'Cloud Atlas' and other 'unfilmable' books that made it to the big screen
They said it couldn't be done. No matter what Hollywood said, this
book wouldn't be coming to the screen. It was too complex, too
sweeping, too full of ideas, too perfect as a book. No way will anyone
make a movie of it.
"Cloud Atlas" is just the latest "unfilmable" book to make it to the
movie theater. Next? "Midnight's Children," based on the book by Salman
Rushdie, is scheduled to open on November 2. "The Life of Pi" opens
November 21. They join a long list of classics, beloved genre titles,
literary game-changers, nonfiction tomes and even self-help books that
have defied expectations and shown up on the big screen.
Some of these movies worked because they stuck to the source material. Others were fantastic because they ditched almost everything but the title. But for every success, there's a great book that flopped when it got on film. Which is which? Take a look through our gallery and decide for yourself
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