Over the weekend I finished reading Seamus Haney's translation of Beowulf and then started in last night on Hilary Mandel's Wolf Hall, both of which are excellent reads. That got me thinking this morning about how much I would enjoy seeing both works adapted to the screen. It would be fantastic to see a version of Beowulf that stuck to the powerful, melancholy rhythm of the original text instead of turning it into a motion-captured action movie (). In my mind an animated adaptation from the filmmakers who made The Secret of Kells would be sublime. They've already proven their ability to turn the Insular style of art into wondrous animation, and I feel like that age-old framework of Beowulf might make up for some of Kell's shortcomings in storytelling.
Similarly, I'm only a few dozen pages into Wolf Hall and it already feels like material that would be ripe for adaptation into a TV series. True, there are already lots of drama series that tackle the same story of similar periods (The Tudors, The Borgias, Game of Thrones, etc), but Mantel's sharp and incisive writing and plotting should be enough to make a Thomas Cromwell series stand out. Plus, Cromwell himself is a character that would fit right in with the great male TV anti-heroes that are currently in vogue like Tony Soprano, Al Swearengen, Walter White, and Tyrion Lannister.
So, what works would you like to see adapted? I limited myself to just the books I've been reading, but make it any damn thing, including remakes of older films or TV series.