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Old 07-31-11, 01:28 AM
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Fastest book to film adaptation?

It seems like Twilight has the quickest book to film adaptation with only 3 years:

October 5, 2005

November 21, 2008

Even though the movie has yet to be released Hunger games has been pretty quick in going from a book to movie adaptation:

September 14, 2008
March 23rd 2012

Harry Potter and the philosophers stone was also four years:


June 30 1997

November 14 2001

Any others you guys can think of?
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

2001: A Space Odyssey and Jurassic Park: The Lost World were both in production while the book was still being written.
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

It was something like five months for Christine, and only a couple months for Hannibal Rising.
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

Seabiscuit had a fast adaptation. The book was released in 2001 and the movie was released in 2003. Gary Ross bought the film rights before Laura Hillenbrand even started writing the book which was in 1997 or 1998, he started writing the screenplay right after the book was released.

Her second book Unbroken also seems to be getting a fast adaption, Universal is aiming for 2013 or 2014 partially because their is big push from Louie Zamperini. He actually sold movie rights for his story back in 50's, there were talks of Tony Curtis playing him back in the 50's and then in the 90's Nicolas Cage showed interest. Zamperini pushed for Hillenbrand's book to be adapted right before it was released.
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

Fight Club was faster than Twilight (Aug 17, 96 to Oct 15, 99)
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Kick Ass has to be up there too. Feb 2008 for the first issue and April 2010 for the movie.
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Gone with the Wind had a 3 year turn around from publication of the novel to release of the film, but the bulk of that time was due to the nationwide search for the perfect Scarlet O'Hara (spoiler alert: they picked Vivian Leigh).
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
2001: A Space Odyssey and Jurassic Park: The Lost World were both in production while the book was still being written.
Was coming in to post the same. Doesn't get much faster than that. Kinda like:

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MacKinlay Kantor's book, The Best Year of Our Lives, came out in early 1946 and the three-hour movie version was released in November of that year. That's the fastest turnaround I know of. And it went on to win seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

The 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY example doesn't really count, since the book was closer to a movie tie-in and not the actual source of the movie. As I recall, the screenplay was derived from two earlier novels by Clarke (Childhood's End and The Sentinels) and the 2001 book was based on the movie's screenplay, which Clarke co-wrote with Kubrick. I can't speak for JURASSIC PARK: LOST WORLD, but if a movie's in production while a book is being written, then the movie's not based on the book, is it?
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

I Am Number 4: August 3, 2010 book, February 18, 2011 film.
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

The Coen brothers got the rights to No Country before the book was published.
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Originally Posted by bluetoast View Post
The Coen brothers got the rights to No Country before the book was published.
The book's publication date was June 19, 2005.
The movie was released on November 21, 2007.

Buying the rights is not the same as making the movie. Agents for best-selling authors negotiate movie sales long before publication dates. Much of the time the movies never even get made.

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"Hannibal Rising" was published on December 5, 2006 and the film "adaptation" was released on February 9, 2007.

66 days. Beat that.

In reality, though, Dino De Laurentiis basically forced Thomas Harris to write the screenplay to "Hannibal Rising" by threatening to make a Lecter prequel with or without him and then the novel was rushed out to at least give the illusion that it was a proper literary adaptation. The movie was actually delayed by a few months while Harris finished his junior novelization. But technically its credited as "based on the novel by Thomas Harris".
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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum View Post
The book's publication date was June 19, 2005.
The movie was released on November 21, 2007.

Buying the rights is not the same as making the movie. Agents for best-selling authors negotiate movie sales long before publication dates. Much of the time the movies never even get made.
Yeah I'm aware of that. But I'm referring to the fact that the Coen brothers set to work on the film or at least agreed to work on it in August 2005 (the rights being acquired by Rudin prior to that date expressly for the Coens).

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Re: Fastest book to film adaptation?

In regards to fastest adaptation, Battle Royale was published in Japan in April 1999, and the Japanese adaptation was released in December 2000:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_Royale_(film)

At 20 months, that may be the quickest turnaround where the film and novel weren't being developed simultaneously.

The novelization for Fantastic Voyage was released 6 months before the film, leading some to think the film was an adaptation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_voyage

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