One of the richest areas for mining movie material has always been literature. It is probably a safe bet to say that more prose books have been translated into movies than any other previously-published source material. Still, perhaps the most (shall we say) “unusual” form of translation is when a writer takes a previously-published source and then spins it sideways to have it come out as something, well different than the original form.
A couple of prime examples of this are when Rogers & Hammerstein took Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and turned it into West Side Story or when Amy Heckerling took Jane Austen’s novel Emma and (re)made it into Clueless.
Anyways, very soon, there is yet another tome that will be added to these films, it is a epic fantasy adventure involving Dragons, and is based on one of the most seminal works in all of English literature.
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. No, really, I’m not kidding. check it out after the jump.
OK, is that wicked cool or what?