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These are graphic novels I would love to see made into live action or animated movies.

10.) The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore

Alright, maybe the 2003 live action film wasn't all that, but it had potential to be great! I feel like a total reboot of the movie should be started in 2015 or 2016. I think the last cast was great, but the movie did lack of writing.. It truly is a shame that Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has not been brought to the big screen correctly.

Director(s): Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino (Sin City).

Writer: Alan Moore.

Cast: Christopher Lee or Patrick Stewart as Allan Quatermain/Luke Evans as Henry Jekyll/Eva Green, Lena Headey or Natalie Dormer as Wilhelmina Murray/Iwan Rheon as Hawley Griffin/Cliff Curtis or Naveen Andrews as Captain Nemo.

9.) Ronin by Frank Miller

Ronin is a graphic novel that was tailor-made to become an instant blockbuster! If you have not read 'Ronin' by Frank Miller then I highly recommend you picking up the book from your local bookstore, comic book shop or find it online. This story combines Feudal Japan, demons, samurais, ninjas, telekinetic powers, cyberpunk New York City, awesome characters and action! I did read that the Syfy channel is planning on creating a Ronin miniseries (news here) and I really don't want them touching this property... Hollywood better grab this graphic novel.

Director(s): Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Frank Miller.

Writer(s): Daisuke Tengan (13 Assassins), Katsuhiro Otomo/Izo Hashimoto (Akira), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Frank Miller (Sin City).

Cast: Rick Yune, Donnie Yen or Daniel Dae Kim as Ronin/Naomie Harris as Casey McKenna/Kevin Grevioux as the voice of Agat/Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen or Ken Watanabe as Lord Ozaki.

Ronin and Lord Ozaki having a conversation:

8.) Maus by Art Spiegelman

Mr. Spiegelman brought something very different and new to the table in 1991 with his book 'Maus'. A story about Spiegelman's father, Vladek Spiegelman survives the Holocaust as a Polish Jew. The entire story is told through anthropomorphic animals - The Jews are depicted as rodents and the Nazis are depicted as felines. This graphic novel would make a fantastic stop-motion animated film.

Producer: Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas).

Director: Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Grand Budapest Hotel).

Writer: Wes Anderson.

Cast: I'm not entirely sure who to pick for certain characters, but I'll name some actors for voice acting in this movie. Helen Mirren, Nigel Terry, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Mads Mikkelsen, Christoph Waltz, Viggo Mortensen, Lupita Nyong'o, Naomie Harris, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep.

7.) Fables by Bill Willingham

Fables would be a hit or miss type of situation if the graphic novel wasn't in the right hands. I understand a lot of the Fables fan community would love to see a Fables television series, but I think a Fables movie saga would be much better. Why movie over television? Larger budget! Fables could be the next Lord of the Rings, Twilight or Harry Potter franchise. I'll say one thing before I look like a hypocrite... Yes, it's possible for Fables to become a giant television series like Game of Thrones, but I can't think of any writers or directors at the moment that could make Fables on the same level as Game of Thrones. I wouldn't take that chance with such a good graphic novel like Fables.

Director(s): Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and Guillermo del Toro

Writer(s): Rian Johnson (Brick) and Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Liev Schreiber as Bigby Wolf/Lynn Collins or Jaimie Alexander as Snow White/James Marsden as Prince Charming/Natalie Dormer or Emilia Clarke (both actresses are from Game of Thrones) as Cinderella /Kat Dennings or Amanda Seyfried as Rose Red.

6.) 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello

100 Bullets synopsis -

In this dark and intriguing trade paperback, the mysterious Agent Graves approaches ordinary citizens and gives them an opportunity to exact revenge on a person that has wronged them. Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his "clients" full immunity for all of their actions, including murder. In these opening chapters, Dizzy Cordova, a Latina gangbanger who has just finished a prison sentence, is given the chance to avenge her family's murders, and a downtrodden bartender receives the opportunity to exact revenge against the woman that ruined his life

Do I really have to justify this graphic novel? This movie has to be made ASAP and if you haven't read this book-PICK IT UP! Trust me, there's a lot more to this story.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker).

Writer: Michael Mann (Heat).

Cast: Undecided. Possibly actresses Michelle Rodriguez and Eva Mendes (or unknown) as Dizzy Cordova.


5.) Bone by Jeff Smith

I love, love, love the Bone series by Jeff Smith! These guys were a huge part of my childhood and they still hold a special place in my heart. "Bone" follows three cousins called the "Bone cousins" - Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone and Fone Bone. Unfortunately, all the three were kicked out of their home town Boneville due to Phoney Bone's campaign for Mayor went terribly wrong. Later in the story the cousins team up with a mysterious girl named "Thorn" and her badass grandmother in an adrenaline-rushed adventure! This saga is hilarious, action-packed, full of mystery and adventure.

I could see Bone being one of the best animated movies out there!

Animated Studio: Pixar.

Director(s): Pete Docter (Up) and Brad Bird (The Incredibles).

Writers of Finding Nemo: Bob Peterson, Andrew Stanton and David Reynolds.

4.) Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales

  Blacksad wallpaper by Elezar @ deviantART
Blacksad wallpaper by Elezar @ deviantART

Blacksad is a phenomenal crime-drama based on the 1950's that truly captivates the noir film experience in an amazing graphic novel series. The story follows private investigator John Blacksad on his missions from solving gruesome murder scenes, child abductions and nuclear secrets! Blacksad offers a vibrant world for readers to immerse themselves in and I love the fact that this world is told through anthropomorphism form. I honestly think this graphic novel would be a hit at the Film Festival... Maybe win an Oscar?

Director: Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist).

Writer: Sylvain Chomet and Juan Díaz Canales.

Cast: More than likely an all French cast since Blacksad was originally in French. If they do make an American version of Blacksad I would love to have actor Keith David as the voice of John Blacksad!

3.) La foire aux immortels by Enki Bilal

Truthfully, I've never read La Foire aux immortels, but thanks to the reviews of some of my friends who rave about it. I know without a doubt (yes, my friends are reliable) that it's great and is now top on my list of reads. The reason I put "The Carnival of Immortals" (english translation) on the list is because of it's 2004 live action movie "Immortal". You haven't heard of this movie? I don't blame you because it was a very disappointing movie. Even though the movie had mediocre animation and down right horrible special effects it made up with something else... Immortal had potential to be one of the greatest scifi movies written all over it! The book is a huge hit on the internet and I feel that this can be crazy in the movie industry. Oh, this time let's not have the author direct the movie, but he can be on set pointing things out.

La foire aux immortels synopsis:

It's the year 2023 and Alcide Nikopol has been revived from a state of suspended animation after 30 years orbiting Earth. In the meantime, the planet has suffered two nuclear wars, and France is ruled by the ruthless dictator J.F. Choublanc. The immortal gods of Egyptian antiquity have also reawakened to revive their rule over humanity, and they now hover above the crumbling technopolis of Paris in a massive stone pyramid/airship. Horus, the renegade falcon god, takes possession of Nikopol's body, rendering him immortal, and concocts a conspiracy to overthrow the Choublanc regime. When Nikopol cracks under the pressure of Horus's possession, he is reduced to muttering the poetry of Baudelaire while he wanders the halls of a mental hospital.

Director(s): Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Ridley Scott (Blade Runner).

Writer(s): Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix).

Cast: (No specific role just throwing names out there, but I would like local French talent in the movie.) Jessica Chastain, Evangeline Lilly, Idris Elba, Ben Foster, Christian Bale, Nathalie Emmanuel, Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson, Vincent Cassel.

2.) Blankets and Habibi by Craig Thompson

Technically, this makes "11 Graphic Novels That Would Make Great Movies", but both stories are great so I had to put both as number 2. I don't want to spoil these stories so check them out! Blankets and Habibi two of the greatest romantic graphic novels... I will list a synopsis of both graphic novels.

Habibi synopsis:

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.
At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling

Blankets synopsis:

Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith

Director(s) and Writer(s) for Habibi: Abdellatif Kechiche (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) & Craig Thompson (author of both graphic novels).

Director(s) and Writer(s) for Blankets: Spike Jonze (Her) & Craig Thompson.

Cast: Undecided. I would love to read your suggestions in the comments section below.

1.) Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

This book is simply amazing and I would LOVE to see someone in Hollywood tackle this project. To paraphrase this story, it's about 36 years old Jimmy Corrigan, a lonely, depressed man that finally meets his father that he hasn't seen for 30 years. The entire story is very trippy, but the artwork is so amazing to look at - yes, it's definitely visually appealing. Most of the story takes place in Jimmy's imagination so he can escape his unhappy lifestyle. This is another great book that I don't want to give away too much of the story so pick it up and come back to this article when you're done reading! Then you tell me if you think this would make a great live action film.

Director: Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

Writer: Terence Winter (The Wolf Of Wall Street & Boardwalk Empire).

Cast: Jonah Hill as Jimmy Corrigan.

Thank you for reading my list and if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below!


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