Graeme McMillan over at io9.com recently wrote the Classics Meet SF: The Next Literary Trend? following in the line of literary classics being mashed up with horror genres, such as Seth Grahame-Smith's brutalization of Jane Austin's classic, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
In principal, I don't mind a re-imagining of classics, and I was actually looking forward to seeing Lizzie take on zombies. Unfortunately, the heart of the book is ripped out and the beloved main characters retain only their names. The idea of seeing a similar treatment for other classics makes me nervous. Science Fiction fans like myself went nuts for original stories like Moon and District 9, but Hollywood usually likes to retread already written works. There are plenty within the science fiction genre.
Not to slight McMillan or his tongue in cheek post, but there are plenty of great stories in science fiction that could be adapted to the big screen. Robert Fure over at FilmSchoolRejects.com took another approach; he wrote about theTen Great Sci-Fi Stories That Deserve to Be Films.
When I was in middle school, I had to wait for my brother to finish the books he bought to read them, since my allowance was minimal. I'd eagerly wait for him to finish his latest purchases. One of the films Fure mentions is The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert A. Heinlein. This is not only my favorite Heinlein book, but one I think would be very accessible for most people. An average Joe kind of guy ends up becoming involved in a revolution that eerily mirrors that of the founding of the United States, well, it's a compelling story. I'm sure I'm not the only one with a favorite story they'd like to see on the big screen.