A friend recommended William P. Young’s “The Shack” to me years ago, but I never got around to reading it. Today I saw the trailer for the upcoming film adaptation and I am excited about seeing it. So of course this means that I’ll have to read the book now because that’s the type of person I am – the kind that has to read the book before seeing the movie.
It’s interesting to me how many movies are based on books. For those who argue that Hollywood is simply rehashing, remaking and rebooting movies from ten, twenty and thirty years ago (and they are), there are a surprising number of films that come from original material. Did you know:
- Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and later Colin Farrell, was based on the book “Total Recall” by Philip K. Dick.
- Die Hard with Bruce Willis was based on the book “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp.
- First Blood (or Rambo) was taken from David Morrell’s “First Blood.”
I’ve got samples of all the above saved to my Kindle to read at some point, but also:
- A Monster’s Call, which had a limited release Friday (I did finish the book).
- Game of Thrones (well, duh)
- Captain Underpants (check out the trailer for the upcoming movie)
- Everything Michael Crichton has written (because it’s all been made into movies or cable shows).
- And a bunch others.
Hollywood is still Hollywood; and I think we’ll see a lot more remakes in the years to come. But as long as writers keep writing, I believe we’ll see more and more film adaptations. Granted, the books will probably be better, but aren’t they always?