Top Book-to-Movie Misfires

Read it and weep, perhaps literally
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2008 11:18 AM CDT
Not even Nicole Kidman could save the lackluster movie version of "The Golden Compass."   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – With warm weather comes the usual wave of summer blockbusters, but sometimes the best story is buried in a book. Entertainment Weekly lists 23 disappointing adaptations, including:

  1. The Da Vinci Code: An utter lack of chemistry between Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou and an uber-creepy Silas (Paul Bettany) made this sure thing a misfire.

  1. The Golden Compass: The effects delivered visual punch, but the adaptation reduced most of the religion-questioning undertones into family-friendly fluff.
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha: Despite the knockout cast, a hyper-Hollywood makeover stripped this rag-to-riches story of its authenticity.
  3. Troy: With a simplified plot and an unwavering focus on Brad Pitt’s bronzed pecs, this war story was more cartoon than classic.
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