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Old 06-05-2013, 20:14
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I think Double Cross by Ben Macintyre and Edge of Dark Water by Joe R Lansdale.
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Old 06-05-2013, 20:53
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I always thought Alan Moore's re-imagining of British 50's Superhero 'Marvelman' would make great viewing, although probably as a ten part mini series on TV, given how good TV can be nowadays.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:24
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The problem lies in the 'good books' that have
already been made into 'movies'.And I use the
term loosely! Hollywood seem to want to make
a film from a good book, by removing whatever
it was that made the book 'good' in the first place!
If it ain't broke,don't fix it .Or in Hollywood, if it works
fine already, then break it!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:08
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The problem lies in the 'good books' that have
already been made into 'movies'.And I use the
term loosely! Hollywood seem to want to make
a film from a good book, by removing whatever
it was that made the book 'good' in the first place!
If it ain't broke,don't fix it .Or in Hollywood, if it works
fine already, then break it!
A current case in point would be the utter farce that World War Z is turning into
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:11
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The problem lies in the 'good books' that have
already been made into 'movies'.And I use the
term loosely! Hollywood seem to want to make
a film from a good book, by removing whatever
it was that made the book 'good' in the first place!
If it ain't broke,don't fix it .Or in Hollywood, if it works
fine already, then break it!
Jack Reacher being an example. The character in the stories is six foot four inches tall and 240 pounds of muscle... so who better to play him than Tom Cruise.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:21
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The Shannara books by Terry Brooks, AND a decent Lord of the Rings movie by a decent writer...

... too soon? :P
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:35
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The Shadow of the Wind
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:52
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The Shannara books by Terry Brooks, AND a decent Lord of the Rings movie by a decent writer...

... too soon? :P
But the Shannara books are drivel. If Terry Brooks must be adapted how about his Magic Kingdom For Sale instead? That could be a bit of a romp with a talking dog and comedy wizard in the mix. Cast Tom Cruise as the lead and you've a sure fire hit.

I think George MacDonald Frazer's Flashman is due a decent film outing.
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Old 07-05-2013, 13:53
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I'm surprised that the only one of Harlan Coben's books to be filmed is Tell No One (source: IMDB), which is a French-language film. It's also a very good film, so why no other adaptations?
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Old 07-05-2013, 14:35
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If I live long enough, I might see someone actually transfer The White Hotel (D. M. Thomas) to the screen. Sadly various attempts have crashed along the way, taking major names with them (Lynch, for instance). It's become a sort of curse.

But if you've read the book, you'll always be hoping. I'd say this is the book Christopher Nolan could really stretch himself with.

Probably never happen though.
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Old 07-05-2013, 15:34
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Jack Reacher being an example. The character in the stories is six foot four inches tall and 240 pounds of muscle... so who better to play him than Tom Cruise.


I know this won't be a popular opinion, but I don't think the size of the Jack Reacher character in the books is what defined him. I mean really, did people read the books because of his size? Did they enjoy them and the writing because of this?

Besides, all that apart, I thought the movie was pretty decent.Just because a movie deviates from the book and makes changes does not mean it is automatically bad.
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Old 07-05-2013, 16:12
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Various Star Wars and Star Trek novels would make pretty epic films.

And if you're a fan of the zombie genre then you can't go wrong with "The Rising" and its sequel "City of the Dead" both written by Brian Keene. They're both fantastic "end of the world" stuff that would make terrific films - if in the proper hands.
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Old 07-05-2013, 16:13
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But the Shannara books are drivel. If Terry Brooks must be adapted how about his Magic Kingdom For Sale instead? That could be a bit of a romp with a talking dog and comedy wizard in the mix. Cast Tom Cruise as the lead and you've a sure fire hit.
I should have clarified. The Elfstones ONLY. All the others are drivel.

I'm sure IMDB talks about the Shannara books being made, and that they were going to start with Elfstones.

Magic Kingdom is great, but should be a TV series.
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Old 07-05-2013, 16:59
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The Dice Man .

But they'd have to do it full-on , Fincher might do it well .
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Old 07-05-2013, 18:25
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But the Shannara books are drivel. If Terry Brooks must be adapted how about his Magic Kingdom For Sale instead? That could be a bit of a romp with a talking dog and comedy wizard in the mix. Cast Tom Cruise as the lead and you've a sure fire hit.

I think George MacDonald Frazer's Flashman is due a decent film outing.
I should have clarified. The Elfstones ONLY. All the others are drivel.

I'm sure IMDB talks about the Shannara books being made, and that they were going to start with Elfstones.

Magic Kingdom is great, but should be a TV series.
How about The Word and The Void series, technicaly they are part of the larger Shannara serie but could easily be adapted into a standalone series of films
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