Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weekly Top Ten- Ten Books That Should Become Movies

Weekly Top Ten-#23

Ten Books That Should Become Movies
It would only seem that by 2013 that all the great classics of literature have been adapted to the silver screen, but that's not true. There are plenty of great books which would translate perfectly to the big screen. Even some written many years ago that haven't been adapted yet. Tonight I have created a list of books which I think would make great movies, I hope you enjoy the list.

10. The Juvie Three- Gordon Korman
"Gecko, Terence, and Ajay are serving time in juvenile detention centers until they get a second chance. Douglas Healy, a former juvenile delinquent himself, takes them into his halfway house, hoping to make a difference in their lives. One night there is a scuffle, and Healy is accidentally knocked unconscious. When he awakes in the hospital, he has no memory of them or of the halfway house. Afraid of being sent back to Juvie, the guys hatch a crazy scheme to continue on as if the group leader never left." 

I think this would be perfect for the independent territory, not needing a huge budget. This could be much more effective with a cast of unknowns instead of high-profile young actors. The story is written well enough that it could be adapted into a killer screenplay. 

9. 7 Steps to Midnight- Richard Matheson
"After his identity and life is stolen by a mysterious imposter, mathematician Chris Barton must elude killers as he follows a series of cryptic messages that lead him around the world to a rendezvous with an enigmatic woman."

Richard Matheson wrote the great "I Am Legend" which was adapted into a movie three times. I read this one because of "I Am Legend" and it would make just as good a movie, perhaps even a better one. With the right director and the right actors, this could really be something.

8. The Giver- Lois Lowry
"Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives."

I am greatly surprised that this hasn't been made into a movie yet. After all the big young adult fiction that has been cranked out to the screen lately, one which actually tells a good story is mind-boggling. 

7. Brave New World-Aldous Huxley
"Huxley's story shows a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability. An ominous warning to the world's population, this literary classic is a must-read."

This has been arm wrestling to be made, even attaching Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead. I say bring this idea back and give it to DiCaprio and his production company. I think this book deserves a great movie.

6. The Catcher in the Rye- J.D. Salinger
"There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all."

Yeah this is pretty unbelievable.

5. The BFG- Roald Dahl
"This celebration of the power of imagination, wrapped up in a brand new package will introduce one of children s literature s biggest heroes to a new generation."

I know usually Pixar is known for its original projects, but I think they should really pick this one up. The animation would be unbelievable. The right voices would eloquently capture the characters.

4. Artemis Fowl series- Eion Colfer
"Artemis Fowl is going straight-as soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career . . . but his plan goes awry, leaving his loyal bodyguard, Butler, mortally injured."

I seriously can't believe that stuff like "The Host" and "Twilight" gets pushed out from Hollywood. Yet something that has potential to be a hit doesn't. With the right director and cast, this series could be the next big hit.

3. The Call of Cthulhu- H.P. Lovecraft

2. I Am The Cheese- Robert Cormier
"A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive."

I read this one back in grade school, but it still gets me thinking about it from  time to time.  I think its a real piece of work, and I could have easily put most of Robert Cormier books on this list. If I have kids, this will be one of the many authors I will try to get them to read. He's powerful and this would make a powerful, Oscar-worthy film.

1. The Dark Tower series- Stephen King
"Returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World in a story within a story about gunslinger Roland Deschain, who while investigating a murderous shape-shifter interviews a terrified teen who has witnessed the creature's most recent killing."

This one's been talked about and talked about for years. I am still dreaming that we will finally see this series in its entirety, on the big screen. This is one of Stephen King's great masterpieces. Now in this time, when we have great special effects companies and many great artists in the business  this story should be allowed to flourish. Who wouldn't want to see a magnificent blending of western and Lord of the Rings? I hope and pray we are lucky enough, in this lifetime, to see this.

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