13. THE METAMORPHOSIS, BY FRANZ KAFKA (1915)
Status: Not in development
There have been underwhelming short films and foreign versions of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, but none have truly captured the brilliance of the novel. The premise is simple: A traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa wakes up in bed one day to discover that he had transformed into a hideous insect overnight. Everything and everyone else in his life is just as it was, but he is not. He instantly becomes a burden to his family members, who all have to start working again in order to make up for the income that Gregor has lost as a result of being bedridden.
It’s an incredibly curious story that can be interpreted in any number of ways, and directors like David Lynch and David Cronenberg would be a perfect fit for a project like this. It shouldn’t be a short film or an updated version of the novel. It should be just as Kafka wrote it nearly a century ago.