There’s been quite the influx of psychological thrillers in the works since the massive success of Gone Girl and, just like the previously named film, most start with a fantastic novel. Now The Hollywood Reporter has chosen its four must-read thrillers to keep you busy this summer. And, because who better than THR to predict what works of literature have great film potential, we’ve linked to their IF List profiles where you can support and dream cast your favorites for film/TV show treatment!
1. The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango
Sasha Arango is actually a German screenwriter, so there’s no doubt his books are big screen ready. In his novel, The Truth and Other Lies, Arango weaves an intricate tale about an author who gets framed for the disappearance of his wife and his pregnant mistress. In a twist, his wife is actually the real writer of all of the main character’s novels! The uncertainty of what is truth and what is a lie makes this story great film material. Dream Cast and Support ‘The Truth And Other Lies’ movie or TV Show >>
2. Armada by Ernest Cline
Ernest Cline’s first novel, Ready Player One, is currently being made into a film by Steven Spielberg, so its no shock that his follow up, which hasn’t even come out yet (Armada arrives July 14th & you can preorder here!), is already optioned. Cline’s follow-up riffs on 1984’s The Last Starfighter with a story about gamers trying to stop an alien invasion. Dream Cast Armada the Movie or Pre-Order the Book >>
3. The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer
More in the political thriller/horror vein, The President’s Shadow would definitely be an interesting film. In the novel, the President calls on the Culper Ring, a secret society founded by George Washington, after a severed hand is found on the White House lawn. It’s up to the Culper Ring to figure out whose hand it is and the meaning of the message clenched in its fist. We’re getting some National Treasure vibes but with a little more gore. Dream Cast and support The President’s Shadow movie >>
4. The Devil’s Bag Man by Adam Mansbach
In this sequel to 2013’s The Dead Run, the main character, Jess Galvan, has absorbed the soul of a 500-year-old Aztec demon/drug lord, gaining super strength. However, Galvan is having trouble holding the evil at bay. Can you imagine the visuals if they made a film of the Aztec demon/drug lord? We’re intrigued! Dreamcast and support The Devil’s Bag Man Movie >> What’s your summer read? Add it to The IF List by going to the PROPOSE menu and selecting PROPOSE A STORY on your desktop!