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03 Jul 2019 8:03 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 10:12 a.m. PST

My want list is:
Team Yankee
Brazen Chariots
Starship Troopers (not the crap movie currently out there)
Xenophons March of the 10000
Flight of the old dog

PJ ONeill22 Nov 2018 10:34 a.m. PST

I would love to see Starship Troopers done according to the book. Maybe "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" – Same Author, a bit dated, but a good story.

Gokiburi22 Nov 2018 10:36 a.m. PST

Another vote for Starship Troopers and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
The Forever war
The Mote in God's Eye
Armor

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

Temeraire

On Stranger Tides (not re-done as a Pirates of the Caribbean version).

Narrow Road to the Interior (with Basho's companion Sora on the suspected government Ninja mission).

Hoodtown

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

On Stranger Tides

Hear, hear!

Ron

Stryderg22 Nov 2018 10:40 a.m. PST

Hammer's Slammers
Falkenberg's Legion or any of that series

jedburgh22 Nov 2018 11:07 a.m. PST

The Patrick O'Brian novels not just Master And Commander

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 11:13 a.m. PST

The weird of the white wolf.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

I can't believe I'm beating Winston Smith to this

The Chinese Bandit by Stephen Decker.


LT

William Warner22 Nov 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

The Siege of Krishnapur. We need a decent Indian Mutiny movie.

Moonbeast22 Nov 2018 11:28 a.m. PST

Any of the BOLO's novels.
Any Cthulhu mythos story made into an actual GOOD mythos movie, pick any of them, I'm easy.
I second Pictors choice, The Weird of the White Wolf.
I also second Gokiburi with The Forever War.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

The Drawing of the Dark

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ChrisBrantley22 Nov 2018 11:48 a.m. PST

Old Man's War (and sequels) by John Scalzi

Elric of Mehnibone by Michael Moorcock

The Demon Prince series by Jack Vance (I don't think that Hollywood could pull off the Dying Earth series)

and a modern take on Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane.

Huscarle22 Nov 2018 11:55 a.m. PST

Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series
Ride Home Tomorrow (Evan John)
On Basilisk Station
C J Cherryh's Chanur series
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Gemmell's Deathstalker series
Charles Stross's The Laundry Series
Zahn's Cobra Trilogy
Shipway's Knight in Anarchy
Poul Anderson's Flandry novels, & 3 Hearts & 3 Lions
Niven's Man-Kzinti Wars

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Nov 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Elric would make a good TV series (ala GoT)

I'd add Red Storm Rising to the list

Winston Smith22 Nov 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

I can't believe I'm beating Winston Smith to this

The Chinese Bandit by Stephen Decker.


I was away from my iPhone for a while. grin But I certainly agree!
With Jeremy Renner.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

The Drawing of the Dark

Glory Road

Not a snowball's chance in Hell of any of these, if done "by the book". The veering off into non-PC would be intolerable. Heinlein's cranky politics would not be welcomed.

Neroon22 Nov 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

C J Cherryh Downbelow Station + prequels/sequels,
Chanur Series (the furries will love this),
Morgaine Series


Roger Zelazny Amber Series


David Drake Hammer's Slammers


Thieves' World Anthology Series


Heroes in Hell Anthology Series


Michael Moorcock Chronicles of Corum,
Elric of Melnibone


Fred Saberhagen Book of Swords,
Berserker Series


Marion Zimmer Bradley Darkover Series


Robert Heinlein The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress,
The Number Of The Beast,
Starship Troopers (faithful to the book)

Winston Smith22 Nov 2018 12:05 p.m. PST

I would second going for tv miniseries.
Everyone is going for the "next Game of Thrones". We have Amazon throwing billions of dollars at a totally pointless "not Lord of the Rings".
Everyone who has contributed to this can think of a better way to spend that money. grin

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 12:07 p.m. PST

Little fuzzy
Space Viking
Stainless steel rat
Deathworld
Gray death legion battletech books
Lost regiment series
Brotherhood of war series
Island in a sea of time series

Winston Smith22 Nov 2018 12:13 p.m. PST

Just once I would like to see a movie made by a producer and director who actually LIKE the book. Not make it into what they think it should say.
That was what the problems we have with Starship Trooper boil down to. The director despised his source material and the thinking behind it.

Vigilant22 Nov 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

Hammers Slammers. Modesty Blaise based on the books not the awful 60s effort. Donald Jack's Bandy Papers WW1 stories.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

The Black Company
any actual Elric novel
Beyond the Black River
Honor Harrington
Stirling's Dies the Fire
Pellucidar
Deryni

warwell22 Nov 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

Ranger's Apprentice series link
Knights of Arrethtrae link

Historique22 Nov 2018 1:05 p.m. PST

Dragonlance

USAFpilot22 Nov 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Ilium by Dan Simmons

Callsign 2122 Nov 2018 1:43 p.m. PST

The Ketty Jay stories by Chris Wooding.
Vatta's War series by Elizabeth Moon.

Hamilton22 Nov 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

The Initiate Brother duology by Sean Russell

phssthpok22 Nov 2018 2:57 p.m. PST

Laumer's "Retief" stories would be a wonderful comedy series as would "Bil the Galactic Hero". More seriously, "Ringworld".

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:17 p.m. PST

You know, having seen enough books adapted to movies, I'm not sure I want to encourage them to try again.

That said, maybe drop back a generation or two and use novellas? Howard's "People of the Black Circle" or "Red Nails" Or some of Leigh Brackett. "Secret of Sinharrat" or "Sword of Rhiannon" perhaps.

Or Disney could finish the John Carter trilogy they started.

Merchanter's Luck is doable--but I shudder to think what Hollywood would make of it.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:18 p.m. PST

All the sequels in the Cole and Hitch books by Robert B Parker. Appaloosa was brilliant and the other books are great.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

And I was forgetting pirates! Raphael Sabatini's The Black Swan. (There was a movie, but it only used the title.) And no one's ever filmed Mistress Wilding.

Chuckaroobob22 Nov 2018 6:05 p.m. PST

The world needs more H Rider Haggard books turned into movies, not just "King Soloman's Mines."

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 6:55 p.m. PST

Any or all of the Macro and Cato stories by Simon Scarrow.

TNE230022 Nov 2018 7:10 p.m. PST

another vote for CJ Cherryh's Union/Alliance
specifically Merchanter's Luck

21eRegt22 Nov 2018 7:38 p.m. PST

Seven Men from Gascony
Elric of Melnibone
Fafrd and the Grey Mouser

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

Taiko was amazing but would have to be a TV series, not a movie.

Glengarry523 Nov 2018 3:14 a.m. PST

A proper Flashman adaptation.

Frostie23 Nov 2018 3:48 a.m. PST

Hammer Slammers
Armageddon's Song

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 5:39 a.m. PST

I use to say "Red Storm Rising" by Tom Clancy but since the Warsaw Pact and the USSR disappeared, I don't see the point. Same goes for "Team Yankee" kind of irrelevant now. Newsflash, it's over, we won.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

"Home Before The Leaves Fall" by Ian Senior
"The Winter Soldiers" by Richard Ketchum
"Landscape Turned Red" by Stephen Sears
"The Silmarillion" by J.R.R. Tolkien
"A Little History of the World" by E. H. Gombrich
"The Tudors" by G. J. Meyer
"A Frozen Hell" by William Trotte
"Santa Anna of Mexico" by Will Fowler
"The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916" by Alistair Horne
"Texian Iliad" by Stephen L. Hardin
"The Challenge of Battle" by Adrian Gilbert

Winston Smith23 Nov 2018 9:45 a.m. PST

Silas Marner.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 9:49 a.m. PST

All for the Temeraire series. At one point PJ was looking at it. Whatever his faults, he'd do a bang up job with Napoleonic dragons! But maybe I'll withhold judgment till I see what he's done with Mortal Engines…

Ditto MiaHM and STroopers. Though some of Heinlein's lighter adventure SF might be more palatable, like Double Star, Between Planets, or even Podkayne of Mars (sorry, RH, but with the happy ending, not the downer one.)

I don't think you can do Falkenburg, since the ultimate solution for stopping the socialist bad guys was to lure all of them (including civilians) into a stadium and gunning them down. Kill the idea by killing all who hold to it. Bit of a war crime, that…

If someone wants to do a GoT series, Mary Stewart's Arthurian books are perfect.

SpuriousMilius23 Nov 2018 10:14 a.m. PST

Productions of Tarzan & John Carter that are faithful to Burroughs' concepts & settings.
The same for Howard's Conan + Bran Mak Morn.
Another vote for the Fahfrd & Gray Mouser series & for Elric.

Winston Smith23 Nov 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

One of the stories have the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd arguing over how his name is spelled. They were bored.

Winston Smith23 Nov 2018 12:09 p.m. PST

How about … The Hobbit?
It hasn't been done by the book.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 12:45 p.m. PST

Thutmose III : The Military History of Egypt's Greatest Warrior King.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 12:47 p.m. PST

I dearly hope Jackson isn't the one to do Temeraire, he specialises in the most tedious drawn-out CGI boredom sequences!

rmaker23 Nov 2018 2:31 p.m. PST

Productions of Tarzan … that are faithful to Burroughs' concepts & settings.

Well, you COULD watch ERB's film – Tarzan and the Green Goddess.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2018 3:20 p.m. PST

Robert Asprin's Myth Adventures series

Legion 423 Nov 2018 4:38 p.m. PST

Yes, Hammer's Slammers … if it is done "right" … Not like the Bleeped text Starship Troopers. Heinlein must have been rolling over in his grave when they released that POS … evil grin

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