Adaptation has always been around since the beginning of film - film makers like Eisenstein and Méliès are good examples of early successes. And yet there is a constant sense of studio execs plowing through every $1 store and bookshop, looking for any fantastical story to turn into a motion picture. Has this left no room for an original concept? Perhaps, perhaps not. There are clear reasons why the big studios are turning to comics and teen literature for their future movie projects. These are testing times for everyone in the world financially, even for the wealthy Hollywood boys. With a ready made audience ready and waiting, an adaptation seems a safer bet for the bigwigs to spend their money on Even if fans of the original literature are wholly against a movie adaptation of their beloved works, there is more than a good chance that they will pay for their ticket and see the movie. They may come out and sling vitriol on the internet about how they have ruined an undoubted "masterpiece", but by that time they have spent their money and the producers can forget about them.
And original movies are still getting pushed through, with the likes of Pacific Rim, Elysium and The World's End playing out in cinemas this Summer. And yet even here a certain amount of caution has been taken. These three examples all come from a Sci-fi genre, like most comic book subjects, and it is not too much of a stretch to imagine these films if they HAD been adapted from comics. Is there any room for conspiracy thrillers, comedies that actually are funny (shock horror!) or submarine dramas? At least there is a new western on its way in the form of The Lone Ranger… Nope, sorry that is another adaptation. There is even a new take on the original teen literature classic, Romeo & Juliet. This may be a rather general viewpoint, and I am certain there are many fine examples that can quash my fears, but seeing as none come to mind straight away I am allowed to have a little sense of worry for the future of blockbuster entertainment… Even if I cannot WAIT for the new Thor movie!