Writers and Hollywood: Where did the magic go??

Spencer Tracy as Santiago
Spencer Tracy as Santiago

Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner found it so unsatisfying that he asked to be released from his Warner Bros. contract. F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose writings defined the Jazz Age, tried once and vowed never to do it again. Even novelist and adventurer Ernest Hemingway took one look at it and advised other famous authors to “jump into your car and drive like hell back the way you came.”

Hemingway famously did not like any adaptations of his novels. Heck, they changed the end of A Farewell To Arms.  He “kind of” liked For Whom the Bell Tolls. To Have and Have Not barely resembled the book.  And don’t get him started on The Old Man and the Sea. He told A E Hotchner that the best way to handle a movie offer is to drive to the CA border, let them throw the money at you, you throw the book to them, and then drive away like a bat out of hell.

Nice article about Hemingway and others. I did a post early on about who I would cast in main roles. Maybe i’ll do that again and reconsider my earlier thoughts.

William Faulkner
William Faulkner
Catherine and Frederic
Catherine and Frederic
The Sun Also Rises
The Sun Also Rises
Hemingway and Gellhorn/ Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman
Hemingway and Gellhorn/ Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman

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