There are so many fantastic books that deserve a chance to tell their story on the silver screen. Here are my top picks for books I would love to see made into movies.
One of my favorite picks for a book series that should be made into films is the Ender’s Saga, written by Orson Scott Card. This intriguing science fiction series contains four books–Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. The series follows the life of its hero, Ender Wiggin, whose adventures traverse the galaxy as he tries to help individuals, nations, and even alien species to live in peace and understanding. Although I think all of the books would make great movies, my absolute favorite would be the second book in the series, Speaker for the Dead. The story takes place on a far off planet, Lusitania, where a colony of humans have gone to study and live with an alien species who are native to the planet, known as the Pequeninos. Even if you aren’t a huge science fiction fan, you will still be drawn in by the gripping human drama that the characters face in their personal and professional lives.
For director of the film, I would definitely pick James Cameron for his incredible ability to interweave intense action along with thought provoking questions about the human existence. The character of Ender, however, is a more difficult choice, due to his complex life and history, but I think Hugh Jackman would do a great job of making Ender as compelling on film as he is in the books.
Another series that I would love to see made into films, is the Children of the Red King book series, written by Jenny Nimmo. The series centers around Charlie Bone, a young boy who finds himself with the ability to hear people in pictures and paintings, and even travel into their world. Upon discovering this gift, Charlie is sent to a school which houses other gifted children, all of whom are descended from the magical Red King. The series has much in common with similar series in this genre, such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but the series still manages to entertain in a unique way with it’s fun and interesting characters.
My choice for director would be Alfonso Cuaron, who directed my favorite installment in the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. For the role of Charlie Bone, I would love to see Freddie Highmore play the part. He still looks 11, right? Ok, well maybe not Freddie Highmore, but someone along those lines.
My final choice for a book that belongs on the big screen is Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I know, this book has actually already been made into a movie, but it hasn’t been made into a good movie! Which is really a shame because it is definitely one of Agatha Christie’s most exciting and surprising novels. The story takes place on an island where ten people have become trapped with seemingly no chance of escape. The terror escalates as they discover that there is a murderer among them. The action and mystery are gripping and intense and the story definitely has all the potential to become a classic and unforgettable suspense film.
Who else could direct such an offering other than the incredibly talented M. Night Shyamalan? The film would definitely be a success in such capable hands.