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Sunday, 11 May 2008

Juices for the Screen

There is no doubt that script-writers are running out of ideas for films and shows.

It's no wonder that they posed a big strike. They probably hoped that the story of the brave strike can be turned into a movie.

This phenomenon can be clearly seen through the contents of the shows nowadays. After the success of the Harry Potter series, storybooks are quickly adapted for films, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Golden Compass (adapted from a book called Northern Lights), I Am Legend, The Devil Wears Prada, Forrest Gump etc. In fact, these are all pioneered by James Bond, written by Ian Fleming.

I recently read a book about a 14-year-old secret agent. Ha! Finally one story not yet adapted into film.

I was wrong. A quick search through Wikipedia revealed that the first of the tales of Alex Rider had been screened.

Another method of getting stories for films or shows is by portraying real life situations.

Just Follow Law reflects the situation of a Singapore government's company. Prison Break shamelessly yells at the darkness of American politics.

It's a wonder those shows still got distributed to all over the world without much complaint. Malaysia's government can't even tolerate a song posted in YouTube.

Maybe that's because everybody knows that Singaporean companies don't suck and that American politics aren't dark.

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