19 Books That Scored Better Movie Titles, From ‘Cruel Intentions’ to ‘Die Hard’ (Photos)
It’s #BookLoversDay! So for all you book worms out there, we explored movies that had better titles than the books they were based on.
Based on William Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” the adaptation starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger brought things to the present day and gave it a more timely title, “10 Things I Hate About You.”
This very loose adaptation of Greek poet Homer’s “The Odyssey” from the Coen brothers changed many details to fit their trademark style, including the title to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Choderlos de Laclos’ “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” got a direct adaptation in 1988, but was given a modern spin with “Cruel Intentions,” which starred Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon.
Coming from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, changing the title of “The Orchid Thief” to “Adaptation” was tame. Rather than telling the story of an author’s search for a rare flower, Kaufman instead told the story of his struggles to adapt “The Orchid Thief.”
“Eaters of the Dead” was the original title for John McTiernan’s adaptation, but author Michael Crichton supposedly was so disappointed with the film they changed the name to “The 13th Warrior.”
Nicholas Pileggi’s gangster novel “Wiseguys” was renamed by Martin Scorsese’s to “Goodfellas.” However, the nickname of ‘wiseguys’ is mentioned in the final film.
Hannibal Lecter had his big screen debut before “Silence of the Lambs.” Thomas Harris’ first novel “Red Dragon” was directed by Michael Mann an retitled “Manhunter.” Brian Cox played Lecter.
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Source: The Wrap