Book to Screen Adaptations We Need!

December 18th, 2016 by

I am SO excited about book to screen adaptations these days! The Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events releases next month, and I’m still bubbling over with joy from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them last month. But since I might be a book-and-movie-and-TV addict (I just really like stories, okay?), I put together a wish list of amazing books that I, we, the world need* to see acted out:

*additional dramatic flair injected into this blog post for emphasis. 

Adaptations “In Development”

These are books that have already been “picked up” by movie studios — in some cases, with specific directors attached — but we haven’t heard a peep about them in awhile!

graveyard-book-neil-gaiman The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Karen reported on this news in 2012. 2012! Since she and I are way older than Kidsmomo readers, it’s quite possible we will be in our graveyards by the time the movie comes out.

The School for Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani
The author announced the movie is in the works, but no other news yet… A World Without Princes? How are we to survive in a world without this movie adaptation?!

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It was announced that Kenneth Branagh, who directed last year’s adaptation of Cinderella, would be directing this movie! But this news is from September 2015, so hopefully he hasn’t called upon his former role of Gilderoy Lockhart and forgotten all about it
false-prince-jennifer-a-nielsen The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
In August, Jennifer Nielsen announced that the script was in progress, so this adaptation seems to be the furthest along. Hopefully we’ll see it soon! Otherwise, I’ll be upset that I was given false hope about seeing The False Prince on screen!

Books & Series Moviemakers Should Take Note Of

The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart 
This series would be better adapted as a television series. With the complicated twists and turns in the plot and deep back stories of interesting characters, how could a 90-minute movie do one book justice, let alone the whole series? If it were a television series, we could watch Reynie, Sticky, and Constance’s adventure unfold over many hours. Days. Weeks. Months. Years. Decades! Okay, not decades. I went too far.
Gregor the Overlander The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
If there’s one thing the comments on our super-funny-but-turns-out-not-funny-hurt-a-lot-of-people’s-feelings-really-sorry-about-that April Fool’s blog post has taught us, it’s that this series NEEDS to be made into a movie!
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley 
As I expressed vehemently in our review of Circus Mirandus, this magical book would be wonderful on the silver screen! But if I had to choose, I’d rather get a book sequel instead. Please don’t make me choose!
time-fetch The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick
Time travel is tricky, but with the right script adaptation for this action-packed book, a science fiction fantasy movie could be the TIME of your life. Yuk yuk yuk.

The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London
Both of these books are excellent in their own right, but I mostly just can’t get enough of animated animals, especially when they have a lot of personality. I mean, c’mon. If Hollywood can make a gold-stealing Niffler believable, they can definitely make silverback gorilla and wild raccoon tribes come to life. Digitally, of course. Because a gorilla would be quite dangerous to work with, and can you imagine the mess raccoons would make? 

Movie Adaptations That Should be Remade

Ella Enchanted and Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The 2004 Ella Enchanted movie was very sweet, but this book should be remade for today’s audiences. Fairy tales are all the rage these days, so Hollywood could tackle Fairest, too!

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I loved actor Brendan Fraser as Mo — especially since author Cornelia Funke says Mo looks just like him — but the movie could be rebooted to be more true to the book (and the remainder of the series should be adapted, too.)
The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan 
The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters were fun, and we can all agree that Logan Lerman is dreamy, but like Inkheart, it would be wonderful to see a more true adaptation of the books (and the rest of the series!). A TV series, perhaps?

Do you have anything you want to add to this list that should be made for the big or small screen? Or do any of these picks rile you up and you’d refuse to watch them even if you were dragged kicking and screaming into the theater? Let us know in the comments below!

— Nancy

Nancy enjoys re-watching a movie adaptation of a book, then midway she’ll stop the movie to re-read the book, then go back to the movie, and vice versa. It’s a process.

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