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Posted: 5/29/2003 8:15:14 PM EDT
I've got two to start: Joseph Wambaugh The Choir Boys Clive Clussler Raise the Titanic. The Dirk Pitt series of books would make some great movies. Wonder why Hollywood hasnt made a good one yet? Rogue Warrior. Demo Dick cant seem to find a writer who passes muster yet. Should be good if it ever gets written.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 8:21:10 PM EDT
Starship Troopers. They fvcked that one up so bad its unbeleivable.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 8:58:30 PM EDT
Battlefield Earth
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 9:18:31 PM EDT
Well, battlefield Earth wasn't that great to begin with, so hard to fault them for that one. Besides, making that one into a "faithful" film would have required a 20 hour miniseries. Currently, "The Two Towers" is still bothering me. And Tolkein's Son as well. [:)] The one movie/book set I DO like is "The Princess' Bride" (yes it's a book too). I can't wait to hear the screams if they ever do "Unintended Consquences".
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Sum of All Fears
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 9:38:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/29/2003 9:38:46 PM EDT by Mr10anahaf]
The Book:The BODY , by Steven King The Movie: (Stand By Me ) This is one istance that the Movie was better than the book.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 9:51:07 PM EDT
Probably the biggest disconnect between good book/bad movie I've ever seen was The Dunwich Horror, a short story writeen by H.P. Lovecraft and made into a movie in the early 70's by Curtis Hanson. Hanson is a very good director, he directed one of my favorite movies and a great book adaptation, 1997's L.A. Confidential. But The Dunwich Horror is the film equivalent of a hate crime.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 10:10:24 PM EDT
I thought that this was the rule, rather then the exception to the rule. If you want a real short thread, then have everyone list the movies that were better then their respective books. Mr10anahaf is right. On the other hand, The Stand in print is far better then the movie.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 10:13:00 PM EDT
Along Came a Spider
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 10:15:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Combat_Jack: Starship Troopers. They fvcked that one up so bad its unbeleivable.
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Yeah, but Denise Richards was in it. [:D] TS
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 10:22:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TigerStripe:
Originally Posted By Combat_Jack: Starship Troopers. They fvcked that one up so bad its unbeleivable.
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Yeah, but Denise Richards was in it. [:D] TS
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And Dina Meyer. In a shower scene. [:p]
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 10:29:30 PM EDT
I'd say Johnny Mnemonic. It was a short story of the same name in William Gibson's book Burning Chrome. Hollywood the took the idea from the short story and ran with it, unfortunately they went the wrong way. I'd hate to see what they would do with Neuromancer if that ever got made into a movie.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 11:00:55 PM EDT
One movie that followed the book almost exactly was "The Day of the Jackal"--the one with Edward Fox as the Jackal, not the remake with Bruce Willis. The movie followed Frederick Forsythe's novel so closely that it was almost embarassing.
Link Posted: 5/29/2003 11:04:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MadProfessor: Sum of All Fears
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You are so correct.
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Link Posted: 5/29/2003 11:57:40 PM EDT
Jurassic Park. Good book, disney turned it into shit. In the book, the old man Hammond(?) was a greedy industrialist and he died in the end. In the movie he was a lovble old romantic and lived. I hate Disney. Ben, The Emu
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 12:32:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MadProfessor: Sum of All Fears
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If they had changed the title it might have been entertaining. Watching that movie made me ill. Can they ever make another Clancy book into a film? They've totally screwed themselves. The whole storyline of Jack Ryan's career is... well, screwed.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 12:54:45 AM EDT
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One movie I enjoyed better than the book was Steven Kings(Richard Bachman) The Running Man. The movie was not great but was entertaining. The short story kind of dragged along and tried too hard to make a point. As far as good book/bad movie you could list almost any book made into a movie.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 3:03:10 AM EDT
Pet Semetary Queen of the Damned (the movie was a combination of The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned)
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 3:20:04 AM EDT
Flight of the Intruder....best book I've ever read about attack aircraft. I've always wanted to be an A-6 Jock. Worst movie.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 4:19:00 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ProfessorEvil: The one movie/book set I DO like is "The Princess' Bride" (yes it's a book too).
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Have you read the unabridged version? It's really more of a political satire... Scott
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 4:23:09 AM EDT
Most books are better than the movies. I can handle the fact that the screenwriter has to compress hundreds of pages into a 2 hour script. What bugs me is when the spirit of the book is lost. Perfect exmple:"The Shining". I thought it was a great flick, until I read the book and realized that Jack Nicholson's movie character was very one-dimensional, unlike the book where he has depth and conscience to the extent that the father kills himself rather than harm his family. Worse than movies that aren't as good as their books are remakes of movies that aren't anywhere near as good as the original. "The Getaway", "Rollerball", and "Red Dragon" (original is Michael Mann's "Manhunter" based on Harris' nook, "Red Dragon")are examples that come to mind.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 8:00:50 AM EDT
I agree with: Battlefield Earth, Sum of all Fears and Starship Troopers, but don't forget DUNE.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 8:14:41 AM EDT
Even Shawshank!!??
Originally Posted By Shadowblade: Any Stephen King book/movie EXCEPT Stand By Me. They just about all sucked.
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Link Posted: 5/30/2003 8:40:21 AM EDT
Enemy At The Gates, (book was "War Of The Rats") I still liked the movie, but it wasn't nearly as good.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 8:46:13 AM EDT
Wildcat78 posted it before I could, so I 2nd the vote on Johnny Mnemonic. William Gibson stories read like a good film, and it's wierd that people can't carry them over correctly.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 9:00:21 AM EDT
Bad Remakes: The Bourne Identity Charlottes Web/Stuart Little Tuck Everlasting Sphere/Jurrassic Park/Congo 2001: A Space Odyssey Contact Good Remakes: Where Eagles Dare LOTR: Fellowship/Towers The Great Escape
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 9:41:15 AM EDT
Have to agree with Starship Troopers as the worst book-to-movie adaptation.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 9:46:18 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Rocketman: Flight of the Intruder....best book I've ever read about attack aircraft. I've always wanted to be an A-6 Jock. Worst movie.
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Isn't that the truth. I thought the same thing. None of Tom Clancey's books turn into good movies either.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 10:49:01 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Waldo: None of Tom Clancey's books turn into good movies either.
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That isn't true. The Hunt for Red October was an excellent movie, and Patriot Games was okay...actually, I liked it better than the book, which was pretty cheesy.
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 10:56:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Rocketman: Flight of the Intruder....best book I've ever read about attack aircraft. I've always wanted to be an A-6 Jock. Worst movie.
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"Iron Hand is kinda my thing" hahahaha
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 11:01:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Scottman: Have you read the unabridged version? It's really more of a political satire... Scott
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No, I haven't been able to find a copy yet. I'll have to start calling all the book stores in town. I did hear they've dropped Goldman in favor of King for the Sequel's abridgement, though. [:D]
Link Posted: 5/30/2003 11:03:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Torf: Bad Remakes: 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Hard to call that one a remake, though, since they worked on the same idea simultaneously.
Good Remakes: LOTR: Towers
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Definantely going to disagree there.
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