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Whether for their density, abstractness or intellectual complexity, numerous source materials have been considered "unfilmable" or "unadaptable." However, with the arrival of Noah Baumbach'sWhite Noise, now seems an ideal time to go through movie adaptations nobody thought could be made.
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Unlike Lynch, Villeneuve's vision to adapt the Nebula Award-winning novel was by splitting it into two parts, with Dune: Part Two set to be released on November 3, 2023. Although film rights were originally optioned in the early 1970s, a film version of Dune was always seen as a challenge due to the breadth of content possessed by the novel. However, with 2021's Dune, Villeneuve officially put skeptics to rest.
Translated by Buck Henry and featuring an A-List ensemble cast, the film was generally well-received. The book by Joseph Heller was long considered un-expressible on screen, mostly because its absurd tone wouldn't be able to be rendered without being reduced to slapstick. While in recent years George Clooney has only made his turn at the novel, Nichols's film may be one of the director's most underrated achievements.
David Cronenberg has been no stranger to difficult adaptations. Whether it was Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars, or Crash, Cronenberg has taken the challenges on head first with often fascinating results. Maybe no adaptation was more formidable than Naked Lunch, an indescribable surrealist and thematic journey.
Titled after the William Boroughs novel of the same name, the film is only a loose translation, incorporating other fictional works of Burroughs as well as some autobiographical aspects. According to an interview with Cronenberg, the reason for this is that a direct adaptation would have been too expensive and "would be banned in every country in the world." While unconventional, the film's cult status proves fans are happy with the outcome they got.
Following a series of critically well-regarded but commercially underperforming films around the turn of the century, director David Cronenberg rebuilt himself with a string of critically and financially successful ones including A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. After having his pick for his next project, Cronenberg eyed Cosmopolis, based on the novel by Don DeLillo about a currency speculator who watches his life unravel throughout the night.
While Crash could have been included, High-Rise was as much an arduous adaptation attempt. Directed by Ben Wheatley with a screenplay by Amy Jump, the film covers a group of tenants in a London high-rise who experience a whirlwind of chaos when a young doctor, played by Tom Hiddleston, moves in.
A film adaptation of the novel by J.G. Ballard was in pursuit since its release in the 1970s with Nicholas Roeg at one point slated to direct. What makes High-Rise a testing translation is the novel's moral neutrality as well as Ballard's emotional abstractness. Losing money at the box office, High-Rise divided critics, some declaring it a masterpiece while others denoting it was just out of Wheatley's grasp.
How did they ever make a movie of Lolita? asks the poster of Stanley Kubrick's 1962 psychological drama. With copious amounts of censorship was the answer, a factor which Kubrick years later lamented he didn't take into account at the time. Adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel of the same name, the film follows a middle-aged lecturer who becomes sexually infatuated with an adolescent schoolgirl.
Polarizing among fans and critics alike, the film was praised for its visual splendor but censured for its lack of subtlety and wit. Originally released with a 163-minute running time, a better received 3 hour and 35-minute director's cut was launched later that year. While it has many flaws, there's enough in Watchmen to make it an enjoyable, if imperfect adaptation.
Frequently cited among the best screenplays ever written, Adaptation cemented Charlie Kaufman as one of the most brilliant screenwriters alive, and the true master of invention and metafiction working in Hollywood. Taken from the 1998 nonfiction book The Orchid Thief, the film covers screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's struggle to adapt the novel The Orchid Thief, when his life gets tangled up with the book's characters.
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Walt Disney and his friend animator Ub Iwerks had founded a film studio named Laugh-O-Gram Studio in Kansas City. Iwerks and Disney made a short film entitled Alice's Wonderland, which depicted child actor Virginia Davis interacting with animated characters. In 1923, soon after the short was made, Laugh-O-Gram Studio went bankrupt but the film later became a hit after New York film distributor Margaret J. Winkler purchased it. Disney signed a contract to create six series of Alice Comedies with an option for two more six-episode series. Before signing the contract, Disney decided to move to Hollywood, Los Angeles, to join his brother Roy O. Disney, who had tuberculosis. Walt and Roy founded Disney Brothers Studio on October 16, 1923, to produce the films. Walt later persuaded Iwerks' and Davis' families to move to Hollywood as well.
In January 1926, the Disney studio on Hyperion Street was completed, and Disney Brothers Studio's name was changed to Walt Disney Studio. After producing several Alice films for the next four years, Winkler handed the role of distributing films to her husband Charles Mintz. In 1927, Mintz asked for a new series of films to be made under Universal Pictures. In response, Walt created his first series of fully animated films, which featured the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Walt Disney Studio created 26 films with Oswald in them.
After the release of Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theater in New York, Mickey Mouse became an immensely popular character. Disney Brothers Studio made several cartoons featuring Mickey and other characters. In August 1929, the company began making the Silly Symphony cartoon series with Columbia Pictures as the series' distributor because the Disney brothers felt they were not receiving their share of profits from Powers. Powers ended his contract with Iwerks, who later started his own studio. Carl W. Stalling played an important role in starting the series, and composed the music for early films but left the company after Iwerks' departure. In September, theater manager Harry Woodin requested permission to start a Mickey Mouse Club at his theater the Fox Dome to boost attendance. Walt agreed but David E. Dow started the first-such club at Elsinore Theatre before Woodin could start his. On December 21, the first meeting for the club at Elsinore Theatre was attended by around 1,200 children. On July 24, 1930, Joseph Conley, president of King Features Syndicate, wrote to the Disney studio and asked the company to produce a Mickey Mouse comic strip; production started in November and samples were sent to King Features, which approved them. On December 16, 1930, the Walt Disney Studios partnership was reorganized as a corporation with the name Walt Disney Productions, Limited, which had a merchandising division named Walt Disney Enterprises, and subsidiaries called Disney Film Recording Company, Limited and Liled Realty and Investment Company; the latter of which managed real estate holdings. Walt and his wife held 60 percent (6,000 shares) of the company, and Roy owned 40 percent. 041b061a72