Here’s a fun exercise; go to your nearest cinema (or IMDb, for the lazy), and check out all the upcoming movie posters. Count how many contain the tagline “Based on…”, or some derivative thereof.
Are you back yet? No? I’ll wait.
Okay, so if I’m right, you should find quite a few of them. Adaptations landing on the big screen, from any medium, seem to grow in numbers every year. A simple search will yield many results, for novels alone.
So why are there so many adaptations on the horizon, compared to 10, 20, or 30 years ago? Is it a lazy way out to grab existing content and film it for the masses? Is it all about the easy money? And more importantly, is it doing justice to the original pieces?