Stories, series and books that should be made into live action feature length films (and have never been filmed or have not been made properly)

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1. Beetle Bailey (1989 TV Movie)

47 min | Animation, Comedy

When a group of generals from the Pentagon notify General Halftrack that they want to inspect a model of the modern soldier, Beetle Bailey probably wasn't what they had in mind.

Directors: Mitch Rochon, Robert Shellhorn, Mike Svayko | Stars: Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Mendi Segal, Greg Whalen

Votes: 35

A dark comedy with some "Dr. Strangelove"'s traits would be fantastic.

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,611,079

A film about Robert's Rebellion, the kidnapping of Lyanna Stark, the Battle of the Trident, the Siege of Storm's End, the fall of Aerys II and other events that happened before the beginning of the story shown in the TV series. George R.R. Martin and HBO said that there are plans to make it!

3. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The most powerful man in the universe, He-Man, goes against the evil forces of Skeletor to save the planet Eternia and to protect the secrets of Castle Grayskull.

Stars: John Erwin, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gary, Lou Scheimer

Votes: 15,092

In Ethernia with the characters from the TV series, please! "Masters of the Universe" deffinitely is not what we are waiting for. Guillermo del Toro would be a nice option to direct it. A fantasy steampunk epic would interest both the old fans and the new generations.

Suggested casting.

4. Thundercats (1985–1989)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of humanoid cats fight evil in their adopted home world.

Stars: Bob McFadden, Larry Kenney, Earl Hammond, Lynne Lipton

Votes: 14,974

Perhaps Ridley Scott would be a good director for this one.

Suggested casting.

5. Dungeons & Dragons (1983–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A group of kids are thrown into a fantasy world where they must search for a way home, armed with magic weapons that an evil tyrant wants.

Stars: Willie Aames, Don Most, Katie Leigh, Adam Rich

Votes: 4,104

Instead of this ever-wanted film, the owners of the franchise prefered to commit this crime: "Dungeons & Dragons".

6. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)
Episode: Riddler's Reform (1994)

Unrated | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Riddler has apparently gone straight, but Batman is not so sure.

Director: Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Bob Hastings, Mari Devon

Votes: 819

A realistic Batman thriller with the Riddler as the main antagonist. Not shown as a clown, like in Adam West's "Batman the movie" or in "Batman Forever", but as a brilliant maniac who develops a plan in which all Gotham will die if Batman does not solve his riddle. As another important villain I would include the Penguin, as a disgusting and excentric mobster who, always rounded by beautiful whores, runs illegal gambling and prostitution in Gotham City and works somewhat as a "double agent" informant for the dark knight (something very different from the role played by Danny DeVito in "Batman Returns"). I would also show Batman not wearing a black armour, but in a dark grey and black tight elastic vest which would not reduce his martial artist's agility. Tim Burton's "Batman" and Christopher Nolan's version of the superhero are very nice, but I still miss Batman without an armour (he avoids the bullets because of his "ninja" skills, not because of an armour!) and the proper treatment for both the Riddler and Penguin (classical bat-villains strangely forgotten by Nolan).

7. Wacky Races (1968–1970)

30 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The participants of an unusual car race compete around America.

Stars: Daws Butler, Don Messick, John Stephenson, Janet Waldo

Votes: 5,318

My preference would be for having Terry Gilliam as the director. Some ideas could be taken from "The great race", a film that inspired a lot the TV series.

Suggested casting.

8. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 473,355 | Gross: $107.51M

I love this film. It would be wonderful to watch "Watchmen 2" as a prequel showing in detail the story of the Minutemen.

9. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 61,646 | Gross: $8.40M

I am a huge fan of George Orwell. Besides being one of the most brilliant writers the earth has ever had, hist life is quite unusual! He has lived in British colonies since he was born in one of them (India), he has lifed on the streets by his own choice as a life experience, he has joined Spanish civil war against fascists. I really do not understand why nobody made a movie about his life ever! Perhaps his book "A life in letters" could be a good main source for the screenplay. Ken Loach would be the perfect director, obviously!

10. Star Trek Wars (2015)

25 min | Short, Comedy

George Lucas and JJ Abrams battle over the fate of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Who will win creative control of the franchise?

Director: Joshua Hoh | Stars: Johnny Bolton, Ronan Barbour, Sophia Thomas, Melissa Lugo

Votes: 52

I'd love to see starship Enterprise traveling to the past and approaching a far far away galaxy where jedi and sith fight with lightsabers and control the Force.

11. The Golden Compass (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

In a parallel universe, young Lyra Belacqua journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organization.

Director: Chris Weitz | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards, Ben Walker

Votes: 171,603 | Gross: $70.11M

This movie deserves its sequels, "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass". It is a very interesting and original fantasy, dealing with important philosophical issues. Besides that, it is frustrating to watch the end of "The Golden Copass", which explicitly does not finish the story, promising a sequel which has never been made.

12. A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002 TV Movie)

22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Linus tries to get away from Sally as she continues to try and get Linus to like her. Lucy wants kisses and chocolates from Schroeder. Charlie Brown tries to dance with Peppermint Patty.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Wesley Singerman, Lauren Schaffel, Corey Padnos, Emily Lalande

Votes: 951

Could be another story, the important is that a good Peanuts live action film would be amazing (the 3D animated film was very good). Though, it is such a risky task! A director like French Laurent Tirard or Jean-Pierre Jeunet would fit quite well for this hard mission.

13. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

PG-13 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

80 Metascore

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the family are declared fugitives.

Director: David Silverman | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 297,231 | Gross: $183.14M

I'd like to see how Tim Burton would adapt our favorite yellow family to live action. Would Johnny Depp play Seymour Skinner? Which character would be given to Helena Bonham Carter: Margie Simpson or Edna Krabappel?

14. Mafalda (1982)

82 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Argentine's answer to Peanuts and Charlie Brown is Mafalda. This episodic movie is compiled of several TV shorts based on the comic of the same name about young Mafalda and her friends, who deal with the world in their own way.

Director: Carlos D. Marquez | Stars: Susana Klein, Cecilia Gispert, Nelly Hering, Oscar Silva

Votes: 144

What a smart film it could be! Would Pino Solanas direct it?

15. Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (1994 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Hercules has settled down with his wife and children, but misses the good old days travelling around having exciting adventures. Then one day he is persuaded out of his farming "retirement"... See full summary »

Director: Josh Becker | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Hurst

Votes: 1,775

Why not to show Athenian hero Theseus (not Hercules!) fighting the Minotaur (not a demon-like creature or an anthropomorphic bull, but a monstrously strong being with ONLY the head of a bull and the body of a MAN) inside the labyrinth built by Daedalus in Crete under the rule of king Minos? Why not showing the real myth of Herakles, with the 12 labours? The new "Hercules" film showed only part of them and, in spite of making them well, it was too fast and soon narrated as false (besides the inadequate choice of the actor, as the hero was Greek and not Samoan). Indeed, instead of making films about non-European mythologies and history more often, which would be interesting, Hollywood casts people with different origins to play the role of characters from Greek, Norse or German mythology, what is ridiculous.

16. Clash of the Titans (1981)

PG | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Family

59 Metascore

Perseus (Harry Hamlin) must battle Medusa and the Kraken to save the Princess Andromeda (Judi Bowker).

Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith

Votes: 38,455 | Gross: $41.09M

I really don't like the mess people do with Greek mythology. So, I am waiting for a film in which Belerephon is the hero who mounts Pegasus and for a movie in which Perseus wears winged sandals to save Andromeda from the sea monster called... Cetus (come on, guys, Kraken is Nordic!).

17. Jonny Quest (1964–1965)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Quest family and their bodyguard investigate strange phenomena and battle villains around the world.

Stars: Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Danny Bravo

Votes: 3,830

Imagine Steven Spielberg producing and directing this! Though, I read that another guy, Dan Lin, is working to produce that, with a screenplay by Dan Mazeau (both responsible for much worse films than the amazing superproductions created by Spielberg). I also don't think cheesy Robert Rodriguez is the right guy to direct it!

18. Centurions (1986)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family

The Centurions are the most powerful fighting force of the 21st century. Equipped with special Exoframe suits, they are the ultimate fighting machines, as well as Earth's only defence ... See full summary »

Stars: Pat Fraley, Neil Ross, Vince Edwards, Ron Feinberg

Votes: 1,428

Zack Snyder could direct this!

My sports team has 40 million fans. How many Brazilian directors root for Flamengo? Nearly 20% of them, I suppose. Why there are not fictional films about its rich history, full of epic moments so well represented in this documentary? I could even imagine a trilogy: the birth (with the funny adventures of the rowers who founded the club), the football championship of 1945 centered in Argentine hero Agustín Valido with a screenplay which connects it to the world championship of 1981, and the death of manager Gilberto Cardoso in the basketball tournament of 1955 after all his accomplishments in making the club have a great decade in many sports.

20. Turma da Mônica em Cinegibi: O Filme (2004)

75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Franjinha, the inventor kid in Monica's gang, tired of reading the comics, invents a new device to read the stories: a kind of a story-processor, that swallows the printed pages and projects the scenes in movement, on the wall.

Director: José Márcio Nicolosi | Stars: Rodrigo Andreatto, Marli Bortoletto, Wanessa Camargo, Paulo Cavalcante

Votes: 163

Cao Hamburger are Helvécio Ratton are directors who could capture the magic of childhood this film would need.

21. Days of Jesse James (1939)

Passed | 63 min | Romance, Western

Bank robbery pulled off by the bank officials, not the usual James gang.

Director: Joseph Kane | Stars: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Don 'Red' Barry, Pauline Moore

Votes: 173

I am not sure if it has already been made, but I'd love to watch a Western historically accurate that incorporated the stories of the Dalton brothers, the gang of the James-Younger gang (composed by the James brothers and the Younger brothers besides other guys) and the Wild Bunch. I didn't know that all these famous gangs were related to each others! The Dalton brothers were sons of Lewis Dalton and Adeline Younger. Their middle brother Bill Dalton, though, was in another gang, the Wild Bunch. Adeline Younger was the aunt of the Younger brothers, who rode with Jesse and Frank James in the same gang. Bill Doolin has taken part in both the Dalton Gand and the Wild Bunch, and had a good "Robin Hood" public image,, receiving aid from many people to deceive the lawmen.

22. X-Men: The Animated Series (1992–1997)
Episode: Whatever It Takes (1993)

TV-Y7-FV | 22 min | Animation, Action, Family

Storm recovers from her injuries and returns to her duty as leader of the X-Men. When a tear in the astral plane appears in Africa, Storm goes there to investigate. It just so happens that ... See full summary »

Directors: Larry Houston, Richard Bowman | Stars: Cedric Smith, Cathal J. Dodd, Alison Sealy-Smith, Chris Potter

Votes: 267

I love X-Men franchise (particularly X-Men 1, Days of Future Past, and First Class), but it is ridiculous that they have made three movies centered in Wolverine (besides the excessive attention to the character in the whole series) and none with Storm, the leader of the X-Men after Professor X, in the leading role! I'd like it, with Halle Berry playing the character, with long and flying white hair.

23. Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011–2013)
Episode: Prisoner of Sinestro (2013)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Green Lantern Sinestro, arrives aboard the Interceptor but unwittingly unleashes a dangerous entity.

Stars: Josh Keaton, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jason Spisak, Grey Griffin

Votes: 202

A sequel for Green Lantern should have been made, showing yellow Sinestro.

24. The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show (1979– )

TV-G | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the original stretchable superhero and various other characters.

Stars: Joe Baker, Michael Bell, Melendy Britt, John Stephenson

Votes: 338

I don't know why DC Heroes does not invest on it: a super hero comedy film just like "The Mask", but with Plastic Man instead, would work.

A fantasy/horror adventure in Ravenloft scenario would be amazing in the movies! Many interesting domain lords would be supposed to be portrayed, such as Ivana Boritsi, Dr. Frantisek Markov, Vlad Drakov, and obviously Count Strahd von Zarovich.

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