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  • #16
    Susan Cooper's, 'The Dark is Rising.'

    The book was wonderful, generating the kind of enthusiasm bettered only by the Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter.

    The film put about five years on the main character, Will Stanton, and turned the large, chaotic but close-knit Stanton family into a dysfunctional mess, ripping out the charm of the original.

    Despite being over 70, Ms Cooper fought the studio tooth and nail with the result that the title had to be changed to, 'The Seeker.'

    The only decent performance was Christopher Eccleston's portrayal of the Black Rider (yes, the baddie) but he'd read the book.

    Generally, if you enjoyed the book, you hope the film won't be too bad, but it's amazing how often you can be disappointed.
    Indyref2 - still, "Yes."

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Dogsbody67 View Post
      You couldn't do much worse anyway - but then again the bar has been set pretty low.
      Bay does much better with action movies, although from what little I watched of it, Transformers: Dark of the Moon wasn't much better than his 2001 stinker.

      -Matt
      SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

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      • #18
        A screen play is about 120 to 150 pages long (or about 10,000 words of dialog and scene discription.) In general a book is 100,000 words of discription and dialog. Enemy at the Gate (the movie) was based on a less than twenty paragraphs in the book.
        An aside...the average movie is aimed at a 12 to 14 year old boy or a 14 to 16 year old girl. Few, very few movies are aimed at a more mature viewer.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by LtCol View Post
          A screen play is about 120 to 150 pages long (or about 10,000 words of dialog and scene discription.) In general a book is 100,000 words of discription and dialog. Enemy at the Gate (the movie) was based on a less than twenty paragraphs in the book.
          An aside...the average movie is aimed at a 12 to 14 year old boy or a 14 to 16 year old girl. Few, very few movies are aimed at a more mature viewer.
          Quite right, LtCol, "dumbing down" of a novel is hard to avoid in a script unless the screenwriter is very good.

          Even comics can suffer when adapted. For some reason, adaptations of Alan Moore's work (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell) have all struggled to capture the quality of the source materials.

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