I was looking through this article (here) about 100 books being (maybe) turned into movies. I found myself rolling my eyes at another remake of 1984. As much as I’m looking forward to (I hope!) a good movie version of A Wrinkle of Time, there are some titles I think are grossly missing from this list.
#1: Codex of Alera (Jim Butcher)
I reviewed this series here. There is some seriously fun imagery and ideas in here. It would probably need to be a TV series. Tavi would be a tough guy to cast, but I think as long as they managed to find someone who could pull off “small and skinny” and then bulk up (some)…. He wouldn’t need a lot of bulk. I totally think Kitai should be played by Millie Bobby Brown – she can pull off the “scary but not at the same time” look perfectly.
#2 Alanna (Tamora Pierce)
I have wanted a “Tortall” series since I first read these books in middle school. If HBO wants their next series…. Tortall would not be a terrible one to tackle. There might not be enough blood/sex/violence for HBO though. CW could expand beyond super heroes.
You would only have 3 seasons, because I’m not sure you’d want to try to expand out the last 2 books into 2 separately seasons. I think they would work best as a single season.
#3 Akata Witch/Warrior (Nnedi Okorafor)
The review for this book should tell you a lot of why I want to see this book on the large screen. This would make for an amazing 2 movies. Or 3. I could see turning this into something of a trilogy – without giving away anything in the plot… yeah if I were to put my hand to screenwriting this I would make it a trilogy. Oh the end of that second movie…. would drive you all wild! Cliffhanger!
#4 Tiger Burning Bright (Bradley, Norton, & Lackey)
(Goodreads link) As I was looking at my bookshelves my eyes alighted on this jewel in and lit up. And I have to fight with myself over TBB or The Elvenbane, but I decided this one is less famous and would make a great one-hit-win. I might need to reread and write my review on it to do justice, but this would be a kick-ass movie. I almost re-ordered my entire list to put this as #1! If you don’t know these three names by last only, they are Marrion Zimmer Bradley, Andre Norton, and Mercedes Lackey. Anyone who loves 2 out of those three is probably now drooling. (I may have written four paragraphs of fangirling over these authors and had to edit it out…)
This book follows three women, a mother and her two daughters as they seek to save their kingdom from the hungry powerful empire that is attempting to swallow them up. With secrets, magic, and each having their own skills and talents they manage to not only save their own lives, but save their people. OMG. Excuse me while I go get lost in Merina now.
#5 Dark Horse Series
I’ve already reviewed Mary H. Herbert’s series (here) and I have long loved these books. The fact they haven’t ever gotten picked up just seems dumb to me. They are perfect movie material. Literally, casting is the only question in my world. How they handle the Hunnuli is also vital – they have to do it right. Seriously, don’t try to handle magical awesome horses if you can’t handle magical awesome horses.
I have so many images in my mind of what I think would work well, I would love to see a good director/producer tackle this one and do it right. With the rise (finally!) of acceptable female-lead movies, I think this books series not only would make AWESOME movies, but might finally be able to be done right. Not too much focus on the relationships of men + women, but not ignoring them entirely either.
So These are my suggestions. There are others I could list (hell, a lot of the books I read I might recommend….), but I will let these 5 stand as my recommendations for 2017. Maybe I’ll do this again NEXT year, see which ones stay on the list and if I change any out….