In an age where it seems like everything and anything can get a movie made of it, what are some properties (books, comics, games, toys etc.) that you'd like to see get the feature treatment but, for any number of reasons, likely never will happen?
Windmill slam Rendezvous with Rama. Morgan Freeman has been trying to produce an adaptation of it since the early 2000s. If it can get the sense of scale that Arrival did, it might just work. It'd have to be treated more in the vein of Ex Machina or The Martian, though. It's not something you could churn out for easy money.
Isaac Asimov's Robot stories are fantastic to adapt for film, but they might be a bit too heavily mined these days to be done unpredictably. Harlan Ellison's I, Robot script (written in the 70s?) is one of the best screenplays never produced, for me. It's really stunning. I'm a bit surprised that the Elijah Bailey stories -- The Caves of Steel or The Naked Sun -- were never mined in the post-Blade Runner kick. Particularly given the first is essentially: "What if Rick Deckard was assigned Roy Batty as his partner in solving a murder?"
I would've said Artemis Fowl, but apparently Disney is releasing an adaptation this year (with Kenneth Branagh directing).
The Sprawl trilogy is another one -- Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive -- but they might actually be better served as a streaming series. Their aesthetic fits that Netflix style very well in hindsight. I reckon Chris Nolan could tackle the "crispness" of the setting.
"Courage isn't a matter of not being frightened you know; It's being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway."
Yes, Artemis Fowl has indeed escaped development hell and is directed by Kenneth Branagh. Cast includes Judie Dench, Josh Gad, Miranda Raison, Nikesh Patel and Adrian Scarborough. As someone who read the entire series to my daughter, I shall be interested to see what it is like.
I would love to see a Red Dwarf movie. However, the likelihood of this happening is extremely remote. Smoke me a kipper, I'll get my coat...
Preston and Child's Agent Pendergast book series. Yes, there was a movie, but it had not really anything to do with the books and Pendergast (of all people) was missing. They had planned a TV series, but that was scrapped. I think it would have been glorious. But maybe it is just too weird for people? I absolutely LOVE it.
But at least the Rivers of London series might be coming to TV... one day...