Dune & 9 more books that originally got a bad movie adaptation (but a good adaptation later)

Adapting books to movies – and other media – is a difficult thing to do successfully. All the rigors of filmmaking still apply, but the film produced must also appease and satisfy the book’s fans, many of whom are often very dedicated to their specific notion of history.

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There is no way to customize all parts of all except the shortest books, but a single mistake with the plot, characters, or surroundings can leave fans disappointed. As a result, cinema history is fraught with failed, subversive, or simply bad adaptations of popular novels. However, some of these are picked up by another crew, years later, who make much better use of the source material.


10 Dune’s initial adaptation is incomprehensible

Comparisons between Dunes 1984 Adaptation and 2021 Adaptation

For a long time, Frank Herberts Dune was considered impossible to adapt in a satisfactory manner. Although it tells a quite understandable story, the book is the entrance to a hugely constructed universe with centuries of history and dozens of great actors in events without which history is hard to follow.

As a result of the 1984 adaptation of Dune is considered impossible to follow, while being criticized for lack of fidelity to the novel, as it clearly does not reach an appropriate midpoint. It is for some a cult classic, but Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 attempt at the same story has received critical acclaim and is considered the superior adaptation.

9 Pet Sematry’s adaptations are divisive

Pet Sematry's two adaptations side by side

Stephen King’s works have a history of adaptations. Some, such as The Shawshank Redemption or Evil hotel, are considered cinema classics and adored by audiences. Others, such as Maximum overdrive or The dark tower, is considered the lowest of all time.

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Neither adjustment of Expensive cemetery is considered a top-class cinema, but the first attempt in 1989 is criticized for lack of convincing characters, few scares and focus on doing. The second adaptation in 2019 is controversial, but is ultimately considered better because of its scary tone and a more compelling story.

8 The Wizard of Oz has a lesser known early adaptation

Dorothy with the Tin Man in two versions of The Wizard of Oz movie

The best sign of the different quality between the original and other customization of The Wizard of Oz is the difference in their public profile. In 1925, a dumb, black-and-white film of the book was released, but it would fail financially and have little success due to an interrupted story and some flat humor.

1939 The Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous films of all time, iconic for its early use of technicolor to show the difference between Kansas and Oz, for its characters, its songs, and its performances. There is no doubt about which adaptation the audience prefers.

7 Charlotte’s Web creator hated its original movie

Wilbur speaks to Charlotte in two versions of Charlotte's Web

Before the adaptation in 2006, Charlotte’s web had an animated film release in 1973 that tells the story of the strange friendship between a spider and a pig. The animated film was popular with audiences and critics, but it was paralyzed by EB White, the creator of the original story, who complained about its lack of fidelity to the story and to the addition of musical sequences.

The live-action film from 2006 also proved to be popular with audiences and critics, where comparisons were quite divided as to whether one of the versions is better. Although EB White was not alive to give his opinions on the second adaptation, it is more true to the original and may not have generated as much of his contempt.

6 Alex Rider’s second outing is more believable

Alex Rider Stormbreaker and the Alex Rider TV series

That Alex Rider series of books is a British action-thriller series with the titular schoolboy who is forced to work for MI6 on sensitive missions that require a teenager and not an adult agent. The books are popular, but the first attempt at an adaptation, 2006’s Stormbreaker film, was unsuccessful and critically panned due to its plot, acting and inability to suspend infidels.

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The books always make sure to maintain the suspension of infidels by, despite being stylized, showing Alex struggling realistically with the natural problems of being himself a talented teenager engaged in adults. The second attempt to adapt the series, an Amazon Prime series released in 2020, received far better recognition for a smoother story, superior acting, and for keeping the story and stunts believable.

5 The Jungle Book’s live-action remake is a stronger story

Baloo and Mowgli together in two different versions of the Jungle Book

That would do a disservice to the 1967 animated version of The Jungle Book to describe it as a bad movie of any fantasy. It was for a long time one of Disney’s most lucrative works and is fondly remembered by many, especially for its pictures and music.

But the film is very much a vessel for its music. Its plot is thin and heavily padded, and Shere Khan has no sense of threat, making it hard to be invested beyond enjoyment. The live-action remake from 2015 is praised for its beautiful CGI, vocal cast and for its much stronger plot that really leaves the audience sympathetic to Mowgli and despised Shere Khan.

4 The lion, the witch and the wardrobe needed a bigger budget

The White Witch Jadis in two different versions of The Lion Witch and Wardrobe Narnia

The first written and best known by CS Lewis Narnia’s Chronicles series, The lion, the witch and the wardrobe is a story loved by many. The first attempt to adapt it was with a television series in 1988, later released in video format resembling a movie. The series was produced by the BBC in the 1980s and has very little budget and has to work with dated CGI, a problem for a story where magic plays a heavy role.

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Despite having some fans, the series is considered inferior to the film released in 2005. Although the film is not perfect, the film’s larger budget allows it to tell a full and compelling story in Narnia’s world without ridiculous effects that draw viewers out. of the action.

3 A series of unfortunate events work better on television

Count Olad poses with the Baudelaire children in two different adaptations of the A Series of Unfortunate Events

The film from 2004 Lemony Snicket’s series of unfortunate incidents has defenders who claim that on its own it is an enjoyable mystery film for young adults with good performances, an engaging plot and more laughs. But fans of the book series often dislike it as an adaptation, citing its inability to capture the unique mythology and tone of Daniel Handler’s work.

One of several books that have been adapted for television rather than movies in recent years, Netflix’s A series of unfortunate events has three seasons to adapt the story rather than a single film, and as such is able to cover far more terrain. Fans of the book greatly prefer the series over the film.

2 IT (2017) improved in almost all areas

Tim Curry and Bill SkarsgÄrd as Pennywise the Clown in IT

THAT is one of Stephen King’s most iconic looks and 2017’s IT: Chapter 1 considered one of the most recent success stories for film adaptations. Nevertheless, the second attempt is to adapt the story, where the first attempt was a couple of TV movies in 1990, one focusing on the cast as children and one focusing on them as adults.

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With a greatly increased budget and more skilled special effects and better acting, the 2017 film is considered to be not only a far better horror film, but a better coming-of-age story. The only area people claim the 1990 version has taken over is in the portrayal of Pennywise the Clown, as one of Tim Curry’s prominent roles. It is also known to be one of the remarkable achievements of Jonathan Brandis’ sadly short career.

1 Lord of the Rings works better in live action

Gandalf in two different incarnations in two different films The Lord of the Rings

Both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbits received animated adaptations decades before their live-action versions were created, probably due to the impracticality of a live-action movie with special effects at the time. The animated version of Lord of the Rings was ultimately poorly received by both casual viewers and Tolkien fans for its short length and incomplete character, as well as failing to make the monsters look impressive.

Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings trilogy remains one of the most popular film series of all time and a triumph in major film production. With some of the most impressive effects of all time, as well as extensive, beautiful, on-set film production and authentic efforts to recreate the world, they remain audience favorites.

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