11. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, BY ROBERT HEINLEIN (1961)
Status: Not in development
It’s considered one of the best novels of the 20th century, yet no Hollywood studio has ever attempted a big screen adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. The story chronicles the life of a human who was born on Mars and raised by Martians but then returns to Earth as a young adult. It is one of the rare sci-fi books that transcends the genre and becomes universally acclaimed by nearly everyone that has ever read it.
The book challenges and explores every societal norm that we hold dear, and it does so with an eye towards intellectualism and objectivity. There is a lot going on in this novel, but we can’t help but think that it would make a great film.