Instead of Hollywood rehashing old movies to make new movies... why don't they made some movies from some of the best Sci-Fi books every written that no one has done a movie for yet? No, no remakes... not even a remake of Starship Troopers or Battlefield Earth. Great books that deserved better movies. Topless Robot has a list of the top 5, and it's a pretty good list. But how the hell can you pick just five? I'll throw out my picks, and we can talk about them at WTA. Okay, here we go:
Diamond Age and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Fantastic Cyber Punk stuff...
Virtual Light and Neuromancer by William Gibson. The Father of Cyber Punk. If you make these four movies - you will bring Cyber Punk back into style after Johny Mnemonic killed it.
Day by Day Armageddon by JL bourne Great zombie killing book, would make a fun movie.
Everything written by Robert Heinlein. Are you kidding? He was a master of hard core sci-fi and the fact that only one of his books has been made in to a movie shows a deep lack of IQ in Hollywood.
Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber... the whole Amber series. Great series, great characters... one of the most interesting reads I've ever had the pleasure to sit down with.
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison. Make each book it's own movie... a whole series of films. James diGriz is my hero. If you haven't read these books - you are wrong.
Larry Niven's Ringworld saga. This is where Halo gets it's idea from. Let me be frank here... While Halo was a fun game... it's limitations while being on such a vast world like a ringworld or "Halo" as they call it, is insulting. It should be absolutely endless and open. Again, if you have not read Ringworld... oh man... you are in for a treat.
The Stars My Destination was only recently introduced to me... and it has instantly become a personal favorite.
Man Kzin Wars, also by Larry Niven. This wasn't so much of a book, but as a series of shorts in a collection. Each story painting a part of the overall picture, much like World War Z. Which brings me to my next pick...
World War Z. The mother of all Zombie Movies is just waiting to be made. No more small scale shopping mall BS here... this spans the globe. This can only be done in a 3 hour epic. Anything less would be shameful.
Warhammer 40,000. This is a universe darker and more brilliant than Star Wars could ever hope to be. An Epic of this magnitude could only be contained in a series of epic films that would make Lord of the Rings shrink.
Armor by John Steakley. Instead of yearning for a Remake of Starship Troopers... do this one. It's like a Part II... sort of. Brilliant writing that was more fun to read than ST.
Greg Bear's EON is seriously good book that deserves a great movie.
And the #1 book that needs a movie: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King. WHY has this not been made into a movie yet?