3 Books That Should Be Movies
Ever read a good book and thought immediately, that would make a good movie? There are so many books out there that sometimes it can be hard to discern which ones would make good movies. Here are three great books which should be made into movies, but have so far fallen through the cracks.
1. The Sellswords series- R.A. Salvatore (2000-2006)
While not the most prominent Characters of R.A. Salvatore’s work The Sellswords series consists of three R.A. Salvatore books; Servant of the Shard (2000), Promise of the Witch King (2005), and Road of the Patriarch (2006). Focusing on the characters Jarlaxle Baenre and Artemis Entreri, The Sellsword Series would be the best branch of R.A. Salvatore’s books to make into a movie. Because while Jarlaxle and Entreri may not be the most popular of Salvatore’s characters, that honor belongs to Drizzt Do’Urden, Jarlaxle and Entreri would appeal to a larger audience while not excluding any fans of Salvatore’s other works. Neither Jarlaxle nor Entreri are inherently good or evil, often viewing the world and shaping the events around them in a self serving manner. At times both characters display seemingly charitable traits, although usually later proven to be self serving. Because of these traits an audience can easily identify with their motivations and either cheer them on through the mischief, or take delight when the forces of good eventually prevail. The two characters also compliment each other very nicely with traits that would be easily conveyed in a movie. While Jarlaxle is a flamboyant entrepreneur who’s motives generally involve profiteering, Artemis is reserved, a pinnacle fighter, who’s true interests are to further hone his skills as a fighter and prove himself as the best.
Characters And Who Should Be Cast
Director: Guillermo del Toro. This director would be a top choice for directing any adaptation on R.A. Salvatore’s work. Del Toro has proven himself to the fantasy genre as evidenced by Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 1 &2, and Blade 2, the latter two being comic book to movie conversions. There is no doubt among fans that Del Toro could deliver a truly immersive movie.
Jarlaxle Baenre: Johnny Depp. A flamboyant and articulate character with exaggerated movements. Jarlaxle is the founder and commander of the Bregan D’aerthe, a powerful drow militia company. Jarlaxle is a formidable swordsman who is dependent on a plethora of magical trinkets to aid him in his exploits. Despite his self serving nature Jarlaxle develops a close bond with Entreri. Johnny Depp has had extensive movie experience playing characters of this type, a prime example being captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Artemis Entreri: Viggo Mortenson. A cold and reserved character who is the most powerful living assassin. Often taking on the role of an anti-hero while serving his, or Jarlaxle’s own needs. Entreri is driven by the knowledge that as he ages his speed and agility is slowly failing him. Entreri must face the reality that he has already passed his prime. Viggo Mortenson would be a great fit for this character as he commands a striking screen presence. For his portrayal of Entreri, Mortenson could blend his experience playing Nikolai Luzhin in Eastern Promises and Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.
Kimmuriel Oblodra: Christopher Lambert Kimmuriel is a reserved character who rarely speaks in the books but possesses great psionic powers. While this character holds a strong disdain for Entreri, His loyalties lie to the Bregan D’aerthe, of which, Jarlaxle is the leader. Christopher Lambert would suit this role well as there would be very few speaking roles for him.
2. Snow Crash. -Neal Stephenson (1992)
A tale set in a bizarre version of America in 2070. Snow Crash is a hard edged book the should be a movie. Snow Crash takes aim at the idiosyncrasies of American life and starts lampooning. In the book industry and natural resources are all but vanished. America is a barely recognizable shell of what it once was where corporations have replaced states. Running the corporations are not the stale elder businessmen that first come to mind. No, in 2070 the mafia is one of these ruling corporations, their primary business? Delivering Pizza’s.
In Snow Crash a virtual reality version of the internet links the world and is a primary source of both business and recreation, but with this system comes a new danger. People are dying and it’s up to our hero and chief protagonist, Hero Protagonist, to stop this danger. Before any more of his friends, or himself for that matter, die……or worse.
Characters And Who Should Be Cast
Director- Sam Raimi. With his work on the Evil Dead series Sam Raimi has demonstrated that he can deliver a movie with a sharp sense of humor similar in vein to what Snowcrash contains. In addition to his work on Evil Dead Raimi has experience working on the special effect intensive Spiderman 1,2, and 3, a comic book turned movie.
Hiro Protagonist: Eddie Steeples. Best known as Darnell Turner from My Name Is Earl, Steeples has proven himself as a comedic actor who could hold down the sarcastic humor of Hiro Protagonist. Whether he could handle both a Katana and letting loose with the mighty Reason, well, that would be a site worth seeing in this movie.
Y.T. (Yours Truly): Chloe Moretz. best known as Hitgirl from the movie Kickass, Chloe Moretz is an up and coming young actress who has proven she could handle the matured 15 year old Y.T.’s action and dialogue scenes.
Juanita Marquez: Rosario Dawson. As a former, and future love interest of Hiro in the book. Marquez becomes a central character in the struggle against L. Bob Rife. Dawson’s Performance as Tina Santiago in This Revolution shows she can handle the complicated relationship between her and Hiro in the movie.
Dr. Emanuel Lagos: Steve Buscemi. Hey, It’s Steve Buscemi. Who better to play an odd character who is killed off almost as suddenly as he is introduced?
Uncle Enzo: James Caan. Caan’s appearance as the charismatic head of the mafia in movie version of Snow Crash would borderline on an homage to both Caan’s roles as Sonny Corleorne in The Godfather, as well as Jonathan E. in Rollerball. These two allusions would be entirely appropriate and inline with the sardonic sense of humor present throughout the book Snow Crash and help set the tone for the movie version.
The Librarian: Keanu Reeves. Another good joke would be to cast Reeves as the almost sentient computer program librarian from Snow Crash. Reeve’s blank faced and dense portrayal of the Librarian would echo his non-action performance as Neo in The Matrix.
L. Bob Rife: Christian Bale. Bale’s performance as businessman and serial killer Patrick Bateman in the movie American Psycho is a prime example of how Bale could delve in and play this monopolist, religious benefactor, and overall villain from the book with resolve.
Dmitri “Raven” Ravinoff: Raw Leiba. Filling the shoes of the baddest dude of 2070 is no small task. Leiba just happens to match those shoes. Mean enough looking to convince us that he is driving around with a nuclear bomb big enough to take out half the city and rigged to blow if his heart happens to stop, Leiba has a unique look that is about as close to native Aleut as the book gets.
Reason/Ng.: Christopher Walken. How great would it be to see Walken deliver this eclectic weapons creator’s lines about what not to expect out of the nuclear powered depleted uranium firing personal Gatling Gun, Reason. If Neal Stephenson didn’t have Walken’s mannerisms specifically in mind when writing Snow Crash then the coincidences are eerie. Plus, even off screen Walken would steal the scene providing the movie’s voice to Reason’s user interface.
3.Otherland-Tad Williams (1996-2001)
The Largest Challenge turning this book into a movie would be how to condense the four novels that comprise Tad Williams’ epic Otherland series into a single movie. First released in 1996, City of Golden Shadow begins the series by introducing the audience to the main characters Renie Suloway and !Xabbu as well as the providing a glimpse of how the internet has evolved into a form of virtual reality over the last 70 years. It was in City of Golden Shadow that Renie’s younger brother fell victim to a mysterious illness while using the internet which has left him in a coma with no known cure. Renie, along with !Xabbu’s help, begin to investigate at great peril. Follow up novels; River of Blue Fire, Mountain of Black Glass, and Sea of Silver Light, continue the journey of Renie and !Xabbu as they pass from one twisted virtual reality to another. Hampering the group along the way is a mysterious group known as the Grail Brotherhood, who will stop at nothing in their desperate attempt to transcend death itself.
Characters And Who Should Be Cast
Director: M. Night Shyamalan. With his experience directing films that delve into the uncanny and partially supernatural, M. Night Shyamalan would be a great fit for this projects virtual reality setting. In addition, Otherland takes many unexpected plot twists and turns, and plot twists after all, are what M. Night Shyamalan is known for.
Paul Jonas: Ewan McGregor. Playing the amnesiac Paul Jonas, who finds himself bouncing from on reality to another while being pursued by unknown foes for unknown reasons, McGregor could pull from his experience playing Lincoln Six Echo in The Island.
Irene (Renie) Sulaweyo: Gaberille Union. The main character of the book, Renie is a young communications teacher whose motives to uncovering the secret behind the Grail Brotherhood are to find a cure for her comatose brother. Gabrerille Union would be a great fit for this role and an ample opportunity to show that she can hold down the lead actress role
!Xabbu: Rob Brown. One of the few remaining native African bushmen, !Xabbu is a student of Renie’s who has come to the city university to learn more about the modernized world. Due to his unique heritage, !Xabbu often finds solutions to problems within otherland where no one else would think to look. Rob Brown could help transfer !Xabbu from pages of the book to the movie.
Orlando Gardiner (the avatar): Josh Holloway. In the real world Orlando Gardiner is a terminally ill teenager. However, on the internet, Gardener is something else entirely. Modeled loosely after R.E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Gardiner’s avatar is a sword swinging ace of the video game world who finds himself, along with his best friend Sam, investigating the Grail brotherhood after a glitch cost him his life’s work worth of game progression. While Holloway may have been passed up for the film adaptation of Conan, Gardiner’s avatar may be his opportunity to dawn a loincloth.
Salome (Sam) Fredricks (the avatar): Michael Cera. Gardiner is not the only one who is something else entirely while online. Sam Fredricks is Orlando’s best friend and often accompanies him on his video game quests. Sam however, is actually a girl who uses male avatars in order to avoid unwanted advances from the legions of teenage would be suitors. Michael Cera’s emasculate features and sometimes timid appearance would be a good fit for Sam’s male avatar.
Martine Desroubins: Carrie-Anne Moss. Drawing from her performance in the Matrix Trilogy, Carrie-Anne Moss could nail the blind computer programmer Martine Desroubins. Bringing the enigmatic character from the book to life in the movie.
Johnny (Dread) Wulgaru: Nonso Anozie. One of the stranger characters from the Otherland books, Dread is a sadistic hired killer who possesses some supernatural control over electronic devices. Serving as the spearhead for the Grail Brotherhoods efforts, the hero’s find themselves being stalked both in, and out of the Otherland. While a relatively unknown and unproven actor, Anozie would make a good choice to play Dread.
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