For example, in the book, she was instantly ready to fight Peeta to the death - while the movie merely had the discussion. Ultimately, I think this will pay off in the end, but it removes a major aspect of the character within the first book.
To date, the best book re-write into a screenplay is still Jurassic Park. Both the book and movie are thrilling, and contain a goof amount of both fringe and legitimate science. BUT the "thriller / horror" pieces of the plot line are mostly different from the book to the movie.
Look, I liked Jurassic Park, liked it a lot. I found the book an absolute page-turner and the movie was a ton of fun. But, in terms of "best book re-write into screenplay" it ain't even in the top ten.
The Princess Bride
The Godfather I & II
The Shawshank Redemption
Lord of the Rings I, II, and III
Silence of the Lambs
The Green Mile
The Bourne movies
All The President's Men
-Jason "and that is just off the top of my head, a real quick list" Evans
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I was late to see the movie, but - is there any chance at all that they won't keep with the PG-13 rating all the way? Even though I remember something similar happening with Star Wars, I guess I already know the answer to this. Going to R will lose a lot of the target audience. But I'm afraid the last movie is going to lose a ton of its impact if they're forced to keep Rue's death scene as the height of violence they're allowed to show.
Let me be clearer. I'm referring to the fact that the JP screenplay had little to do with JP the Movie other than there were dinosaurs on an island cloned from blood in mosquitos trapped in amber.
The raptors are the superstars of the movie thrills, while T-Rex, other than the escape, is just a big T%^%$ dinosaur.
Like you said J, the book is enthralling. I can still get that heart pounding sensation remembering what it was like to turn the next page and read the next T-Rex escapade.
The movie barely followed any of the plot from the book, but in its own right was still a good movie about cloning dinosaurs. That's what I was alluding to - the ability to completely trash the book plot line - and still come up with something decent.