10 Unrealized Book-to-Film Adaptations We’d Like to Have Seen

Blood Meridian, directed by Terrence Malick

Since the publication of Cormac McCarthy’s breakthrough novel in 1985, several filmmakers have tried to get it made into a film, but even in the wake of successful McCarthy adaptations like No Country for Old Men, it remains unfilmed. Directors Ridley Scott, Todd Field, and even (wince) James Franco have circled the film, but the most interesting rumor was that Texas visionary Terrence Malick was interested in bringing the story to the screen, with Gene Hackman in the role of Judge Holden. Whether that version ever got past the talking stage is unclear, but any film that is eventually made will surely pale in comparison to our notions of what it could have been.