With the death of J.D. Salinger, speculation about The Catcher in the Rye being adapted as a movie is inevitable. So that got me thinking about movie adaptations that I would be excited about, but secretly dread because of the probability that they would be bad.
That led to a list of ten possible adaptations that will never live up to the hype I would assign them in my brain. That, in turn, led to another list, this time of ten movie adaptations that have already been made, and are already disappointing. But I didn’t want to be completely negative, so I’ll finish with a list of ten movie adaptations that, in my opinion, really knocked it out of the park, and in some cases, surpassed whatever they were based on. I’m sure I’m forgetting some here; let me know if there is anything too obvious. Also, for the most part, I tried to include only examples where I’m familiar with both the movie and the source material (exceptions are noted).
Movie adaptations by which I will inevitably, someday, be disappointed:
10) A Confederacy of Dunces
Apparently Harold Ramis tried to turn this into a movie back in 1982, with John Belushi in the lead role, but then Belushi died. That might have actually been pretty good. Ignatius Reilly is such a weird, delightful character that I can’t really imagine anyone pulling him off. The most recent talk has been about Will Ferrell donning a fat suit to play him. Eh.
9) Then We Came to the End
As far as I know no one is planning to turn this into a movie, but it just seems like the kind of thing that someone might try. For some reason, I picture John C. McGinley, the guy that plays Dr. Cox on Scrubs, getting cast as Tom Mota. And I am aghast at that possibility.
8 ) Lost
Again, no concrete plans in place. But I guarantee there will be a movie at some point. Disney is already talking about the future of Lost as a brand. But what would the movie be? I’m guessing the television finale will give us a pretty definitive ending to the current set of characters’ story. And I can’t imagine a prequel would be all that interesting. So, what happens? A new plane crashes on the island?