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Added by Mr. Lays on 13 Jun 2011 12:12
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Books (that should be) Converted to Film

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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 Cracked.com's material it is as varied as you could ever get. I love it. Visit Cracked.com 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I saw on Christan Bale's IMDb.com 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!
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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.
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!
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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.
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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.)
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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 II...now imagine those same ones infecting a city the size of New York! Pure awesomeness. And of course Del Toro should direct!
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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.


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