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peterx Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:13 p.m. PST

What film would you like to see made or remade? Could be a little known historical battle, or well known battle, but never filmed properly. It could be a sci-fi novel, or fantasy novel that has never graced the silver screen. It could be a disappointing movie remade into a more accurate movie.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:20 p.m. PST

For whatever reason, the American Civil War hasn't generated much by way of good movies. I'd like to see a movie featuring the Union attack on Missionary Ridge in November 1863.

That, and a good Viking film, of course.


doug redshirt02 Jun 2013 8:22 p.m. PST

Little Fuzzy

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:25 p.m. PST

The battle of Tarawa, battle of Wake island, Chosin.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:29 p.m. PST

Doug, I was thinking of the "Fuzzy' series too as an excellent movie (or series of films), if done properly.

evilcartoonist02 Jun 2013 8:33 p.m. PST

Starship Troopers
El Borak

Siege of Osaka Castle

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:34 p.m. PST

Aztec. It would probably have to be a mini-series.

peterx Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 8:37 p.m. PST

Toshach, a year-long series for the full treatment of the rise and fall of the Aztec civilization.

Space Monkey02 Jun 2013 8:39 p.m. PST

I'd like to see a movie version of Frankenstein that was actually somewhat like the book. All the film versions I've seen just seem to ignore everything but the 'man makes monster' bit.

thosmoss02 Jun 2013 9:00 p.m. PST

Put the LRDG on the big screen -- Lawrence of Arabia was all well and fine, now let's do it with some Chevy's wading through the sand. Grab "Killing Rommel", change the title, carve it into a script.

I've waited for CGI to do the battle of Kursk ever since "Toy Story" showed us little green army men.

Don't know why Spielberg would spend millions to re-make "War of the Worlds" and then fail to make it a turn-of-the-previous-century historical movie closer to the book.

Broadsword02 Jun 2013 9:03 p.m. PST

Because Hollywood is about making money by appealing to the lowest common denominator, not "getting it right" by pleasing a very small audience.

A well done Viking film.

Phoenix Without Ashes.

The Black Company.

John the OFM02 Jun 2013 9:20 p.m. PST

I'd like to see a movie featuring the Union attack on Missionary Ridge in November 1863.

Bangs head on desk…

There is a REASON you guys are not in charge in Hollywood, green-lighting multi million dollar productions. grin
Hollywood is NOT about art, it is NOT about "getting it right".
It never has been, never will be.
It's ALL about making money.

Having gotten that off my chest, MY money waster would be "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress". If it ever does get done, "they" will wreck it, and it will be a vanity project for some pretty-boy actor. If they survive long enough, maybe Justin Bieber will play Manny, and Amanda Bynes will play Wyoming. Why not? They've got money to burn.
They are already going to beat beyond recognition Ender's Game, so why not slaughter my other choice?

Oh, we're doing "My favorite Battle" too? The Wyoming Massacre.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 9:40 p.m. PST

We have The Longest Day and a Bridge Too Far, we need The Last Battle by Corneilus Ryans final book too.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

Pictors Studio02 Jun 2013 9:53 p.m. PST

I'd love to see an Elric movie.

William Warner02 Jun 2013 10:05 p.m. PST

Almost any of the Flashman books.

snodipous02 Jun 2013 10:10 p.m. PST

The Years Of Rice And Salt would make an amazing miniseries. Same actors in every episode, playing different characters.


Charles Marlow02 Jun 2013 10:22 p.m. PST

Heart of Darkness

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2013 10:24 p.m. PST

1) Sekigahara
2) Red Devils at Arnhem
3) Franco-Prussian War up to Sedan.
4) Tannenberg 1410
5) Hastings

BrotherSevej02 Jun 2013 10:55 p.m. PST

Gunnm/Battle Angel Alita

Horus Heresy

Tyranid vs Ultramarines 1st Company in Maccrage

Rudi the german02 Jun 2013 11:47 p.m. PST

Gods of mars
Back to barsoom

Huscarle03 Jun 2013 2:04 a.m. PST

History: The Hastings 1066 campaign, Fall of Constantinople 1453, and Battle of Mohacs 1526.
Historical: Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles, GMF's Flashman books.
Fantasy: The Thraxas books for some fantasy noir. Cherryh's Morgaine quartet.
Sci-fi: Cherryh's Faded Sun trilogy or Chanur quartet, Pournelle's Falkenberg Co-Dominion series

Khusrau03 Jun 2013 2:11 a.m. PST

Honor Harrington space opera ;-)

snurl103 Jun 2013 2:15 a.m. PST

I second the Kursk film.

Personal logo martinjpayne Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 2:27 a.m. PST

Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian03 Jun 2013 2:51 a.m. PST

Here's an original idea…..

What about a Jack Reacher film (with someone who even slightly resembles the written character!)


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 3:06 a.m. PST

Harpers Ferry. It would probably need to be a three or four film series.

Major Mike03 Jun 2013 4:07 a.m. PST

John Scalzi's "Old Mans War"

Martin Caiden's "The Last Dogfight"

Dynaman878903 Jun 2013 4:14 a.m. PST

The Battle of the Bulge. Original was a travesty.


A movie about Kursk.

"The Last Full Measure"

The Honor Harrington Novels (minus the endless staff meeting scenes)

ScottBrooks03 Jun 2013 4:22 a.m. PST

The Silmarrillion.

Story of the life of William Marshall.

warwell03 Jun 2013 4:41 a.m. PST

William Warner,

Royal Flash was done link

I'd like to see a movie about the 1565 Great Siege of Malta.

Militia Pete03 Jun 2013 4:46 a.m. PST

Here are some that would be neat:
1) Braddocks March and defeat
2) Fallen Timbers
3) Hastings

Another one would be to follow Roger's Rangers vs. the French guy (Levi?) Would be some neat scenery watching the battle of the Snowshoes.

John D Salt03 Jun 2013 6:05 a.m. PST

George MacDonald Fraser's "Quartered Safe Out Here" cries out to be made into a film. It could be done well on quite a low budget, I think, as it's basically eight blokes in the jungle, though we'd have to do a bit of thinking about how to handle the voice of the narrator. Probably it could be done with no existing stars, but Hugh Laurie could manage about the right degree of eye-popping madness needed for Captain Grief.

Hollywood couldn't hack it and shouldn't be allowed near it -- and the dialogue should be in Cumbrian, with sub-titles for English speakers.

Otherwise I'd like to see films made of John Foley's "Mailed Fist", Alex Bowlby's "The Recollections of Rifleman Bowlby", and J P W Mallalieu's "Very Ordinary Seaman". And all the John Winton "We Joined the Navy" novels, not just the first two.

All the best,


Meiczyslaw03 Jun 2013 7:18 a.m. PST

While I'm a fan of H.Beam Piper, I don't think many of his books would be good movies, because they're not written that way. Little Fuzzy, for example, is too talky for a movie.

In terms of good imagery, Three Day Planet and Uller Uprising would both make good films. 3DP could probably even be made on the cheap, while UU would be the anti-Avatar big-budget blockbuster.

John the OFM03 Jun 2013 7:47 a.m. PST

…I don't think many of his books would be good movies, because they're not written that way.

Well, that's the main problem with most books.
I have read quite a few good novels that are totally dialog. Yet, I feel that the plot would make a good movie. That is why screenwriters have HUGE mansions and get the hot chicks. grin There is the story about the actress who was so dumb, she slept with the writer… But I digress.
History books are not written with movie plots in mind. Most battles can only be a scene in a movie.
Movies are about PEOPLE. Thus "Gone with the Wind" is NOT Sherman's taking of Atlanta, although there are battle scenes.

So, thinking that the Battle of the Wilderness would make a good movie is missing the point of what movies do. Is there a story you can hang it on, particularly a love story? Sorry guys, but it's necessary. Heck, there was a TV movie about the Monitor and Merrimack a few years ago, and the second lead was an actress. grin

richarDISNEY03 Jun 2013 7:48 a.m. PST

A sequel to Sky Captain and Big Trouble in Little China.

krieghund03 Jun 2013 8:05 a.m. PST

I'd like to see a Luther Arkwright film.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 9:18 a.m. PST

Uller Uprising would rock.

There are many good to great suggestions above. I would like to add The Battle of Samar to the historical requests and a The Mote In God's Eye mini-series to the science fiction requests.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 9:25 a.m. PST

The Battle of Lundy's Lane.

David Manley03 Jun 2013 9:28 a.m. PST

I'd like to see the Jutland movie that Sir Ben Kingsley's production company was considering a few years back.

21eRegt03 Jun 2013 9:52 a.m. PST

Forbidden Planet
Battle on the Ice (Lake Peipus)

New movies:
Elric of Melinbone
Chippewa/Lundy's Lane
Battle of Coral Sea (After the credits have a scene where the repair workers are told she has to go fight again. That way if it is a success the sequel at Midway is set up.)
Jutland (Set aboard one ship but encompassing the whole thing.)

CorSecEng03 Jun 2013 9:53 a.m. PST

Count me in for Honor Harrington and Old Man's War.

The Dragon Riders of Pern would make a nice epic series like Game of Thrones. Someone like AMC needs to do it because HBO would ruin it.

spiff40k03 Jun 2013 11:09 a.m. PST

Would really like to see a remake of Forbidden Planet.

Mako1103 Jun 2013 11:16 a.m. PST

Lots of good ones to choose from.

"Dambusters", for a start. They've threatened to make/screen this, but it's yet to make an appearance in the USA, though it may have been completed.

The Schweinfurt/Regensburg Raid, and the 1st Berlin Raid by the 8th Air Force (technically the 2nd, actually, since most of the bombers aborted the first attempt).


The Berlin Raids by the RAF.

A movie based upon the Centurion, Grav Armor game.

zippyfusenet03 Jun 2013 11:38 a.m. PST

Ploesti – Operation Avalanche. 500 B-24Ds thundering in at 100 feet.

The lead piolt is in love with a nurse. Now you have characters.

Joppyuk03 Jun 2013 11:54 a.m. PST

Re. the Jutland idea that crops up regularly. There was a novel some years ago based round a family (emotion and romance) of men in the Royal Navy on a variety of ships. IIRC they were on a new battleship (fictional member of the Queen Elizabeth/Barham/Warspite class), a cruiser and a destroyer (variety and action). Unfortunately I gave it away and forget the author.

OSchmidt03 Jun 2013 12:02 p.m. PST

I'd like to see a good film on the American Revolution. Not a documentary, a really well made one. No two ton re-enactors with sunglasses and beards and timex watches either.

I don't know what War Patriot was depicting, but I don't classify it as a film about the Revolutionary War.

Ps. You know that house that Mel Gibson's "employees" make for him at the end of the movie? I hope Sherman burns it to the ground on his way through there in 1864.

Timmo uk03 Jun 2013 12:46 p.m. PST

I don't think there has ever been a good ECW film so that gets my vote.

Volleyfire03 Jun 2013 1:39 p.m. PST

I'd vote for a sequel to Master and Commander.
Or a prequel, or any quel.
A remake of Cromwell possibly, and a film either about Henry IV usurping Richard II, or about The Wars of the Roses and not something with a misleading title that gets you all excited until you tune in and find it's got Danny DeVito in it and it aint about knights in armour knocking six bells out of each other.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 2:28 p.m. PST

Properly filmed Flashman stories

John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP03 Jun 2013 4:23 p.m. PST

War of Roses is a good call. Particularly Warwick or Richard IIIs story.

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