We all have comic books and books that we want to see turned into movies. But it’s more than just that. We want to see the adapted faithfully. We have a vision in our heads of the perfect adaptation, of the perfect movie version. We don’t want to see some hack director or script writer or sometimes both hacking our dreams to pieces. That being said, I don’t want to dwell on the mistakes of the past. I want to look to the future. I want to talk about the books and comics that I want to see turned into movies.
Let’s see, where to start? I would like to see The Elfstones of Shannara turned into a movie. Why would I start with the Elfstones? Well, I think it is by far the best of the Shannara series. I don’t really know how to explain it, but of all the series I find it the most immersive and compelling. Maybe I like it the most because I read it first. I think that the story is deeper and the characters more fleshed out. I think that I also identify better with the protagonists than any of the other books. Wil Ohmsford is tasked by Allanon, the last Druid, to accompany and protect Amberle as she journeys to find the bloodfire. The demons that were once imprisoned by the elves are breaking free and the only way to stop them is to renew the magic that imprisons them. In the meantime, Allanon must stay behind and help the elves to defend themselves and the rest of the Four Lands against the demon hordes that have escaped their prison. Wil is a highly sympathetic character. I want him to succeed in his quest. I want Wil and Amberle to succeed against the impossible odds and save the humans, elves, dwarves, etc from the demons. Even the antagonists are well written. The Dagda Mor, leader of the demons, wants revenge for his millenia long imprisonment, so he sends the Changling and the Reaper to make sure that the elves fail. The Changling can become anything and the Reaper is an unstoppable hunter. These demons make you want to yell “run” at the characters whenever they pop up. They are implacable foes and you feel the menace in the prose.
In writing this article I came across plans by MTV to adapt this book to a TV series, which means that fewer detail need to be scrapped and the story can be grander in scope. However, I already have misgivings about the proposed series. First, this is going to be a series by MTV. What do they know about sci-fi/fantasy? Second, I can’t say that I have heard of any of the actors except for John Rhys-Davies, (he played Sallah from Indiana Jones and Gimli in Lord of the Rings). Third, there are two characters Catania and Bandon who are not in the books. There are plenty of characters that deserve to have screen time. How about Crispin, Captain of the Home Guard? Or Stee Jans, Commander of the Free Corps? Or the Witch Sisters, Morag and Mallenroh? There are so many colorful character, why introduce unnecessary and superfluous characters. If you really want these actors in the series then find a place for them without writing in roles that don’t need to be there.
On the comic book front, I would like to see Moon Knight on the big screen. They’re going to have to handle Moon Knight well. First, Moon Knight is a Batman type character and people constantly draw parallels between the two calling Moon Knight Marvel’s Batman. However, there are some differences between the two. Moon Knight was a mercenary who used the money he earned to finance his crime fighting. He is also called the Fist of Khonshu (the Egyptian god of the moon). As such he has superhuman powers that wax and wane with the waxing and waning of the moon. He also has multiple personalities. Batman creates a character and then goes undercover. Moon Knight goes undercover by allowing one of his personalities to surface and be dominant. When he is fighting crime he is Moon Knight, meaning Moon Knight takes over. One of his personalities is a little girl. I don’t know that helps him to fight crime, it’s just a tidbit.
Spider-man 2099 has some potential as a movie. In the year 2099, Miguel O’Hara works as a chemist for a rather evil corporation. He wants to leave the company, but the director forcibly addicts him to a drug called Rapture. In a bid to free himself from the company and the addiction he rewrites his DNA giving himself powers similar to the present day Spider-man. The present day Spider-man was, in fact, Miquel’s inspiration. He has the increased strength and agility of the original, but from there his powers diverge. Instead of being able to stick to surfaces, Spider-man 2099 has claws that he uses to climb. His web shooters are strictly organic. He has no spider sense, but his senses are enhanced to superhuman levels allowing him to fake it. This would be a darker and grittier Spider-man. The world is falling apart and the corporations are running things, even Spider-man has lethal weapons literally at his fingertips.
In the DC universe, The Doom Patrol could be interesting. The genius Niles Caulder literally creates the team. Not only does he gather the heroes, but he arranges for them to have the “accidents” that give them their powers. This dynamic could be very compelling. What will the heroes do when they find out that the man who gathered them to save the world did so by ruining their lives.
Back on the book front, Simon Green has several series that could make good movies. I haven’t read all of his work, but he combines fantasy with other genres and get some surprisingly good stories out of the results. His main genre seems to be fantasy which he then combines detective, police, and secret agent genres. If you like police novels then you might like Hawk and Fisher. Hawk and Fisher are captains in the Haven Guard. They investigate vampires, werewolves, rogue magicians, demons, etc. What makes this different than your run of the mill fantasy novels is that they are written as police or crime novels.
If you are interested in detective stories you might want to read his Nightside series. The Nightside is a city hidden in London where all the weird and bizarre creatures and people can live and work, and working might mean stealing souls or casting hexes or feeding off of others. John Taylor is a private investigator with a talent for finding things. He also might bring about the end of the world. So between dodging the occasional supernatural assassin, he works cases in the Nightside, cases involving dead gods, angels, demons, Merlin, King Arthur, parallel worlds, legends, myths, and more weirdness than you can shake a wand at.
On the other hand if you are a fan of James Bond and over-the-top spy action you might be interested in the Secret Histories. The Drood family has been protecting humanity from things that go bump in the night. They have been doing it for thousands of years and have been doing it well. Edwin Drood is one of their operatives. He uses his family legacy, mystical golden armor, to protect himself while he makes sure that demons, monsters, ghosts, vampires, nazis, and anything else that might threaten humanity stays away.
There you go, some more comics and books that could have some potential as movie fodder. I say could because we all know what Hollywood does when something shows potential. They strip it of everything original and noteworthy and replace it with mediocre and hackney. Let me know what you think. Leave a comment, send an email to email@example.com, send a tweet to @DGPocast, or you can use the Speakpipe link on the site.