Five Unfilmable Books

Unfilmable books

Five Unfilmable books is taking a look at some of the most troublesome and difficult-to-adapt books in movie history. Take a look at our selections in the gallery below!

The idea of a literary adaptation has existed since the beginning of the film industry itself—turning a book into a movie isn’t a new thing and it isn’t going away anytime soon, especially considering the continued success of a certain comic book franchise-turned-cinematic universe. Not to mention the fact that Gone with the Wind, the highest-grossing movie of all time (adjusted for inflation), is itself a literary adaptation.

Still, just because some find success with literary adaptations doesn’t mean that all will. In fact, there are certain books that will likely never become successful books-turned-movies. Whether it’s because of the sheer size of the things or because of the complexity of their subject matter or simply because of how well they utilize the medium of the written word, some books remain unfilmable.

Dune (1965)
  • Most of Stephen King's Work
  • The Bible
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1949)
  • Ulysses (1922)
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