Jurassic Park, I Am Legend, Watchmen, and even The Princess Bride are all movies that have been inspired by books or novels. Sometimes things are done right and the movies are faithful to the original. Or sometimes they can totally depart from the book and disappoint fans. Some of the worst movies ever made were actually based on good books like Battlefield Earth. That movie still haunts me. Nothing is more disappointing to a reader than seeing their favorite book ruined on screen.
Of course, some books just won’t make good movies. But some really good books never get the chance to be experienced by a wider audience. So, I propose to you three books I want to see made into movies. The actors and directors are chosen based on my opinions of their work. These are all books I have read and enjoyed, even reading them multiple times. If you haven’t heard of any of these fine publications, I encourage you to check them out for yourself. Here is a quick rundown:
Orson Scott Card (1985)
Published by Tor Books
The first full novel I have ever read and my favorite still to this day. Based in Earth’s future, the story follows a young boy named Andrew “Ender” Wiggin as he is transformed into a military genius. The planet has been previously attacked by a insectoid alien race referred to by mankind as the “Buggers.”
The Earth barely survived the last attack but came out alive due to a genius military strategist. From that point on, all children were bred to be genius’s. Ender happens to be one of the most intelligent and balanced and is selected to be shipped off to battle school to be molded into a tactical mastermind at the space bound Battle School. Ender’s Game studies the human mind, emotional attachment, racism, military control, and child violence.
I would like to see J. J Abrams direct this. He is a great science fiction director and his focus on story would really bring out the deeper meanings behind Ender’s Game.
Ender Wiggin – Freddie Highmore.
Valentine Wiggin – (Ender’s sister) – AnnaSophia Robb.
Peter Wiggin – (Ender’s brother) – Josh Hutcherson.
Bean – (Ender’s friend in Battle School) – Jimmy Bennett
Colonel Hyrum Graff – John Malkovich
Perdido Street Station
China Miéville (2000)
Published by Macmillan
Perdido Street Station is a strange read. But it is on here because it is fresh and very unique. I was fully engrossed in it’s world. It takes place in a steam punk Victorian world where magic exists with science. Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin is an eccentric scientist who works for the mafia boss Mr. Motley. He presented with the task of helping a creature called Yagharek regain his wings after them being cut off for a crime that is beyond human equivalent. In the process of trying to help Yagharek, Isaac unleashes a vicious creature that could kill everyone in the city. It’s up to him to right his wrongs. If he can.
Guillermo del Toro would be perfect for this. He directs great creature flicks and can bring out the vibe and grim of the steam punk genre.
Isaac Dan der Grimnebulin – Jude Law
Yagharek – Sharlto Copley
Mr. Motley – Eric Bana
Lin – Cate Blanchett
The Devils Code
Published by Putnam Books
An amazing thriller, The Devils Code is a computer aficionado’s fondest reading dream. This would be a great book-to-movie. Very character driven and the plot twists and turns so much your head will spin. It follows Kidd. An artist, computer whiz, and professional criminal. His sometime partner/sometime lover, LuEllen is the bane of his existence. The Army had left Kidd a severe distaste for bureaucratic organization and government but gave him the skills to do something about it.
One day a woman appeared at his door and told him that his colleague Jack Morrison had vanished, and that Kidd and LuEllen were the targets of a national manhunt. The national security didn’t worry Kidd as much as the very dangerous men with the very different agenda that he suspected were acting behind the scenes. He knew that unless he and LuEllen found what had really happened to Jack they would be the next to vanish.
I would like to see Christopher Nolan direct this. His realistic approach is exactly what this movie would need. Plus he has directed movies with similar tastes like Momento and Batman Begins.
Kidd – Guy Pearce
LuEllen – Jessica Biel
Lane Ward – Maggie Gyllenhaal