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90465, Short stories that became movies.
Posted by Weird Jim, Mon Feb-20-12 11:21 PM
The Daily Telegraph out of London has just published a list of short (shorter, one novlla at least) stories that made it to the screen and became relatively famous.

Go ahead and write those important shorts. Fame lies just around the corner. (OK. Down the street. Over the bridge. Where ever.)


Weird Jim

"Good reading is the only test of good writing"
Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960
90466, RE: Short stories that became movies.
Posted by CatrinP, Tue Feb-21-12 04:48 AM
They missed a few.

Blade Runner was based on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Screamers based on Dick's Second Variety, Paycheck and A Scanner Darkly, based on novella's of the same name. The Adjustment Bureau is based on his The Adjustment Team.

And those are just the famous movies.

Of other authors

Barry B Longyear wrote Enemy Mine, the movie had the same name, admitadly the moive was a bit of a flop.

Thee were two The LawnMower Man adaptations of Steven King's short story, one faithful, one not. Of course many of King's stories have been made into films.

Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr. became The Thing, three times, Also comics and a vidoe game, before it was standard to write a game as part of the mechandising.

I've lost count of how many The Raven movies are out there. And War of the World's.

And so many more.

I came across this site Top 100 Movies Based on Books

Some I knew , others I didn't. Now I have them added to my To Be Read Pile.

And they forgot a one - Water For Elephants, which was a Nano book.
90496, RE: Short stories that became movies.
Posted by KPKilburn, Thu Mar-01-12 10:55 AM

One of my favorite story-to-film is "Eight o'Clock in the Morning" by Ray Nelson. Nelson later worked with John Carpenter (together as Frank Armitage) to write the script "They Live", which Carpenter made into a film. (I didn't read the list, so maybe it's in there).