Which unfilmed novel deserves a shot on screen?
What novel has never gotten the film adaptation it deserves? Molly
It's startling to consider that no one ever made a movie out of Erica Jong's Fear of Flying. Then again, you can imagine how the Hollywood of 30 years ago might have screwed it up by turning Jong's sexy and searching 1973 novel into a reductively righteous anthem of liberation, and by taking the ribald comic juice out of her search for the perfect ''zipless f---.'' Fear of Flying would now make a luscious period piece. The time has never been more right to resurrect the first heroine of do-me feminism, and to look back, with decades' hindsight, at the era that formed her: the messy, questing, do-what-you-please early '70s. And who would play the brainy but libidinous Isadora Wing? Here's a candidate: Maggie Gyllenhaal, who badly needs a role that could tap the playful sensuality she showed in Secretary.