Great books inspire great movies such as Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. It is also sometimes the case that great songs inspire great movies, such as the case of Dead Flag Blues and 28 Days Later:
the government is corrupt
and we're on so many drugs
with the radio on and the curtains drawn
we're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine
and the machine is bleeding to death"
Sounds very contemporary, doesn't it?
I am reading a thrilling futurology of a book written in 1924. Still untranslated into English, Berge Meere und Giganten retells the history of the world from 1900s to 3000s. Genetically modified organisms, technologies crashing traditional industries, global warming, internet... It's all there. I am still amazed that this gem hasn't been made into to a movie. But considering the dismal state of cinema these days, maybe this is a good thing.