Some of the best movies of all time have been based on great books. Whether it is From Here To Eternity by author James Jones or, more recently, No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. Great books provide wonderful source material for screenwriters and directors to develop into films. However, some of the best books of all time—both vintage novels and more contemporary titles—have never been made into a movie. Sometimes this is because an author refuses to sell the rights to the book. Other times it is because a novel is deemed to be unfilmable. But, whatever the reason, it is a shame that many great books have not been turned into movies. Here are 10 books that we think deserve to be filmed.
10. The Dark Tower Series (Stephen King)
Considering that nearly every Stephen King book has been turned into a movie—from Carrie and Cujo to Firestarter and Misery—it is surprising that his biggest creation, The Dark Tower series has never been developed into a film or film franchise. Even Stephen King’s short stories have made it to the big screen, including Stand By Me and The Green Mile. However, the reason The Dark Tower series has not been turned into a movie yet is because it is deemed to be too big, expensive and technically daunting. The series, which centers on Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger, who is on a quest to catch “the man in black” across a vast desert, spans a total of eight novels that together comprise 4,250 pages. Director Ron Howard tried to develop the series into a number of feature films and made-for-TV movie tie-ins several years ago, and actor Javier Bardem was attached to play Roland the Gunslinger. But in the end, movie studios bulked at a price tag of more than $300 million to produce it.