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11 Sci-Fi Properties Which Need A Movie Right Now!

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Before Hollywood announces yet another reboot of some already beloved science fiction movie franchise, let’s give them a few better ideas. Since we’re talking about the entertainment industry, we can’t expect anything to original. But it doesn’t have to be. There’s a wealth of science fiction out there, just waiting for some movie studio to pick it up and do something with it. No more waiting. Drop that Back to the Future remake Hollywood and do something with these already brilliant sci-fi properties instead:

futuramaFuturama
It worked for The Simpsons and they ran out of jokes ten years ago. Futurama on the other hand, thanks to frequent network cancelling, is still young as when the world was new. Matt Groening’s other animated masterpiece has never gotten a fair shake, but with its spacey setting and tendency towards blaster fire, it’s far more suited to the big screen than Springfield’s favorite family. It’s animation, yes, but animation for adults. Feel free to take things up a notch for the theatrical version, hook Bender up with a three-nippled robot hooker, and slap it with an “R” rating. Or if you’re really feeling spendy, ditch the animation and give us a live action version.


The Pitch:
A pizza delivery boy is accidentally frozen for a thousand years, and wakes up in the future. There he finds employment at the interplanetary delivery company, Planet Express, and struggles to fit in with the company’s strange assortment of employees. His best friend is an alcoholic robot, he’s in love with a smoking hot kung-fu Cyclops who finds him repulsive, and he’s employed by a mad scientist with an increasingly bad case of dementia. Hilarity ensues. Think Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Encino Man.


quantum leapQuantum Leap
We’re running out of time on Quantum Leap. Scott Bakula isn’t getting any younger. In fact we’re probably out of time and if there’s any hope that the early 90s most brilliant sci-fi show will ever get its cinematic due, it’ll have to start all over with a new Sam Beckett. Much as I love Bakula, I can live with that. It’s Dean Stockwell Quantum Leap can’t live without. Stockwell’s stint in Battlestar proved he’s still spry enough to play the wise-cracking, cigar-smoking Al and Quantum Leap’s resonate style of character-driven storytelling is still as relevant as it ever was. Maybe even more so. Imagine Sam leaping into 9/11. Oh boy.


The Pitch:
A botched experiment sends Sam Becket leaping through time. But Sam can explain it better than I can. “It all started when a time travel experiment I was conducting went… “a little caca”. In the blink of a cosmic clock, I went from quantum physicist to Air Force test-pilot. Which could have been fun… if I knew how to fly. Fortunately, I had help – an observer from the project named Al. Unfortunately, Al’s a hologram, so all he can lend is moral support. Anyway, here I am, bouncing around in time, putting things right that once went wrong, a sort of time traveling Lone Ranger, with Al as my Tonto. And I don’t even need a mask… Oh Boy”


moteThe Mote In God’s Eye
It’s one of the greatest science fiction books ever written, and perhaps also one of the most overlooked. Written in through a collaboration between Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and first published in 1974, this two book duology charts the first contact between humanity and an alien race. I know what you’re thinking, we’ve seen this before. No you haven’t, not like this. Sure, much like Alien this first contact doesn’t take place until far off in man’s future, when we’ve already explored most of space. But any similarities end there. What really sets this apart is the complex, utterly realistic, detailed way in which Niven and Pournelle develop the alien race, known as the Motes, which humanity encounters out there in that far off place.


The Pitch:
Popular science fiction usually ends up portraying aliens either as monsters or as something nearly human. Rarely is there a middle ground. Avatar’s Na’vi for instance, are barely alien at all. They’re more like some blue African tribe. Mote presents an intelligent alien species that is truly alien, not just in appearance but in the way they think, and then uses them as part of a gripping tale which asks this simple question: How can we possibly trust something so alien, let alone understand it? Maybe they lack the sex appeal of blue cat people (you’re unlikely to be aroused by a Mote’s gripping hand), but the story’s brilliantly written characters and massive, epic scope could turn the science fiction genre on its head if it ever made it up on screen.


red dwarfRed Dwarf
This character driven sci-fi comedy ran for nearly ten years on the BBC and earned massive cult status, but outside of a few randomly scheduled late-night PBS showings never really got a chance in the United States. The show is a wild pastiche of hastily slapped together sets and insane plots which seem chiefly designed to get a laugh, and getting laughs it does all too well. The thing is, underneath all of the insanity and ridiculously low budgets there’s more often than not, a pretty brilliant sci-fi plot. It’s subversive and wickedly smart, tackling completely new ideas on a weekly basis, the type of heady, ever-changing sci-fi thoughts rarely seen anywhere outside the Twilight Zone and never presented as this much fun. Don’t be a bunch of smegheads Hollywood. Get it done.


The Pitch:
It’s the story of Dave Lister the last man alive aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. They’re three million years away from Earth, every human he’ll never know or meet is either dead or out of reach, and his only companions are a lifeform which evolved from the ship’s cat, Arnold Rimmer, a holographic recreation of one of the most annoying members of the ship’s crew, and the ship’s computer Holly (who claims to have an IQ of 6000 but rarely seems to use it). Later on in their voyage crew is supplemented by a guilt-ridden mechanoid named Kryten.


b5Babylon 5
With all due respect to Star Trek, Babylon 5 (at least for the first four seasons), may have been the greatest science fiction series in the history of television. At the least, it was one of the most revolutionary. It was the first television show, for instance, to use computer generated effects on whole sequences. The show’s plot plays out as a single complicated, linear story arc of the type now used by Lost and every other show currently on television but unheard of back in the early 90s. It told a complete story wrapped in a single series. Most importantly though it’s character-driven, epic, and utterly compelling.


The Pitch:
The show began every week with a monologue which, much better than I ever could, tells you all you need to know. Here’s how Babylon 5 described itself in Season 2: “ The Babylon Project was our last, best hope for peace. A self-contained world five miles long, located in neutral territory. A place of commerce and diplomacy for a quarter of a million humans and aliens. A shining beacon in space . . . all alone in the night. It was the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind – the year the Great War came upon us all. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2259. The name of the place is Babylon 5.


hyperionThe Hyperion Cantos
There have actually been rumors that Dan Simmons masterful far-future series of novels (collectively referred to as the Hyperion Cantos) may be turned into a movie, but it hasn’t happened yet, and we’re tired of waiting. The material is challenging and heady, but also utterly unique. It starts out as a group of pilgrims journey to a far off planet called Hyperion, where they’ll visit the legendary Time Tombs. The tombs are guarded by the Shrike, an unstoppable, unknowable, spikey, metallic creature which snatches up travelers and impales them on its tree of thorns.


The Pitch:
Hyperion tells the story of the pilgrims as they travel, and as the story spans multiple books it goes beyond them. It works brilliantly because it’s character-driven, scratch that it’s more than character-driven, it’s emotion driven. Simmons puts his characters through hell and takes us with them through every step of suffering, sadness, and pain which gradually comes together to form a larger picture. Hyperion is a story with something to say about the human condition, and it does it in an epic, potentially visually stunning, package. It’s science fiction’s Lord of the Rings, and done right, it’ll win just as many Oscars.


Doctor WhoDoctor Who
The character has been on television since the early sixties, you’d think by now he’d have earned a proper trip to the big screen. Instead he’s been permanently fixed in the low-budget world of television where, despite brilliant storytelling, he’s sometimes hampered by the limited effects capabilities of the format. But with this most recent stint by the Doctor as played by David Tennant, the character finally seemed on the verge of crossing over to the mainstream. Tennant’s gone, but maybe there’s a way to bring him back? If there was ever a time for a Doctor Who movie, doing it with Tennant is the way to make it work.


The Pitch:
The series follows the adventures being known only as “The Doctor”. He’s the last of the Time Lords, an alien who travels through time and space in a blue box called the TARDIS which, incidentally, looks exactly like a 1950s police box. Don’t worry, it’s bigger on the inside. Sometimes he travels alone, most often he travels with a human companion lifted from Earth to accompany him on his journeys through the universe righting wrongs and setting things right. The show’s format allows them to explore literally anything, it’s an incredibly broad palette for science fiction storytelling which is, perhaps, why Doctor Who has endured as long as it has.


dr. horribleDr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Joss Whedon’s internet series was a huge hit when it splashed across our computers in 2008, and though there have been hints that he might do more episodes, I’d rather see him take the whole thing even bigger. A superhero movie musical has the benefit of never having been tried. What could possibly be more original? Superhero movies could use a shot in the arm, and musicals could use a younger crowd. Doctor Horrible services both things all at once. With Neil Patrick Harris is well on his way to being a huge star, why hasn’t this already been done? Sing-a-long’s work better in a big crowd.


The Pitch:
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog turns the standard superhero story on its head, and then sings a song about it. Neil Patrick Harris stars as a sympathetic and somewhat ineffective supervillain trying to win the heart of the perfect girl (Felicia Day) while an asshole superhero (Nathan Fillion) plays the bully and generally makes Dr. Horrible’s life miserable. Horrible’s adventures in nerdy dysfunction turn out to be heart-wrenching, toe-tapping fun.


bsgBattlestar Galactica – The Right Version
Battlestar Galactica is already well on its way to getting the movie treatment. One problem: It’s the wrong version. When the fantastic, award-winning, Ronald Moore reboot of the classic franchise went off the air, Hollywood immediately cast it aside and rehired the creator of the less successful 80s version to start the whole thing all over again. If it goes into production, when you see BSG up on the screen in a few years, Starbuck will be a dude, Cylons won’t be hot, and the plot will be full of all the silly 80s sensibility Moore worked so hard to get rid of in his modernized version.


The Pitch:
The right version of Battlestar Galactica is about a small group of survivors fleeing the destruction of their home worlds by an army of robotic entities of their own creation. Their tiny, rag-tag fleet is led by the only surviving fighter carrier, an aging battlestar known as Galactica. While struggling to survive Moore’s character driven show also tackles issues of spirituality, morality, and friendship as different personalities are pushed to the limit of human endurance, trapped together in space and on the run.


ender's gameEnder’s Game
This is another property that Hollywood has toyed with turning into a movie, yet somehow it never seems to get done. Enough with the waiting. Make it happen. Orson Scott Card’s 1985 masterwork is two parts Star Trek and one part Harry Potter. The results, should it ever finally get on screen, will be game changing. Don’t bother with turning any of the sequels into movies, they’re good, but Ender’s Game is the only one we need to see on screen.


The Pitch:
It’s set in a future where mankind is at war with a race of alien insects. To defeat them, humanity has combed its ranks to find brilliant children who can be turned into the tactical geniuses needed to win the war. Among them is Ender Wiggin who, along with other genius kids, is shipped off to a remote, orbiting battle school where they’re taught the ways of war and eventually used as a weapon to save humanity and eliminate the threat. As generic as that sounds, it’s the way Card develops it that’s makes Ender so absolutely perfect. Imagine watching the creation of a latter day Napoleon set in outer space, and you’ll get some inkling of what you’re in for.


Farscape
Farscape was critically acclaimed from day one, but it’s so linear and so deeply character driven that missing even a single episode meant finding yourself adrift without a paddle. A movie presents an opportunity to solve that. Instead of one story stretched out over several seasons, we have the chance to get a complete story in a single, epic film. And if you thought Farscape’s visuals were impressive on a basic cable television budget, just imagine what the geniuses at the Jim Henson workshop could do with a $30 million budget. It seems impossible to do it without the original cast. Get it done before Ben Browder gets any frelling older.


The Pitch:
It’s the story of modern day astronaut John Crichton, flung through a wormhole into a distant galaxy. There, he’s stuck on a living ship with a group of escaped prisoners who though at first his enemies, become his allies, and eventually his friends. It’s the classic tale of a stranger in a strange land mixed with piracy and full of deeply rooted, character drama. It’s romantic too, full of realistic relationships against a fantastic backdrop.

Comments

  • Paul

    Though you mention Farscape as a classic tale of a stranger in a strange land, you left off Stranger in a Strange Land itself.

    • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

      Stranger in a Strange Land itself has zero movie potential. I know it's regarded as a classic, but I don't see it on the big screen.

      • eljefe3126

        Stranger in a Strange Land could be adapted to the big screen, but I think fears that Hollywood would mangle it are well placed. In order to succeed, it would have to be a labor of love, like Peter Jackson doing the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

        Besides, if I could have any Heinlein book made into a movie (given that it was done RIGHT), that book would be The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. If the war between the earth and moon doesn't make for some good CGI eye candy, then someone just isn't thinking right. And way beyond the eye candy, there is plenty of room to deal with issues like what should be the proper relationship between people on earth and people who colonize space, how having a true frontier once more would affect our current institutions, what kind of society would form up there, etc. Moon is a Harsh Mistress gives you Bobby Heinlein's take on a lot of that stuff, and in its own way is just as thought provoking as Stranger in a Strange Land.

        • Adamant

          Heinlein properties, in general, would make good movies if they are made as psychological, political, or social thrillers set in a Sci-fi setting. Blade Runner or Minority Report are good examples of the style of movie you would need to make from a RAH property.

          Starship Troopers is an example of what happens when you try to make a typical Special Effects Sci Fi movie from Heinlein's work.

  • Andrew

    The problem with an Ender's Game movie that in order for the characters to be fully developed and be as interesting as they were in the novel, you need 6 year olds with a more than decent acting ability. If you animate it, fine, but don't age the characters into adolescence just for the sake of casting.

    And it's Ender Wiggin, not Wiggum.

  • master of the obvious

    you do know there are 2 futurama movies out right now right?

    • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

      Direct-to-DVD stuff. Basically a long TV episode. Not a big screen, theatrical movie. Doesn't count.

      • bdawg

        the simpsons movie was basically a long TV episode too

      • Thadd

        There are actually 3, and they are better quality than like 75% of the big screen movies out today.

        • yah

          WTF guys, there are 4.

  • mibby

    They did make a Dr Who movie a few years back…unfortunately it was terrible.

    • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

      Yeah, made-for-TV/DVD stuff. Doctor Who needs to go theatrical.

      • solaniisrex

        There were two theatrical releases back in the 60s. They even featured Peter Cushing as the Doctor. They weren't that great, but not that bad either (definitely better than the '96 fiasco).

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059126/
        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060278/

      • Thadd

        Why does it need to go theatrical? You only have time for the equivalent of 2 part episode and at least 45% of the time will be spent setting up the backstory for people who somehow missed the series over the last decades.
        This is the problem with putting these existing franchises up, nerds who actually want to see them have to waste half the movie wondering why they are hearing about the character's instead of getting into the story.

  • Rado

    1) As much as I love BSG (the new one, c. 2004-2009), I can’t see a movie ever doing the series justice. One of the reasons it was so great was because of the way the show’s creators and writers allowed plots and characters to develop at their own (sometimes leisurely) pace. It just doesn’t belong on a 2-hour condensed script.

    2) You omitted perhaps the greatest science fiction property of all time (okay, maybe I’m being hyperbolic, but it is certainly up there in the top 10): Asimov’s Foundation series. Frankly, if any set of novels could be described as the ‘Lord of the Rings’ of Science Fiction, it would be those (particularly the first three).

    • JT

      I have a hard time imagining Foundation as a movie, great though it is.

  • James

    is anyone familiar with “The Forever War” ? I feel like that REALLY needs a movie. It was an allegory about veterans returning from the Vietnam war, which is once again relevant with our conflicts in the middle east.

  • Asif

    What a fanboy list. Most of these would absolutely bomb if you could find someone crazy enough to produce them. While I love a lot of these, most people aren’t into heavily-involved sci-fi stuff. Compare the box office for Star Wars to that of Silent Running or Logan’s Run. I could maybe see Dr. Who or Quantum Leap having enough fan base, but the only sure thing here is BSG, which, as you point out, is already happening, albeit not the way you want.

  • Nex

    I love Futurama, but there have already been 4 full length movies that were broken down into episodes done for it. Still, I'd love to see it hit the big screen.

  • Anonymous

    The Honor Harrington series would make a great franchise. showing the complexities of varies human societies and government makeup dealing with each other on a galactic scale. With a strong Female Heroine as its central caricature it would fit right in with modern audiences, as long as Hollywood didn’t cheapen it by emphasizing her body.

    • JT

      I really like the Honor Harrington series. I considered it and while it didn’t quite make my list, I wouldn’t mind seeing that at all.

  • Rufus

    The TV shows listed work just fine in the context of a TV show, but probably wouldn’t play as films; some stories are better told as a serial. The books listed work fine as books, but would be either too expensive versus potential grosses, or unfilmable. Dr. Horrible? No. Better in small doses; two hours of that would have you running for the lobby.

    That’s not to say that some good sci-fi fiction couldn’t work on screen. My personal choices would be two Heinlein books, “Friday” and “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”.

  • http://twitter.com/pmharrell Paul Harrell

    Ender's Game has a huge problem. You need to find a group of child actors who don't suck.

  • Eric Trinko

    Wow you got that right dude. Thats amazing stuff for sure.

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  • Hank Fox

    Bullshit. Most of this is cheap crap, compared to the REALLY good stuff out there waiting.

    Alfred Bester's “The Stars My Destination” would make a great movie. Asimov's “Foundation” could make a good movie. Heinlein's “Stranger in a Strange Land” ditto.

    • PFT

      ive oftern thought about this, but there is alot of discussion of inter planetary relations which wouldnt translate. The later books would work better but that would require too much sceen setting

    • larryjjones

      As much as I love Heinlein I don't see Hollywood making 'Stranger in a Strange Land' without screwing it up major. There's just too much that's still controversial even today.
      That and the whole Manson thing would mean they'd alter way to much. I think anyway.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kaberlion James

    Here's one I never hear about and I don't know why: the Battlemech universe. How can the concept of strapping into a 70-ton walking war-machine not catch on? How about if you pilot it into war against hundreds of other deathbots? As long as the filmmakers stay away from the cheese and crap sandwich they were eating when they made the new Transformers movies, it COULD be amazing.

    • larryjjones

      Here, here! Especially the Stackpole books! Love to see the Warrior trilogy done or the Blood of Kerensky as a sequel.
      “They're not Wolf's Dragoons, they're the WOLF dragoons!”

      • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

        Good call guys. I'm kicking myself for not thinking of the Battletech universe. Great potential there. At one point a few years ago there was actually a rumor going around that someone might be working on a movie, but it never turned into anything.

  • lee451

    While it is not a “space story”, I have long felt that Niven's “Lucifer's Hammer” would make a great miniseries. Larry Niven is one of our great, ignored (by Hollywood) Sci-Fi writers. It is time he was recognized for his writing and storytelling genius.

    • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

      Love Lucifer's Hammer, but if you're going Niven I think the Mote series is much better.

      • larryjjones

        Yes the Mote series is fantastic and would make great cinema (assuming you could get the film makers to leave the story alone, i.e. not add or alter silly crap into the film.) However, may I also recommend another Niven/Pournelle jem, Footfall which has movie/mini-series written large all over it. More problematic would be Protector though I'd love to see them on the screen.

      • eljefe3126

        I think Niven and Pournelle's most cinematic work is Beowulf's Children. I'd heard that Hollywood once put feelers out for that one years ago, but nothing ever came of it.

        It would be worthwhile for the Mt. Tushmore visual alone (think the back side of Mt. Rushmore, with gigantic full moons on display…) That, and it gives us a better version of A Planet That's Damn Dangerous To Live On than even the one James Cameron gave us in Avatar.

  • Neoky

    Futurama has 4.
    Babylon 5 has 5.
    Farscape had a crappy one.
    Doctor Who (the new series) has had 2 that I've seen.

    • http://www.cinemablend.com JT

      If it's not in a theater, it's not a movie. It's a long TV show.

  • Cenaddar

    The chronicles of Bean would make for a far better movie (and would allow for enjoyable sequels). At the least, a melding of “Ender's Game” and “Ender's Shadow” as the first movie should be employed, then follow it up with the rest of Bean's storyline.

  • http://fnarg.com/ Billco

    What, no Lexx ?

  • dbw

    Umm. Snow crash. This book by Neil Stephenson is a brilliant adventure yarn, with a goodly hunk of philosophy and prognostication. Snow crash would look sweet on the big screen.

  • dbw

    Umm. Snow crash. This book by Neil Stephenson is a brilliant adventure yarn, with a goodly hunk of philosophy and prognostication. Snow crash would look sweet on the big screen.

  • Screw Ender

    Fuck Ender's Game and Orson Scott Card, freakin' homophobe.

  • normal person

    your an idiot, most of these already have movies and you even skipped some epic shows that really deserve to have a movie. go fuckyourself.

  • Rhawk187

    The problem with a lot of these is that today, when things are bigger than the big screen, they go back to television. You don't have to have a film made to be big budget anymore. Take Watchmen for instance, I would have rather seen it done as an 8-12 part HBO miniseries than a 4 hours film.

    A 2-hour big screen Doctor Who movie with David Tennant as The Other Doctor, stuck in Pete's World with Rose could be cool though.

    As much as I love Quantum leap though, unless you do some sort of Anthology type move with 4 or so stories strung together, I don't see it. A movie based off 1 adventure doesn't mesh well with a premise like that.

  • ipodwheels

    Holywood please do a Hyperion Cantos movie as well as the Mote in God's Eye and the Gripping Hand. These are two of the best Sci Fi novels of all time. Heck, just check out Dan Simmon's and Niven and Pournell's team up. Those stories are way better than what is being done into movies these days.

  • Charlie

    Am I missing something here or doesn't anyone know David Tennant is dead? So much for Dr. Who movie until they establish a new Doctor.

    I heard the Foundation Trilogy was already in the making.

  • Anonymous

    ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’

  • http://www.themoviedownloads.net/free-movie-downloads/free-movie-downloads-your-favorite-classics/ Moviedownloads

    Bakula can still do Sam Beckett. It would make sense anyway if they pick up 10 years or so after they ended the series where he’d be older and having been bouncing through time all these years.

  • Thadd

    A couple points.

    Babylon 5- yuk.
    Dr. Who – Already going strong on the small screen, why mess it up like they did with the other Dr. who movies (there were 3, did you even know that?)
    Ender’s Game – Really great series of books (though they slow down at points in the Bean half). Do we really need Harry Potter in space? Also, Card can have my money when he quits insulting gays and waving the American flag for an unjust war.

  • http://www.fencon.org Ed D.

    “Dr. Who and the Daleks” and “Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” were both theatrical features with Peter Cushing as our favorite Timelord.

    And the original BSG ran 1978-79 with a crappy 1980 spin-off so any “80s sensibilities” were all in your head. Those, my friend, were cheesy 70s sensibilities (and a lot of Mormon mythology) driving the original show.

  • Bril

    Too many properties created using a camera – nothing is gained or enhanced by putting it on a bigger screen for longer. Needs more books & games

    I would add:
    Dark Tower
    Fallout
    Half-life
    Bioshock

  • dip

    Some good one’s I think would be:
    Asimov’s “Foundation”
    Iain Banks “Transition”
    Iain M. Banks “The Use of Weapons”

    All these books (series in Foundation’s case) would require some serious attention to convert to screenplay’s but would be incredible if done right.

  • Rellian

    Card said in an interview I once read, that one of (if not the) biggest reasons Ender’s Game has not been set on the big screen is every farking company that tries to negotiate with him keep trying to make Ender a mid/late teen so that can write in a love interest and add some sort of romance to the story. He even referenced a particular contract that had stipulated the right to alter character age and story in the catering section. He has said if he could find a production company that would leave the premise alone and just make the move it would happen. Go figure.

  • Anonymous

    Some good ideas up there, but my favorite candidate for a movie is “The Legacy of Heorot” by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Barnes. The Grendels are far scarier and more believable than acid-blooded Aliens…

    • Anonymous

      Holy Spit! I don’t know why I forgot about this one. You’re very right “Legacy of Heorot” and “Beowulf’s Children” would be awesome movies.

      • Anonymous

        And I don’t know if anyone mentioned Ringworld, but you could probably build a whole franchise out of that with the right screenplays.
        Integral Trees is another Niven and Pournelle collaboration I’d love to see.
        Much of Alan Dean Foster’s stuff is Hollywood-ready – not a big struggle to figure out what to fit into 90+ minutes. Some of the Pip and Flynx books, or Midworld (and no, I don’t think it’s too much like Avatar)

  • Josh

    It would be a big effort, and probably make even LOTR look small-scale, but I’d love to see Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn trilogy made into a series of movies. It’s got it all, action, suspense, space battles, and a whole lotta sexin’.

  • slf

    If you’ve not read them the Starfish sage by Peter Watts would make an awesome sf movie.

  • steve

    how about “The moom is a harsh misstress” big computer criminals and big rocks being thrown at Earth what else could you want

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Who already did the theatrical movie bit twice back in the ’60’s w/ Peter Cushing as the Doctor & more Daleks than you can shake a sonic screwdriver at.

  • joob24444

    What about all the great sci-fi animes??? i mean…….. gundam, neon genesis evangelion, battle angel, akira????????? also the game mass effect would make a badass movie!

  • http://www.triscifest.org/ Roger Harris

    This is a great list. But so much is missing. What about Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” or Silverberg’s “Majipoor Chronicles”? You could write another post: 100 great SF novels that deserve to be made into movies!

  • Mike

    I LOVE the Niven and Niven/Pournelle stuff. Mote in God’s Eye series is one of the best ever. Some of Niven’s short stories could even make decent movies. The Draco Tavern? What about Ringworld?!? Who wouldn’t love to see an accurate CGI puppeteer?

  • Laurence

    Yeah Dr Who COULD have massive scope, shame they always end up following storylines connected with Earth or Humanity. The 70s one was even worse for this, how many times can you revisit the 70’s countryside. They also need an actually good Dr, not one who thinks acting revolves around how wide his eyes are. It is essentially a kids show tho, and should be regarded that way, (not that there is anything wrong with that, but i don’t know why people regard it so highly).

    • JT

      I’m pretty sure you just don’t “get it”.

  • Elt

    Ringworld please. That will be all.

  • Anonymous

    Yes! Ender’s Game! So right, can’t wait to see this one on the big screen…just sayin’ though, I’d love to see the pigmies from speaker from the dead.

    Also going to check out mote in god’s eye! A futurama movie on the big screen would be awesome!

  • Anonymous

    “It worked for The Simpsons and they ran out of jokes ten years ago.”

    Uh, last I checked that movie was an absolute flop and even the die-hard Simpsons fans hated it. That doesn’t usually means it “worked” by any definition I am aware of.

    • JT

      You checked wrong then. It was a box office success and it received mostly positive views.

  • Ryan

    They made four Futurama movies….

  • Adamant

    Oh yeah, a bunch of recycled sci-fi themes clustered together in various proportions like so much bad chemistry.

    Almost every movie based on a TV show has been epic fail, even the beloved ST movies have only had real appeal for their respective geeks and a marginal cross-over audience, usually their significants or people who would have been ST geeks if they had been born yet. ST movies have been a downward spiral of shame with occasional reboots or rebrandings (NG) that give it a little momentum. More often than not, its the novelty and special effects that grab our attention, and while many of these examples would have perhaps done well if made originally as a movie (the original Battlestar Galactica), trying to wedge a developed cast of dynamic personalities into a 2-3 hour vehicle is going to leave the casual audience wondering why character A smirks whenever character B does X. Its one of the biggest failings of the ST movies.

    Book adaptions are rarely much better, usually butchering the original content or themes of adored classics (Starship Troopers, Battlefield Earth, Dune, etc) to the point that it satisfies nobody of significance, or its a ‘nice’ portrayal of a good story that fails to generate much interest (Golden Compass). We could try to wedge gonzo pop-culture hits like Harry Potter or LoTR into this equation, but both are Fantasy stories, and both took generous liberties with the original material.

    As much as I disliked Avatar for being tediously derivative of other genre films (Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas) with cartoonish characters rendering cliche lines (we aren’t in Kansas), it insulated itself from disappointing its core audience by not being a lame redeux of something they had seen before, and it appealed to a new audience by being over the top.