…(1) From a book or story that would make a great movie and (2) is unlikely to ever be made.
Not counting the “comic book” films or the Star Wars/Star Trek franchises (albeit both help in showing that futuristic/space-set movies can be profitable). I’m more interested in ones like “Gravity” and “The Martian” (ok, “Interstellar” too, although I didn’t care for it much) which have shown a good SF story well-told can do well on the bottom line (which, after all, is what Hollywood truly cares about).
Yet for 2016 all I’ve seen is Independence Day 2 (Really? We asked for this?) and perhaps Avatar 2 (OK, first one made scads of money, but I’d rather reread the Poul Anderson story…). And that gripes me some, because there are buggering dozens of great stories out there that could make dynamite movies, IMHO.
I know that some (Rendezvous with Rama, The Stainless Steel Rat, Ringworld) have been optioned and discussed and re-optioned and re-discussed and in the end not made…maybe someday. I was excited when David Weber’s Honor Harrington was optioned by a group that had made a couple of major films, but after a couple of years that went away.
And those could be great films! At least IMHO (YMMV).
So after the above rant (I am coming to a point, mods, this is not Pit-material), I asked the assembled: In a perfect, just world, what would you like to see up on the screen as a big-production movie? (remember, it must also be profitable–not a John Carter).
For me, despite my board name, I have waited half my life for a Rendezvous with Rama movie and am prepared to wait the second half if I must.