Well, there is only one J.K Rowling. But here are some other great authors who have created distinct fictional worlds deserving of Hollywood.
After having a few chats with the Digital Fox team, and searching my dusty bookshelves (and Kindle), I began to put together a list of books and stories that might make fantastic movies. And, my search has come to an end. Here’s my list of some obscure and some not so obscure choices:
Discworld by Terry Pratchett:
Discworld is a set of novels and cracking open the list today is Sir Pratchett’s first Discworld novel “The Color of Magic”. CGI is usually a major part of every film, and technology these days can create anything within one’s imagination, so some serious justice can be done to make this fantastic comedy/fantasy an absolute epic masterpiece.
Close your eyes and just imagine… wait, don’t actually close your eyes. You still need to read this article… let me restart! Metaphorically close your eyes… ahh much better, and imagine a flat world held up by four elephants and pulled through space by a great space turtle. Cool enough for you yet? No? Well then continue to imagine characters such as failed wizards, the first ever tourist and vengeful Gods! Now we’re talking. If this novel were to be made into a movie, it will for sure bring a fresh breath of air and excitement back into fantasy films as The Lord of the Rings did 15 years ago.
Scarecrow by Matthew Reilly:
I can honestly picture Warner Bros, Universal or another big name studio taking on this action thriller in the near future. Maybe they will even be inspired by my article to sign a contract with Matthew Reilly and give me a special mention when it hits big!
Scarecrow is a bounty hunter story, following a man named Shane Schofield who is targeted by the worlds finest warriors, with a $20 million reward on his head. Schofield (who goes by the name “Scarecrow”) must survive a crazy universal bounty hunt and in doing so, unveil a vast international conspiracy.
I desperately want this novel to be picked up and made into an awesome movie. It’s got Kiefer Sutherland written all over it as the main character, and the potential to be the next ‘Jason Bourne’-type action film that’s filled with intense hand held camera sequences, car chases and breathtaking stunts. So, big studio heads, if you are reading this and need inspiration, get around and back Reilly’s ‘Scarecrow’.
The Royals: Masters of War by Vertigo Comics:
What if the queen of England was a death defying, superpower-possessing bad ass? I’d pay for an over priced movie ticket to see little Prince George absolutely destroy the world’s evil… I’d even pay for the Directors cut blu-ray.
‘The Royals: Masters of the world” is a semi-recent comic book about the Royal family, where the purer the bloodline, the greater their super abilities. For centuries, the worlds nobles have had a truce that they wouldn’t get involved with each others nations. But after watching his people suffer through the 1940 Blitz, England’s Prince Henry takes on Nazi invaders, only to see his actions raise even greater and bloodier conflict.
This is a very rare take on the superhero genre that has a bit of everything tapped into it. It stretches the barriers between creative genius and absolute stupidity and works perfectly.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is actually a fairly well known series, and I picked up this recommendation from Tom to include in the list.
It’s a series and a similar vibe to Harry Potter, but replace Harry with a teenage criminal mastermind and make the series a lot darker and you’re getting close. Eoin Colfer himself said he would like his series to be summed as: “Die Hard” with fairies.
Apparently, a movie is in the writing process, so it shows our thoughts aren’t too far off.
The Galactic Adventures of Alex Mckenzie by Larry Rosenzweig:
This is an undiscovered little gem by self-publishing author Larry Rosenzweig, and given the success of similar themes, this series has some potential to be the next big thing. Aimed at a younger audience, C.S Lewis, the writer of The Chronicles of Narnia, who once said “a children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” And he couldn’t be more right. I love these books and I am far from a child, although Tom who is editing this for me might disagree (Sorry Alon).
It tells the adventures of an Australian kid named Alex Mckenzie in a gripping sci-fi comedy, following several characters along the way, which are both funny and devilish. There are already four books out there, which gives a lot of content to push into one or more movies. This is a favourite series of the Digital Fox team, and we would highly recommend giving it a read.
The role of Alex could be played by C.J Adams, an up and coming actor who is most well known for his role in the latest ‘Godzilla’ as the young version of the main character; Lieutenant Fords Brody. Or, this could also be the chance for a bright new face on the screen, a role that may very well take someone far in their aspiring career.
Naturally, there are thousands that could have made this list, and we want to hear your thoughts. This was more of a little bit of fun for us, and our team, but please do let us know your own thoughts.