When I read a book that I like sometimes I think they should make a movie of it. The three top books I think that should be made into movies are Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, and Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! by Terry Brooks. In my opinion these three books would make fine movies to watch.
Odd Thomas is about a short order cook who sees the dead and tries to help them out. He has a few friends an overweight author named Little Ozzie, a girlfriend named Stormy, and the chief of police in the town he lives in. In this story he becomes convinced that a man he sees, who he nicknames Fungus Man, while working is up to no good because there are bodachs, dark shadowy figures, following him which Odd says means there is trouble coming. He tries to figure out what is going to happen and along the way sees various spirits while trying to prevent whatever bad thing is set to come. For a movie I would have Tim Burton direct it because he can, I believe, capture the feeling of Odds complicated life. I would have Michael Cera play Odd Thomas because he does well playing characters who have complicated lives and doesn’t have many close relationships. For the part of Stormy Llewellyn I would cast Alia Shawkat she has amazing chemistry with Cera and I believe she could play a woman who is like Stormy great. Two other parts I would cast right now is Chief Porter, someone who can be seen as a father figure to Odd, and I would have him played by the talented Alan Alda. The final person would be the role of Fungus Man who I would have played by Greg Rikaart, he played a messed up person when he first joined the cast of Young and the Restless making me believe he could pull off the character of Fungus Man.
Wicked is the story of Elphaba Thropp the green girl who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz. It starts with the conception of Elphaba and ends at her death by Dorothy. To direct the movie I would have Walter Murch who as far as I know has only directed one other film which was also a movie about Oz. It was called Return to Oz and I think the way he captured an Oz in ruins would be carried over to Wicked making it pleasing to the eye. For Elphaba Thropp I would cast Evan Rachel Wood. A great actress in my opinion who demonstrated a wide range on emotions in Across the Universe and a more menacing persona on True Blood. For the role of Galinda I would pick Sarah Carter. As Fiyero I would cast Shane West because of his role in A Walk to Remember where he played a tough guy which is what he would have to channel to play a prince.
Magic Kingdom for Sale – SOLD! is about a man named Ben Holiday who after losing his wife and unborn child decides to check out an advertisement he sees for a magical kingdom for one million dollars. He travels through a fairy mist to the magical kingdom and sets out on a quest following his coronation as king to get the people to recognize him as king. He faces a few trials along the way with a final confrontation against a demon. I would pick Steven Spielberg as the director because a lot of his work is family friendly and I believe this movie would be something to watch as a family. For Ben Holiday I would cast Demetri Martin a comedian and actor. He did well in the movie Taking Woodstock working on promoting a big concert/festival and think he is an excellet choice for this character. As Willow I would choose Shannyn Sossamon from A Knights Tale. For Meeks I would use Alan Rickman and for Questor Thews I would choose Mark Hamil.