Top 5 fantasy books that deserve a Hollywood big-screen treatment

1) The Gentleman Bastards cycle by Scott Lynch

The first three books of the Gentlemen Bastards cycle

Fans of Assassins’ Creed and Starz’s Da Vinci’s Demons will definitely love the rip-snorting adventures of Locke Lamora and his titular team of rogues as they navigate the pseudo-Renaissance not-quite-Venice city of Camorr and its equally Machiavellian power structure.

Who should star? Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Locke Lamora
Who should direct? Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer)

2) Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber

Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser as drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola

Another Mignola-drawn panel from the Epic comics adaptation…dig the cool shades on The Gray Mouser!!!

A prescient mix of Hyborian Age-esque heroics and slice-of-life, Leiber managed to combine nuanced characterisation and comedy-of-manners in a series that focuses more on Lovecraftian horrors than cliché dragons.

Who should star? Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) as The Gray Mouser
Who should direct? Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour movies, Red Dragon)

3) The Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster

Jonathan Thomas Merriweather aka Jon-Tom

Clothahump the wise turtle wizard

Mudge the naughty otter

All Spellsinger images c/o Britta Hoyer’s deviantART account

A late-20th century school janitor takes a toke too far – and gets transported in a talking-animal fantasy world where his musical skills save the day.

What Your Highness could have been.

Who should star? Jack Black as Jonathan Thomas Merriweather aka Jon-Tom “sanitary engineer”
Who should direct? Phil Lord & Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie)

4) The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock

See the bishie sparkle!!!

The Vanishing Tower cover drawn by celebrated mangaka Yoshitaka Amano

A scrawny albino sorcerer-prince becomes a reluctant warrior for a decaying kingdom as he is bound to a sentient sword whose bloodlust has brought it to life.  Lusty and bloodthirsty yet fully realized, there is just so much potential for this to be just another cult favourite.

Who should star? Paul Bettany as Elric, Antonio Banderas as Yyrkoon
Who should direct? Guilliermo del fuckin’ Toro (Pacific Rim)

5) The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Dragon crossing, ya landlubbin’ muthafucka!!!

Imagine Dragons – if they were fighting the Napoleonic Wars opposite humans!!! Bad pun aside, it gives me great pleasure that Peter Jackson‘s production company has got rights for an adaptation (preferably for a cable miniseries…paging HBO).

What a fine bunch of monsters we have here…

Now if they can only get the services of whoever designs the creatures of Capcom’s Monster Hunter series…

Who should star? Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow) as William Laurence
Who should direct? Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World)

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