Okay. LOTR is about a week from its movie debut. An event that I will proudly admit I have been looking forward to ever it was just a rumor back about four years ago. I've watched a TV special on the sci-fi channel that was on Sunday. If I remember correctly it as titled "The Passage to Middle Earth". Very good special and when LOTR comes out of DVD (unless the director does a Lucas and opts to release it in five years) this special will likely be included on the DVD set. But I digress.
Xmen and Blade revitalized the superhero genre and because of that we get to see Spiderman next summer, and the following year Hulk, Daredevil, and later after that Ghostrider.
Lets face it. The fantasy genre has never been accepted into the mainstream the way that sci-fi space odysseys have been. That has been because of Star Wars in a large part, but also because of Alien, Star Trek, Black Hole, etc. Last years D&D sucked beyond suck. Dragonslayer from days of old was really excellent, but very few fantasy movies have had that "pop". Maybe you could include Conan. Although classifying Conan as fantasy is arguable. Sadly fantasy has not been given the respect it deserts. There isn't a doubt that LOTR is going to kick rear. I'm looking forward to it more than AOTC (forgive my blesphemy). But will LOTR energize the fantasy genre enough to make hollywood execs interested in making other fantasy movies? Yes, I know that there will be LOTR clones. Any big money maker will have its sure of like followers, but will the execs "get it" finally?
Hypothetically lets say hollywood does realize that movies about a particular genre should be directed and produced by people that understand the characters, environment, and history in a particular story. No more Batman by Joel Shumacher for gods sake! Following that line of reasoning what other fantasy stories do you guys think are worthy of the big screen.
Here's my list:
1)Belgariad series by David Eddings (Pawn of Prophecy) (Queen of Sorcery) (Castle of Wizardry) etc.
2)The Deathgate Cycle (Dragon Wing)(Elven Star)(Fire Sea) etc.
4)Magic the Gathering