Many times when an author has written a book and a director has decided to translate the depiction into film, the emotion of the story gets lost in translation. However, there are some books that only after a visual picture is formed that the true meaning of the book is understood. The following are my favorites:
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Art of War is a book that was written around the 6th Century BC. It was originally a blueprint for military actions, but its’ words ring true to this day and can be applied to many different areas of life. I have personally applied the teachings in this book to my friendships, my love relationship and business strategies. The reason I feel that it should be made into a movie is the basis of the book, which is how to defeat your enemy in military combat put many people off, and they cannot see the multifaceted applications of the teachings. Such a movie would take dynamic actors to portray the integrity and depth of emotion of this role. If this book were to be made into a film, I feel the lead actor should be a man of distinction such as Sean Connery. He would play the role of the military advisor. I would have actors such a Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf play military men on opposing sides. They would bring very different interpretations of the minds of men at war, tied in with the integrity of the time period. I also would put aspects of love and family in the film and show how sometimes when a man has been through war in life, be it metaphorically or literally, he then becomes conditioned to destroying and therefore is destructive in other areas in his future. I would have Quentin Tarantino direct the film as he would seamlessly be able to form a complete union with the dimensions and story lines.
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
The areas that application of this book has helped me the most are business and my relationship. If this were to ever become a film, I would like to see it from the vantage point of the rise of a young female college graduate to the CEO of a major corporation or a title of comparable status. I would like to see the depiction of a young woman that no one thought was smart enough or had enough experience to take the position of an older man and end up being his boss. The film would have narration voice-overs to narrate her thoughts as she is applying the 48 Laws of Power. The narrator and actress would be Scarlett Johanson and her leading man would be Richard Gere. They are both box office draws and sophisticated enough to carry the weight of this role that derived from a best-selling book. The director would be Oliver Stone, who also directed Wall Street. The difference would be, the woman would be on a power trip and apply the Laws of Power throughout every area of her life, becoming very manipulative. I feel that Oliver Stone would be able to make the distinction between power and living a life of deception. The screen play would be written by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. I loved their work with the screen play Good Will Hunting, which won an Oscar.
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Many would say this is an interesting choice since it is more of a personal diary to self, in my opinion. Being that I have the book and I know how the principles and questions in the book can alter one’s life, I chose it as one of the books that I would like to become a movie. The Purpose Driven Life leads the reader on a spiritual quest to learn about self, life and the reader’s purpose. There are many people who are lost in life and in need of direction. I was one of those people at one time, and shortly after reading the book I was able to get my life on track. The storyline of the movie would be about a man that had promise in life. He went to private schools, had both parents in the home, is an only child but decided to drop out of college to pursue wealth. Before he realized it, he is 34 and has not found fortune and has not had a job in years. He is a heavy drinker and sleeps all day. The role of the young man would be played by Jude Law. He seems to have a wild side that would fit right into this role. The characters days are filled with nothing and his nights are spent partying and drinking with people whose lives never took off. One day he would be in a bookstore for an unrelated reason and someone would be speaking about the book and he decides to buy it. This would start his journey to enlightenment and his quest for happiness. He then goes on to use his spirit of entrepreneurial-ship and becomes successful. The director of this film would be Antoine Fuqua. The reason I would want him to direct is because he has such an interesting way of using his cameras that without words, you understand the concepts.