Re: New S&A Film

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Posted by Mike Field on May 08, 2016 at 18:36:44 user mikefield.

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?"

Because the title of the work is well-known to a few generations of avid readers, and titles can't be copyrighted. So it gives the film-makers a semi-captive audience for whatever stuff they want to write.

Most of us probably remember John Buchan's early thriller 'The Thirty Nine Steps'. It was made into a film on, I think, four separate occasions. Each version followed Buchan's story less closely till the last wasn't even a parody of the book -- just a bit of fanciful rubbish. But the title stayed the same, because the title still sells....

Much harder to write a new film with a new story and a new title and expect to pull a large well-paying audience.

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