Summer Blockbuster Movies


Monday holidays; gotta love ’em.  I believe it was Memorial Day when I wrote the Fantasy-Themed Songs post.  I’d check to make certain, but the MW site doesn’t seem to be working, at least not from my home.  Anyway, this being July 4th, which is a fairly big deal here in our little town, I’m going to be away from my computer for much of the day.  But I wanted to come up with something else along the same lines as that Memorial Day post.

And so, today’s Holiday list is . . . .

Summer Blockbuster Movies I’d Like to See!!

1)  SKINWALKER, based on the novel of the same title by Faith Hunter.  Starring Angelina Jolie as Jane Yellowrock and Jennifer Aniston as her sometimes hostile alter-ego, Beast.  Let’s face it:  we’ve seen too many bad movies about Vamps recently.  We need something elegant and literary to cleanse the public palette.  And I think it’s high time these two actresses worked together . . .

2) MAD KESTREL, based on the novel of the same title by Misty Massey.  Starring Jessica Alba as Kes and Hugh Jackman as McAvery.  With all due respect to Johnny Depp, we need a pirate movie about someone other than Jack Sparrow, and it would be nice to see a woman saving a guy this time around.  Besides, Jessica Alba?  Hugh Jackman?  I’d pay to see them together.

3) ACT OF WILL, based on the novel of the same title by A.J. Hartley.  The casting for this one is a little tricky.  Who should play Will Hawthorne?  I’m tempted to go with Shia LaBeouf.  He’s young, good-looking enough to be believable, but not so gorgeous that it wouldn’t work with the character.  I know, the Transformer thing is a blot on his resume, but did you ever see HOLES?  There’s still an actor buried in there somewhere.  Oh, and Emma Watson as Renthrette.  Unconventional, I know, but I think it would work.  Besides, I figure I can make A.J.’s head explode just by suggesting it.

4) ROBIN HOOD, based on the novelization by David B. Coe, which was based on the script, which was based on the legend, which was based, it sometimes seems, on naught at all.  Starring Russell . . .  Oh, wait.  I think this has been done.

5) THIEFTAKER, based on the novel of the same title by D. B. Jackson.  Starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Ethan Kaille, and Eliza Dushku as his rival, Sephira Pryce.  Downey has been through almost as much in his life as Ethan has, and he has the mature good looks needed for the part.  And Eliza Dushku has the combination of sultry beauty and attitude to make Sephira’s character come to life.

6) Straying from our books a bit, don’t jump all over me, but I would really love to see George Lucas get back in the studio and put together parts seven through nine of the Star Wars saga.  No cross-promotions with McDonald’s this time.  No giving in to the cheap Jar-Jar laughs and the demand for little cute furry creatures.  Just real old-fashioned movie-making of the type he used to do.  I would love to see that.

7) And to round things out, I remain hopeful that we will see Orson Scott Card’s ENDER’S GAME on the big screen sometime very soon.  The project has been in the works for some time now, but it has been delayed by personnel issues and other problems.  It is a phenomenal book and could be a terrific movie.  Let’s hope it happens eventually.

So what movies would you like to see?  Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

David B. Coe


18 comments to Summer Blockbuster Movies

  • George R. R. Martin’s FEVRE DREAM. Vampires on a riverboat on the Mississippi, mid-19th century. Stephen King meets Mark Twain. I’ve been dreaming about this movie since I first read the book 20+ years ago.

  • Hugh Jackman, huh? I could live with that. *grin*

    I’ve always wished Terry Gilliam would make Tim Powers’ LAST CALL, with Christopher Gorham as Scott Crane and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Arky. And maybe Renee O’Connor as Diana? I’m still thinking on this one.

  • Great idea, David. Where do I buy tickets? LOL.

    I’d like to see Peter V. Brett’s the Warded Man done in film. I think the demons rising from the ground as mist and coalescing into solid form would be a great sequence. Paul Bettany would be my pick for the Warded Man because he’s tall and lanky, but he was just in Priest, so I’m not sure he’d do another action adventure fantasy.

  • I’ve been slowly rounding out the cast for Faith’s Rogue Mage series. Shaping up to be an all-star cast. Been meaning to finish it, just for fun. Got most of the principle characters cast, but was working on Jacey and Do’rise when I stopped. Gonna have to post my picks, maybe with pics, somewhere eventually. Heh.

  • Great ideas, David. At one point a studio was talkign about the kid who played the young Chekhov in the most recent Star Trek movie for Will. Don’t think the discussion went very far. Emma Watson, huh? Could totally live with that 🙂

  • Hepseba ALHH

    I’d like to see Robin McKinley’s “Sunshine”. Paired with “Skinwalker”, it would be a FABULOUS summer for vampire movies. At the moment, my thoughts for casting would be: Romola Garai for Sunshine, Hugo Weaving for the vampire, Constantine, and Zachary Quinto for Mel.

    I also REALLY want to see Claudia Black in something else. Currently thinking she could make a pretty awesome Queen Mab in Butcher’s Dresden series.

  • I’d love to see the Sandman graphic novels made into a film–or, rather, made into a TV series by someone like HBO or Showtime. I’ve heard they’re doing “American Gods,” and I’m looking forward to that. Despite begging by my SO, I haven’t watched “Game of Thrones,” though I’ve heard it is quite good. I haven’t seen Coraline, but I think that the Sandman serial style would make a really good TV show–each issue could be its own episode. 🙂

    And David, I have to disagree on some casting choices. Jessica Alba? Seriously? I have this feeling that Kestrel could snap her like a twig! Of course, all Hollywood actresses combined weigh less than Misty’s book, so… but I feel like someone who’s a better actress: perhaps Kate Winslet–I can see her as an ass kicking heroine. Even Kate Beckinsale, perhaps.

    It’s strange how we see characters in our heads. While I rationally know that Commander Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! and others looks like Clint Eastwood (at least is lean and all) I still see him as slightly pudgy. And I’d love to see Guards! Guards! as a movie. Perhaps with a younger Eastwood as Vimes. Maybe the guy that played the first new doctor on Doctor Who. (Name escapes me at the moment!) And Going Postal and Making Money, with David Tennant as Moist. 🙂

  • Unicorn

    Pea Faerie, did you see the Going Postal movie with Richard Coyle as Moist and Claire Foy as Miss Dearheart? I got my hands on the DVD and enjoyed every minute. Deviates from the book quite a bit, but the script was “mucked about by” Terry Pratchett and the new twists are pure Pratchett. The clacks towers are mind-blowing. Besides, Boris the horse is in it and he’s pretty handsome. 🙂
    Reviews aside, I would love to see more of Pratchett’s books made into movies. I think his young adult novel “Nation” would be a great movie. Also Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Name of the Wind” and Kristen Britain’s “Green Rider”, because they are such amazing books and I would love to have debut novels like those.
    May all the movies everyone has mentioned be made. Thanks for the post, David.

  • Hep and Emily, in my head Kestrel was always played by Claudia Black (from Farscape). Although at this point she’ll probably be too old by the time Hollywood gets around to noticing my book. 😀

  • I would really, really love to see a movie adaptation of Robin McKinley’s THE BLUE SWORD.

    I’d cast Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Harry, except that she might not be tall enough. The role seems suited for a younger version of Kate Winslet or Gwyneth Paltrow. And I can’t figure out on an actor to play deset king Corlath, but it should NOT be Jake Gyllenhaal.

    I could play this game for hours. There are tons of books that I would love to see made into movies, because CGI has caught up to do fantasy well (and to convert more moviegoers to readers, of course. 😉 )

  • Razziecat

    Here’s my list:

    Anything by Lois McMaster Bujold; obviously her Vorkosigan series, but also her fantasies, especially my favorite, The Hallowed Hunt;
    Lynn Flewelling’s Nightrunner series; this was almost a reality…it was optioned, but unfortunately the movie didn’t happen 🙁 – Also, her Tamir Triad would make a wonderful movie (or three);
    I’ve always wanted to see Anne McCaffrey’s Pern on the big screen, and we now have the technology to do magnificent dragons!
    Patricia A. McKillip’s Riddlemaster trilogy, one of my alltime favorites;
    CJ Cherryh’s Foreigner series is perfect for the movies– fascinating aliens, a hero we can empathize with, twisty plots, and lots of action.

    I’m no good at picking the actors, though, so I’ll leave that to Hollywood.:)

  • ajp88

    I’d have to go with Winds of the Forelands. It’s one of my favorite fantasy series, perhaps second only to A Song of Ice and Fire (sorry but not even my own books compare to my love for Westeros). Lots of political intrigue, surreal dream sequences and wizardry for a director to play with. Nolan, Blomkamp, or Bender (if he does features) would make stellar, dream choices at the helm.

    I don’t have much of an idea on who to play Grinsa (maybe Harry Lloyd after seeing him with Targaryen hair but he doesn’t have the Weaver build) but the character I’m most interested in seeing has to be Cadel. Henry Ian Cusick would be fantastic, I think.

  • Jeremy Beltran

    I would really love to see John Steakley’s Vampire$ made correctly. John Carpenter made a movie that was so loosely based on the book you really couldn’t call it based on the book. It was more that they took the names of a couple characters and a scene or two and placed them in a story that wasn’t even half as good as the book. Two of the books best characters, Cherry Cat and Felix never made it in the movie. It would be nice to see it done by HBO or Showtime as a miniseries.

    Bloodlist based on the novel by PN Elrod. Starring Matt Bomer as Jack Fleming, James Marsters as Charles Escot and Renée Zellweger as Bobbi Smythe

    Red Death based on the novel by PN Elrod. Starring John Barrowman as Jonathan Barrett

  • David, Ditto on number 6 and 7. Yes!
    But …
    >>We need something elegant and literary to cleanse the public palette.>>
    I don’t think anything about Jane Yellowrock is literary and elegant. I mean, Beast eats her food raw and sometimes still kicking. And Jane really likes guns…
    That said, I can agree with this one!
    >> And I think it’s high time these two actresses worked together . . .
    Happy Fourth!

  • David and Faith – No offense to Angelina Jolie, but I think Eliza Dushku would make a much more believable Jane.

  • With all due respect, Mr. Coe, rather than seeing Star Wars VII – IX… I’d like to see a remake of Episodes I – III. You know… the version where Anakin doesn’t start out as a whiny 6-year-old (and somehow, is “too old to begin the training” when his progeny was only “too old” as a last-ditch excuse when he was like 18 or 19 or however old Luke was). Also the one where there isn’t a planet so psychotic that it elects a 16-year-old girl as it’s ruler. And the one where a romantic development between a 6-year-old and a 16-year-old doesn’t happen (and where what appears to be a 10-year age gap magically evaporates to a 2-year, and far more socially-acceptable, age gap in the period between two movies). Also, the one without force-sensitive midichlorians/mitochonria (though I’m still okay with force-conception; it fits the mythic archetype). Frankly, I don’t care if there’s a Jar-Jar in it – you can leave him in, because his hijinks are still amusing to 10-year-olds, who are the primary audience for Star Wars films anyway. (And also the 10-year-old inside all of us.)

    Basically… all I want is a Star Wars prequel sequence that makes sense. In fact, everything about the actual Star Wars prequels was fine in my mind, except for the single most important element: Anakin Skywalker. The casting and storyline surrounding Anakin was abominable. What happens after the fall of the Empire is much less interesting to me than seeing what really happened to Anakin Skywalker.

    Okay, rant over.

    I too still await Ender’s Game. I think a terrible opportunity was missed when Hollywood allowed Haley Joel Osment to grow too old to play the role of Ender before they actually got around to making the movie.

  • Hmm… I just realized a part of my comment could be misread, with respect to the planet of people who think a child is capable of ruling them. Simply replace “girl” with “child” or “teenager”: the gender of the individual was not the salient point, but rather the age.

  • BillSmith

    I want to see Good Omens by Prachett and Gaiman made into a movie already.