What Do You Want to See Turned Into a Movie?
As a consequence of George’s [Skirge] well deserved ridicule in this week’s Blu-ray Releases thread, I realized I was a sucker for epics and I am guessing George is as well (*cough* Waterworld *cough*). You may further mock me for leaping from Waterworld and Dances with Wolves to timeless classics such as The Battle of Algiers, Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Ben-Hur and Braveheart but I did just that. While reminiscing, my mind wandered to thoughts of what other epic films I would like to see made.
I realize everyone’s definition of what entails an “epic” film will vary but here is my list.
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- Imajica, by Clive Barker
- Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein
- God of War, video game series
- The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester (no Jumper was not good enough)
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Dark Tower Saga, by Stephen King (broken into at least 3-4 movies)
What book, video game, comic book, graphic novel, cartoon, etc do you want to see turned into a movie?
Steven Pressfield’s novel
Steven Pressfield’s novel “Gates of Fire”. Because this story, the most important legacy of the unique Spartan civilisation, deserves so much more than we got with 300 which was really just a dumb cartoon. The Spartans were real people. 300 told us nothing of how they would have rationalized their own existence, their place in the world.
Read Gates of Fire and you’ll see what I mean. Be prepared to shed (manly) tears.
Tom Hanks would star as Dienekes, and Hugh Jackman as Polynikes. Steven Spielberg would direct.
There are countless other Universes out there in the quantum foam where this film was made.
I’m going to have to read up
I’m going to have to read up on that book now, given my current affinity for that period in history. Thanks for the insight. Although, I’m not sure I can picture Tom Hanks in a period piece like this.