There are many great reads out there that have the potential to become great movies. However, the movies must have the perfect cast, director and the correct budget. I am pretty sure these books will become movies on account of their popularity, but they may not be great movies if the earlier addressed isn’t satisfied. The top three books that should be made into movies are The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. These books are a thrill to read and would be a thrill to watch on the big screen.
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol is the fourth book written by Dan Brown. Although these books are not necessarily a series, they all focus on the same character, Robert Langdon. In The Lost Symbol, Robert Langdon is called to present a lecture at the U.S Capitol Building. However, upon his arrival, his destiny takes a great turn. Instead of giving the lecture he thought he was there for, he finds out that his dear friend has been kidnapped and he is the only one who can rescue him. Using his profound knowledge of symbology, masonic rituals, and codes, Langdon races against time to capture the villain and save his friend.
Although Tom Hanks does a pretty good job playing Robert Langdon on the big screen, I don’t think he truly “fits” the character. Also, the movies depict Robert Langdon solving puzzles and riddles rather quickly. This, however, is not the case. In the book, Robert Langdon takes a little time to figure out the answers to his questions and while he figures them out, he introduces new information and logic and how it all connects. In order to fully understand the movie, you must have had read the book. Movies shouldn’t have to leave the viewer wondering. It should present all necessary information needed for understanding.
I would have Nicholas Cage play Robert Langdon since he did so well in National Treasure one and two. Cage would do better justice to the part better than Tom Hanks does. I would also make sure the script is written correctly and doesn’t leave out any important subject matter.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s fourth and last novel. Objectivism, a philosophy deemed by Rand, is the focus of the book. In the book, we are introduced to Danny Taggart, the vice president of Taggart Continental. She is the one who keeps everything working and everyone grounded and under control. Her brother, James Taggart, the president of Taggart Continental, is her complete opposite in the ways he handles business and conducts himself. Together along with their staff, they work together to run their railroad company. However, the economy takes a turn for the worst and all greatest- minded individuals in the U.S. begin to suddenly disappear one by one. I’m not talking about the president and the vice-president of the U.S. I am talking about the artists, composers, scientists, engineers, and business officials. These are the people who keep the motor of the world running. Without them, the world would be nothing. Dagny races against time to find the meaning of what is happening all around her and what she ends up finding changes her life and perspective forever.
I would definitely have a renowned actress such as Angelina Jolie play Dagny Taggart. She would also have to learn how to fly an airplane in order to depict the scene when Dagny crashes into the Utopia. Brad Pitt could either play Hank Reardon or the pirate. I would just want all the other characters to be played by known actors and actresses. If they are known, it may generate more sales than have some no bodies in the movie. It would have to be a three part movie in order to not leave anything out because it is too long for one whole movie. The budget would have to be high in order portray everything on the big screen from, the huge industrial city to “Galt’s Gluch”. The script should be written so it conveys the most information and explanations of the plot, and leaves no questions unanswered.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Alchemist is a great book written by Paulo Coelho. The story centers around the main character named Santiago. Santiago is a shepherd boy and isn’t content with the way his life is going. One day he dreams of treasure hidden in the Egyptian pyramids. He is then torn between staying a shepherd or going to retrieve the treasure. It isn’t until he meets a mysterious disguised king that he is pointed in the right direction. He meets many people on his journey, reads many books, and learns many life lessons. He travels across the countries only to find out that his treasure was hidden right under his nose. He retrieves his treasure and goes to find the girl of his dreams.
I would have Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel or an actor like him play Santiago. However, the people who make up the cast are unimportant considering the significance of the story. The budget would have to be pretty high in order to favorably depict all the places Santiago travels.
These books are great reads and would make very interesting movies. The world needs good movies. However, it takes time and dedication to make a good movie. Instead of film producers putting out low-budget non sense films, they should read one of these books and remake it. The best movies seem to always come from good books.