demons
Storm Constantine's--Wraeththu
Diana Gabaldon's--Outlander series

Could come up with more--however, will stop here.LOL

*Never judge a book by it's movie*
*The heart is an artist that paints over what profoundly disturbs it, leaving on the canvas a less dark,less sharp version of the truth*--D.Koontz (Forever Odd)


Friday, January 20, 2006 4:35 PM


For a fun light series, I would probably have to go with the Artemis Fowl books. Their just kind of fun. Definately Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. Any of Gregory Maguire's books (Wicked, Son a Witch, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister) though they would probably be hard to do on film.


Friday, January 20, 2006 8:00 PM


The Art of Arrow Cutting and Shadowsbite by Stephen Dedman are just asking to be made into a movie... the book moves so quick it'd be easy as pie to do...

Director: Chris Nolan

Writers: David S. Goyer and Joss Whedon

Only person I can think of right now for a role would be:

Kelly - Gina Tores

I'm thinking...
Charlie Takumo - Jet Li

Still looking for...
Micheal Magistrale

Shadowland by Peter Straub would be interesting as well and could be filmed... but they'd have to cut out the Crucifixion of the kid...

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Watchmen stuff...


Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:24 PM


I'm probably aging myself, but if there was a book I'd love to see someone turn into a movie/mini series, it would have to be 'The Illuminatus! Trilogy' by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. I'd love to see either Terry Gilliam or David Croenenberg tackle THAT weird tome.

One series that I think would be tailor made for Peter Jackson would be the 'Titan', 'Wizard', 'Demon' books by John Varley, aka the 'Gaean trilogy'. Fascinating books. I don't know many folks that have read them, but they really are interesting.


Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:24 PM


Stupid double post. Sorry.


Sunday, January 22, 2006 4:47 PM


Ender's Game, and while they're at it Speaker for the Dead by OSC.

Also, The Belgariad by David Eddings. This would be tough since it's a series of five books, but it's just fantastic.


Sunday, January 22, 2006 5:12 PM



Originally posted by MalNourished:
Also, The Belgariad by David Eddings. This would be tough since it's a series of five books, but it's just fantastic.

I agree. Also the Malloreon. This might make a good tv mini-series, I think. But the books were really good. They weren't terribly complicated or deeply entrenched with moral wishy-washiness, just a very interesting and enjoyable story. They were fun to read.

Oh, he's so full of manure, that man! We could lay him in the dirt and grow another one just like him.
-- Ruby


Sunday, January 22, 2006 7:02 PM


Ender's Game (mentioned before)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (again mentioned)

The Mote in God's Eye, by Niven and Pournelle.

Footfall on the other hand would make a great mini-series.


Wednesday, January 25, 2006 3:19 PM


Anything by JD Robb. I'm currently reading Memory in Death. Not a bad book; but, I will say that it is her crappiest.

Also, Angels and Demons. much better then the DaVinci Code.


Sunday, February 12, 2006 5:45 AM


David Eddings's Elenium trilogy would be great - and it has the advantage of being shorter than the Belgariad. (I also prefer it - I'm just about the only person I know who's read both who does.) Dragonflight and Dragonquest, definitely. I don't know how well all the Pern books would film. Again, a proper adaptation of the Earthsea quartet would be great, but not if they mucked it up as in the miniseries. Some of Mercedes Lackey's books - the Last Herald-Mage trilogy, and the Serrated Edge and Bedlam's Bard series. (Now I'm wondering who would play Ria Llewellyn. ) And maybe in a few years I'll be able to say my own books... which would be downright unsettling.

Creative Writing


Sunday, February 12, 2006 8:10 AM


There is a series out there called The Chronicles of Realty. It is kind of like Lord of the Rings meets Dungeons and Dragons with characters who are twisted and disturbed, on a good day. The author is K.M. Outten and more info on the books can be found at kmoutten.com
I think they'd make outstanding movies.



Saturday, March 4, 2006 8:20 PM


Theres a series of books by Jasper Fforde about a character named Wednesday Next. She's a literay detective in a parrallel universe where literature crimes are a big racket. Its really funny and a good read and would make great movies.

"Shake your head boy, your eyes are stuck"



Friday, March 10, 2006 4:10 AM


I'd love it if Stephen King's the Dark Tower series was turned into a huge mini tv series or seven full length films (doesn't seem to likely).

I think it'd be an interesting idea to get a different director to direct each film.

The Gunslinger - George A. Romereo
The Drawing of the Three - Robert Rodriguz
The WasteLands - Byran Singer
Wizard's Glass - Peter Jackson
Wolves of the Calla - Clint Eastwood
The Song of Susanah - Gulerimo Del toro
The Dark Tower - Joss Whedon

Cast -

Eddie - Jason Lee or Heath Ledger
Susanah - Jada Pickett Smith or Gina Torres
Jake - (just some kid)
Walter - Willim Dafoe
Roland - (this man was born for the role) Viggo Mortensen

"Son of a bitch."


Friday, March 17, 2006 3:35 PM


I'm basically just seconding things, but some of this stuff had me convulsing in gleeful anticpation/lust.

Hyperion Cantos series- Dan Simmons
Song of Ice and Fire- George R.R. Martin
Memory Sorrow and Thorn- Tad Williams
Heavy Planet- Hal Clement

That last on was my contribution, I think it might be hard characterizing the Mesklinites (Barl's crew).
For those who haven't read it, they're foot-and a half long centipede type things that are adapted for 700 gravities.
That's the premise of the story: an extremely high-gravity planet.

It would be cool if they did some camera work so that all the shots were taken from ground level, to depict the "high-gravity" better, 'cause under 700g, nOTHING is getting off the ground.


Friday, March 17, 2006 3:36 PM


Heinlein books.


Sunday, April 16, 2006 2:02 PM


Dale Brown - Flight of the Old Dog and his early books where the technology was realistic. Later books were a bit Sci-Fi, and went Lucas.

Lee Child - The Killing Floor and some of the good ones that weren't too formulaic. Actually, Adam Baldwin would make a perfect Jack Reacher.

James Nelson - The Pirate series and the American War of Independence series.

Jonathan Lunn - Nathaniel Drinkwater series. Follows the well-trodden Hornblower path, but very well written.

Carrier Pilot - Norman Hanson
First Light - Geoffrey Wellum

WW2 memoirs. Royal Navy Corsairs and Battle of Britain Spitfires respectively. I have lots of these sort of books, and although I have the highest possible respect for these men and women, the writing is not usually of the highest order.

However, these two books are really beautifully written, and tick all the Firefly fans' requirements. Funny, heartbreakingly tragic and incredibly gripping.

The Jolly Rogers - Tom Blackburn. More Corsairs. Very cool book and again extremely well written. The forward from Adm James Stockdale USN is especially good. He recalls Mr Blackburn as an aircraft carrier commander. "Everyone on the boat knew he could out-sail, out-fight and out-fly any of them without breaking a sweat. He was The Immediate Presence." I just love that last phrase.

John Connolly - whole bunch of New England (my favourite place) horror / detective stories. I don't have much time for horror stuff in general, but these are really good. The baddies are really hardcore horrific. The hero has some great sidekicks. A gay gangster couple who give you real confidence. The aforementioned baddies are invincibly evil but the odds are considerable evened up by these two.

Christopher Brookmyre - One Fine Day in the Middle of the Night. School reunion meets Die Hard. Brush up your colloquial Scots for that. Totally exciting, very violent and really funny. And he does other books too.

Anything by William Diehl.

Matthew Reilly - the Scarecrow ones. Good old-fashioned brain-out run around blowing things up stuff. Not fantastically well written, but he's one of the few I'd forgive for that, because he has a way of writing that is, and I'm not exaggerating, literally like watching Aliens. Yes, that good.

Ian Banks - Feersum Enjinn. Maybe not, the best parts of that are the episodes written in phonetic. You'd think that it would be an irritating gimmick that would get old very quickly. But it doesn't. Not even slightly.

Russell Hoban - The Mouse and his Child. Best. Book. Ever.

Whoever makes the film of that had better do it properly, or I will come and slaughter them in the night.


Monday, April 17, 2006 3:31 AM


Oh! I'd love to see the Thursday Next as a film, I used to hang around in the Fforum on Jaspers website, and it was a constant source of discussion.

Problem is, it could be done, and it would be funny and cool, but whole chunks of the book are so book-centric that it would loose most of what made it unique, I mean, how would you film the scene in Mycrofts shed with the bookworms eating the words and crapping out capital letters and apostrophes? on the page its so funny I had to stop reading the books on public transport, but I couldn't think of any way to translate it to a visual medium.
Still, we can live in hope that someone can one day do it justice, and when they do, i'd love to see Emily Deschanel (Bones Dr Brennan) as Thursday and David Tennant as Acheron Hades.

(I also think that Alan Tudyk would be great in that world, but theres no perfect part, unless he was allowed to alter Bowden Cable a little)

The other books i'd love to see done are American Gods by Neil Gaiman, I could see Matthew Fox from Lost as Shadow (as long as they didn't try to play on his looks), And some gruff grizzled blonde guy as mr Wednesday, but can't think of anyone especially.

And Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel, I started writing a screenplay for that I wanted to see it done that much.

I kept thinking of Jonny Depp for Jonathan, but I think Adrian Brody could do a great job.
And Jeffery Rush as Childermass,
Possibly Jim Cary,(if he pulled another Truman Show and really restrained himself) as either Norrel or The gentleman with thistle down hair.

And Only Forwardby Micheal Marshal Smith, in fact any of the Smith Books, including the The Straw Men

Not sure I would know who to cast in that one, i'd be more worried about the director, the book are so warped and dark, it would need some one like Gilliam for the warped dreamscape looks and Fincher for the darkness.

Actually, Nathan would do a good job in Only Forward, he has the lightnes and the darkness and the action-packed 'i'm getting to old for this s***' orneriness. He could play the fun and absurdity as well, even in the depths of the murk.

oh read the book, you'll know what I mean.

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FozzieWash, You know what I always say: sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug!
KermieMal, I never Know what the heck you're talking about.
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Friday, April 21, 2006 6:01 AM


Angles and demons by dan brown

Someday the verse will spit in your soup but at least they gave you soup.
one day
one plan
one mission
one army of browncoats
june 23rd serenity day

-Our mission as browncoats is to make us known.


Friday, April 21, 2006 6:32 AM


I'm gonna add a vote for The Dark Tower. Seven films - one for each book. It'll never happen of course. Hollywood will never have the guts or talent to make it. But I can dream. I just finished the last book yesterday and I'm having withdrawal symptoms. In fact...


Originally posted by BlackoutNights:

Dark Tower; The only way this could be done right ... and it's how I'd do it if I could ... would be to make the movies [and put it like this for anyone who's not read to series] take up where the books left off. Start off showing Roland with the horn. It'd make deviations from the book more tolerable and acceptable.

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."—Stephen King

Select to view spoiler:

I was just going to suggest that myself. It'd be a neat twist. Sort of an adaptation and a sequal at the same time. King should do the same thing if he revises the books - make the rewrites about what happens on Rolands next journey to the Tower

"Gorramit Mal... I've forgotten my line."


Friday, April 21, 2006 6:37 AM


I'd like to see the Mary Stewart version of the Merlin/King Arthur story made into a mini-series. It is much more human than so many of the over versions. Casting? Who knows!

Anything by William Gibson (yes, I know Johnny Mnemonic was done, but it wasn't really based on one story.)

I also vote for Browncoat author Shanna Swendson's book Enchanted, Inc. to be turned into a movie!


Friday, April 21, 2006 6:47 AM


I would ~LOVE~ to see a movie of Anita Diamant's beautiful novel "The Red Tent". It could be pretty controversial though, given how some Biblical characters are portrayed. Still, it's my all time favourite novel, and I'd love to see it on the big screen.

My next choice would be "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Phillipa Gregory. That would make a cracking movie!

Desktop Hippie: at one with the 'verse


Saturday, April 22, 2006 5:55 AM


didnt he do starship troopers

Someday the verse will spit in your soup but at least they gave you soup.
one day
one plan
one mission
one army of browncoats
june 23rd serenity day

-Our mission as browncoats is to make us known.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006 11:28 AM


Definately the 'Wheel of Time' series, by Robert Jordan. Although this might be a bit tricky since there are eleven books in the main series so far (the twelth and final book is scheduled for release in 2008).
Lots of action, fantasy and prophecy and such, would make a great Lord of the Rings type series.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 3:55 AM


Defiantely the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King .
Nathan would make a wonderful Roland of Gilead .

Also Elric by Michael Moorcock , or A good version of The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin would do nicely too.


I swallowed a bug.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 3:58 AM


I have to ask off subject of the movies - were you happy with the Ending of The Dark Tower ? It is one of my most beloved stories & would love to hear your opinion.


I swallowed a bug.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 7:18 AM


I'd like to see something of Stephen Baxter's Xeelee Sequence books in film form, although how you would depict a ten-million light year diameter loop of cosmic string on screen would pose a few problems...

Greg Bear's Blood Music: Lots of scope for Giger-esque CGI as the entire population of North America mutates into a bizarre new life form...

Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers by Harry Harrison: A pair of college students accidently create a faster-than-light drive as a joke. Daft but fun space romp. (many years since I read it, might not have aged well though...)


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 8:48 AM


several Heinlein books have been mentioned- Stranger, Glory Road, The Moon Is- I'd love to see any of those or anything he wrote.

His short story Coventry would be easy- a modern courtroom, modern hospital, frontier/ wilderness that looks a lot like a Firefly planet, the only hi-tech gadjet in the film is basically a solar powered golf cart, and the only special effect is a force-field barrier.
Not sure if there are roles for the BDH's in it. Maybe Ron Glass as the Doctor; Summer as Persephone, his ward; Sean as the civilized protagonist, David.
Most of the rest of the cast are crooks, tough guys, hookers, but none of them are featured roles.
The other critical character, "The Fader", could maybe be played by Johnathan Woodward or the guy who played Mr. Universe.

The other book would be Wilbur Smith's Hungry As the Sea- present day marine salvage novel, Big shipwrecks, lots of water and under water work.
Nathan as Nick Berg, the captain; Mark Shepard ( he's got the accent) as the ship's engineer; Morena as the evil but sexy ex-wife; Sean as the bad guy/lawyer/company man. The girlfriend is unquestionably a blonde, so nobody from our bunch would do.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 12:08 PM


It took a while to read through all the posts, but just to update on a few that were mentioned

Enders Game--apperently is in development. It will be a combination of Enders Game and Enders Shadow. The main reason that it took so long to get into development is that Orson Scott Card would not give up creative control. He did not want people messing up his book. OSC found that while writing the screenplay it was too difficult to just write it as Enders Game, because there was too much inner monologue, but by adding in Bean's side of the story it made things a whole lot easier.

Dragonlance: Dragons of an Autumn Twilight--is also in production. It is being done as an animated movie. Both Margret Weiss and Tracy Hickman have a cameo role as inn partrons.

I would also like to see Wheel of Time, Sword of Truth, the Shannara series, and the Dark Elf Trilogy (or any of the ones about Drizzt really).
I also think that the New Jedi Order would be interesting to see, especially since *IF* by some miracle they could get the original actors the timeline fits almost perfectly. It is set about 20 years after Return of the Jedi.

This is just another sign of your tragic space dementia, all paranoid and crotchety...breaks the heart.


Thursday, November 16, 2006 6:37 AM


It's equal parts a novel and a re-make, but I'd love to see an anime studio take the Jack McKinney Robotech novelizations as a base and do a "definitive" version with original footage (as opposed to the original Robotech that was a Frankenstein's monster of spliced-together footage from three different series). They could even do Sentinels.

I actually never saw more than a couple of eps of the series, so the novels are my canon, plus they do a far better job of tying together the unconnected plot threads (because the novels aren't tied to pre-existing footage).

With Shadow Chronicles coming out, it'd be a great time to revisit the franchise in a new and exciting way. . .

We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.


Thursday, November 16, 2006 7:01 AM


The Stainless Steel Rat series. If you haven't read it it's awesome, hilarious, scifi fun. Ender's Game, which like an above poster (I don't even remember which one) mentioned they're supposed to be making into a movie. And Sabriel. A series by Garth Nix that is just dark and wonderful.


Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:10 AM


"Dead in the West" by Joe R. Lansdale -- a Western with zombies, in which a failing, gunslinger preacher battles the forces of evil. Nathan Fillion playing the leading role, as we know he can play both preachers of questionable morality and a gunslinger.

"Maverick Man" by Louis L'Amour -- another Western, but this one a more normal type, with a protaganist with the name and reputation of an outlaw, though not completely deserved. A tough-as-nails, yet honorable guy all 'round. Starring Adam Baldwin as said gunslinger.

"A Sundial in a Grave: 1610," by Mary Gentle. Not sure how to classify this one, apart from the "Three Musketeers" meets "Alias." Spies, mysterious cults, prostognication -- with lots of swordplay thrown in. Not sure on casting, but would make a great flick. Possibly Jewel Staite as the young duelist Dariole (a girl pretending to be a boy, and supposedly no one notices -- I would notice Jewel, but hey, it's a staple in period fiction), and as Rochefort (he's a good guy in this -- at least, kinda) I just have no clue...



Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:54 PM



Originally posted by Terri:
The Stainless Steel Rat series.

Oh yes! That one's ripe for a big screen franchise!


Thursday, November 16, 2006 3:02 PM


I wasn't entirely happy. Some aspects of the final book (mordred, events concerning Walter, and the lackluster portrayal of the Crimson King) disappointed me greatly. But on the other hand, some of the more obvious things that I suspect annoyed a lot of other readers, didn't actually bother me at all. I won't mention the events themselves in case I spoil anything for other readers. You can probably guess what I mean. Certain shocks and the events of the coda. I thought these things played well into the themes of the story and added drama. As a writer, I have to respect that.
By the way, It's always good to meet another Dark Tower fan. Long days and pleasant nights

"Gorramit Mal... I've forgotten my line."


Thursday, November 16, 2006 3:26 PM


Jinn by Matthew Delaney. What a movie that would make.


Thursday, November 16, 2006 4:11 PM


Anything by that Ian Fleming fellow. His books would be great on screen.

-Stay Shiny
"The people who made the show, and the people who saw the show, which is roughly the same number of people, fell in love with it, a little bit too much to let it go, too much to lay down arms when when the battle looked pretty much lost. In Hollywood, people like that are called unrealistic, quixotic, obsessive... In my world, they're called Browncoats."
-Joss Whedon


Thursday, November 16, 2006 5:26 PM


Wow, another Stainless Steel Rat fan! They seem to be few and far between. But I'm pretty sure that anybody who reads any of them will be hooked. Maybe this is a little partiality talking, but I see Brendan Fraser as Slippery Jim DiGriz. You know, Brendan Fraser, the guy from the Mummy? When he wants to be swashbuckling, he surely can. And Jim has a way of getting into situations that should be over his head, but he seems to keep it all together. Great series, as for Angelina, somebody like an actually Angelina. Jolie. Ever since I knew who she was, I could always see her in this role. Anyway, we should get started on buying the rights, right away.


Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:41 PM



Originally posted by Terri:
Wow, another Stainless Steel Rat fan!

Jeez, I ain't thoughtta Slippery Jim in *Y*E*AR*S*..

What about Christina Hendricks as Angelina?


Friday, November 17, 2006 11:17 AM


Another vote for Niven & Pournelle...

The Mote in God's Eye/The Gripping Hand
Lucifer's Hammer

Ringworld (All the Tales of Known Space, really!)

I'd also like to nominate some Robert J. Sawyer works...

The Neanderthal Parallax (Hominids, Humans & Hybrids)


Originally posted by YT:
If Christian Bale could bulk up by thirty pounds, I think he could be ECGordon (btw, he posts on this site).

Christian Bale does? Cool!
I wonder how many other celebrities are Whedonists.






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