A movie adaptation of a great book is mutually beneficial to both industries since movie writers can draw upon classic literature, whose enduring legacy is also preserved through the screen version. The adaptation of a great book to film is not easy. Many great books that have been adapted to film have not done well. In real life, iconic books can be amazing, but they can fail when they are not shown with the same feeling on screen. Betway took a look at the most successful book-to-film adaptation. According to it, a successful book-to-film adaptation requires a distinct trend.
Here are our best picks for the best book-to-film adaptations ever.
- The Lord of the Rings
Peter Jackson With a budget of only $46 million, this is the most expensive movie adaptation of all time. The biggest production was required due to the Hobbit trilogy, which had to be adapted into a film trilogy. The film trilogy was a massive success with the first part becoming the third highest grossing movie of all time with $2.9B. Jackson went back to his original vision and made the rest of the three movies that he had in his head. Jackson even went as far as finishing the last two Hobbit movies at the same time. Imitation of Life (1959) This film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel follows the story of the Reed family, who moves to a Los Angeles that looks like the city in the 50s. Audrey Hepburn played the title role.
- To Kill a Mockingbird
We love this adaptation. Sure, the 1950’s setting is a little more 70’s than it should be, but we’d like to see this version with Harper Lee, who is notoriously hard to get hold of. Calvin and Hobbes As children’s books go; you cannot really go wrong with Calvin and Hobbes. You have Hobbes, a seven-year-old monster in a bear suit. Calvin is the worst teenager ever, although the fact that he is overweight cannot be helped.
In the strip, Calvin and Hobbes had an unfathomable level of intelligence. The rest of the book was a satire on a sad but interesting part of American society. All too often, satire is a little too one-dimensional and the plotting and scriptwriting of the book is completely ridiculous. However, the strip itself is genius and you do not want to miss this version of it.
- Gone Girl
With Gone Girl, it was proved that great films and great books could coexist peacefully. While it is true that Gone Girl is definitely a commentary on gender dynamics and an excellent, dark read, it was also adapted into a very good movie. The fact that Gillian Flynn (Actual author) was a television critic for Entertainment Weekly helps her in her role as a screen adaptation expert. Despite Gone Girl’s intense subject matter, an incredibly funny novel examines marriage, dreams, class disparity, family, and many other issues. A lot of attention is paid to these seemingly insignificant themes in the movie. The casting was superb, Amy Dunne is played exceptionally well by Rosamund Pike, surpassing our expectations for the role.
Movie remakes of an iconic book series are most likely to become a financial hit, despite films being more popular and mainstream than books.
A book-film franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings is the best example of how successful a literary franchise can be for the Hollywood box office. Please leave a comment if you have any other films in mind.