Posted by Peter Ceresole on May 08, 2016 at 13:25:56 user PeterC.
In Reply to: Re: New S&A Film posted by Mike Dennis on May 08, 2016 at 03:32:23:
Why piggyback a film on an established work if you are going to mess around with it so much?
I obviously didn't explain myself clearly enough.
There will be a kick start from using the well known title, and a boost of unknown size, but presumably the producers feel it will be significant, from existing fans of AR's books. From the producers' point of view, pulling in new readers via the film wouldn't be an important factor.
And the environment has changed hugely since Whatham made his version. That was before children were exposed to computer games and CGI action films. They've since got used to explicit action, high stakes and violence.
Which, of course, LOTR has in spades, and with CGI and fine scenery, Jackson was able to lead the field in terms of violent action. It's there in the books- unlike in SA, but they're competing in the same market.
I don't want to say that the motives of the production are entirely commercial- I think it perfectly possible that they love the books and were happy to be involved in making the film for that reason.
But the potential payoff must be there to get the film made at all.
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