8 amazing sci-fi and fantasy novels that would make great Hollywood blockbusters



The 8 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels We'd Love To See As Movies

With franchises like The Hobbit and The Hunger Games continuing to tear it up at the box office, the sci-fi and fantasy genres are booming. But while the movies don’t show any signs of slowing down in terms of their impending arrivals, there are still a veritable ton of classics waiting to be given the big screen treatment.

Check out our gallery for eight of the best.

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Different movie versions of Brian Jacques’ series of children's fantasy novels have been touted going back 20 years, but nothing has happened yet. Taking place in a fantasy world called Redwall, the series can best be described as a cross between The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down.

While Pixar could do great things in the CGI realm, a Studio Ghibli animated movie would be a dream come true.


If I could pick one title from this list to be made into a movie, it would be this one. Released in 1984, the same year as the original Macintosh, William Gibson’s debut novel kickstarted the Sprawl trilogy and helped shape the Cyberpunk genre. A tech-noir story about a down-and-out computer hacker hired to pull off the hack of a lifetime, it's got the brains to be a compelling piece of filmmaking and, in the right hands, could be as visually stunning as Chris Nolan’s Inception.

Unfortunately it’s been in development hell for years. Apparently there’s a script co-written by Gibson, while offers have been made to Liam Neeson and Mark Wahlberg. Still, nothing’s materialized yet.

The Man In The High Castle

We’ve seen plenty of Philip K. Dick stories adapted for the big screen, but never this one. Set in an alternate history where the Axis won World War II and now control the U.S.A., The Man In The High Castle is a weird thriller that has all the makings of a classic. Recently it was announced that this is set to become an Amazon TV pilot, but a movie would be equally awesome. Give it to Paul Verhoeven as a comeback vehicle.

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The Abhorsen Trilogy

Seriously, why isn’t this a movie yet? The Young Adult book category has birthed some of the most inventive, groundbreaking and, yes, lucrative franchise properties of the past few years. Telling the story of young people protecting the world from undead dangers, the Abhorsen Trilogy manages to be both massively entertaining, whip smart, and surprisingly affecting. Producers, whip out your checkbooks now.


With 41 Discworld novels, there’s no shortage of source materials for movie producers to play with: either for chopping it up and remixing the pieces like the James Bond novels, or doing straightforward novel adaptations — or as straightforward as such a complex and interconnected world can be.

While there have been numerous TV Discworld adaptations, a movie has so far eluded us, although Terry Gilliam did come reasonably close with a Good Omens adaptation.

Mixing surreal Monty Python-esque humour with an incredibly detailed, fleshed-out world that would cost millions to bring to screen, a Discworld movie unfortunately has mainstream flop/cult hit written all over. But what a cult hit it could be.

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Brave New World

It’s a cliche to say it, but approaching 75 years after it was originally published, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is more relevant than it’s ever been. Skipping over the typical dystopias shown in the majority of sci-fi movies, in Brave New World the population aren’t sold into slavery, or murdered at the age of 30, but are rather living together in a scientifically-managed society, with control being exerted via pleasure through the drug soma.

In an age of digital addiction and Google’s data-driven philosophy to the world, this could be an amazingly relevant movie.

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American Gods

The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods looks like it’s well on its way to becoming a TV series. Not yet, though. In the meantime, the story of ex-con Shadow getting caught up in a feud between gods would have the makings of a great film. Factor in the amount of consumerist-skewing social commentary and this could be the perfect vehicle for David “Fight Club” Fincher to get his teeth into.

Fahrenheit 451

Presenting a future American society in which all books are outlawed, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is another novel that could be worthy of an update for the Internet age, in which publishers have the ability to rewrite or even delete entire e-books as they see fit. In fact, Fahrenheit 451 is an anomaly on the list since it was actually the recipient of a 1966 movie adaptation by François Truffaut.

Given that close to a half-century has passed since then, though, and social media tools like Snapchat and Yo are routinely subject to many of the same criticisms that interactive television show The Family is in Fahrenheit 451, this could be another chillingly relevant sci-fi movie. Give it to Nolan to direct and watch the plaudits roll in.

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18 responses to “8 amazing sci-fi and fantasy novels that would make great Hollywood blockbusters”

  1. Henry Bootjack says:

    I have been waiting anxiously for “The Tomb” and the Repairman Jack series by F Paul Wilson to come to the big screen. I would love to see what an imaginative director could do with Wilson’s words. I wish they’d do it quickly as Bruce Willis would be a great Jack!

  2. CyborgOne says:

    Regarding Discworld: “a movie has so far alluded us” – I don’t think the non-existent movie is making subtle references to us.

    Should be: “eluded”

  3. Bangali says:

    Artemis Fowl!!

  4. TheMadTurtle says:

    Technically, Neuromancer “inspired” the movie Johnny Mnemonic. Not as good as the book, but I didn’t think the movie was bad, either.

  5. El Caballero que dice Ni says:

    There was already a movie about “Brave New World”.

  6. winstonsmith39 says:

    Brave New World – yes, yes, yes. That would be excellent.

  7. DrRx says:

    Er.. Brave New World was already made into a movie in 1998 and Logan’s Run had a similar plot

    • Luke Dormehl says:

      It was a TV movie, right? Yeah, a few of the titles of this list had various TV adaptations. I was thinking more along the lines of theatrical releases. Good call on Logan’s Run though: a personal favorite of mine.

  8. Ashley Nicole says:

    Don’t forget the Foundation Trilogy by Issac Asimov!!!

    • Anthony says:

      Star Wars stole so much content from Foundation that it would be weird to see a Foundation movie now. As soon as they showed Trantor everyone would assume they “stole” the idea from Coruscant.

  9. Sebastian says:

    Fahrenheit 451 is very similar with Equilibrium.

  10. eris says:

    “Eon”, Greg Bear.

  11. Bruce says:

    Roger Zelazny’s Amber series

  12. Drefson says:

    Ringworld by Larry Niven, and it comes with built in sequels.

  13. lucascott says:

    i would argue that no most of those would not be blockbusters. Probably not even close. Truth is that most of these books and the ones suggested in the comments would be better as tv material. movies, limited run series or even shorter run multiple season series. A handful of the Discworld titles have already been tv movies. why not keep going. American Gods as a limited run series of 20 or so hours max across 2-3 series is perfect for it. Dragging it at ad nauseum or trying to trim it down to 2-3 hours would just piss off the books fans, which are legion

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