Turning a book into a movie might be one of the trickiest moves in the entertainment industry. More often than not (due to time constraints, shooting logistics, casting problems, and financial difficulties) someone is left out in the cold on opening day. Arguably movies like the Harry Potter franchise and Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke and Fight Club have translated quite well to celluloid. In the spirit of these movies, here are three more books that could make the transition to film successfully.
Written by Sherman Alexi, Indian Killer is a murder mystery centered in Seattle, Washington. This book has just the right mix of conflict, emotion, and mystery to translate to a film. The logical choice for the role of the protagonist is Alex Meraz (recently of Twilight, New Moon fame…). Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock would be perfect fits for John’s non-Native parents in the story. Wrap up all this with Tim Burton as the director and you have an offbeat movie with the appropriately otherworldly flashbacks and dream sequences.
Another Chuck Palahniuk novel, this mildly sci-fi thriller is begging to be turned into a film. The principal actors could be played by almost anybody who can pull off a tough, country-boy image (however Edward Norton or Brad Pitt would be an excellent inclusion), but the directing would have to be done by David Fincher, director of Fight Club.
Sadly, I doubt this novel will ever finds its way onto the silver screen due to over-the-top violence, gratuitous sex scenes, and a plot that would be hard to convey in a two hour movie. Still, in the event that it does ever get optioned and produced it will be an instant cult classic eagerly gobbled up by the throngs of Palahniuk fans.
Don’t Let’s Go To The Dogs Tonight
Alexandra Fuller details her life growing up in Rhodesia, Malawi, and Zambia in Africa in this autobiographical novel. It includes stories of traveling through war-torn locals and carrying a submachine gun as a child; as well as times when her mother would get drunk with guests and stay up the entire night telling stories. Her books makes readers yearn for a simpler lifestyle, away from the huge cities and civilization. I am not saying that I am on the verge of riding through the bush in an armored Land Rover, but I wouldn’t be above taking a camping trip in the near future.
As far as casting is concerned, Dakota Fanning is one of the better choices to play a young Ms. Fuller and one could do worse than to cast Minnie Driver as the older Fuller. If Sandra Bullock could pull off a convincing British accent she would be a natural fit for the mother, just as Pierce Brosnan would fit the father’s role nicely.