May 28, 2012

David Cronenberg: Betray the Book in Order to Be Faithful to the Book

David Cronenberg on adapting Don DeLillo’s “Cosmopolis”:

You have to know that each adaptation will be different. What you’ve done before will not help you on the next one. I’ve said before you have to betray the book in order to be faithful to the book. You have to recognize that literature is not cinema: they both do different things well, and there are certain things they cannot do that the other one can. I’m pretty ruthless about discarding things from a book that will not work cinematically.

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  1. Joel Bernstein on May 28th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve always wondered how this works when going from a screenplay to a movie.