Always a book into a movie


#1

Books To Movies. Right now all I see are books turning into movies. The movie counterpart will never be 100% satisfying but I’m always excited and terrified to see the different ways events from a book are conveyed.

What book should be a movie? What movie should be redone in order to give the book justice?

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Book Summary

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Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He’s what’s known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant – you know, the one who’s always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.

But Charlie’s been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He’s married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.

Yes, Charlie’s doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie – exhausted from the birth – turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel’s hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .

People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It’s a dirty job. But hey, somebody’s gotta do it.[/spoiler]

There is a lot more to this book than the summary but I think it would make a great movie.


#2

A movie that needs to be redone is ‘The Outsiders’. There was so much that the movie lacked.


#3

Heck look at Stephen King’s work and count how many have been made twice. “Trucks” became both Maximum Overdrive and a USA-TV movie called “Trucks”; Carrie got done twice; seems like there’s another one.

I’d like to see The Dark Tower done as an anime. It’s too long to work as anything else.


#4

My cousin read the dark tower and from what he tells me, making it an anime would be an excellent idea.

I saw the Carrie remake and I think the original was better. Another remake that needs to be done is 1984. That really is an amazing book.


#5

PretearHimeno suggested I read A Dirty Job. I tried to like it, but his Moore’s humor didn’t really settle with me, though it may have had something to do with his writing style. Perhaps it would translate itself better for me in a movie.

If they could somehow make a movie out of The Tao of Pooh/Te of Piglet, that’d conquer the macrocosm. It’d also be cool to see World War Z, but they would screw it up so much, I’d cry.

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#6

Would like to a see a movie of Clear and Present Danger done by someone who actually read the book.


#7

Hentai, I would love to see World War Z as a movie. Another zombie book that should be a movie is Zombies: A Record of the Year of Infection by: Robert Twombly

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#8

ShawnMerrow wrote:

You know I say that about a lot of movies. I ask myself did they even read the book? In all cases, I don’t want to know the answer to that question. If the people that made the movie read the book, it would just make things worse.


#9

Lol, Hentai, I think Pretear whored out that book as much as possible, since she recommended me that writer I’ve since read You Suck: A love Story, Bloodsucking Fiends, A Dirty Job, and The Fool. Personally, I like to see The Fool turned into an anime. I’d also like to see BF and YS turned into maybe a 13-20 episode anime series.

I think we should remake Dune, I liked the movie at the time when I watched it, but after reading most of the book series (on 5/6 right now), it just needs to be redone.

Anything made my Niel Gaiman should also be made into a movie, doesn’t matter what it was, it just needs to be. Though, I’ll concede to the fact that I’d go in there with extreme prejudice.


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this book should definitely be a movie… they’ve been rumoring it for awhile but it hasnt happened yet… im sad…

yoka


#12

@Yoka

I looked it up and it says it is coming out this year.


#13

we’ll see… the first time i heard about it was 10 yrs ago…

yoka


#14

Stephen King’s books made into movies are mostly always bad.

And I’m almost positive that Clive Barker’s books made into movies would be bad.

Just my opinion. :side:


#15

Stephen
king has been so molested when it comes to making his books into movies. I did enjoy the Shining but than again I never read the book. One if his books that would be interesting on film is The Long Walk, it would be interesting to see how they show 100 boy walk for miles.


#16

This book series is awesome. This book in particular talks about the only female werewolf in existence.


#17

You know, I was trying to think of something that would undermind a statement like the only female werewolf, but I don’t think I’ve ever once seen a female werewolf represented in any type of media that I know of…

Movies based off of Stephen King books depend on the fact that everyone knows the name Stephen King, but haven’t read any of his books. So that when they go see the movie, they don’t actually know they’re watching some shitty abridged version of a great piece of work. That being said, I’ll fully adhere to the fact that I am one of those people. The Fog… or was it the Mist… which ever one came out recently, being one of my favorite movies in the last few years. Maybe. Then there is always Shawshank Redemption, which was also a good movie, whether it compares or not to the book, I don’t know, but I do know that Morgan Freeman was in it, so it was bound to be amazing whether or not it was based off a King book.


#18

YokaChiNoki wrote:

[quote]we’ll see… the first time i heard about it was 10 yrs ago…

yoka[/quote]

Yeah, originally Paramount acquired the rights to this almost a decade ago. They were planning on producing a series of animated films with Nelvana, but none of them ever came to light.

Coincidentally, Paramount also owns the film rights to World War Z. But I haven’t heard any development on it since the book came out. They actually bought the rights before the book hit the shelves. If done well, it could be a great movie, but with the structure of it, I could see how it would be hard to do.


#19

It would be hard but with the right people and the right mindset I’m sure it could be done.


#20

shankajew wrote:

Ginger Snaps


#21

Elphie wrote:

Well, I guess it’s actually Plan B films and Paramount that have the film rights to it. But a near complete draft of the script was leaked sometime ago, and it was suppose to be pretty good. The script was written by J. Michael Strazynski, and if anyone could pull it all together it would be him.

However, it could have changed significantly since then. But it does have the makings of an excellent film.