Futurama   Planet Express Employee Lounge
The Futurama Message Board

Design and Support by Can't get enough Futurama
Help Search Futurama chat Login Register

PEEL - The Futurama Message Board    It's got a TV!    Book based movies « previous next »
Author Topic: Book based movies  (Read 729 times)
Pages: [1] 2 Print
Beezlebender

Delivery Boy
**
« on: 10-09-2003 19:25 »

What book or book series would you like seen made into a movie even if it will never happen.
  I want to see THE DARK TOWER series by stephen king. It is one of the greatest fantasy stories of all time. It has the most badass characters since wolverine(comic version) or dirty Harry. plus it has lots of charaters. One movie could have one cast but except for the main characters it would change. It has the best villans Blaine the mono, Randall Flagg, Tick tock man walter,and The big coffin hunters.
  Sorry Ive been ranting what are your opinions
LAN.gnome

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #1 on: 10-09-2003 19:36 »

I'd really like to see the "Sabriel," "Lirael," and "Abhorsen" series by Garth Nix turned into a movie. It would translate to the screen extremely well.

"Ender's Game" would be another that would make a good movie. Of course, that assumes that they'd follow the story and do a decent casting/special effects job on each.
Speli

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #2 on: 10-09-2003 19:42 »

K-PAX! K-PAX! K-PAX! Kaaaaay-Paaaaax!
Dose_Me_Up

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #3 on: 10-09-2003 20:47 »

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

My favourite book, I read in an article in a film magazine a few months ago that Terry Gilliam was considering filming it...

*has explosive orgasm*

but it's all gone quite since then      mad

Once is not enough
MonkeyLord

Crustacean
*
« Reply #4 on: 10-09-2003 21:59 »

I wan't to see that movie coming out called "Timeline". That's based on a book. I saw the preview during "School of Rock". Wow, there's a reason to watch previews.
SHLEY

Delivery Boy
**
« Reply #5 on: 10-09-2003 23:20 »

anything by Lawerence Watt-Evans
LAN.gnome

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #6 on: 10-10-2003 03:35 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by MonkeyLord:
I wan't to see that movie coming out called "Timeline".

Unfortunately it's of a book by Michael Crichton, and since those books explore several ideas at once, a director always has to pick and focus one of them. This makes adaptations of his books rather hit or miss, depending on what themes are emphasized.

The trailer seems to show a movie emphasizing action, and although the movie was action-packed, it focused more on time travel theory and discussions on 14th century warfare than the action itself.
ShineFusion

Professor
*
« Reply #7 on: 10-10-2003 03:54 »

I always wanted my favourite book "Big Fish" to be made into a movie and now it is and it's being directed by my favourite director Tim Burton.

I also want My other favourite book to be made into a decent movie "The Day of the Triffids"
Ranadok

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #8 on: 10-10-2003 13:47 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by LAN.gnome:
"Ender's Game" would be another that would make a good movie. Of course, that assumes that they'd follow the story and do a decent casting/special effects job on each.

I remember reading a while back that there was plans for an Ender's Game movie, with Card working on the script.  Last I heard, they were looking for unknown actors for the major parts with a release date in 2005/2006, but this was a while ago.  Still... I hope it is as cool as the book...
Vamsi

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #9 on: 10-10-2003 15:12 »

There are a fair number of science-fiction books I would like to see turned into movies. I'm sure they would butcher the plot, but it would be worth it to see the visuals.

Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
Ender's Game -  Orson Scott Card
Ringworld - Larry Niven
Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Gateway - Frederik Pohl
Hyperion - Dan Simmons

Actually I heard that movies of Ender's Game and the Foundation series are in production.
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #10 on: 10-10-2003 15:20 »
« Last Edit on: 10-10-2003 15:20 »

I heard a while back that David Fincher was going to direct an all-CGI film of Rendezvous With Rama and it was going to be backed by Morgan Freeman's production company, but that deal seems to have fallen through.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #11 on: 10-10-2003 15:32 »

"Rendezvous with Rama" would be cool to see made into a movie. I'm not so keen on an all-CGI movie though. Clarke's books are pretty down to earth (at least compared to other sci-fi stories) and translates well into movies, so a traditional movie with real people would be preferable.

Also,

"Red Storm Rising" - Tom Clancy
Vamsi

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #12 on: 10-10-2003 15:43 »

I think if they were to make a Rama movie, they would probably adapt the plot of Rama II for it. The second book, though inferior, has some rudimentary character development and soap-opera elements that could translate well into a movie.

The other books in the series should provide enough material for sequels if the first film proves successful at the box-office.
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #13 on: 10-10-2003 15:56 »

I really, really, hope they never make a movie out of "Rama II".

The history of Earth between RWR and "Rama II" was good, and the exploration of Rama itself was great. You could feel Clarke wrote those segments.

But the whole conspiracy/murder-detective story was just pointless, utter pointless. The rivalry within the team (that stemed from the conspiracy) was hadly believeable. The religious elements left me cold as well. And the paranoia of the world government reminded me too much of "2010". I don't know any of Gentry Lee's work, but until I do I place the blame of those shortcomings on him.

All IMO of course.
Vamsi

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #14 on: 10-10-2003 16:12 »

I do agree that Rama II had some exaggerated story elements, though I still found it to be a page-turner. I'm actually in the minority of people that enjoyed the latter books in the series.

Still, you have to admit that the first book had absolutely no character development. The whole plot revolved around the astronauts exploring the Rama artifact. I just don't think that would work well as a movie. I think the basic plot of Rama II rewritten could work quite well.

What do you think about Catherine Zeta Jones and Russell Crowe respectively for the characters of Nicole Des Jardins and Richard Wakefield?
Teral

Helpy McHelphelp
DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #15 on: 10-10-2003 16:47 »

Crowe sounds good for Wakefield. I've always invisioned Des Jardins with a bit dark skincolor than Zeta Jones has, but I guess it can be done with a bit of makeup. She definetely have the beauty and build for it.

He might be too lean (a pillow could solve that), but after watching Connery in "The Hunt For Red October" I think he would work well as Valeriy Borzov.
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #16 on: 10-10-2003 16:58 »

The StarCraft books.... hell just a StarCraft movie based on the game would be swell.
~FazeShift~

Moderator
DOOP Ubersecretary
**
« Reply #17 on: 10-10-2003 17:00 »

Idunno, maybe some of Ian M. Banks Culture books.
Zed 85

Space Pope
****
« Reply #18 on: 10-10-2003 17:50 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Dose_Me_Up:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

My favourite book, I read in an article in a film magazine a few months ago that Terry Gilliam was considering filming it...

*has explosive orgasm*

but it's all gone quite since then       mad


That's a book I still have to read but must do so.

Any Discoworld book would be quite nice to see as a film, yet it would be quite difficult to do, and I feel CGIing everything would be dumbing down something like a Terry Pratchett book - traditional animation would work though  smile


Daniela = Pravda!
MonkeyLord

Crustacean
*
« Reply #19 on: 10-16-2003 22:47 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by LAN.gnome:
 Unfortunately it's of a book by Michael Crichton, and since those books explore several ideas at once, a director always has to pick and focus one of them. This makes adaptations of his books rather hit or miss, depending on what themes are emphasized.

WHAT! THERE'S MORE THAN THAT IDEA?! AHHHHH! I CAN'T JUST SIT HERE! GOTTA GO READ THE BOOK!
mazaite

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #20 on: 10-17-2003 01:53 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Dose_Me_Up:
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

My favourite book, I read in an article in a film magazine a few months ago that Terry Gilliam was considering filming it...

*has explosive orgasm*

but it's all gone quite since then       mad


As of april Gilliam left after writing the screen play to go do Brothers Grimm he may be back or they may go with sombody else. I think after The Man Who Killed Don Quixote he's just tired of trying to get money from stupid studios.

As for Discworld, A while back a screen play for mort was tested on a US focus group. their finding: "it would be a great movie if you got rid of the death stuff. that was a downer"

Michael Zaite
Lurrr

Professor
*
« Reply #21 on: 10-17-2003 09:57 »

 
Quote
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman.

My favourite book, I read in an article in a film magazine a few months ago that Terry Gilliam was considering filming it...

Gilliam was working on it nearly two years ago, so I doubt anything will come of it.
fryfanSpyOrama

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #22 on: 06-29-2004 01:59 »

In 2005, two classic sci-fi novels will be made into movies.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Red Dwarf.  I have read every book in each series and both paved the way for Futurama, so all you Futurama fans should pay some respect to these two sci-fi series.

You can read more about their releases at upcomingmovies.com  you can look under "title".
tom123

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #23 on: 06-30-2004 10:03 »

Area 51, my favorite book series. Sure, it would probably be "R" and I wouldn't see it, but at least I can read the books.
Mr Fuzzywuvems

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #24 on: 06-30-2004 11:06 »

They should make 2063 and 3001 into movies. Also they should remake 2010.
Woodbot 2.0

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #25 on: 06-30-2004 11:48 »

A Series of Unfoutunate Events is coming out with a few movies. The first is based on the first three books.
Spacedal11

Space Pope
****
« Reply #26 on: 07-03-2004 01:00 »
« Last Edit on: 07-03-2004 01:00 »

Here's a list of what I like, (Note: They aren't in order of favs. Only what comes to mind 1st).

1.101 Dalmatians
2.Legally Blonde
3.Harry Potter (all of them)
4.1st to die
5.Along Came a Spider
6.Spider-Man (1 & 2 although they're comics...)
7.Old Yeller
8.Seabiscuit
EDIT: 9.Raven
Sorry that's a book I'm writing and I thought it was a movie for a second. Damn Finding Nemo! I will have my revenge. *foam spreads from mouth*.
Nasty Pasty

DOOP Secretary
*
« Reply #27 on: 07-04-2004 00:13 »

i wouldnt mind seeing "The DaVinci Code" as a movie. I heard that they're probably gonna make it so I'm definitely interested.
Ben

Space Pope
****
« Reply #28 on: 11-16-2004 06:53 »

 http://www.smh.com.au/news/Film/Hanks-cracks-code/2004/11/16/1100384533785.html

Arrrrrrgggghhh!!! You fools, you foolish fools!

Oh, it's such a god-damn shame. That voice, that horrible, nasaly voice mouthing such great source material. The pain is almost too much to bear.
Dr.Jerkbird

Starship Captain
****
« Reply #29 on: 11-16-2004 08:44 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by LAN.gnome:
I'd really like to see the "Sabriel," "Lirael," and "Abhorsen" series by Garth Nix turned into a movie.

Really? I love those books! (though i have not read Abhorsen yet) But still! Cool! I would like to see the 9 fold seris from Robert Crais come out! the first one is called hostage and i think it might come out soon as a movie!

Nerd-o-rama

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #30 on: 11-16-2004 14:23 »
« Last Edit on: 11-16-2004 14:23 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by mazaite:
As for Discworld, A while back a screen play for mort was tested on a US focus group. their finding: "it would be a great movie if you got rid of the death stuff. that was a downer"

"If they got rid of all the Death stuff"...out of Mort?  I hope you're kidding.  What uneducated hicks did they get for this "focus group" anyway?  Besides, if we're talking characters, Death is one of the greatest characters ever written, even if he does seem a little inconsistent.*  If we're talking death as in body count...it's still the point of the damned story.  And we're Americans.  We love death in movies, as long as it doesn't happen to the good guys...which I guess it does in Mort...or at least to the neutral guys...

EDIT: Wow, didn't see the huge time gap there.  But since I'm digging up the past anyway,
Zed 85: Discworld needs to be basically live action.  An assload of special effects, yes, but mainly live action.  You don't capture the same sense of feeling with animation or CGI.

*By that I mean that since he exists at every moment simultaneously, he shouldn't have character development.  But I'm not going to argue causality with Pratchett...at least not until I get my hands on Night Watch
Bushmeister

Professor
*
« Reply #31 on: 11-16-2004 17:03 »
« Last Edit on: 11-16-2004 17:03 »

As Speli said, K-PAX was pretty darn sweet and it might have been nice to see the other books made into films
Yuki_in_space

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #32 on: 11-20-2004 23:21 »

I would love to see Gaiman's "American Gods" as a movie only if they didn't make it in insipid Hollywood style. Considering that it's not likely that many other Gaiman books will make it to film, I know it's pretty fruitless. "Good Omens" would be good, too.
JustJack

Crustacean
*
« Reply #33 on: 11-21-2004 10:54 »

The Harry Potter films are really rubbish compared to the books.  When I'm older I want to remake them exactly how they are in the book.
Mr.Nintendo

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #34 on: 11-21-2004 11:08 »

The Monty Python team would have done an excellent (albeit low-budget) job of any Discworld films. Eric Idle does a fantastic job of the voice of Rincewind in the two orginal Discworld adventure games, each one loosely based on the plots of 'The Light Fantastic' and 'Mort'. 'Discworld 2: Missing Presumed...?!' had it's name changed too 'Discworld 2: Morality Bytes' for the US release, as the producers thought that the American audience wouldn't get the joke in the title  tongue.
DogDoo8

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #35 on: 11-22-2004 21:42 »

Well Clive Cusslers "Sahara" comes out next year, here's hopeing it aint a flop like "Raise the titanic".

Also, I would like to see Ben Bovas "Orion", one of my favorite books.
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #36 on: 11-22-2004 23:07 »
« Last Edit on: 11-22-2004 23:07 »

I still want a fucking good Picture of Dorian Gray movie. There are so many great books from the victorian era, I wish movie companies would dip into that pot more than they do.

I seriously want to see a movie version of The Picture of Dorian Gray directed by Tim Burton. I really think his style would do the book justice, he'd probably play up the horror side(which is the part I liked about it) more than the homoerotic undertones like most movie versions of the book have.
Mr Fuzzywuvems

Bending Unit
***
« Reply #37 on: 11-23-2004 15:37 »

I haven't seen it but isn't there already a Picture of Dorian Gray movie which is considered a classic
newhook_1

Urban Legend
***
« Reply #38 on: 11-23-2004 16:15 »
« Last Edit on: 11-23-2004 16:15 »

There was one in 1945 which was pretty good, but you know, time for an update. I've heard that the made for TV movies released in the 70s suck so I didn't bother trying to track them down. Apperently there was a version made in 2002 that has yet to be released, but they turned Basil into a woman, it's set in modern times. Seriously, wtf? So everything I said pretty much still stands.
boingo2000

Liquid Emperor
**
« Reply #39 on: 11-23-2004 16:38 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by Yuki_in_space:
I would love to see Gaiman's "American Gods" as a movie only if they didn't make it in insipid Hollywood style. Considering that it's not likely that many other Gaiman books will make it to film, I know it's pretty fruitless. "Good Omens" would be good, too.

As far as I know, there's no plans for an "American Gods" film yet, but "Coraline" is being directed by Henry Selick (Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas); a film based on one of the Death comic series (The High Cost of Living, I think) is in production at New Line (tentativly titled Death's Day, Neil wrote the screenplay and may direct); MirrorMask is directed by Dave McKean, has an original screenplay by Neil and should get released later on this year; and Terry Gilliam is saying there's a slight chance he'll film his Good Omens script yet.  Of course, he's also saying it might get done by another director.  Given the history of Terry Gilliam films however, don't hold your breath.  In fact, (excepting MirrorMask) none of these films are far along enough that they couldn't fall through any second.

If they do film "American Gods" though, I'd like to see either Gene Hackman or John Rhys-Davis as Mr. Wednesday.  And Morgan Freeman must play Mr. Nancy.
Pages: [1] 2 Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF | SMF © 2006, Simple Machines | some icons from famfamfam
Legal Notice & Disclaimer: "Futurama" TM and copyright FOX, its related entities and the Curiosity Company. All rights reserved. Any reproduction, duplication or distribution of these materials in any form is expressly prohibited. As a fan site, this Futurama forum, its operators, and any content on the site relating to "Futurama" are not explicitely authorized by Fox or the Curiosity Company.
Page created in 0.164 seconds with 18 queries.