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C'MON HOLLYWOOD: More book adaptations, less reboots!

Feb. 2, 2010by:

...more book adaptions, less reboots!
by J.A. Hamilton

Now I know Ive touched upon the fact that novels and films go hand in hand before by way of my appeal for more Fantasy book translations, but this line of thinking goes far beyond the world of Fantasy. Ive also done my fair share of complaining about reboots (particularly when it comes to comic book films and remakes) and though Id hoped this year might improve on this situation, from what I can tell things are getting far worse far quicker. My advise; stop focusing on every old movie to ever make money and start looking for more novels to adapt as Im sincerely getting worried about Hollywoods creativity and how dire the end of this road will be if things dont start to change.


The bare foot thing still makes me cringe

Some people might argue that we shouldnt be worried, that therell always be another HARRY POTTER, DIE HARD, or RAMBO franchise; that the hits will keep on coming, but Im not so sure unless we crack down on more books. Hollywood began to evolve at an exponential rate back in the eighties. The nineties too were hard hitting and I cant complain about the countless hits of past decade either. But we all know how hard Hollywood has been leaning on comic books lately, and how eager they are to turn every hero to ever dawn a cape or mantle into a franchise, and as for the franchises that already exist, well, apparently theyll just be rebooted or reinvented whenever Hollywood feels its convenient.


"Has anyone seen my pen?"

Comics are a great resource, but even the most abundant of resources can go dry and its just a matter of time. Some of the most fantastic films and characters have been brought to life by the aid of novels. Its easy to forget this small fact but heres a reminder of some of the greats and their genres: Im a huge fan of gangster flicks and some of the best out there like THE GODFATHER, SCARFACE and CASINO are all based on books. The Sci-Fi world has been graced with hits like BLADE RUNNER, DUNE and MINORITY REPORT and for action (aside from those mentioned above) we've also gotten characters like James Bond, Jack Ryan and Jason Bourne courtesy of the marked page.


Princess Bride is one of my favorite novel based movies

Most people think of Horror or Thrillers when it comes to novel based films, and I dont blame them considering theyve helped make writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker household names. Hannibal Lecter helped out Thomas Harris and there have been a handful of films based upon James Patterson, Michael Crichton, Dan Brown and John Grishams work as well. Not every writer wants to have his work on screen, but with the amount of recycled nonsense streaming into cinemas lately, Im hoping more of them will reconsider because we need all the creativity we can get these days and as you can see, for the most part theyve got nothing to lose by converting and in most cases well welcome them with open arms.


Writers of the world will be hard pressed to outshine Hannibal

So in the end, Ill agree that the hits CAN keep coming as there are far more authors out there just waiting to be discovered and their numbers are growing each and every day. They wont all provide us with groundbreaking characters or blockbuster films, but Im all for rolling the dice on them if it means well get just one less god awful remake or reboot. If this means the agents of the world have to work twice as hard when it comes to scouting or the directors and producers have to read a few extra scripts, then so be it because well all be so much better off for their extra effort. This recent turn of events in Hollywood is making them look lazy and desperate and whether or not its true, its certainly not the impression we should be getting.
Extra Tidbit: I'd personally like to see some of John Saul's books grace the Horror genre. He's got more than a few gems just waiting to be converted.
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9:26AM on 03/01/2010
Hear-hear!

I'm actually working on a novel adaptation right now, myself, with the authors' blessings - by no means am I saying it will be a hit, or anything, but I believe in the [link] philosophy.

Nice to know I'm not the only one surrounded by books, scratching my head while wondering why there's not more movies based on 'em coming soon.

Good thing I work in a bookstore, where I maintain a section reserved for books being made into forthcoming movies.
Hear-hear!

I'm actually working on a novel adaptation right now, myself, with the authors' blessings - by no means am I saying it will be a hit, or anything, but I believe in the [link] philosophy.

Nice to know I'm not the only one surrounded by books, scratching my head while wondering why there's not more movies based on 'em coming soon.

Good thing I work in a bookstore, where I maintain a section reserved for books being made into forthcoming movies.
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4:42PM on 02/05/2010

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE & DRAGONLANCE!!!

There's a ton of material there to work with here. The Chronicles/Legends series from Dragonlance, if done right could be huge as if not bigger than LOTR. And with the vampire craze, the Masquerade Clan novel series could revolutionize vampire movies.

But, that'd take someone in Hollywood to actually pick up a book. lol
There's a ton of material there to work with here. The Chronicles/Legends series from Dragonlance, if done right could be huge as if not bigger than LOTR. And with the vampire craze, the Masquerade Clan novel series could revolutionize vampire movies.

But, that'd take someone in Hollywood to actually pick up a book. lol
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12:42PM on 02/04/2010
Couldnt agree more about John Saul. The Homing and Shadows I enjoyed
Couldnt agree more about John Saul. The Homing and Shadows I enjoyed
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6:08PM on 02/03/2010

Yes please

How this is not a universal plea for help that Hollywood should respond to immediately is a mystery.
How this is not a universal plea for help that Hollywood should respond to immediately is a mystery.
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1:35PM on 02/03/2010
couldn't agree more about John Saul books, very creepy & scary would love to see how a director like David Fincher would handle them.
couldn't agree more about John Saul books, very creepy & scary would love to see how a director like David Fincher would handle them.
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12:08PM on 02/03/2010
You said it, there's no reason for all this Hollywood recycling and Princess Bride is one of my favorites too.
You said it, there's no reason for all this Hollywood recycling and Princess Bride is one of my favorites too.
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11:22PM on 02/02/2010

Author Involvement

The only thing I ask is that if you're going to make a movie based on a book make sure the author is involved on some level. Eragon was terrible because the author didn't get involved in the movie.
The only thing I ask is that if you're going to make a movie based on a book make sure the author is involved on some level. Eragon was terrible because the author didn't get involved in the movie.
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6:09PM on 02/03/2010
Authors definitely need to be a part of it for this to work.
Authors definitely need to be a part of it for this to work.
10:49PM on 02/02/2010

The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum...

I say this project should go ahead without Cronenberg, Denzel, and Cruise. Especially being that Cruise and Cronenberg have their plates full for a while. Haven't heard anything on Wash though.

Furthermore, it seems like Paul Greengrass really knows how to bring out the intensity of Ludlum's work. So I see no reason why he wouldn't make a great replacement for Cronenberg. Bottom line: THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE ANY 4TH BOURNE FILM.
I say this project should go ahead without Cronenberg, Denzel, and Cruise. Especially being that Cruise and Cronenberg have their plates full for a while. Haven't heard anything on Wash though.

Furthermore, it seems like Paul Greengrass really knows how to bring out the intensity of Ludlum's work. So I see no reason why he wouldn't make a great replacement for Cronenberg. Bottom line: THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE ANY 4TH BOURNE FILM.
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10:19PM on 02/02/2010

Amen, brother

Thanks for writing this column. It states what many of us have been thinking. I have one concern, however. Hollywood must not bastardize the source material. Such corruption can be a problem too. Anyone ever see Hollywood give a happy ending to a book's meaningful sad one? Have you ever seen a picture get a book's characters, setting, or ideas rather wrong?
Thanks for writing this column. It states what many of us have been thinking. I have one concern, however. Hollywood must not bastardize the source material. Such corruption can be a problem too. Anyone ever see Hollywood give a happy ending to a book's meaningful sad one? Have you ever seen a picture get a book's characters, setting, or ideas rather wrong?
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4:36PM on 02/02/2010
There are SO many stories that can be adapted and have potential for major success and franchise possibilities for decades to come. Hopefully Hollywood catches on.
There are SO many stories that can be adapted and have potential for major success and franchise possibilities for decades to come. Hopefully Hollywood catches on.
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3:42PM on 02/02/2010
I would so love to see Dean Koontz's The Door To December or John Saul's Creature
I would so love to see Dean Koontz's The Door To December or John Saul's Creature
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2:11PM on 02/02/2010
I've been waiting for this rant. It's not that I read all that much, but when I think about complaints alleging Hollywood has run out of ideas, I think they can make up the difference of not having a billion different original screenplays with novel adaptations.

I'm still hoping for more Elmore Leonard stuff, since his books seem uniquely designed to be adapted into movies and TV shows.
I've been waiting for this rant. It's not that I read all that much, but when I think about complaints alleging Hollywood has run out of ideas, I think they can make up the difference of not having a billion different original screenplays with novel adaptations.

I'm still hoping for more Elmore Leonard stuff, since his books seem uniquely designed to be adapted into movies and TV shows.
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2:05PM on 02/02/2010

The problem is...

producers cant read. Im pretty sure the only thing they can read are e-mails, short messages and numbers (box office numbers, sold copies and so on). Why else do get so many god awful scripts greenlighted and why else do we just see movies based on comics or graphic novels. Yeah, dyslexia is pretty sure a common ground in Hollywood. :-(
producers cant read. Im pretty sure the only thing they can read are e-mails, short messages and numbers (box office numbers, sold copies and so on). Why else do get so many god awful scripts greenlighted and why else do we just see movies based on comics or graphic novels. Yeah, dyslexia is pretty sure a common ground in Hollywood. :-(
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2:03PM on 02/02/2010
More Neil Gaiman please!!
More Neil Gaiman please!!
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2:01PM on 02/02/2010
More Neil Gaiman please!!
More Neil Gaiman please!!
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12:17PM on 02/02/2010
Books are the source and there are so many I'd like to see on the big screen we'd be here all day if I named them.
Books are the source and there are so many I'd like to see on the big screen we'd be here all day if I named them.
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11:57AM on 02/02/2010

lets get goin

on the greatest literary achievement of our time...Y the Last Man!
on the greatest literary achievement of our time...Y the Last Man!
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10:59AM on 02/02/2010

Beat The Reaper

by Josh Bazell. Has a great In Bruges feel to it.
by Josh Bazell. Has a great In Bruges feel to it.
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10:02AM on 02/02/2010
I've only seen one movie based on a Dean Koontz book, and while the movie was horrible since it completely changed everything, he has a lot of books that would make great movies. I'd love to see a series of movies based on the character Odd Thomas!
I've only seen one movie based on a Dean Koontz book, and while the movie was horrible since it completely changed everything, he has a lot of books that would make great movies. I'd love to see a series of movies based on the character Odd Thomas!
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9:46AM on 02/02/2010
This makes more sense. So many novels can make good movies.
This makes more sense. So many novels can make good movies.
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9:29AM on 02/02/2010

James Patterson!!!!!!!

Every single James Patterson book could be made into an awesome film! They blew it when they brought the Alex Cross books to film with Morgan Freeman as the lead - too old! The obvious choice was Denzel! Patterson's books read like great screenplays and would have mass appeal, plus they feature a wide array of sub-characters and fantastic baddies that would be perfect opportunities to showcase big actors.

BTW - Die Hard was based on the book 'Nothing Lasts Forever', by Roderick Thorpe.
Every single James Patterson book could be made into an awesome film! They blew it when they brought the Alex Cross books to film with Morgan Freeman as the lead - too old! The obvious choice was Denzel! Patterson's books read like great screenplays and would have mass appeal, plus they feature a wide array of sub-characters and fantastic baddies that would be perfect opportunities to showcase big actors.

BTW - Die Hard was based on the book 'Nothing Lasts Forever', by Roderick Thorpe. It's a well-written, fast-paced detective novel that follows the film pretty closely. Believe it or not thought, it's much more tragic, violent and depressing.
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12:19PM on 02/02/2010
They totally should have went with Denzel for Cross.
They totally should have went with Denzel for Cross.
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8:30AM on 02/02/2010

Totally Agree

The Spiderman reboot is a very telling sign about how desperate Hollywood is to make a buck. Whatever happened to the days that you took a risk b/c you had a gut feeling? Hollywood should remember that while risks can end in failure, it can also be said that high risk equals great reward.
P.S. If anything needs a reboot that I'm dying to see and I feel like everyone else is willing to invest in, it is a well done Superman reboot. I might be feeding into the frenzy there a bit, but I would
The Spiderman reboot is a very telling sign about how desperate Hollywood is to make a buck. Whatever happened to the days that you took a risk b/c you had a gut feeling? Hollywood should remember that while risks can end in failure, it can also be said that high risk equals great reward.
P.S. If anything needs a reboot that I'm dying to see and I feel like everyone else is willing to invest in, it is a well done Superman reboot. I might be feeding into the frenzy there a bit, but I would like to see it.
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8:29AM on 02/02/2010

Totally Agree

The Spiderman reboot is a very telling sign about how desperate Hollywood is to make a buck. Whatever happened to the days that you took a risk b/c you had a gut feeling? Hollywood should remember that while risks can end in failure, it can also be said that high risk equals great reward.
P.S. If anything needs a reboot that I'm dying to see and I feel like everyone else is willing to invest in, it is a well done Superman reboot. I might be feeding into the frenzy there a bit, but I would
The Spiderman reboot is a very telling sign about how desperate Hollywood is to make a buck. Whatever happened to the days that you took a risk b/c you had a gut feeling? Hollywood should remember that while risks can end in failure, it can also be said that high risk equals great reward.
P.S. If anything needs a reboot that I'm dying to see and I feel like everyone else is willing to invest in, it is a well done Superman reboot. I might be feeding into the frenzy there a bit, but I would like to see it.
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6:57AM on 02/02/2010
Not "dawn a cape".

As to the article, I agree. Since authors can't get away with "rebooting" someone else's book, you'll always have a lot of new works coming out.

Despite it's crappy writing, Harry Potter is a great example of a fair novel turned into a moneymaking movie.
Other untapped resources include Artemis Fowl and The Alchemist. I have no doubt that, again despite some piss-poor writing, that books like Percy Jackson will make tons of money if they run the entire 5 book series
Not "dawn a cape".

As to the article, I agree. Since authors can't get away with "rebooting" someone else's book, you'll always have a lot of new works coming out.

Despite it's crappy writing, Harry Potter is a great example of a fair novel turned into a moneymaking movie.
Other untapped resources include Artemis Fowl and The Alchemist. I have no doubt that, again despite some piss-poor writing, that books like Percy Jackson will make tons of money if they run the entire 5 book series into movies. (Although full credit goes to Rick Riordan who cut the books off at 5, and neatly finished the series without sucking more money out of people with a crappy 6th book.)
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9:55AM on 02/02/2010
Harry Potter has "crappy writing"? A "fair" novel, which one?
Harry Potter has "crappy writing"? A "fair" novel, which one?
6:16PM on 02/02/2010
That would be most of them from 4 on. (sigh) It's tiring to keep repeating this, but JKR only had one simple idea, turned into 2 nearly identical books (1 and 2). When she realized she had a moneymaker, she had to quick make up all 7 books, and because she didn't know what she was doing, the books meandered and failed to have a direction. And because she wasn't really a talented writer, she used foreshadowing and failed to follow through on what she'd foreshadowed. Please don't confuse book
That would be most of them from 4 on. (sigh) It's tiring to keep repeating this, but JKR only had one simple idea, turned into 2 nearly identical books (1 and 2). When she realized she had a moneymaker, she had to quick make up all 7 books, and because she didn't know what she was doing, the books meandered and failed to have a direction. And because she wasn't really a talented writer, she used foreshadowing and failed to follow through on what she'd foreshadowed. Please don't confuse book sales with writer talent. Book sales of Harry Potter tell us that (a) kids will read anything and (b) adults who think this was "good writing" are too many in number to have hope for the intellectual level of the human population.
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