Top 10 Fantasy Film Franchises Waiting To Happen
Much to our excitement and overwhelming joy the new trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is here. We can’t wait until December for the start of the new trilogy to fill The Lord of the Rings-shaped hole that was left in our cinemas after The Return Of The King.
Seriously, why aren’t there more epic fantasy movies? HBO’s Game of Thrones’ is hugely popular now, and that popularity is acting like a gateway drug to more serious fantasy loving, drawing in viewers who, before, would have turned their noses up. You can’t help but think that movie companies should be snapping up rights to fantasy epics more often than they are (whatever happened to them being money hungry? Don’t they realise what they’re missing out on?). Our top ten list is a veritable dragon’s treasure horde of series’ we think should be made into movies. (Are you reading New Line Cinema? Because now is when you should start paying attention!).
Words: Bridie Roman
10 The Deed Of Paksenarrion
By Elizabeth Moon
THE STORY Paksenarrion is a farmer’s daughter and she’s not about to become a farmer’s wife. Instead of going ahead with her arranged marriage she decides to run off and become a mercenary soldier. Amidst digging trenches and unloading animals Paks learns how to fight. She loves fighting (that husband-to-be probably got off lightly) but what she loves more is fighting for a just cause.
Wish List Cast:
• (A slightly older) Chloe Moretz as Paksenarrion, the open and honest heroine.
• Jeremy Irons as Duke Phelan, the man who first employs Paks.
• Ralph Fiennes as Dorthan, the sheep farmer father of Paks.
FILMABILITY Cinema goers everywhere are falling in love with badass heroines and Paks is definitely worthy of that title so there’d be plenty of support for a movie series like The Deed Of Paksenarrion. The only problem is that whilst Paks certainly knows how to wield a sword and kick some ass, she is also a little self-righteous and that can come off as two dimensional. It makes sense in the novels but on screen it might be too preachy. That said, it just adds to the good role model image that Paks would have going for her.
Tags: Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth Moon, Featured, Glen Cook, Joe Abercrombie, Memory Sorrow and Thorn, Mistborn, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, Robin Hobb, Roger Zelazny, Sara Douglass, Tad Williams, Temeraire, The Chronicles Of Amber, The Chronicles Of The Black Company, The CRucible, The Farseer Trilogy, The First Law Trilogy, The King Killer Chronicles