Top Book-to-Movie Misfires

Read it and weep, perhaps literally
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 11:18 AM CDT
Top Book-to-Movie Misfires
Not even Nicole Kidman could save the lackluster movie version of "The Golden Compass."   (Getty Images)

With warm weather comes the usual wave of summer blockbusters, but sometimes the best story is buried in a book. Entertainment Weekly lists 23 disappointing adaptations, including:

  1. The Da Vinci Code: An utter lack of chemistry between Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou and an uber-creepy Silas (Paul Bettany) made this sure thing a misfire.

  1. The Golden Compass: The effects delivered visual punch, but the adaptation reduced most of the religion-questioning undertones into family-friendly fluff.
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha: Despite the knockout cast, a hyper-Hollywood makeover stripped this rag-to-riches story of its authenticity.
  3. Troy: With a simplified plot and an unwavering focus on Brad Pitt’s bronzed pecs, this war story was more cartoon than classic.
To see the complete list, click the link below.   (More Memoirs of a Geisha stories.)

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