This list is sparked because I recently read these 5 books and thought “why the hell didn’t ANYONE in Hollywood read this or notice it and say ‘hey, this is A+ movie material!’?” I read these 5 books in the past year and believe them to be amazing or better. I hope that this list promotes the books well and gets you all to go out and buy them. My list’s books are all under $15 at a store, so they are easy to get. I would surely recommend them to any fan of literature.
10. Book(s): The New Testament of the Bible, Author(s): St. John, St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, etc. Should-Be-Director: Baz Luhrmann.
Baz Luhrmann directed the reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet, so he would do great with the reinterpretation of the story of Jesus. It doesn’t need to be religious, but it would be a hit if it were to be made into a movie, all you would have to do is cover it up and make it seem like it were just a simple movie about a man who wants to be good who, in the end dies, but makes everything good. It would truly be a good tale, and you could even keep the characters the same names.
9. Book: The Bridges at Toko-Ri, Author: James A. Michener. Should-Be-Director: Steven Spielberg.
I am convinced that Steven Spielberg should stick with what he does best: War Films and Dinosaurs. Since there were no dinosaurs in WWII, he should make another Saving Private Ryan, a non-stop action thrill ride of a movie. Bridges at Toko-Ri is a very short book, but it has the substance of The Thin Red Line mixed with Saving Private Ryan. It is a very powerful book that can certainly deliver.
8. Book: Ivanhoe, Author: Sir Walter Scott. Should-Be-Director: Ridley Scott.
Since Ridley Scott raped Sir Walter Scott’s “Robin Hood” earlier this summer, I believe that he should go ahead and do his other legendary novel, Ivanhoe. If he doesn’t do a prequel to it, it will probably be very good, and can be done in a very professional, graphicized way. As long as Russell Crowe doesn’t play Wilfred of Ivanhoe… or Robin Hood, for that matter, since he has a main-character appearance.
7. Book: Demons, Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky. Should-Be-Director: Alfonso Cuaron.
Alfonso Cuaron directed Children of Men, which was a near perfect movie. His gritty style would be perfect for Dostoevsky’s (The Idiot, Crime & Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov) less-heard-of masterpiece. It is the story of Russian Democratic revolutionaries in the late-19th-century. The story would be perfect for Cuaron because he has the ability to toy with the ending since the ending of the book was definitive in a way, but could be taken another way.
6. Book: The Given Day, Author: Dennis Lehane. Should-Be-Director: Clint Eastwood.
Clint Eastwood directed Lehane’s other book-to-movie flawlessly (Mystic River), though Lehane’s history is quite impressive in the literature record (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Shutter Island). Clint Eastwood would deliver this story perfectly from his style, and he can even have a good role in it. The film is about
5. Book: Omega Minor, Author: Paul Verhaeghen. Should-Be-Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Inarritu is the master of everywhere-everyone films, such as 21 Grams and Babel, so this film about occurrences worldwide would be a sure-fire Oscar favorite. It is the story of multiple groups of people all over the world and their involvement with the events each one of them has in their life.
4. Book: The Stranger, Author: Albert Camus. Should-Be-Director: David Fincher.
If anyone needs to go back to their roots, its David Fincher. This psychological thriller from Algerian author Albert Camus could easily get Fincher an Oscar. In the sense of Seven, Fincher can go back to the filming of dark tales and use the camera in the most void-of-life places possible to show the exuberant beauty of this dark story. It is about a man wrongfully accused, who is on the run for his life.
3. Book: Darkness at Noon, Author: Arthur Koestler. Should-Be-Director: Gregory Hoblit
Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear, Fallen) is masterful with suspense and twists. Arthur Koestler’s standing-up against the Communist Party that he once supported in Darkness at Noon would be the perfect movie for Hoblit after his 8+ year drought from good movies. It is about an imprisoned man who is in a cell next to a man and they both communicate through Morse Code. The trials occur and the situation is brilliantly destructive.
2. Book: Eddie Krumble is The Clapper, Author: Dito Montiel. Should-Be-Director: Dito Montiel.
Anyone who is a big fan of independent movies with big stars in them has to have heard of the film “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” and if you have, then you know who Dito Montiel is. The man wrote the book, and wrote-directed the film, which was an autobiographical masterpiece. Now, Montiel makes one of the greatest fiction novels of my generation with “Eddie Krumble is The Clapper.” This is a book that really needs to be adapted so that many people can see the way Eddie Krumble, the professional television studio clapper, lives his life.
1. Book: Last Exit to Brooklyn, Author: Hubert Selby, Jr. Should-Be-Director: Darren Aronofsky.
This is a book about life in Brooklyn that goes into graphic detail about crime and the drug trade. Darren Aronofsky already directed a film based on one of Selby’s books, Requiem for a Dream, and that was perfectly done. So, I think that Aronofsky should take the helm on this one, as well. The story is beautifully drawn out and involves many plot-shaking dilemmas that the character, and you, must get through. Therefore, this is a MUST-BE-MADE film.