12. INFINITE JEST, BY DAVID FOSTER WALLACE (1996)
Status: Not in development
Before his untimely death in 2008, David Foster Wallace was one of the preeminent writers in American literature, and his novel Infinite Jest is seen by many to be his magnum opus. Dealing with themes of depression, addiction, advertising, modern culture, and basically anything else you can think of, Infinite Jest is a wonderfully sardonic take on our current world and its addictions.
It’s amazing that such an acclaimed novel has never been attempted in film form. Could it be because most of the things that Hollywood holds dear, like advertising and mindless entertainment, are thoroughly mocked throughout the novel? Maybe the gargantuan length of the novel scares off executives? No matter what the excuse is, somebody out there needs to get over it and put this book in front of cameras soon.