Posted by Mike Dennis on May 08, 2016 at 03:32:23 user MTD.
In Reply to: Re: New S&A Film posted by Peter Ceresole on May 08, 2016 at 00:28:24:
Of course Peter, I understand and appreciate that. But if that is the purpose of the production why bother acquiring the rights to the book in the first place?
Why piggyback a film on an established work if you are going to mess around with it so much?
Can we assume from their actions that the rights were comparatively cheap? That is, cheaper than commissioning a new original script.
It may pull in an audience who are not acquainted with the original work, but if any of them then turn to the books they are going to be disappointed and probably put off reading any of them.
I do wonder how did Claude Whatham in the 1970s manage to raise the finance and stick very close to the original source. Yes, I appreciate that was 40-50 years ago but Peter Jackson managed it with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, again staying pretty much with the original works.
If the aim of the film is to make it the first of a franchise then playing around with the period and plot will create problems in adapting the other books.
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