Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Movie Studios Don't Know Anything

In this story, NPR correspondent Kim Masters talks about the long road to bringing Narnia to the movie theatre. Apparently one of the obstacles was that studios thought that American children would have no interest in a story about British children. It took the Harry Potter movies to disabuse them of that notion. Their small thinking must be caused by the same thing that makes movie studios always feel the need to make pointless changes in books they adapt to the screen. I wish the studios wouldn't think they were so smart because they seldom make a story better for their changes. It's pretty evident that they are generally wrong with what they think when they start trying to second guess what people will like and not like. True, they know how to make a lot of dreck that will sell, but they are unable to imagine that anyone wants anything different.

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