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King of Shadows by Susan Cooper - that would be SOOOO much fun!
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - one of my new favorites!!
Any of the Bernard Cornwell Saxon Tales - the ones about Uhtred and Alfred the Great!
We need a film on The Catcher in the Rye, I just saw the movie Igby Goes Down, which I was told is loosely based on the J.D. Salinger book. It was real loose. I didn't like it, I'm glad that I did not show it to my 11th grade class last year. It was not relevant to the book in any meaningful way.
I read that Salinger will not permit the book to be made into a movie. So while he lives, in seclusion, this great coming of age story that is read by many, many high school students remains off the screen.
I often wonder why Salinger does not allow the book to be made into a film? Is it true that he is somewhat of an eccentric?
I understand that there was a cinematic version of "A Separate Peace" that was made a while back, but it was sub-par. An updated version directed by Ron Howard would be great.
I would love to see Burr by Gore Vidal and Alienist by Caleb Carr on the big screen, under the direction of Martin Scorsese. He has an insight into history and at the same time is able to make a film where by most of the popular culture will enjoy it. For me that is a win-win combination.
I would love to see The Stolen Child as a movie. Also, I love James Rollins's books. Any one of them would make a great movie.
I'm really curious to see how the film version of The Watchmen turns out. Some graphic novels work well as films (for example, last year's A History of Violence) but The Watchmen is so tied to its form that I think the movie will be forced to abandon the narrative style of the author, Alan Moore, and too much will be lost. But I'm still excited to see what they come up with!
I hear that Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" is soon coming out. I wonder how the protagonist Christopher will be portrayed, given his sensorial handicap (Asperger's Syndrome) and inability to express himself.
The Color of Water is an amazing story. I would also like to see The Lovely Bones.
I can't wait to see The Color of Water on the big screen. When James McBride visited our college last year, he was in talks with screenwriters and producers/directors about making this into a film.
In the same vein as Watchmen, I would love to see a film adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, which I think would bookend Christopher Nolan's Batman series quite nicely.
Here are the reasons why (w/spoilers):
1.) Stylistically, it fits. Nolan has borrowed heavily from Miller's conception of Gotham already, lifting the copycat Batmen in his latest film directly from the pages of DKR.
2.) There aren't many canonical villains left. That is, none that would fit easily into Nolan's version of Gotham. What could possibly follow Heath Ledger's Joker and Aaron Eckhardt's Two-Face? Catwoman? The Penguin? Unfortunately, it seems as though Nolan's creative team has exhausted all suitable options. Which brings me to my next point...
3.) Batman fights Superman. Think about how The Dark Knight ended. Batman has gone from being a feared vigilante, to a guardian that the public loved, to a murdering pariah that everyone wants dead. The powers-that-be regard him as a liability that they can no longer tolerate. What do they do?
They sic Superman on him.
It would be perfect. A superhero movie without villains, just two decent men with irreconcilable differences forced to blows. The Dark Knight already led us into moral ambiguity. What about a movie that forced people to take sides?
I can't imagine better circumstances in which to make this film, now that Bryan Singer has revived the Superman franchise. And why not? Marvel is merging its film universes, so why not DC? The differences in tone and style between the current Batman and Superman film narratives are only as big as they are in the comics. A talented team could easily work that into the showdown: a battle not only of heroes but of their ideals, their worldviews, and their values. Blue-sky, orchestral optimism versus gritty, relativistic despair. Apollo versus Dionysus.
I'd see it.
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