4 Oddest Book-To-Big Screen Adaptations Of All Time

Over the last couple of years, adapting a novel and converting it into a big-screen story has been in trend. However, the transformation is not at all an easy job. While some movies performed a very good job, some of them were far bizarre than the original source.

Recently released Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021) is one such film that is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel from 1965. The film is easy-going and quite engaging and above all, it never sacrifices any pivotal part of the original source. However, the 1984 film version was quite different and had a ton of misrepresentation of the characters. Similar to this scenario, many movie adaptations suffer from the same rendition.

With that being said, these are the four oddest book-to-big screen adaptations of all time –

Dune

Direction and Screenplay by David Lynch
Direction and Screenplay by David Lynch

Dune (1984) was quite a messy adaptation of the original novel. It was moreover full of weird costume designs, expositions, and some heavy special effects. Even the plot was full of messed-up narration that mostly did nothing but confuses the major elements of the film. While the audience felt completely disconnected from the film, the strange depiction of the original source got panned when it was released.

The Cat In The Hat

Directed by Bo Welch and Screenplay by Alec Berg
Directed by Bo Welch and Screenplay by Alec Berg

It was quite a job to adapt the classic children’s book The Cat in the Hat (1957) and turn it into a full-length movie at that time. As a result, even after including Alec Baldwin and Mike Myers in the project, it turned out to be quite bizarre when compared to the original source material. It was the outlandish humor and the weird CGI of the movie that made the final product come out as the oddest version of the story. Moreover, it shouldn’t have come out as a story beyond the pages of the children’s book.

Color Out Of Space

Written by Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley
Written by Scarlett Amaris and Richard Stanley

While H.P. Lovecraft’s works are highly praised for modern horror and sci-fi projects, Color Out of Space was very seldom. It deals with events that were not even directly linked with the film and as a result, the final product showed up to be bizarre when compared to the original source. Despite all its weirdness, the film got quite a good amount of positive reviews from both the audience and the critics.

The Call Of The Wild

Directed by Chris Sanders and Screenplay by Michael Green
Directed by Chris Sanders and Screenplay by Michael Green

The Call of the Wild is an adaptation of a thrilling tale released in 1903 with its adventures set in the territories of Canada’s Yukon. Moreover, the original story is a kind of one that is usually taught in primary school. Apparently, while it could have made a blast in the box office with its star power, the cartoonish CGI and weird drama and suspense narration made the film bizarre as compared to the original sourcebook from 1903.

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