I can't help but 'adapt' books as I'm reading them. Sure, there are tons of terrible adaptations, but I'm not overly precious about films from books as long as they retain some influence of the source material.
Here are some that I think would be great, well interesting at least:
Samuel Delaney's Dhalgren
It's like a twisted, surreal and sexually explicit sci-fi version of James Joyce's Ulysses
and Finnegan's Wake
- probably unfilmable to some extent, but Cronenberg did an extraordinary job of Naked Lunch
so why not.
Irvine Welsh's Porno
The hilarious sequel to Trainspotting
. Not sure if Danny Boyle or the original cast would come back for it, but I can really imagine Michael Winterbottom getting his teeth into it.
Albert Camus' The Outsider
Amazed this hasn't been adapted. There's so much potential for this wonderful existential story. Personally I'd like to see a sci-fi setting.
Anything by Dan Simmons, but in particular:Ilium
- Shakespeare meets Homer in a space opera. If you're familiar with Simmons work then you know he loves literature and attempts to integrate the classics with mind bending sci-fi - simply breathtaking.Hyperion Cantos
- Keats meets Chaucer in a a staggering sci-fi tale that is expansive beyond imagination. The main draw for me would be the imagining of the baddie 'The Shrike', look here
for a description.Drood
- a brilliant story that interweaves fact and fiction. The story follows Victorian author Wilkie Collins through a descent into madness and hysteria with tons of Dickens references. I think del Toro has talked about doing this - not 100% sure though.
Yeh, Simmons is the man.
These are the first ones that spring to mind, but I'm sure I'll think of more.
Not heard of many of those but the sci fi ones sound incredible.
A follow up to Trainspotting seems like a no brainer and it must have been optioned by someone.
Blade Runner is either a good example or bad example of how to adapt a book. I'm sure there are Dick fans out there who consider it a poor film as it is not much like the book but then its so different as to be a different thing anyway.
Here are 2 more-The Bridge - Iain Banks
Films have been made that allude to different characters in the film being parts of the same person so this wouldn't be unfilmable.
A loose description of the story is a man crashes his car near the Forth Bridge and in a coma reimagines the Bridge as spanning hundreds of miles and built like a city. The film version I imagine could have shades of Jacobs Ladder and Del Toro style designs for the bridge ala the elf underground kingdom in hellboy 2.Leviathan - D'Israeli aka Matt Brooker
Originally published in 2000AD as 1 core story and several short spin offs. I love this book not just for the ilustrations but the story and ideas are great as well. Basically around the turn of the 19th Century a massive city sized ocean liner takes off from the UK but never reaches the US because the architect of the ship sold his soul to the devil for success and immortality and the devil has now reclaimed the ship and all the people on it in return. What happened to the ship is it slipped into an endless sea in purgatory and has been sailing for years living off its own supplies and what it can grow with the devil powering it from inside the engine room.
This reminded me of an 80s TV miniseries I half rememebr about a ship that sank without trace but when they found it instead of a wreckage they found it had been converted into an underwater city.