According to www.chicago.metromix.com:
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Why: For a long, long time no one thought Maurice Sendak’s 1963 book “Where the Wild Things Are” could be brought to the big screen. But Sendak selected co-writer/director Spike Jonze to take on the project, and the rest is (a long, complicated, expensive) history.
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
Why: Seriously, Peter Jackson? As if anyone could adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s dense journey, much less while filming them all at once?
Result: Oh, just a gigantic, worldwide smash, including a great film (“Fellowship”), a decent one (“Two Towers”) and a good one (“Return of the King”) that won Best Picture and earned Jackson a Best Director prize. Plus nine other Oscars.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Why: J.K. Rowling’s richly detailed fantasy series swept the entire world, but just because a magical world works on paper doesn’t mean a filmmaker can capture all of the little quirks and flourishes of imagination that make the book shine.
Result: Hiring director Chris Columbus was a bad call. So was hiring child actors not yet ready for the big time. Fortunately, Columbus was out after “Chamber of Secrets,” and Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have, with this year’s “Half-Blood Prince,” finally all grown into their roles.
Why: Stephanie Meyer’s series about forbidden vampire love has such a stronghold on teen hearts that the pressure was on to make Edward and Bella’s desire come alive on film, without getting too cheesy about it.
Result: Robert Pattinson is now a superstar, the series is still super-popular, “New Moon” opens Nov. 20 … and the first “Twilight” movie, aside from Pattinson’s performance,” was pretty lame.
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