Saturday, December 16, 2006

Movie Wish List

While more films still get made (I saw the film of 23-year-old Christopher Paolini's fantasy novel "Eragon" last night -- the next one will be "Eldest") that seem to set new milestones, I still have my wishlist, and I wonder why we haven't seen some of these yet.

(1) Clive Barker's monumental novel Imajica (1991), in two parts "The Fifth Dominion" and "The Reconciliation". That would make two big films on the scale of the Lord of the Rings. But the social issues are much grittier. The Fifth Dominion is present day earth, and it is to be "joined" with the other four civilizations, with the first being "Heaven". At the end, Man beats God (Hapexamendios), which may be a problem. But with Barker's clout, it ought to get made. A good one for New Line Cinema.

(2) Clive Barker's Sacrament (1996), about a gay journalist, and, again, monumental.

(3) Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, in three parts (like The Fountain), but probably three separate films as a franchise. (New Line, again.)

(4) Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, which is really apocalyptic. Mel Gibson should try this one, given the moral message of the ending. I like the idea of seeing NewMarket Films on this one.

(5) Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama. A good one for Aronofsky, maybe Warner Brothers and its Casablanca Theme.

(6) At least one full biography of a gays-in-the-military case. Joe Steffan's account of his harrowing experience at the Naval Academy in 1987 ("Honor Bound", 1992, Random House) would make the best film. It could rival "A Few Good Men". But I like it as an indie film (call it "AMC Select", maybe The Weinstein Company (with MGM -- The Cat).

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