There are any number
of novels, cartoons, comics and games that have been optioned as feature films
or TV shows , and almost all of them are languishing in Development Hell.
In the science fiction and fantasy genres, there are countless other properties that studios should consider turning into onscreen reality, and with endless repetition of the same old ideas in movies, these properties would breathe some fresh life into the medium of fantastic cinema.
We're going to take a look at the science fiction, fantasy and horror concepts that would make incredible movies, in the spirit of fandom and the hope for some legends to come to life.
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The legendary series of pulp SF novels by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith would be the perfect basis for a movie trilogy or even a TV series. The books, despite their questionable science and physics, were a huge hit with science fiction readers of the era and have come to be seen as the finest example of early Space Opera.
While the concepts within those stories may prove a little far-fetched for a mass audience to absorb, the books have great scope for adaptation given the right director and writer.
The original book, Triplanetary, was composed of several short stories that spanned millions of years and covered events that led up to the battles between the Arisians and Eddorians, which in turn caused humanity to be created in order to inherit the awesome powers of the tool known as The Lens.
With adventure, action, outlandish concepts and massive scope, Lensman is ripe for the picking, and updated for a modern audience it could well create a milestone of science fiction cinema or TV.
Also, with the number of follow-up books and related works, the Lensman universe could be explored at great depth, giving new audiences a fantastic glimpse into one of the finest science fiction concepts ever devised.