{Film / TV} Book adaptations: film & TV versions that did not do justice to the book

by SceneByScene | created - 24 Feb 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Adaptations that didn't do justice to the book - the book from which the film or programme was adapted or on which it was based.

Sadly, a good book + a film realisation does NOT always equate to a good movie! The same goes for a TV interpretation of a book.

Sometimes a movie etc. - that was inspired by/adapted from a book - is just so wrong that it needs to be remade, to do true justice to the book . . .

. . . Reboot, anyone?! ,-)

Anyway, here are a few of the films/programmes that just didn't quite reach the mark . . .

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1. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

27 Metascore

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 20,870 | Gross: $15.69M

2. Trial by Fire (1999 TV Movie)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A prosecutor and her police officer boyfriend clash over a gruesome murder case.

Director: Patrick Lau | Stars: Jane Gurnett, Selina Griffiths, Kevin Knapman, Juliet Stevenson

Votes: 63

Oh dear! A SEVERE case of miscasting!

3. Helen West (2002)

289 min | Drama, Mystery

A workaholic with a messy personal life, Helen West juggles gruesome cases of domestic abuse, sexual molestation and murder alongside her rocky relationship with policeman Chief Superintendent Bailey.

Stars: Amanda Burton, Conor Mullen, Nicholas Woodeson, Martin Freeman

Votes: 107

Oh dear! A SEVERE case of miscasting!

4. 13 Steps Down (2012)

45 min | Drama, Thriller

Mix Cellini is obsessed. And not just with the supermodel he's been stalking. He's also endlessly fascinated by the life of Reggie Christie, the infamous serial killer hanged fifty years ago.

Stars: Luke Treadaway, Geraldine James, Elarica Johnson, Gemma Jones

Votes: 154

5. Paranoid (2016)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a female GP in a rural playground in front of numerous witnesses draws a group of detectives into an ever-darkening mystery that takes them across Europe, aided by mysterious notes sent by the "Ghost Detective".

Stars: Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, Dino Fetscher, Christiane Paul

Votes: 5,835

6. The Lady Vanishes (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

While traveling by train, a young socialite is befriended by a charming yet enigmatic older woman. However, when the woman disappears, the other passengers deny she ever existed.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence | Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Keeley Hawes, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Sandy McDade

Votes: 1,458

7. The 39 Steps (2008 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Crime, Mystery

Richard Hannay, a mining engineer on holiday from the African colonies, finds London socialite life terribly dull. Yet it's more than he bargained for when secret agent, Scudder, bursts ... See full summary »

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Rupert Penry-Jones, Lydia Leonard, David Haig, Patrick Malahide

Votes: 1,880

8. Partners in Crime (2015)

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Agatha Christie's crime-fighting duo, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, solve mysteries and search for enemy spies in 1950s Britain.

Stars: Jessica Raine, David Walliams, James Fleet, Matthew Steer

Votes: 1,713

9. King Solomon's Mines (2004)

173 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An adventurous quest for a treasure hidden in King Solomon's mines, based on H. Rider Haggard's timeless tale.

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Alison Doody, Roy Marsden, John Standing

Votes: 3,162

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