Turning books into movies is big business in Hollywood, but for some reason studios are slow to turn a best seller into a movie adaptation, and by the time they come around all of the book buzz is gone.
You practically have a pre-written script in book form, people – all you have to do is actualize it! It’s best to get on board when the book is still hot, so here’s our pick of 10 epic books that should already be in pre-production. You know, just in case they run out of superhero franchises and characters to resurrect for the 5th time…
Red Rising – Pierce Brown
If you’re into dystopian young adult fiction, THIS series is the new Hunger Games you’ve been waiting for. It’s sort of like Braveheart in space, and that’s precisely the kinda thing we wanna see on screen. Plus, book three of the series just came out, so those franchise dollars are prime for the taking.
Wicked – Gregory Maguire
How has this not been made yet? It’s done fab on Broadway and various other theatre districts worldwide, there’s been a bunch of other Wizard of Oz spin-offs of late, and the storyline in Wicked is arguably the most interesting take on the original tale. We’ve heard whispers that it’s in the works this year, but we’ve been waiting for years and it’s long overdue.
The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
EVERYTHING J.K. Rowling touches turns to gold, and her adult books have the potential to draw in both the Potterheads and the older demo that’s into a great crime story. It would be great timing considering crime stories are SO in right now, and with Cormoran Strike as a recurring character in her books, there’s major franchise potential. Plus, J.K. Rowling or not, the story is actually really good.
Avalon – Mindee Arnett
If nothing else, Avalon the movie needs to be made as an ode to Star Wars and Han Solo. Intergalactic thieves are right up our alley, and this sci-fi story has everything you could ever need for an exciting action-packed flick. Plus, there’s already a sequel AND a prequel, so franchise cha-ching!
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee’s first novel surrounding the Finch family – is a literary classic, and when GSaW came out it caused a frenzy with book lovers everywhere. Never mind that it has mixed reviews – if they can channel a third of the magic that Gregory Peck brought to the first movie adaptation for this one, it’ll be worth watching.
Matched – Ally Condie
Remember the literary and box office sensation that was Twilight? Well the Matched trilogy has the potential to fill that love-triangle teen angst void that’s been in your life since the end of Breaking Dawn. Add in the much-loved dystopian future and you’ve got a guaranteed home run.
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This was one of the biggest books released in 2014, and was all over the place on book lists in 2015. It has everything you would want in an Oscar-worthy story – set in WWII era, two disadvantaged protagonists are drawn together to form an unexpected and powerful bond. It’s an amazing story just waiting for the silver screen treatment, and we need it tomorrow.
Doctor Sleep – Steven King
Steven King books are pretty much a guaranteed fantastic read, and the movie adaptations have been some of the most legendary horror movies ever made. Doctor Sleep is no exception to the rule, and as the sequel to The Shining – one of THE best horror movies ever – it’s ridiculous to even question whether the movie should be made or not. It’s a no-brainer.
The Ghost Network – Catie Disabato
Not only is this an exciting new book, but it’s an awesome mystery that’s just waiting for some star power to be injected into the movie adaptation. Combine the story of a missing mega pop star with a lil’ bit of Chicago history and secret society craziness and you’ve got a blockbuster waiting to happen.
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Talk of turning this book into a film has been happening for about a decade, but they just can’t seem to get it together. It’s an emotional story that would translate well into film, and it shows a darker side of prep school life that many would find intriguing, so we hope that someone can get organized enough to finally get this project off the ground in 2016.