Gee, a Stephen King story turned into a movie that had nothing to do with the story? Why am I not shocked?
Next you’ll be telling me that “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”, a what, 6 page Phillip K. Dick short story wasn’t accurately reflected in Arnie’s “Total Recall”, or that “Rollerball Murder” was a more concise, at about 10 pages, story than Norman Jewison’s “Rollerball”, at about 21/2 hours, and that both of them were superior to last year’s straight to video “re-imagining”.
My all time favourite, though, is “John Carpenter’s Vampires”, supposedly based on John Steakley’s novel “Vampire$”. As near as I can tell, they kept the word “vampires” in the title, and the names of two of the characters, one of whom was actually a composite of at least three of the other important characters. If they’d dropped the names, they would not have had to buy the rights, because there were not anywhere near enough similarities in story, character, etc. to base a lawsuit on.
Now, I’m glad Mr. Steakley got some bucks out of it, but why did they bother to buy the rights in the first place?
Somebody should, though, if they can do it right. It’s one of very few examples of any media that takes seriously the question of why vampires are scary and what we might do about them should we have to.
The lawsuit (Haha, I remembered topic!) was about this bizarre mutant horrible movie thing with some names in common to the story but nothing else being given the words “Stephen King” in its title.
If Lovecraft weren’t dead, he’d have himself a full team of lawyers.