THE RELEASE OF the first official trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby inspired TheJournal.ie to take a look back over some of Hollywood’s recent attempts to translate well-loved books into films.
Some didn’t work out very well.
Here’s our shortlist of the eight worst Hollywood adaptations of books from the past decade:
I Am Legend, 2007
Fans of the 1950s novel by Richard Matheson note that the 2007 film significantly altered the ending of the fantasy tale, clouding the novel’s central message:
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Da Vinci Code, 2006
The unlikely partnership of Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou as the lead characters of Dan Brown’s page-turning thriller failed to impress many of the book’s fans:
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No one has ever explained why many members of the eclectic cast of Beowulf retained their natural accents throughout the production, while Angelina Jolie went with ‘foreign’:
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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, 2001
Nicolas Cage as an Italian officer in WWII, Penelope Cruz as a Greek islander, and John Hurt as her father. How could any of that have seemed like a good idea in this adaptation of the Louis de Bernières bestseller?
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The Lovely Bones, 2009 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380510/
Director Peter Jackson has been accused of toning down key elements of Alice Sebold’s child-murder story so much so that the film became a sickly-sweetened whitewash of the original:
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The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009
Adapting Audrey Niffenegger’s romance novel about a man with an odd disorder which means he can inadvertently travel through time was always going to be a challenge. However, audiences really expected a whole lot better than what they got:
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The Time Machine, 2002
Directed by HG Wells’ great-grandson and starring our own Samantha Mumba alongside Jeremy Irons and Guy Pearce, the 2002 adaptation of the classic time travelling tale was generally perceived as a poor interpretation of the classic tale. (It has scored just 29 per cent on RottenTomatoes.com.)
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The Beach, 2000
Danny Boyle’s adaptation of the Alex Garland novel somehow ended up being much, much more confusing and disorienting than the original book:
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Have we left any particular turkeys off our list? Add your suggestions for the worst film adaptations of books to the comments below.