What book would you like to see made into a *good* movie

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  1. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

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    So this can include books that have already been poorly made into movies, or books you love that have never gotten their due?

    For me I'd love to see the Terry Brooks Landover books made into movies. I know Brooks is more famous for his Shannara series but I never got into those. Magic Kingdom for Sale would make a great movie IMO. I also read a book a few years ago called The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August that I think would make a great movie. A little random, but the book was great.
     
  2. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin (Clancy).
     
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  3. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    It will never happen, but Atlas Shrugged would be my nomination.
     
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  4. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    Already made...I take it you found it "not good".
     
  5. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    You sir, are a master of understatement! ;)
     
  6. It was good that the movie(s) were actually made, but they weren't really good, unfortunately.
    Still bought them, though (actually took part in the crowdfunding of the last one), and have watched them once. May need to revisit them again just to see if they were as bad as I remember.

    My suggestion for a (series of) book(s) I'd like to see would be The Golden Compass/Northern Light, or the whole His Dark Materials trilogy.
     
  7. CJ

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    There were multiple big issues. The production budget was just not there. Also, they switched actors for the second movie. Not surprising that Hollywood doesn't want to make this movie.
     
  8. Dan Driscoll

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    The biggest stumbling block is Rand's (and now her estate's) requirement that every word of dialog from the book be exactly the same in the movie. I don't believe it would be possible to include all of the dialog in a movie less than 5 hours. The 'trilogy' attempt was 5 hours 13 minutes and was terrible. Worse, even in the books her dialog is somewhat stilted, probably because she was not a native English speaker. Which means any attempt to carry the exact dialog onto film will also sound stilted and awkward.

    IOW, as long as her estate holds the copyright a decent screen version cannot be made.
     
  9. Rick

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    Yes, not good production values at all on the "Atlas Shrugged" movies. I would like to see Frank Piretti's "The Oath" as a film, and this one, which I'm kinda partial to: The Last Witness
     
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  10. Jay Brown

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    A Proper "Scoped" version of Frank Herbert's Dune. I believe Denis Villeneuve is going to be the director of this new version of the film coming a few years from now. Rather than one film, make three films out of the first book. While the Sci Fi mini series was more detailed than the 1984 film, the visuals for me were beyond distracting and amateur.
     
  11. DustinDavis

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    What about Ready Player One?
     
  12. CJ

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    Its being directed by Spielberg and coming out in 2018.
     
  13. DustinDavis

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    Whoa, Spielberg? That's awesome.
     
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  14. CJ

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    Indeed.
     
  15. Barry_NJ

    Barry_NJ Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    This was done for TV, and I just watched the first season on Netflix. I found it entertaining.
     
  16. Max Yokell

    Max Yokell Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Ring World would make a nice set of films. :)
     
  17. Dan Driscoll

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    Given the technology of the time and the budget limitations of a made-for-TV movie, I thought they did a pretty good job with the costumes & FX. Equally important, they stayed pretty true to the book and the acting was also decent.
     
  18. Dustin B

    Dustin B Active Member War Zone Member

    I agree. The only thing that really stood out to me was the reuse of the same action/explosion shot over and over again. I recently rewatched it during my late night Everly rocking sessions. The whole thing is on YouTube. It wasn't as good as I remember it being but it was still quite good. It would definitely take a full trilogy to do it justice though.
     

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