MSN’s 10 SF/F Books That Should Be Movies

MSN offers suggestions for science fiction and books that should jump to the big screen. Here’s the short version:

  • The Dark Tower by Stephen King
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • A Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
  • Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock
  • A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

11 thoughts on “MSN’s 10 SF/F Books That Should Be Movies”

  1. We have been teased so many times about a cinematic adaptation of The Chronicles of TC, that my heart just can’t take being broken about it one more time.

  2. Why would you want Hollywood to ruin these books by trying to make a movie out of them? 99 out of 100 book to movie adaptations SUCK ASS.

  3. I believe an Elric movie is in the works.

    SciFi Channel already ruined Earthsea but I guess technically that doesn’t count since that’s TV.

    HBO is developing A Song of Ice & Fire as a mini-series (as it should) rather than completely destroying everything good about it by trying to make it a movie.

    I read recently Hollywood is bringing Shannara to the big screen but (for some reason) are starting with Book 2.

    I think Rendesvouz w/Rama is in development…Morgan Freeman is somehow attached to this, I think…

  4. The third and fourth Earthsea books (The Farthest Shore and Tehanu) have already been put to film as Gedo Senki by Studio Ghibli, masterminds of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. It’s been dubbed into English and released here (UK) and in Australia as Tales from Earthsea, but there’s a tussle over rights going on with the SciFi Channel in the US (says Wikipedia), and won’t be out Stateside until 2009.

    Having seen it, it’s certainly entertaining and well done, if a little strange in the pacing department.

  5. Love the list. Some adds:

    William Forstchen’s Lost Regiment series (Civil War soldiers vs. Klingon-like cannibalistic aliens on uncharted planet with descendants of various earth civilizations–Rome, Sparta, China, Japan, Russian peasants, Vikings, pirates, etc.)

    Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Carter of Mars stories, Pellucidar (dinosaurs/hollow earth) stories. John Carter apparently in the works via Pixar (ugh); At the Earth’s Core filmed in 70s (?) with Doug McClure and Peter Cushing (needs to be done right).

  6. Before I clicked on comments, I was planning to write pretty much the same thing that K.V.C wrote. I’ll watch movie adaptations, depending, but why would anyone wish such a fate on their favorite books?

  7. I always thought the R.A. Salvatore “Drizzt” series of books needed the Hollywood treatment. They are light stories and the SERIOUS prose dedicated to the swordplay would translate very well to the big screen.

  8. Well, books really can’t be ruined by movie adaption since the books will still be what they are. I suppose if you actually watched the movies then the thrill could be gone. For me, I really enjoy them, yes, even Battlefield Earth, but I will definitely admit that the movie was severely lacking (like the entire ending of the book). The book, however, is still great so no harm done. Me and my ex-bf discussed The Chronicles of TC as movie(s) at length and it would seem impossible to bring to screen, but if the right person writes the screenplay, the right people produce it, the right person directs it, and very importantly, the right person edits it, then why not? I always think, what if Star Wars were books first? What would we think of the movies?

  9. Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey (and now also, Todd). Although, not one movie, there would have to be a series of movies.

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