Join Listal here 
Existing members 
Login here 
Join Listal to create lists, share images, get recommendations and much more
Added by Mr. Lays

on 13 Jun 2011 12:12

952 Views 3 Comments

Books (that should be) Converted to Film

Choose file... or enter url:
Sort by: Showing 10 items
People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
10. You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News: Sh... -
Now follow me...have you ever watched Seth Macfarland's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy? Alright, if you haven't well the film is split into shorts. Each one of various lengths and subject matter. This is how I envision this conversion. If you are somewhat familiar with's material it is as varied as you could ever get. I love it. Visit now and check out some of the first few articles and tell me that a film wouldn't awesome. Another way to think about it is something like The Onion Movie.
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
9. Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent... - Joaquin "Jack" Garcia
On this paperback there is a sticker indicating that this book has been optioned for a film to be directed by Steven Solderberg. So placing this on my list may seem a little redundant. Nevertheless, this is an "updated" version of the classic Donnie Brasco. Here is my shameless plug leading you to read my review if another mafia story interests you.
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
8. The Last Book in the Universe - Rodman Philbrick
My oldest daughter recommended that I read this book. I am so proud my kid has some pretty good taste. As if the title wasn't a dead give away, this book probably should be converted to film sometime later. Why? The Book of Eli already made good on this concept and done it well I should add. I imagine this film similar to The Book of Eli, but for younger audiences. The film should be just as much about the last book as it is about the relationship between two friends.
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 31  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating
7. Halo: The Fall Of Reach - Eric S. Nylund
A Halo movie has been buzzing around Hollywood for sometime. At one time Peter Jackson was set to direct with Spelberg as producer. Then...nothing. But something else happened...oh, wait...still nothing. All of these false starts have given fans of the series little hope that the series will ever make the conversion. And to be honest I stopped caring. Between Microsoft wanting the U.S. Deficit for the use of the license and Hollywood just wanting to be, you know, Hollywood, this never stood a chance of being made.

This novel takes place right before the first Halo game. It leads up very nicely and is suggested reading for any fan of the Halo series. Or you could just play Halo:Reach.
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 3  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 9.3  IMDB Rating
6. Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Grea... - Mark Bowden_II
I saw on Christan Bale's page that he is starring in this upcoming film sometime in 2012, so I am very excited. I do want to make it clear that I am not glamorizing Pablo in the slightest, but his actions are unfortunate facts are part of Columbia's history. If you do not know the massive carnage that Pablo caused where have you been for the last couple of decades? The massive collaboration of agencies used to take down Pablo would make Bin Laden blush. He was everything from a modern day Scarface or a goddamned Robin Hood!
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
5. By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribu... - Spike Lee
There is a bit of a radical in all of us and Malcolm X may have been a bit of an extremist to some. His views garnered him plenty of enemies on both "sides" of the fence. Meaning that even his own associates turned on him. Towards the end of his life he begin to have a revelation (depending on where you get your source) revealing that his way wasn't going to end well. A film of this caliber is going to touch on some sensitive subjects and may rehash some old wounds. So it is very important that the director of this film realize this. This could be something truly amazing.

I am thinking Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) or Ron Howard (Beautiful Mind) as director.

People who added this item 151  Average listal rating (75 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating
4. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie W... - Max Brooks
This is the scariest fiction book that I have read in some time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book is told documentary style post the great zombie world war. World War Z is what the kids called it. Some of the terrible things that people did to survive world wide is a testament of the human spirit. I know this is a fiction novel, but it inspires people to never give up no matter how grim the circumstances. Again, I know that this is a fictional account of a zombie world war, but I hope that the film could possibly capture the spirit of the book. Having zombie heads getting blown off by Mila Jolivich or Ving Rames, although entertaining, is not what I would like this film to be. And for the love of the gods, please do not make the zombie bit fly at us in fucking 3D!
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 4  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
3. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Pow... - Jeremy Scahill
I image the atmosphere of this film to be something similar to The Hurt Locker, The Green Zone or The Kingdom. That dusty as hell setting where you squint your eyes while watching the film just because you don't want any sand to get into your eyes. Eh, maybe that is just me. I envision this film to be what The Expendables may or may not been trying to achieve. A serious look into the privatization of our military and how it effects me and you. Maybe some subplot about certain companies obtaining no bid contracts, would make for one killer storyline.
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
2. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Emp... - David Kushner
If the over hyped The Social Network can receive all of this goddamned critical acclaim what can't us gamers get our film? Lets get this film made? I am sure that Diet Coke would love all of the free advertising.
(Read the book and you will get the joke.)
Mr. Lays's rating:

People who added this item 16  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
1. The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy - Chuck Hogan,Guillermo Del Toro
This would make the perfect opposite to all of those Twilight films. The vampires in this novel aren't pretty, EMO, or "glittery". There violent, disgusting, and just downright vile! Imagine those weird vampires form Blade imagine those same ones infecting a city the size of New York! Pure awesomeness. And of course Del Toro should direct!
Mr. Lays's rating:


A few books that I have in mind that (if done correctly) should be translated into film. As long as Michael Bay stays away from the latter listed items, we should in for quite a treat. If you have any suggestions about casting, please feel free to place comments.


Added to

8 votes
Listal favorites - 2 (19 lists)
list by Captain Fantastic
Published 1 year, 9 months ago 2 comments

Related lists

books that should be adapt, or readapt, to film
10 item list by that rotten doq!
1 votes
21 item list by Noodles
2 votes
Films That Should Not Be Remade
50 item list by Rossjm
29 votes 15 comments
When Real People Dies in Film & TV
41 item list by Nattkrypet
16 votes 1 comment
1,001 books that I've read before I die...
162 item list by sleepless101
1 votes
The 101 Most Controversial Films of All-Time
101 item list by SwornShadow
148 votes 17 comments
Video games that should be live-action
13 item list by TheKnight12
2 votes 4 comments
A film for each year of my life - 2.0
50 item list by xxixii
1 votes 1 comment

View more top voted lists

People who voted for this also voted for

My Total Drama Cast: Adults
Alluring Jennifer Aniston III
Favorite actors movie-NOP
Funniest People in Hollywood
Clouds are Awesome!
I'm not attracted to these "hot" people
Authors, Books...yea hahaha
Wouldn't kick you out of my bed, Darling!
Christmas time is here
The Art of Elysium's 6th Annual HEAVEN Gala 2013
Celebrities in Music Videos

More lists from Mr. Lays

Mood Music for Printed Matter
The Letdown: VideoGames
Favorite Moments in Non-Fiction Books
Worst Movies (that really do drop your IQ)
Mr. Lays' Game Diary 2013
Moving Pictures '12


Posted: 12 months ago at Aug 22 16:52
Good list

I think scifi/fantasy author Philip Jose Farmer's work could make excellent films

It would be cool to see a faithful adaptation of Riverworld rather than the lukewarm efforts already made

His trilogy Dayworld would make a good 2 hour scifi thriller
His one off story The Stations Of The Nightmare would be interesting
Lord Tyger would have been an excellent flick for M Night Shyamalan

Finally Philip K Dicks novels A Maze Of Death, and Ubik would be cool to see
Posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago at Nov 28 14:01
I'm making $86 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I'm my own boss. This is what I do, [Link removed - login to see]
Posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago at Nov 29 22:50
My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do,,,,,,,
[Link removed - login to see]

Login or Signup to post a comment