Are movie producers out of ideas?

I ask this question after reading about the latest book to be optioned for a movie. The book is Brian Selznick‘s The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  This title won the Caldecott Medal in 2008, and I, personally, found the illustrations to be much more engaging and storytelling than the words. I liked the written story well enough, but without the pictures, it would not have been the same book. So I wonder, how will this translate onto film? Without these intricately drawn, gorgeous pictures, something will be lost.

Which brings me to movie makers and their apparent lack of new ideas. It seems more and more books are being made into movies. Some, admittedly, are very well done. Many, however, are not. Are all the movie makers out of ideas? With the onslaught of new technology every day, could it be that hard to imagine some new world and story to tell? I’m not a movie maker or even that creative, so I don’t know. Maybe it’s harder than I make it sound, but isn’t this their job? OK, perhaps I’m being overly critical.

Check out some of the latest book titles that are currently appearing in movie theaters or are new to dvd.

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Precious by Sapphire

The Blindside by Michael Lewis

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer

One Response to “Are movie producers out of ideas?”

  1. March 23, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    It may be a mutualistic relationship, where both the authors and book writers benefit from each other. for the movie makers, they already have a base for themselves. and for authors, they get to put that sticker add in the corner of the book "now a major motion picture!" And we all know we raise our eyebrows if it's turned into a movie. I can see the reasoning behind it.