Sci-fi fans sound off on “non-filmable” books they want to see become movies

A hypothetical question on Reddit got movie fans thinking about their favorite books that would be considered “unfilmable” and how which ones they think should be given a shot. Started by a thread in the /r/movies subreddit where user “Darth_Se7en” asked the question, “Now that we’ve had successful film adaptations of LOTR and DUNE, what ‘non-filmable’ popular sci-fi books are trying out next?” To his point, there was a long-standing belief that Frank Herbert’s franchise and even The Lord of the Rings couldn’t possibly do justice in live-action, despite attempts that have been made. However, now that both have happened and are Oscar winners, nothing is off the table.

The most common answer with almost every title mentioned in the thread is that most sci-fi and fantasy novels are no longer unfilmable. Of course, a handful of listed books and comics contain elements that make them difficult to adapt beyond prose, whether it’s mystery surrounding the plot or specific themes that can be scary for major movie studios to even bring to life. Despite this, almost every response caused fans to unite in their love of these stories and the hope that they will see the big screen. With Denis Villeneuve already hoping to follow up Dune Part Two with an adaptation of Dune Messiah, everything seems like fair game these days.

Earth sea

“I love Earthsea so much. I can’t imagine how they did it though. There’s about 10 years between the first 2 books and then 20 between the 2nd and 3rd? And then Tehanu starts right after 3, but the 5th book is a collection of short stories.” – /u/cmonyer3ds

“Ged was the greatest wizard in all Earthsea, but he was once called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and cast a terrible shadow over the world. This is the story of his ordeal, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed the death threshold to restore balance.A thrilling relaunch of the classic Earthsea Cycle, by fantasy literature legend Ursula K. Le Guin, winner of a Newbery Honor, the National Book Award , Pushcart Prize and six Nebula Awards.”

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Appointment with Rama

“I can’t believe it hasn’t happened yet.” – /u/TheBlackHandofFate

“A huge cylindrical object has entered Earth’s solar system on a collision course with the sun. A team of astronauts are sent to explore the mysterious craft, which the inhabitants of the solar system call Rama. What they find is astonishing evidence of a civilization far more advanced than ours, they find an interior stretching fifty miles, an ominous cylindrical sea, mysterious and inaccessible buildings, and strange machine-animal hybrids, or “biots,” that inhabit the ship. to find is an alien presence. So who – and where – are the Ramans?”

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“Easily my favorite series of sci-fi novels.” – /u/AlterMyStateOfMind

“On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a being called the Shrike. There are those who adore it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who are sworn to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move back in time, the Shrike awaits them all… On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set out on a final journey to Hyperion on search for the answers to the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries a desperate hope – and a terrible secret. And one can hold the fate of mankind in one’s hands.”

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“A well-budgeted, wide-reaching version would be so great. But after that atrocity recently on the BBC, I doubt his legacy will ever allow another adaptation.” /u/photohoodoo

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Perdidostraat station

“I’d love to see that too, but I wonder how they’d get all the half-humans together. The special effects budget could be prohibitively expensive.” – /u/Dangerous2015

“The metropolis of New Crobuzon stretches at the center of the world. Humans and mutants and arcane races breed in the darkness beneath the chimneys, where the river is sluggish with unnatural sewage and foundries thump into the night. For a thousand years, Parliament has and his ruthless militias have ruled a vast economy of workers and artists, spies and soldiers, mages, crooks and junkies. Now a stranger has arrived, with a bag full of gold and an impossible demand. And something unthinkable is being released.”

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The eternal war


“It’s always amazed me how I invest in the book when so much of it is unrelatable to me. It needs the treatment of a great director and production company who doesn’t want to do a big franchise and feel comfortable trying one big movie. make a statement.” – /u/TheGRS

“Earth’s leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sands – despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would fight is unfathomable, invincible and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit, soldier William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant millennial conflict, to fulfill his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home, but “home” might be even more terrifying then the battle, because thanks to time expansion by space travel, Mandella ages months while the earth he left behind ages centuries…”

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House of Leaves

“The absolute only way one House whether Leaves adaptation can be called a successful adaptation of the novel is if it does for the moviegoer what it does for the book reader i.e. they need to fundamentally re-evaluate what the experience of going to a movie can and is allowed to do .” – /u/Pjoernrachzarck


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