Why Can’t Hollywood Consistently Make Good Adaptations?

Seriously, what’s the deal? 

The Snowman is hitting theaters this Friday and is already being panned badly by critics.  With a pretty awful Rotten Tomatoes score of 23% as of this morning, we can expect the film to not do so hot opening weekend.  I believe there is a reason why this movie is being perceived so poorly.

Hollywood is a business.  Movies are their product and they have to make movies to make money.  I get that.  However, the problem lies with production companies buying the rights to these best selling books and rushing through production of the film to try to hit theaters before the book has even been out for a year.

We saw this with last years The Girl On The Train.  That was a hit book that was put on best seller list pretty much a week after it’s release.  I couldn’t put the book down because of how outright suspenseful it was. So when I finally saw the movie, I felt wronged because some of my favorite moments from the book didn’t make it to the film. These were scenes that made for a complete story and shouldn’t have been left out. It was apparent to me that the film was rushed through production so that the movie could hit the big screen while the book was still relevant.

There has to be a similar issue with The Snowman.  Tomas Alfredson, the director, even said they didn’t shoot the whole script.  With the project being in production hell for four years, when they finally got a director on board they rushed through production to get the film out.  The film is based on a series of crime novels, so it’s clear to me they were hoping to start a film franchise.  If The Snowman is indeed as bad as they say, that franchise will be dead on arrival.

There are absolutely incredible film adaptations of books out there.  There are some that are able to bring to life the images and feelings the written word provokes better than thought possible.  The king of the adaptation, David Fincher, has directed three awesome films that make you forget the book even exists.  Maybe Hollywood should just let him direct all crime novel adaptations from here on out.