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03 Jul 2019 7:03 p.m. PST
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Stryderg23 Nov 2018 7:37 p.m. PST

oooh, the Myth Adventures, that would be cool.

rmaker24 Nov 2018 8:24 p.m. PST

Any of Brandon Sanderson's books/series. Ditto for Brian McClellan.

Winston Smith25 Nov 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

I see that Glenn Cook's Black Company series is "in development" as a TV series, produced by and starring Eliza Dushku as The Lady.
So let's move on to his Garrett P.I. series. Doing the stories in order is only marginally important, since I've read them totally out of sequence. I would be interested to see The Dead Man and Saucerhead.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 12:27 p.m. PST

I'd love to see The Dresden Files series brought back, featuring some of the newer tales and books. I rather liked that series' take on Bob, not to mention the use of mundane objects for Harry's magical devices (the drumstick "blasting rod" wand was simple and inspired, as was the hockey stick staff).

I think R.M. Meluch's Tour of the Merrimack series would be great TV/film. Very much in the feel of the lamented Space: Above and Beyond. Plus, space Romans! 8-D

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Nov 2018 4:20 p.m. PST

Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain.

Toy Soldier Green05 Dec 2018 7:06 p.m. PST

A faithful depiction of Starship Troopers.

The Children of Hurin
The Camulod Chronicles
The Legend of Drizzt Series
Space Vulture

Green Tiger10 Jul 2019 3:23 a.m. PST

The BBC did an excellent adaptation of Silas Marner some years ago – so it has already been done…

joedog11 Jul 2019 9:40 a.m. PST

"Starship Troopers (not the crap movie currently out there)"

And that, my friends, is the cautionary tale explaining why we should be careful about wishing for film adaptations of great books.

I would be much more hopefull for a longer format adaptation of some of these books – a single "season" TV series (Think "Band of Brothers"), which would give time to tell the story.

Think about how much butchering was done to "The Watchmen" – which was adapted from a comic (so they essentially started with a storyboard for the whole movie), but compressed into "film length". If they had done a series of twelve one hour programs (matching the 12 issues of the comic), they might have donme it justice.

There is no way you could properly adapt "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" into a 90-120 minute movie. You'd probably need 12-24 hour long episodes to even hope to get it right.

joedog11 Jul 2019 9:45 a.m. PST

A series based on Heinlein's work – even just his "juveniles" would be good.

Do it in the UK fashion – as few or as many episodes as needed per series (book), and then another series (book) when you are ready.

"Tunnel in the Sky" would make a great series – probably need at least 4-6 hour long episodes, so you could have character development, showing the environment, etc.

Keep in mind that the second LOTR film had to spend about two hours just showing the events covered in something like a half dozen pages of the book.

Mithmee11 Jul 2019 11:19 a.m. PST

All of Glen Cook's books.


All of Larry Correia books.

Heedless Horseman11 Jul 2019 4:06 p.m. PST

Various books by Joe Abercrombie or K J Parker as TV serials. 'Ash' by Mary Gentle for a miniseries!

joedog11 Jul 2019 8:44 p.m. PST

"All of Larry Correia books."

I can see the "Monster Hunter" books working well as a series – and there are many seasons worth out there.

Evidently Larry sold the TV righst a few years back. I've also seen rumors about a film.

joedog11 Jul 2019 9:07 p.m. PST


I see you have Brazen Chariots on your list – the WW2 light tanks in North Africa memoir – right?

Did you ever get the chance to read his account of the "fighting" in Greece? A good story, and eye-opening – but not a lot of combat.

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