Books into Movies

05/30/2005 @ 10:38 PM | General with 2 Comments | Print This Post

Why is it the next step for books to become movies? It’s probably 50/50 on original movies/remakes to books becoming movies. This year I know I’m waiting for the next Harry Potter movie and the DaVinci Code with Tom Hanks to come out.

I also wonder why the movies aren’t like the books. They seem to be most of the time have different endings and some of the characters have different plots throughout the movie. Do the authors get to write the screen plays or do they just get a paycheck for using their material and have little input?

Now some of the books that Stephen King wrote into screenplays were really different in most part only because I don’t think he wanted all his movies to be rated “R”. I can’t really remember if Pet Semetary was R or PG because the book version surely would’ve been an R if that was actually shown. But it also is somewhat of a disappointment when you go see one of your favorite books at the cinema and they/re different from the books. You expect something to happen and it doesn’t happen. So now if some people figure they’ll watch the movie before reading the book they have a different idea of what it should be and think probably the same thing that I was thinking from reading the book first and then watching the movie. I guess I have more satisfaction of reading books before watching movies only because the author has everything that he wanted to express in script and movies can’t take all that detail and cram it into a 2 1/2 hour movie. I do have to give them kudo’s for Lord of the Rings though, that was excellent job for a 3 part movie.

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    Phil // May 30th, 2005 at 11:53 PM

    Biggest reason movies are often different than the book is simple time constraint. If you were to take your average sized novel and make a movie exactly like it, the movie would be about 4.5 – 5 hours long. With a few exceptions, most movies that are longer than 2 hours wind up losing money. So, things need to be left out, which many times means other things need to be re-written so that the movie makes sense.

    As for whether or not the book author gets to write (or even have a say in) the screenplay, that all depends on the contract. A lot of fabulous authors couldn’t write a screenplay to save their life–it’s an entirely different beast. Actually, most of Stephen King’s movies were scripted by others, though he has a lot of input on them.

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    PaintingChef // June 1st, 2005 at 9:29 AM

    There have been some really disappointing movies fom books, I’ll agree. “White Oleander” was one of them.

    I’m waiting for The Da Vinci Code to come out also, I can’t wait. But I’m a little unsure about Tom Hanks playing the lead. He’s not what I pictured at all…

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