#3 The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
Pitch: A fantasy series about devious feuding royal siblings vying to rule a land and all its infinite parallel worlds — including our own. The characters hop between realms as they plot to replace their mysteriously absent father. Oh, and one land has giant evil cats.
Upside: Sitting with author George R.R. Martin in his favorite New Mexico taqueria two years ago, we diverged from talking about his mega-hit series Game of Thrones. “I’d love to see somebody do Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber,” Martin said of the first novel in the Amber series. “What a fantastic HBO series that would be.” So to TV executives who say, “We want something like Game of Thrones!” … here you go.
Downside: Not cheap to produce or easy to write. In 2002, Amber was in development at Syfy, which couldn’t apparently make it work. But maybe now that green-screen technology has advanced…?
Perfect Home: Syfy or Starz