Books to Movies --> what should be next?

Nov 11, 2003
Bangalore, India
Lacedaemonian said:
I like those religious bible story animations, a LOTR or Silmarillion, or even The Hobbit would be great in this mode. Perhaps a beautifully childish anmiated Hobbit would be the most marketable.
Do you know there already is an animated version of The Lord of the Rings that fits the bill? See:


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Feb 21, 2005
But it fades off in the middle of the story. The animations goes into pencil sketches for a bit and then it ends. I understand that the makers ran out of money.

It would have been excellent if they had finished it. An fight at the mouth of a volcanoe is the sort of thing animation is made for. It could have been done in the style of the rat's rosebush from the Secret of Nimh.

knivesout said:
Do you know there already is an animated version of The Lord of the Rings that fits the bill? See:


The Wicked Sword Maiden
Jun 14, 2005
If I have enjoyed reading the book first then I won't want to see the movie.
Usually one tends to visualise the characters as the book is read. The characters in a movie will possibly look nothing like you imagined.

OK so the movie of LOTR was well done but it still doesn't capture the true escence of the books. Nor the emotions or a lot of the smaller details that make Tolkein's books so great.:)


Fierce Vowelless One
Apr 25, 2003
Help! I'm stuck in the forums!
I'm going to revive this old thread. Mostly because of the in-the-works tv show based on The Wheel of Time that I have an interest in. What book or book series would you like to see adapted to either film or tv?

When considering what stories you would like to see in a visual media, there are a few things you have to consider.
1. Will there be too much expensive work required to bring the story to life onscreen? These days special effects aren't nearly as difficult to achieve as they used to be but it is still a consideration.
2. Are the characters compelling enough to carry the story even though many plot points may be left out or certain things changed around? Imagine your favorite series' main characters, will their personalities still shine if they are placed in a whole different setting?
3. Will it appeal to the original audience of the work as well as new fans?

And the best part - what current actors would play the parts of your favorites?


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May 5, 2015
Ok so a few cool suggestions.

I haven't finished the series but I finished the one where they build planes last and I have the rest. Very easy to convert to film.

I also think Michael Cobleys Humanitys Fire series would convert really well to a film. Lots of cool visual ides, nice and readable with tonnes and tonnes of alien species.

Nivens Ringworld as mentioned, although I do think the lack of an actual ending in a traditional sense might annoy modern sensibilities and they might change it.

I think Vinges Fire Upon the Deep would be brilliant, huge galactic level threat, cool aliens and a space chase. There would be the medieval analogue world populated by dog pack analogues and then the high tech space place. There is a particular disaster scene in that book that would be epic on screen.

Clarkes Rama
would be nice to see. Might work better as a mini series though.

I do think Sandersons Mistborn series would adapt well to film, the visual aspect of flinging and using coins and metals to push and pull and for enhancements could easily be shown and would look pretty good. To be honest an ambitious studio could even use that to setup the second set of books, use the same actor with a different haircut and link them ancestrally in some way. As an aside I always though that the Necromunger bad guy from Chronicles of Riddick looked how I imagined the Lord Ruler from Mistborn would look.


There Are Always new Things to Learn.
Jun 29, 2014
I'd like to see Clive Barker's Weaveworld on screen. Tim Burton, perhaps? :)
I read it when it first came out, One the finest fantasy novels ive ever red. if ir were going to be a feature film there is only one man to give this project ot Guillermo Del Toro . If any director producer could get this one perfect , Del Toro could. (y):cool:

This book deserves to be adapted, its long overdue. :)

Alan Aspie

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Jul 12, 2018
So...which books do people think would still make very decent movies, despite the limitations of the screen?
- Gerald Durrel: My Family and Other Animals
- Kalevala (Whole series of movies or tv-series.)
- Anthony de Mello: Some kind of collection picked from different books
- Scott Adams: Think Biggly
- Harri Nykänen: Likainen Harri
- Terry Pratchett: The Bromeliad - Truckers, Diggers, Wings (3 movies)
- Riku Immonen: HD-miehen seikkailut
- Ecclesiastes (from Bibble)
- Daniel (from Bibble)
- Kari Hotakainen: The Unknown Kimi
- John Fiske: Introduction to Communication Studies
My current work + all the fictions that came after that.
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Jan 14, 2017
Staffordshire, UK
Christopher Priest's Inverted World.

I recently read Understand by Ted Chiang and although it got too complicated for me to understand (no pun intended) it has potential to be a great film. 20th Century Fox have had an option on it since 2014.


One drink and he's anybody's
Sep 9, 2016
Cumbria UK
I'm going to revive this old thread
Excellent decision to revive it.

I've went way back to the start and read all the suggestions made by the 'olde worlde' members ...

Were you aware that, until this September when you revived this oldie (15 years dormant) the only two still active posters were yourself and Brian?

I kept thinking "who's this person here?" "Well who's that one there?" and then seeing they hadn't been on Chronicles for years and years.​

Karn's Return

I'm a pineapple
Oct 24, 2018
inside the one wiggling box under the tree
Books to movies?

Once I was of the mind that David Eddings' stuff should be on such a list, but then I got out of high school...

These days, it's rather hard to figure...especially considering the liberties that directors tend to take these days. One thing I'll say, though...definitely NO MORE MYTHOLOGY MOVIES! Not with the way they tend to wind up. :(
Jan 28, 2019
Standish, Michigan
I'd love to see S.E. Grove's Mapmaker's Trilogy or Stephanie Garber's Caraval series done as films. I would also love to seem someone finally do the rest of the Narnia books as films!! So frustrating, BBC only got as far as The Silver Chair and the newest versions didn't even get that far. I keep hearing that they're still going to finish them, but I'm trying not to hold my breath on that one.

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