I have just read some horrifying news. The Maze Runner is to be made into a film, undoubtedly following the success of The Hunger Games...
I was surprised by this. As this post suggests, I am no fan of the book. And now I am even more flabbergasted that such a messy piece of fiction has been commissioned to a high-budget franchise.
No wait, I'm not surprised. "Franchise", "following the success of"... they all sound strangely familiar in the current film climate. With Beautiful Creatures "following the success of" Twilight, and The Host adding to the Stephanie Meyer "franchise", it's no wonder that our cinemas are about to be flooded with whatever else fits the bill for a quick money spin.
But today, I also watched the newly released trailer for Elysium. It's an original concept (no book or predisposed fan base to "watch-it-no-matter-what") and it looked brilliant. So, these films are still being produced then?
On a book blog, I'm not about to reach too deeply into the film world, but I have to say I'm getting a little tired of cinema stealing all the books. There are scriptwriters and producers and directors in abundance with awesome, original ideas. Lets see more of these? We can read these adapted stories whenever we like - but the un-funded ideas of a scriptwriter may never get to exist!!
Perhaps, as we have seen before with Buffy (if you will forgive the geeky example), they will create their own multimillion, multi-platform franchise?
I'm really asking for film makers and sponsors to stop looking for a quick, or "safe", way to earn their kudos.
I honestly feel that The Maze Runner should NOT be a film. I don't feel terribly strongly about it, because people will watch what they want to, and there are fans of the series out there... but when The Maze Runner is considered, and compared against an original idea of it's time like, say, District 9... you tell me what should be made.
(Feel free to replace District 9 with any defining original concept of your preferred genre. )
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Books and Films in 2013
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.