Agatha Christie is the first author who came to mind. She has 104 writing credits on the IMDB, although I’m not sure what that boils down to in terms of single books that became movies or TV dramas, and a very small number of her works were stage plays originally.
Hans Christian Andersen has 140+ credits, slightly more than the Brothers Grimm. Mark Twain has a not too shabby 92 credits, but I’d have thought it was higher.
Philip K. Dick only has 12 (and counting), but when you consider how recently he lived and how much less he wrote than Dickens and Shakespeare, that’s impressive. Ditto with Tennessee Williams’s 50+ credits.
If characters count, Bob Kane has 50 major projects and hundreds of episodes of TV based on his work.
To me, that means that you can’t just take the easy way out and do a writing credits search on IMDB, because then you’d get, for example, 172 writing credits for Arthur Conan Doyle, but at least 19 of them are adaptations of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”
Yeah, but I’m wondering how many of those are variations of the same story. I have no doubt that there’s probably been about 10 renditions of “A Christmas Carol”.
But “A Christmas Carol” only gets counted once as long as at least one movie or show was made about it…and not again.
So really, out of all his novels, I’d think the number is a lot lower than that. I mean, I don’t even think he wrote 210 separate novels or short stories that were actually published, did he?
On thread preview though, I see that Cuckoorex also point my point out.
So, Shakespeare has 37 credits at most (if one considers the excellent BBC films, which include excellent productions of Timon of Athens, Troilus and Cressida, and a few other major plays otherwise unavailable).
Proust – despite the half-dozen or so films made from various episodes in his novel – only has one credit.
However, since plays are excluded by the OP, Shakespeare is out.
I dunno…I’d think that Shakespeare would still be a front runner even though plays are discluded and if you just count each work/story/book once.
I know there’s a whole lot of movies that have been done on his work…
Whether he’s the author, though, who’s had the most movies made of his stuff is the question. And if not, then who?
I didn’t even think of the Grimm Brothers, either. smacks forhead They’d be up there too.
Sorry for the double post, but my roomate (who seems to be too lazy to use his own account that I made for him) is talking to me about it right now, and he mentioned Ian Fleming, the author of all the James Bond books. Since most of his seperate books had it’s own movie, that would count too, but would they make him the most?
Yes – he does seem to be the front runner at 37 plays made into films, if one includes the BBC straight-to-VHS versions, which I believe extended to all of the plays. I suppose it’s possible some indie type produced a flick of one of his lesser poems, but I wouldn’t know.
Many of O’Neill’s plays have also been produced as films, for example, but not nearly as great in number as Shakespeare’s plays.