I have had the opportunity to read a fair number of books in my many years, some interesting and imaginative and some not. Now and then there has been a story, some true, that are so captivating, it is pure wonder why they have not made it into the theater. Producers and Directors have new captivating tales to choose from instead of remaking already successful films. Here are my top three picks for the next movie.
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is a Non-Fictional Thriller
The Hot Zone is a non-fiction story that documents an infestation of Ebola virus discovered in the United States. Ebola belongs to a group of filoviruses and is recognized as one of the most deadly viruses known. Ebola Zaire, for example, is known to be exceptionally infectious and violently kills nine out of every ten people infected. People infected with Ebola or one of its sister viruses eventually “bleed out” as every organ in the body becomes liquefied by virus particles. It is an example of an infectious agent equivalent to Stephen King’s novel The Stand.
What is most frightening about this novel is that Ebola, a virus only found in parts of Africa, was discovered in a small town called Reston, Virginia. An Ebola-like agent was found infecting a large number of monkeys contained in a storage facility. After introducing the affects of several types of filovirus including Ebola and Marburg, Reston goes on to tell the story about the Ebola infection in Reston. The Army and Center for Disease Control took every precaution in the treatment of the monkey colony as tests for the virus showed a positive match to Ebola Zaire, the most deadly form. Imagine what this virus could do when it hits a heavily populated country like the USA. The description of the affects of Ebola on its human host brings a shocking reality to the reader. Ebola attacks every organ in the body especially the connective tissue that attaches the skin. The skin literally becomes detached from the body. Fortunately it is finally revealed, the Ebola agent found in the monkey storage house was a new strain labeled Ebola Reston and it does not apparently infect people.
Movie Director Mick Harris, who brought life to Stephen King’s The Stand, would be a good choice to direct this movie. The reality of a super flu decimating the world population would be similar to the effects of Ebola. The novel would need a large cast of army person. The two major players are a husband and wife team. Dr. Nancy Jaax, a lieutenant colonel, worked in the hot zone, a metaphor for biosafety level 4 containment. Her husband Dr. Jerry Jaax, also a lieutenant colonel, organized the hot zone at the monkey storage house. Here, the entire monkey population was put to sleep to stop the possible spread of infection to the populace. Zoe McLellan and Brandon Fraser would be an excellent team for these important roles.
Richard Preston brought life to this non-fiction story and this would truly bring a frightening reality to the big screen.
The Dragon Lance Trilogy is an Exciting Science Fiction Tale
Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman teamed up to write a series of books based on characters from the game Dungeons and Dragons. Each group of books is written as a trilogy. The Chronicles trilogy introduces the nine main characters led by a half-elf, named Tanis as they fought to save their world against the dark Goddess in the War of the Dragons. I particularly enjoyed this series. One favorite character was Raistlin, a young and powerful magician. His allegiance was neutral but Raistlin eventually joins the side of the Dark Queen in pursuit of his own ambitions. Although beyond his age, Christopher Walken would be perfect for the part of Raistlin. He has the capability of bringing the mysterious personality to this character. Orlando Bloom, who has successfully played the role of an elf, would make the ultimate Tanis. Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, would fill the role of Raistlin’s twin brother. Although they may be twins, Raistlin and Caramon are as different as night and day.
Directing Dragon Lance would be a good challenge for Courtney Solomon. He would bring the story to its finality with the dragon war. Solomon is not stranger to fighting dragons as this ended the story of Dungeons and Dragons.
Dragon Lance Chronicles would be and exciting science fiction novel on the big screen.
The Hobbit and How Bilbo Baggins found The Ring
J.R.R. Tolkens Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, was an impressively successful story in the theaters. Director Peter Jackson was triumphant in his quest to bring this story to the big screen. One question remains for those not fortunate to read this series predecessor, The Hobbit the question of how Bilbo found the Ring of Power remains. Bilbo Baggins has his own tale to tell in The Hobbit. Justin Whalin can play the role of the younger Bilbo as he aids the Dwarves in their quest to rid there mountain home of the evil dragon, Smaug.
Ian McKellan would return as Gandalf, the wizard that selects Bilbo as the perfect hobbit to join the Dwarves in their quest. Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Lord of the Rings would also join this cast. It was from Gollum that Bilbo acquired the ring as he found it in Gollums cave home.
I believe those who enjoyed Lord of the Rings would find the predecessor as fun and exciting. Director Peter Jackson, whose work on Lord of the Rings was impressive, would be the only choice for directing this film. Most likely, the film is already in the works and will hot the big screen soon.
Reading can be a fun and enjoyable experience. What is even better is seeing a good well-read novel successfully told on the big screen.