Recently I heard the most excellent bookish news. They are making The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society into a movie. My initial reaction had a significant amount of all caps because IT’S ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER. (You can find out more on the cast here – think Downton).
It got me thinking about other bookish movies I would like to see remade. I thought about making a list of books I’d like to see made into a movie that haven’t been yet, but that would be a 100 pages long, so I’ll stick to remakes. I understand this post might make some enemies, but because I like to live on the edge, I’m going all in with five movies I’m going to need remade.
1. Gone With the Wind. Some might call this blasphemy. Even though Scarlett might be the most selfish and unlikeable woman in literature, I enjoy this story. I blame it on roguish Rhett or maybe the history (even when it’s ugly). I know it was huge in the 30s and I kind of enjoy the original, but some of the things (like the “handwritten” letters and leaving out a husband or two), I’d like to see done differently. Plus the can you imagine the casting for Rhett?? Oh the possibilities!
2. Any Agatha Christie novel. The good thing about her novels is that we have plenty of options to choose from for a remake. My 1.7 minutes of internet research has revealed that there hasn’t been an American release in decades. It’s time Internet. It’s time. Do you have a favorite Christie novel?
3. Citizen Cane. So I cheated. I know this wasn’t based on a book, but it was connected to a type of publishing, so totally counting it. Also, I wanted an excuse to bring it up. Maybe seeing it redone I’ll finally understand why this is considered by many as the greatest movie ever (It’s not. I don’t care what lists keep saying). I’ve seen it, I’ve tried, and don’t get all the acclaim.
4. Rebecca. FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS AND CLASSICAL LITERATURE REMAKE THIS MOVIE.
5. To Kill A Mockingbird. JUST KIDDING! I wanted to make sure all y’all were paying attention. Touch this classic and there shall be consequences Internet.
And as a bonus, I must ask the universe….WHY HAVEN’T YOU MADE BLUE CASTLE INTO A MOVIE YET? Not that I adored the book or anything.
Now it’s your turn! Which ones do you want remade? And what books would you love to see on the big screen?