Movie remakes

When Hollywood makes a film based on another film, it’s called a ‘remake’ and is seen as proof that the industry is creatively bankrupt and incapable of producing original work.

When they make a movie based on a novel, it’s called an ‘adaptation’, and it’s seen as artistic, admirable, and prestigious.

I think the industry might have some self-worth issues.


  1. 12 December 2005 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Also interesting that when a film-maker veers too far from the original plot of a book, he/she usually gets hell for it. Sometimes the criticism is justified (as in Captain Correlli’s Mandolin), but other times it’s the only way to make a novel cinematic.

    Also nearly every movie that’s made of a book gets the reaction, “I’m glad I didn’t read the book first, as the film would have paled in comparison”.

  2. Harry
    12 December 2005 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    And the BBC gets altogether too much kudos for doing yet another lavish adaptation of Dickensaustentrollope when they could be spending licence-payers’ money on actually getting someone to write something new. Still, at least it keeps the lovable Robert Hardy in work.

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