I am a huge fan of the fantasy genre. I read my first fantasy novel in the summer of my 5th grade year and have been hooked ever since. For a while now, I have been hoping that producers would decide to translate some of the most popular fantasy novels into films. While Hollywood has turned two of the biggest series (LOTR and Harry Potter) into big budget movies, there are many more, good fantasy novels that could easily be turned into hit movies. Even people who aren't huge fans of the fantasy genre might agree with me in a few years, as they sit in theaters watching the 5th reboot of the 'Superman' series or the tenth reboot of 'Spider-Man,' etc.
In an effort to make this blog post more dynamic and to create dialogue (as opposed to a one-sided discussion of the topic), I will only posit one fantasy series that I think would look good on the big screen. I will let you fill in the remainder. Feel free to add additional ones in the 'Comments' section (or write anything you'd like in the Comments section). If you can add pictures in the comments section, even better. :)
The original Dragonlance trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
While I don't consider these novels to be literary masterpieces, they are pretty good. Perhaps more importantly (to movie producers anyway), the trilogy spawned a bevy of other books, including other Dragonlance novels as well as the Forgotten Realms series (whose books once spanned an entire section of the fantasy/sci-fi aisle at my local bookstore). Millions of readers have either read the Dragonlance series or are familiar with the narrative/world. As such, anyone who produced this movie would already have, at hand, three good narratives as well as access to a large, captive audience. The movie would require a large special effects budget; however, I think the money would be worth it. In saying that, whoever takes this project on must do a better job than the team who created an animated, straight to video version of the first book.
The book cover is courtesy of Books 'A Million. You can find the link here: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Dragons-Autumn-Twilight/Margaret-Weis/Q187887277?id=5283275760604