What books do you think would make good films?

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I've had a few surgeries lately - nothing life-threatening, but enough to put me on LTD for months at a time.

Friends and family have given me heaps and heaps of books - nothing too heady or literary - lots of sci-fi, suspense and crime lit.
They also gave me some Hollywood history books.

Normally I don't read a lot of genre lit, but I'm reading so much of it, I feel like a film or television producer.

What books have YOU read ( not necessarily "Great Books") that leave you wondering why no one ever made a film of them? (Considering how many book-to-film flops there have been)??

Legs Hates Me (I M Losted), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:27 (seven years ago) link

http://www.imps4ever.info/library/haynes_manual_a.jpg

Daphnis Celesta, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:34 (seven years ago) link

Also, feel free to discuss anything related to the topic of books-to-movies:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/t4FM9FxVYv07-Z95-zUZppA/htmlview

I found the above link fascinating, some of it "ugh", some of it, "bet it gets scrapped."

Legs Hates Me (I M Losted), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:29 (seven years ago) link

lord of the rings

is this empty sanitism (darraghmac), Wednesday, 6 August 2014 11:17 (seven years ago) link

it's a miracle that Catcher in the Rye has never been filmed, that would be godawful

(I think I just ensured that James Franco will do it)

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 August 2014 16:30 (seven years ago) link

Kazan wanted to make it at one point, but Salinger of course said no.

I'm surprised nobody has made a film out of Devil Take the Blue-Tail Fly by John Franklin Bardin.

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Thursday, 7 August 2014 18:19 (seven years ago) link

The Man Who Was Thursday would make a great animated film, especially if crazily stylized.

jmm, Thursday, 7 August 2014 18:29 (seven years ago) link

the autobiography of this guy (leavened by some more factual material) could be the first good historical baseball movie. Bill Murray coulda been great, now I'd go with Michael Shannon.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Veeck

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 August 2014 19:09 (seven years ago) link

imaginary man who was thursday movie also my answer to the after hours thread

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 7 August 2014 19:16 (seven years ago) link


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