The 'unfilmable' becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen Winnipeg Free Press
TORONTO - It would appear that labelling a book unfilmable is a sure-fire way to get a filmmaker's attention.
How else to explain the multitude of book-inspired features currently at the multiplex, a good number of them drawn from challenging literary works chock full of the very things popular cinema generally tries to avoid?
Rambling storylines, monumental themes, complex structures, detours into wild fantasy and innumerable characters are proving little impediment to the perennial search for the next big blockbuster.
This week, Yann Martel's long-considered-unfilmable tale "Life of Pi" appears in theatres as a 3D spectacle, the painstaking work of Oscar-winning director Ang Lee.
It follows the ambitious adaptations of David Mitchell's literary puzzle "Cloud Atlas" and Salman Rushdie's magical, historical tale "Midnight's Children."
And next month, theatres welcome a big screen take on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy-laden "The Hobbit" while January will see Jack Kerouac's meandering Beat generation novel "On the Road."
As film critic and curator Jesse Wente notes: "A book is only unfilmable until someone makes a movie of it."