Sunday, July 01, 2012

11 Authors Who Hated Movie Versions of Their Books

Stacy Conradt
Stephen King probably made movie buffs cringe

when he said he hated what Stanley Kubrick did
to The Shining. “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time
and had great expectations for the project, but I was
deeply disappointed in the end result. …
Kubrick just couldn’t grasp the sheer inhuman evil
of The Overlook Hotel. So he looked, instead, for evil
in the characters and made the film into a domestic
tragedy with only vaguely supernatural overtones.
That was the basic flaw: because he couldn’t believe,
he couldn’t make the film believable to others.”
He was also unhappy with Jack Nicholson’s performance
– King wanted it to be clear that Jack Torrance wasn’t crazy
until he got to the hotel and felt that Nicholson made the
character crazy from the start. With director Mick Garris,
King ended up working on another version of
The Shining that aired on ABC in 1997.

3. After casting was completed for the movie

version of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

she said Tom Cruise was “no more my vampire

Lestat than Edward G.

Robinson is Rhett Butler.” The casting

was “so bizarre,” she said, “it’s almost impossible

to imagine how it’s going to work.” When she

saw the movie, however, she actually loved

Cruise’s portrayal and told him what an

impressive job he had done. She still hasn’t

come around to liking Queen of the Damned,

though, telling her Facebook fans to avoid

seeing the film that “mutilated” her books.

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pattinase (abbott) said...

Re: THE SHINING. The book was a horror story. The movie was about mental illness.

Jeff Baker said...

Someone suggested there should be an Oscar for "Worst Movie Made From A Stephen King Novel." Or story for that matter. (King can be proud of "Stand By Me" and "Shawshank Redemption," and the rollercoaster ride that is "1408," but he had his name taken off the sequels to "Children Of The Corn.")