Adapting a novel for the the screen is a tricky endeavor for everyone involved. If the acting, direction, and screenplay aren’t spot on, things can go horribly wrong. Given the amazing source material, viewers, and bookworms had high expectations for the films on this list that the filmmakers didn’t come remotely close to meeting. Here’s a list of nine bad movies based on amazing books.
1. Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have had a highly interesting and productive creative partnership over the past two decades. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are full of bizarre imagery and surreal encounters that you’d think would be perfect source material for Burton, but the adaptation that hit screens just seemed unnecessary. It wasn’t a unique take on the tale and definitely didn’t come close to the Disney cartoon. The fact that the cast is packed with talented actors in addition to Depp, including Burton’s partner Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, makes the failure of the movie even more confusing.
Burton critiqued previous film adaptations of the story, saying at Comic-Con in 2009 that, “Seeing other movie versions of it, I never felt an emotional connection to it. It was always just a girl wandering around from one crazy character to another.” This critique would adequately describe Burton’s version, which lacks the warmth and sense of curiosity present in the Disney version with a predictable and boring angle.