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Disowned Adaptation

"I want to put on record that the flix out there using the word Hellraiser IS NO FUCKINí CHILD OF MINE! I have NOTHING to do with the fuckiní thing. If they claim it's from the mind of Clive Barker, itís a lie. Itís not even from my butt-hole."

When a work becomes popular, it is likely to get adapted to another medium, often by people of a completely different mind than the original creator(s). Sometimes the adaptation stays true to the source, at least enough to please the creator(s). Sometimes, however, the adaptation makes the creator(s) cry, and cry very vocally against it.

A few creators will have enough pull to limit the distribution of the adaptation, or disallow further derivative works based on it. But in most cases, the creator(s) signed away the rights long ago, and can do little more about it other than write strongly worded letters and perhaps strive for more creative control in the future.

A variant of Creator Backlash. Can lead to an Old Shame. If a creator can do something about it, and does, the result is often Canon Discontinuity.

Compare Only the Creator Does It Right. Contrast Creator-Preferred Adaptation and Spiritual Adaptation. Can also lead to No Adaptations Allowed when the creator gave out dissatisfaction to the adaptation of their work and will not give out rights to any other adaptations to their work.

This is usually limited to works that were adapted while the creator(s) of the original was still alive. While we would like to think that some posthumous adaptations have the creator(s) rolling in their graves, we'll never know for sure. However, there have been some cases where family members/estates of the deceased creator(s) have taken this stance against an adaptation if they own the rights of the work. It's also worth noting that several examples here, while disliked by the creator(s), were very well received by critics and fans so this does not automatically mean the result of the adaptation was terrible.

Examples sorted by the format the work was adapted to:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Ursula K. Le Guin disowned Tales from Earthsea, a Studio Ghibli adaptation of some of the Earthsea books. Her initial response can be read here. However, she did stress she liked many things about it:
    "It is not my book. It is your movie. It is a good movie."
  • The animated movie version of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood was supposedly so poorly received by the creator, Hirohiko Araki, that he has refused to release it on home video ever since its 2007 theatrical release. But there is also the version that happened because of Shueisha terminating their relationship with the film production company A.P.P.P. as a result of the controversy surrounding the references to the Quran in the prior JoJo OVA series.
  • Katsura Hoshino hated TMS Entertainment's original anime adaptation of her D.Gray-Man manga due to TMS changing several elements of her stories, through adding filler, and also changed some scenes and characters. When TMS wanted to make Hallow, and release it simultaneously with the manga, Hoshino understandably refused as she didn't think a new anime would be successful. TMS had to convince her to approve Hallow. Ultimately, she supervised the Hallow anime, possibly to make sure they stay on-point with her story and characters.
  • Hayao Miyazaki would like to stress that New World Pictures' Macekre version of Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, titled Warriors of the Wind, is much better off forgotten. So much so that for years he refused to allow any of his other works to be dubbed. It took Disney itself, Miramax's then-parent company, agreeing to not change a single scene before he would release the rest. Studio Ghibli was so serious about this that one of the producers mailed a katana to Miramax's Harvey Weinstein, along with a note reading "NO CUTS" upon the agreement.
  • Yoshihiro Yamada for unstated reasons demanded his credit for Hyouge Mono be changed from "original work" (原作; gensaku) to "original concept" (原案; gen-an).
  • Of Powerpuff Girls Z, Craig McCracken said "I'm sure it'll do well in its home country." Which sounds like a polite condemnation of the show.
  • Tove Jansson did not approve of the changes made to the first anime adaptation of The Moomins (1969), feeling that it strongly misinterpreted her work and intentions for the characters. The series was soon discontinued, and Jansson refused for it to be licensed overseas. This adaptation has also never made it to DVD, due to the fact that two different studios worked on it, as well as not being able to obtain permission from Jansson's estate.
  • Riyoko Ikeda disowned the ending of the animated adaptation of Rose of Versailles for having Alain leave the army to become a farmer. To drive home the point, the sequel Eroica starts with Alain having been discharged for political reasons but still in Paris, and he rejoins the army early in the story after impressing Napoleon Bonaparte himself.
  • Masami Tsuda despised the animated adaptation of Kare Kano so much that she had it cancelled after one season. She wanted a more character and plot-driven story (and in fact, the manga becomes very dark as it goes on), but director Hideaki Anno had inserted lots of screwball comedy to try for some balance, as he had just finished working on the rather dark and self-psychoanalytical Neon Genesis Evangelion (for reference, Anno suffers from chronic depression). Tsuda then got so upset that she demanded for Anno to be fired from the adaptation, at which point Anno straight-up quit, forcing Gainax to abruptly end the anime gecko-style.
  • Yoshihiro Togashi was allegedly so upset with all the changes that Noriyuki Abe did to the anime of YuYu Hakusho, that this is rumored to be one of the reasons why he cancelled the YYH manga as a whole. This was later debunked. Togashi revealed that he ended the manga on his own accord as he was tired and felt he couldn't really take it further after the Chapter Black Saga. The Three Kings Saga was just wrapping up loose ends.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto did not like The Great Mission to Save Princess Peach! because he felt it was trying too hard to be a carbon copy of the Mario games. Surprisingly, he likes Super Mario Bros., as he said it at least took creative liberties and told an original story.

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  • Neither Jason David Frank, nor Saban themselves, were fond of the Power Rangers fan-film satire, Power/Rangers, which featured a Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier take of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as a parody of the general concept of "darker" remakes and revivals. Frank cited the content as the reason (though Frank isn't opposed to a PG-13 version of the franchise) and Saban had it temporarily removed from YouTube with a bogus copyright claim. Frank's reaction could be him not realising that it was a satire though it seems a lot of other people online didn't get it either, as comments on the film on YouTube and online media outlets praised it for making Power Rangers "cooler" and "badass". Conversely, though, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, and even Steve Cardenas liked it (despite the latter's character getting hit hard with the Adaptational Villainy stick), and Carla Perez, who was the suit actor for Rita in American footage, reprised her role in it.

    Film - Animation 
  • One of the most extreme examples of this is Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat, based on Robert Crumb's work. Crumb hated the film so much he killed the character off and refused to reuse him ever again. He also wasn't too fond of the documentary Crumb.
  • At a convention appearance, animator Don Bluth made it very clear that he absolutely hates all of the direct to video sequels to his films.note  His thoughts on them were blunt;
    "Hate them! Hate them! Those were mechanically produced, they're not making me feel anything, the music is messy, the drawings don't work, the story isn't going anywhere and at the end of it, I just lost time."
  • The son of Carlo Collodi, the author of the original The Adventures of Pinocchio book, hated the Disney adaptation for playing fast and loose with his dad's story, and even unsuccessfully tried to sue the studio for misrepresenting his father's work.
  • Per word of Chuck Jones in his book Chuck Jones Conversations, who did his own animated adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's stories, Kipling's daughter hated the Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book for being an In-Name-Only adaptation of her father's work.
    "Before we started our film, I discovered that Kipling's daughter was still alive and called her. In an elegant, British Dowager-like voice, she confirmed my pronunciation (of Mowgli's name) and added "and, I hate Walter Disney." It was the only time I ever heard anybody call him Walter. In her lifetime, she said nobody ever pronounced anything but Mauwgli."
  • The descendants of Victor Hugo bashed Disney in an open letter to the Libération newspaper for their ancestor getting no mention on the advertisement posters for the Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and they harsly criticized the film itself as a vulgar commercialization of Hugo's story.
  • Although Greg Farshtey, author of the BIONICLE comics and books, has said negative things about the original direct to video trilogy, his usual stance was that they're okay but the books and comics are better. However, his creative differences with the creators of the third movie (who made Vakama a traitor, throwing away his previous character development) reportedly made him very upset, and though he argued against the story's direction, he was only distantly involved with the movies, so the writers' word overrode his. According to him, if he had the opportunity to get rid of one part of the storyline, this would be it.
  • The animated adaptation of Charlotte's Web made by Hanna-Barbera was despised by E.B. White, the author of the original book, because he said that "the story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don't care much for jolly songs. The Blue Hill Fair, which I tried to report faithfully in the book, has become a Disney World, with 76 trombones. But that's what you get for getting embroiled in Hollywood." White's wife wrote a letter to Gene Deitch (who, ironically, is friends with White) in 1977 saying: "We have never ceased to regret that your version of Charlotte's Web never got made. The Hanna-Barbera version has never pleased either of us... a travesty..."
  • The animated adaptation of The King and I by Rankin/Bass was so despised by critics and the Rodgers-Hammerstein estate alike (for more reasons than one) that the latter stated there would be no more animated films based on their plays.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Any and all film adaptations of Alan Moore's work, whether they've been made, about to be made, or topics of discussion for being made, will automatically fall under this.
    • V for Vendetta: Moore specifically requested that his name be removed from the production after Joel Silver (the film's producer) lied about Moore's enthusiasm for the shooting script. This, and the rather poor quality of previous adaptations of From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, prompted his (in retrospect, possibly hasty) decision to have his name removed from any and all adaptations of works he has no ownership of, and his pseudo-royalties distributed amongst the relevant artists. Hence, he has received no money from the filmmakers behind V for Vendetta, Constantine, or the Watchmen movie. Also, since the Watchmen film, adaptations of Moore's works were credited to the co-creators (e.g., the adaptations of Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke were credited to Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland, respectively).
    • Zack Snyder, director of Watchmen once said that the best-case scenario of ever getting Moore to watch his movie was that there might come one odd day where Moore accidentally puts the DVD into his player and turns it off after a second. Moore replied to this by saying Snyder was giving the movie too much credit; "I'm never going to watch this fucking thing".
  • The 2015 Fantastic Four was completely shunned by Marvel Comics who did everything to disassociate themselves from the film including not mentioning it on their official website. Bear in mind that they listed all other movie adaptations made by other companies including the infamous and much-hated Howard the Duck. It's really telling that Stan Lee, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, declined to make his obligatory cameo in the film, not out of health or scheduling issues, and instead appeared in Deadpool.
  • Speaking of Stan Lee, he shared his thoughts on the Marvel films he disliked:
    "I would have liked the Hulk to be smaller in the first two movies, and I didn't like the way Doctor Doom was portrayed in Fantastic Four. Now with Daredevil, they just wrote the whole thing wrong. They made him too tragic. That's not the way I wrote him."
  • Daphne Du Maurier disliked Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of her short story The Birds (particularly for changing the setting to America). In fairness, Hitchcock had told the screenwriter to mostly ignore the short story, as all he wanted to use was the title and the core premise of birds attacking people.
  • Michael Ende requested that the movie adaptation of The Neverending Story be killed before release or, failing that, not be associated with his name in any way. They did neither.
  • Given that adaptations of Stephen King's novels tend to be hit-or-miss, it's no surprise that there are a few that he isn't proud of. Some of the ones he did dislike, however, may be surprising.
    • He didn't hate the movie The Lawnmower Man, but sued to get his name off of it because it was largely an in name only adaptation.
    • He quite famously had a lot of problems with Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, to the point where he's said it's the only adaptation of his work that he remembers outright hating. He felt that, while the film has a lot of memorable imagery, it was far too emotionally cold and distant for his liking, and diverged too greatly from the novel (for example, ignoring the themes of the family's disintegration and the dangers of alcoholism). He was also opposed to the casting of Jack Nicholson, feeling that his performance made it too obvious from the start that Jack Torrance was unhinged, and felt that the film's version of Wendy was "one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film." Lastly, he disagreed with the decision not to film at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, the inspiration for the book's setting.note  The changes irritated him enough that, in 1997, he produced and wrote a made for TV miniseries adaptation of the book. He has warmed up to it over the years, even regarding it as an excellent horror film, just not a good adaptation.
    • He has also dissociated himself from both remakes of Carrie, as well as The Rage: Carrie 2. Unlike The Shining, though, this isn't so much because he thinks they're a disgrace to his original novel (he considers it one of his lesser works), but rather, because he thinks they're a disgrace to Brian De Palma's 1976 film adaptation, which he finds to be a better work than his book.
    • Probably the adaptation King would most like to distance himself from is the 1984 version of Children of the Corn. He had written a script, but the producers instead chose one that turned the story into a more conventional horror film. He was very upset that they misled him long enough to keep him from being able to sue to make them not put "Stephen King's ..." over the title in the ads.
    • The only film King likes less than Children of the Corn is the film adaptation of Maximum Overdrive...which he directed himself. He admitted to making the film while in the middle of a nasty cocaine habit, and has gone on record as calling it a "moron movie."
  • Roald Dahl examples:
    • Dahl was so angry with Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory — he wrote the original script for it and received sole onscreen credit, but it was heavily rewritten by Bob Kaufman and David Seltzer; also, he wanted Spike Milligan to play Willy Wonka and was disregarded — that he left it in his will that the source novel's sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator could never be made into a movie. Subsequent adaptations, such as the 2005 Tim Burton film, notably have no sequel hook and end on notes of complete closure. Moreover, Dahl's disowning of this film was behind him not granting film rights to any of his other children's books until the late 1980s; films of Danny, the Champion of the World and The BFG arrived in 1989 — and then the Rule of Three set in the next year with...
    • The Witches, the last Dahl adaptation released in his lifetime. The only thing he was pleased with was the casting and performance of Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch. He was particularly upset over the Bittersweet Ending of the book being replaced with a Happily Ever After. The story goes that he stood outside cinemas with a megaphone telling people not to watch the film!
  • Elizabeth Knox cried for days after watching the film adaptation of The Vintners Luck. In a bad way.
  • P. L. Travers hated the Disney film adaptation of her Mary Poppins books, which served as the subject of the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks. In a rare 1977 interview, Travers would later state that she thought the film was well made and had a lot of positive aspects to it. However, she felt it was so different from her books that she wasn't happy with the final product. When a stage musical was made in the '90s, Travers stated that no one from the film production were to be involved with the making of the musical. This included any new songs by the Sherman Brothers, though she allowed some songs from the movie, cut or not, into the show.
  • J. D. Salinger's short story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut was adapted to a film called My Foolish Heart in 1949. The film had little resemblance to the original, and Salinger hated it so much, that he never again allowed his work to be filmed.
  • Clive Barker has made this tweet regarding Hellraiser: Revelations:
    Clive Barker: Hello, my friends. I want to put on record that the flix out there using the word Hellraiser IS NO FUCKINí CHILD OF MINE! I have NOTHING to do with the fuckiní thing. If they claim it's from the mind of Clive Barker, itís a lie. Itís not even from my butt-hole.
  • Graham Dury underwent a full-fledged creator breakdown after the release of the widely loathed Fat Slags movie, which he called "crap from start to end."
  • The people at The Topps Company (who own the Garbage Pail Kids franchise) were so embarrassed by The Garbage Pail Kids Movie that immediately after it was released they refused to talk about it.
  • Stanisław Lem disliked both film versions of his science fiction novel Solaris, stating that they focus on the human characters too much, and miss the actual theme of his novel, which is the impossibility of comprehending a truly alien intelligence.
  • Ayn Rand hated the 1949 movie version of The Fountainhead, even though the screenplay was written by her and barely altered. She refused to let any of her other novels be filmed unless they let her pick the director and edit the film herself.
  • Jerry Lewis was supportive of Eddie Murphy's 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor until he saw how much toilet humor there was. However, he would change his mind about it by 2009.
  • Peter Chung, the creator of ∆on Flux, has spoken at length about his extreme unhappiness with the live action film version.
  • Alan Martin, the original writer of the Tank Girl comics, was so unhappy with the film version that he wrote "Tank Girl is dead" in the introduction to the Tank Girl 3 trade paperback, and didn't write the character again for around ten years. He was quoted as saying, "Most adaptations are like breaking into a bank vault from a sewer. This was like doing it the other way around."
  • Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, went on record as saying that Team America: World Police was closer to the spirit of the show than the 2004 film adaptation. Given that he wasn't particularly fond of Team America (mainly due to its raunchy humor, which meant that he couldn't watch it with his kids), that's saying something.
  • Joss Whedon wasn't thrilled about the possible reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, likening it to a franchise zombie.
  • Cast members of the original Mission: Impossible television series disliked the Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise, especially for how it turned Jim Phelps into a treacherous villain. Peter Graves was even offered the chance to reprise the role, but he turned it down in disgust.
  • Robert Conrad, who played Jim West on the television series The Wild Wild West, was very vocal in his disdain of its 1999 film adaptation Wild Wild West, personally accepting the Razzies it "won".
  • Despite being credited for coming up with the original story, Quentin Tarantino claims that the finalized script used for Natural Born Killers is such a huge departure from his original version, that the only thing in common between them are the names of the main characters (Mickey and Mallory).
  • Anne Rice can't seem to decide whether she likes the film adaptations of her The Vampire Chronicles books or not. At first, she was very much against the choice of Tom Cruise for the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire, but later changed her mind and endorsed the film. She admitted that she loved Cruise's performance from the first moment he was on screen, but noted "that Tom did make Lestat work was something I could not see in a crystal ball". The much looser adaptation of Queen of the Damned resulted in Rice, at first, being against it. Then, after meeting the star Stuart Townsend, she mellowed down and gave her support. Two years later, she would change her mind again. On her Facebook page, Rice now claims that the film is a "mutilation" of her work.
  • When Paddy Chayefsky adapted his novel Altered States for the screen, he got into disputes with directors Arthur Penn (who eventually quit) and Ken Russell, and threatened to sue if one word of his script was changed. Even that clause didn't stop him from being disappointed in the final product (which is why the screenplay is credited to Sidney Aaron).
  • Akira Toriyama was not pleased with Dragonball Evolution, as it was bordering on an in name only adaptation. His comments at the time of the film's release can be read as polite disappointment, asking fans to view it as a "separate dimension" of the franchise, but by the time of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (which he was spurred to work on in part because of his dissatisfaction with Evolution), he was much more openly negative. The movie was further disowned when the movie's own screenwriter expressed his disdain for the finished script in this video. The screenwriter, intending to stay fairly faithful to the series while also having Dragonball Evolution do its own thing, had much of his original ideas nixed and executive meddled away by the producers.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko seem to share their fanbase's distaste for The Last Airbender having said in interviews that it distorted their vision of Avatar and have even advised people, including members of the original cast, not to watch it.
  • Gene Roddenberry was not a fan of many of the Star Trek films which followed The Motion Picture, after which the franchise was taken away from him and put in the hands of Harve Bennett (even going as far as publicly disowning The Final Frontier). His original idea for the second Star Trek film, in which Kirk and Spock would go back in time to stop the Klingons from meddling with the assassination of John F. Kennedy, was widely disliked by pretty much everyone else involved with the franchise. Also an example of the above point, as many people believe that the films seen a marked improvement beginning with the first non-Roddenberry film, The Wrath of Khan.
  • Nigel Kneale was very unhappy with the Hammer Horror film adaptations of his first two Quatermass serials, in particular due to the casting of the American Brian Donleavy as Quatermass and to the replacement of the "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight climax of the first serial with the military just blowing the monster up. He was much happier with the film version of Quatermass and the Pit, which recast Quatermass, was a very intelligent Compressed Adaptation of the series, and came up with the brilliant idea of having the "Pit" be a London Underground station instead of an ordinary building site.
  • Michael Oher, the subject of the Michael Lewis book The Blind Side, is not a fan of the film adaptation due to the large number of inaccuracies and the attention he received when the film was released.note 
  • Ira Gershwin and his wife Leonore disliked the 1959 film version of Porgy and Bess, to the point that it has been out of circulation because of this.
    Michael Strunsky: trustee of Ira Gershwin's estate: "[Leonore] didn't want it distributed. She and [Ira] felt it was a Hollywoodization of the piece. We [the estate] now acquire any prints we find and destroy them. We are often approached for permission to show the film, which we consistently deny."
  • Max Brooks disowned the film adaptation of World War Z as it was about to be released, not happy with the changes made to his book. However, he did say that he enjoyed it as an original work, and note that since it wasn't exactly an adaptation, he didn't think that the filmmakers butchered the story he wrote.
  • Lois Duncan, in an interview included with reprints of her novel I Know What You Did Last Summer, stated that she felt the film adaptation to be a mockery of the book, to the point where, when she started watching it, she thought she'd wandered into the wrong theater at first. That's before getting into the Reality Subtext — her daughter Kaitlyn Arquette had been murdered as a teenager, so seeing the fairly bloodless suspense story she wrote turned into a teen Slasher Movie hit especially close to home, causing her to remark that the film was "trivializing violence and making murder seem like a game." She did, however, admittedly appreciate how the film produced more interest in her work and, in particular, her daughter's murder (which was, and still is, an unsolved case that she spent much of her later years trying to get reopened), and said that, while she strongly disagreed with how the film handled her story, the studio had every right to do it.
  • Dr. Seuss's widow, Audrey Geisel, was so disgusted by the 2003 film adaptation of Cat in the Hat starring Mike Myers that she has forbidden any live action adaptations of her husband's works to be made again.
  • While Stephenie Meyer generally gave approval of the film adaptation of her series, she expressed disapproval at quite a few changes in Eclipse, most notably the scene where Edward yells at Jacob for forcibly kissing Bella (she initially said it made Edward not be the bigger man, then later said it was because Edward angrily grabbing Jacob's arm should have ripped it off, if it were canon). This possibly explains why she was given much more creative control over the final two movies.
  • Perhaps the most extreme example is Boris Vian's reaction to the film adaptation of his novel, I Will Spit on Your Graves (not to be confused with I Spit on Your Grave). Vian denounced the adaptation while it was in production. He attended the premiere, but started complaining about the film a few minutes into the screening. Then he collapsed with a heart attack and died on the way to the hospital.
  • Alien co-creator Ronald Shusett has criticized Prometheus for being the complete antithesis of the first movie. He's not too happy with the third and fourth films either.
  • Paul Verhoeven, who directed the original Total Recall has expressed pleasure at the disappointing returns of its remake. It doesn't help that the cast and crew of the remake referred to the original as kitsch.
  • Clive Cussler hated the film adaptation of Raise the Titanic! so much that 25 years passed before he allowed another of his novels, Sahara to be adapted. He hated that even more and advised fans to boycott it.
  • John Byrne said that if he had been invited to cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, inspired by an arc of the comics he pencilled, he would feel "a lot like the prom scene in CarrieĒ given "Iíve haaaaaaaaated what the movies have done with the X-Men".
  • Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, the authors of the Left Behind series, hated the adaptations by Cloud Ten Pictures, calling them "church basement movies" and going so far as to sue the studio (and win) over it. This is a big part of the reason why the films are currently being rebooted.
  • Roger Waters isn't a terribly big fan of the film adaptation of The Wall, likely because he didn't get to play the lead role like he had wanted.
  • Jean M. Auel hated the film version of Clan of the Cave Bear so much that she sued the filmmakers and bought back the movie rights.
  • Frank Miller said that he hates all of the Batman movies. Though very little from The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One have found their way into the theatrical versions.
  • Ken Kesey claimed to have never seen the film version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but was involved in the early scripting stages, eventually pulling out due to creative differences, reportedly unhappy with the casting, as well as changing the viewpoint from Chief Bromden to Randle P. McMurphy. Chuck Palahniuk, in a foreword to a 2007 edition of the book stated, "The first time I heard this story, it was through the movie starring Jack Nicholson. A movie that Kesey once told me he disliked".
  • Dorothy L. Sayers is said to have so disliked the film of Busman's Honeymoon she destroyed every copy she could.
  • Tom Clancy was very unhappy with the numerous changes the film version of Patriot Games made from the original novel. He also felt that the 49-year-old Harrison Ford was too old to play the 31-year-old Jack Ryan.
  • In the documentary Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!, it is mentioned that several staff members at Marvel were very disappointed with the 1990 Captain America movie, and felt that the 2011 film was a massive improvement.
  • When creating Ashley Kafka for Spider-Man, J.M. DeMatteis based and named her after a friend of his, Frayda Kafka. The real life Kafka wasn't happy with the character being Gender Flipped and made into a villain for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, nor for that matter, is she happy with Dan Slott killing her off.
  • Gore Vidal disowned the Film of the Book Myra Breckinridge and blamed it for a drop in sales of the book that lasted a decade.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien did not hesitate to reject the very first proposal to make Lord of the Rings into a live action movie in 1958. His comments on the alterations made in the proposed scripts are one long "The Reason You Suck" Speech, ending with this gem:
    The Lord Of the Rings cannot be garbled like that!
    • Tolkien also expressed displeasure at the only adaptation of The Lord of the Rings to be produced in his lifetime, the 1955-56 BBC Radio Drama. His critiques generally boiled down to his belief that the books were unadaptable and that the cast and crew of the production were not taking their source material sufficiently seriously. Unfortunately, modern-day audiences aren't able to form an opinion on the matter either way, as the tapes were wiped and all episodes are considered lost.
    • Tolkien later handed the movie rights over to a small, unsignificant company, New Line, which had no means whatsoever to do anything about it. Some decades after that, on the other hand...
    • Tolkien`s son Christopher has strongly objected to the way New Line has handled the subject, and has pretty much disowned the entire movie adaptation. On the other hand, Christopher's son Simon (Tolkien's grandson), has had nothing but positive things to say about the films which caused a rift between him and his father.
  • Robin Hardy, director of the original version of The Wicker Man (1973), did not like the 2006 remake. On a more subtle note, Christopher Lee was also quite surprised about it and thought of it as a different film altogether rather than a remake.
  • Both Superman: Birthright writer Mark Waid and All-Star Superman writer Grant Morrison didn't like Superman killing General Zod at the end of Man of Steel.
  • Eric Red, the screenwriter of the original The Hitcher, both requested a writing credit on the 2007 remake (because it was so similar to his original) and disowned it (because he thought its few changes were for the worse).
  • Upon being told on Twitter that a teacher was planning to show the Percy Jackson movies to her class, Rick Riordan posted a form letter on his blog that students could give their teachers, telling them the movies were awful and a waste of good classroom time.
  • Jacqueline Susann was disgusted with the film adaptation of Valley of the Dolls, saying, "The first time I saw it was on a press junket. There was supposed to be a party after the film. I went back to my cabin, took two Seconals and a slug of Scotch....It was a very embarrassing thing." Likewise, one of its stars, Patty Duke, commented, "I need an air-sick bag to sit through that movie."
  • Scott Spencer hated both film adaptations of Endless Love. For clarity's sake, the novel is about a Stalker With a Crush, and the extremes he goes to in order to be with the object of his obsession. Both films went for a straight forward romance.
    • He called the 1981 version a "botched" job and wrote that Franco Zeffirelli "egregiously and ridiculously misunderstood" the novel.
    "I was frankly surprised that something so tepid and conventional could have been fashioned from my slightly unhinged novel about the glorious destructive violence of erotic obsession".
    • He thought that the 2014 version was even worse. He said about the script,
    "Itís about one hundred pages, and the only ones that were not dreary were sciatica inducing".
  • None of The Beatles approved of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the premier and subsequently shunned the film, while John Lennon and George Harrison refused to view it altogether.
  • Donn Pearce disliked Cool Hand Luke. In a 1989 interview with The Miami Herald, he said, "I seem to be the only guy in the United States who doesn't like the movie. Everyone had a whack at it. They screwed it up 99 different ways." For one thing, Pearce thought Paul Newman was "too scrawny" and completely wrong for the part.
  • Martin Charnin, lyricist and director of Annie, stated in an article in 1996 that he refuses to acknowledge the film. However, unlike other instances of this, Charnin goes on to state that it's his own fault that the movie turned out the way it did, as, in his own words, he, composer Charles Strouse, and librettist Thomas Meehan, failed to secure any degree of creative control over the film when they signed away the film rights.
    • Considering the musical they wrote turned Harold Gray's politics on their head, he's one to talk.
  • Author Peter George, who wrote Red Alert, detested the conversion of his book to a satire in Dr. Strangelove, but wrote a tie-in novelization of the film anyway.
  • Rocky Horror creator Richard O'Brien said that The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again was "misconceived and badly cast".
  • Tennessee Williams was quite dissatisfied with the film adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, largely for omitting the themes about homosexuality and revising the play's third act with a long scene centered on Brick and Big Daddy.
  • David Yost and Walter Emmanuel Jones, who played the original Blue and Black Rangers respectively, were overall not too thrilled about Power Rangers (2017). Jones cited the lack of the famous "hip-hop-kido" martial arts style his Zack employed on the original series, while Yost was unimpressed with the morphing sequence (particularly the "It's Morphin' Time!" call, which he called "lackadaisacal") and had various issues with the Megazord. Yost did, however, have nothing but praise for R.J. Cyler's performance as his old character Billy, as well as the way the character was reimagined. He also expressed approval of the film version of Trini Kwan (played by Becky G) in a similar fashion. Haim Saban was overall supportive of the film as one of the producers, though he did express disappointment with the scene where Rita kills Billy after interrogating him for the location of the Zeo Crystal. Likewise, the original Jason, Austin St. John, took issue with the Zords' size and the size of Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson's cameo, though he also approved of the rendition of Zordon and his old character smacks the bully harassing Billy in detention.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • The live-action Super Mario Bros. film was this to Nintendo, which resulted in a mandate that prevented any further adaptations of their video games (the movies based on Pokťmon notwithstanding) for 23 years; until they decided to get directly involved in an animated Continuity Reboot.
  • Michael Moorcock hated The Last Days of Man on Earth, the one and only adaptation of his Jerry Cornelius stories, but he did admit to having a good time interacting with Jon Finch and the rest of the cast.

    Live Action TV 
  • The author of the manga Hagane no Onna was very displeased by the live action adaptation of her manga. Specifically the depiction of teachers, handicapped children, and the children's guardians in the second episode of the live action series. She asked for her name to be taken off the credits as a result.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin loathed the Sci Fi Channel's Earthsea miniseries, purportedly based on her Earthsea novels. She was particularly angered by the TV creators' false claims that she approved of the adaptation. Calling one of the genre's staunchest feminists "Miss Le Guin" didn't help either.
  • A Newsweek interviewer asked Madeleine L'Engle about the ABC made for TV adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time and got the following response:
    L'Engle: I've glimpsed it.
    Newsweek: And did it meet expectations?
    L'Engle: Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.
  • James Gurney disavowed any connection to the Dinotopia miniseries and TV series because they were so far from the vision of his books.
  • Len Deighton disliked the ITV adaptation of his Game, Set and Match trilogy of spy novels so much that he continues to contractually veto any home video release of it, forcing anyone who actually liked it to keep circulating the tapes.
  • British crime novelist Liza Cody absolutely hated the ITV adaptation of her private eye novels featuring Anna Lee. To the point that she gave up writing books with Anna as protagonist in favour of a new central character, Eva Wylie, who seemed consciously designed to appall TV executives.
  • When NBC took the first steps towards a TV version of Say Anything..., the movie's writer-director Cameron Crowe (who wasn't involved with the project) and star John Cusack took such umbrage that the Peacock pulled the plug before it went any further.
  • Colleen McCullough described the miniseries adaptation of The Thorn Birds as "instant vomit," flat-out refused to have anything to do with the prequel The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years, and generally hated it so much that interviewers were warned not to bring the miniseries up.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird has declared that Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation does not exist as far as he's concerned, and that goes double for the polarizing Venus de Milo. Kevin Eastman on the other hand likes Venus and hopes that she makes a comeback one day.
  • Fresh Off the Boat faced this from Eddie Huang, the writer of the memoir that it is based on. Shortly after the series premiere, Huang criticized the show for sanitizing his life and veering from the actual events. He even left his part as the narrator of the show. His feelings have since mellowed about the show, although he still rules out any chance of returning, he praises the show for being a positive portrayal of Asian-Americans.
  • Masked Rider, an attempt at adapting Kamen Rider for American audiences; was disliked so much by Shotaro Ishinomori that he forbade any further adaptations until his death in 2009. The next attempt, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is considered to be an improvement and a more faithful take on the premise.

  • Dennis Lyxzen of Refused wasn't happy when he heard rap-rock band Crazytown cover "New Noise". He said of it "History [will not] be kind on Crazytown and that feels good."
  • Igor Stravinsky did not care for the version of The Rite of Spring used in Fantasia; he had offered to compose a piece expressly for it, but the idea was rejected.
  • British folk singer Ewan MacColl hated each and every one of the many covers of his song "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face", even the version that had become a worldwide hit for Roberta Flack. His daughter-in-law recalled that he held a special disdain for Elvis Presley's cover: "He said that the Elvis version was like Romeo at the bottom of the Post Office Tower singing up to Juliet. And the other versions, he thought, were travesties: bludgeoning, histrionic, and lacking in grace."
  • According to Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, George Michael hated their cover of his 1987 hit "Faith" and "[hated] us for doing it."

  • Python Anghelo co-designed Pin*Bot and The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot. To say that he was displeased with the sequel, Jack*Bot, would be a massive understatement.
    Python Anghelo: "...itís like saying, listen to this analogy, 'your biggest successes on our menu were pea soup, the shrimp pizza, and apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. Now you take those motherf***ers and put them all in a bowl and theyíll taste great.'"
  • Michael J. Fox hated the Back to the Future pinball game to such an extent that he refused to grant Data East permission to use his voice and likeness.

  • George Bernard Shaw hated The Chocolate Soldier, adapted from his play Arms and the Man, so much that no other musical adaptations of his plays appeared in his lifetime (Shaw reportedly exercised his Executive Veto over an attempted operatic adaptation of The Devil's Disciple). The film version of The Chocolate Soldier, an adaptation In-Name-Only, was barred from using anything from Shaw's play.
  • Tim Rice was not fond of the Broadway version of his musical Chess (which, despite being in the same medium as its first adaptation, was very different from its London counterpart). The production brought in a new book writer to overhaul the story, which presumably contributes to Rice's opinion of it seeing as the original book was written by him. In the souvenir program for an Australian production that opened a couple years later, he refers to the show's time on Broadway as "traumatic."
  • Don Ángel Perez de Saavedra, whose play Don Álvaro provided the basis for La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi, attended the opera's Madrid premiere (which Verdi conducted) and was not pleased with what he saw.

    Video Games 
  • Mitsuo Fukuda, in a series of tweets, wasn't happy over how Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny was adapted in the Super Robot Wars games (specifically, Super Robot Wars Z), presumably due to the fix fic nature of the games:
    To be honest, I'm not very happy. The original story is complete as it is, so it's outrageous to add or modify the images and script. However, games are a different media so I think it's fine. The thing I hate most about the games are that even though they use the name (Gundam SEED Destiny), the contents are totally no good... There are many people who think that way, and there are many staff members who work really hard on making (these games), so I don't object. However, spare me from the people who come and go "Director, you're happy too aren't you?"Mitsuo Fukuda
  • Metal Gear:
    • Hideo Kojima, who was not involved in the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the original Metal Gear, doesn't like it due to the many changes that were made from the redesigned stages (such as the addition of a jungle area at the beginning) to the omission of the actual Metal Gear mecha.
    I really donít like saying this, but (the NES version of Metal Gear) really wasnít up to my standards. The care that I put in the original (MSX2 version) wasnít there. The NES version was a more difficult game. In the very beginning, when you go from the entrance into the fortress, for example, there are dogs there. In the NES version, the dogs just come after you and you get killed. It was too difficult to get into the fortress. The fun stealth element was not there, and the actual Metal Gear, the robot, doesnít appear in the game.Hideo Kojima
  • Henk Rogers, co-founder of The Tetris Company, regrets lending the Tetris name to Tetris Attack, which was actually a modified North American version of the Super Famicom puzzle game Panel de Pon. He doesn't disapprove of the game itself so much as he felt that publishing it under the Tetris name didn't allow it to stand under its own merits. Localizations of later versions dropped the Tetris name completely and were released under the title of Puzzle League instead.
    Tetris Attack was a good game! But the game should have had its own life, its own name.Henk Rogers
  • Tomonobu Itagaki, the outspoken director of the 2004 Xbox reboot of Ninja Gaiden, disowns the PlayStation 3 version (Ninja Gaiden Sigma) that Team Ninja later produced without his involvement. He has vocally disapproved of the port, even while he was still employed by Tecmo, and has reportedly refused to autograph any copy of the game. Specifically, he criticized Sigma for being more or less a straight port of his original Xbox version and not taking advantage of the superior hardware specs of the PS3.
    (Ninja Gaiden Sigma) was no good.Tomonobu Itagaki
  • Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi wasn't very fond of the Sega Saturn port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, which was developed by a different team (Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya), as noted in the June 2007 issue of Play Magazine:
    "I understand why fans who've never played the Saturn version would be interested in those features, but I really, really don't feel good about them. I couldn't put my name on that stuff and present it to Castlevania fans." — Koji Igarashi
  • Shinji Mikami intended Resident Evil 4 to be a GameCube-exclusive and said he would commit harakiri if the game was ever ported to another platform. He ended up leaving Capcom after learning that the company was going to port the game to the PlayStation 2 without his approval.
  • South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have admitted that part of the reason why they oversaw the RPG based on the series, South Park: The Stick of Truth, is because they disliked the Acclaim-published games released during the show's early years.
  • Masahiro Ito, who worked as a graphic designer in Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, disapproved many of the changes made to his work in the Silent Hill: HD Collection, adding more fuel to the backlash it received (and for good reasons). They have, however, patched a lot of the problems on the PS3 version since.
  • Running With Scissors, makers of the Postal games, farmed out Postal III to Russian studio Akella. After seeing the "finished" product, they regretted the decision. They pulled the game from their store and refuse to acknowledge it as part of the series, referring to it as "Russian Postal" and "Akella's Postal spinoff".
  • Eric Chahi publicly disowned Heart of the Alien, Interplay's Sega CD sequel to Another World, years after it was released. Chahi acted as a creative consultant during the sequel's early planning stages, but was not involved in the actual development and most of his ideas were ignored as a result.
  • Kenji Inafune, one of the creators of the Mega Man series, utterly hated Super Adventure Rockman, a Japan-only FMV title that was mostly handled by others, only dropped into his lap for touch ups where he wasn't allowed any big changes. His main beef was that it included death in the Classic series, which he felt he owed to the fans to keep light hearted and friendly. He went as far as to apologize for it in the Official Complete Works.
    • He also apologized for the Game Boy Mega Man II, which was not done by Minakuchi Engineering (who worked on Dr. Wily's Revenge), feeling that the new company that made it (Japan System House) didn't "get" Mega Man. Minakuchi Engineering would return to work on the remaining Game Boy Mega Man games.
  • Yoshihisa Kishimoto, creator of the Double Dragon series, disliked the Master System port of the first game published by Sega, claiming that the developers (later revealed to be Arc System Works working under a contractual basis) focused too much on trying to faithfully reproduce the arcade version's level designs, moves and enemy characters on a less capable hardware at the expense of the game's playability and visuals. He said that Sega should've instead remade the game completely around the Master System's hardware specs, much like his own team did when they produced the NES version.
    • Ironically Arc System Works would end up being the copyrights owners to all of Technos Japan's former IPs from previous copyright holder (Million Corp.), which ended up with Minoru Kidooka (ASW's founder and CEO) apologizing on his company's behalf to the former Technos staff members in an interview.
  • Nintendo has done everything in their power to forget the three Legend of Zelda CD-i games, Faces of Evil, Wand of Gamelon, and Zelda's Adventure, ever existed. The games weren't even made by the creators of the series, and have been excommunicated entirely from the official timelines.
    • The same goes for the other Nintendo-licensed CD-i game, Hotel Mario.
    • Nintendo hasn't officially said anything about Project M, but considering that saying the name on Miiverse will get you an instant ban for "discussing criminal activity", their thoughts can't be anything positive.
  • Bob Gale hated many adaptations of the Back to the Future franchise, especially the first one by LJN Toys. According to him, they didn't want any input from the filmmakers, and when he finally saw the game, he wanted a lot changed, but was told it was too late for any changes to be made. He advised fans not to buy the game, and felt that Telltale Games handled it much better with their own game.
  • Following their departure from the Crash Bandicoot series, original developers Naughty Dog have given mixed feelings towards other developers' attempts at recreating the franchise. Naughty Dog co-president Evan Wells states that "It's a little bit like watching your daughter do porn". On the other hand, character designer Charles Zembillas actually liked Crash's redesign at the hands of Radical Entertainment, actually desiring further involvement in the series while co-creator Andy Gavin at the very least praises Crash Bash for staying true to the original games. Averted with the N. Sane Trilogy remasters of the original 3 games, of which Naughty Dog was quite impressed by Vicarious Visions' work.
  • Charlie Daniels was not happy with Guitar Hero III using a cover of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Not so much the cover itself, but for the fact that it was possible for the Devil to win.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Pogo creator Walt Kelly despised Chuck Jones' The Special Pogo Birthday Special, mainly for mucking about with what Kelly wanted, and how "he took all the sharpness out of it and put in that sweet, saccharine stuff that Chuck Jones always THINKS is Disney, but isn't." Considering Kelly was a former Disney animator and a good friend of Walt Disney, he wasn't saying that lightly. He and his wife, Selby, worked on their own animated Pogo short (We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us) that would've been more political and closer to the strip, but Kelly's failing health prevented it from being completed.
  • Bloom County creator Berkeley Breathed is disappointed by the 1991 animated special based on one of his books, A Wish for Wings That Work (which itself is based on Bloom County), because of the overall results, despite being credited as writer and executive producer.
    • When asked about a copy of the special on VHS or DVD in a 2003 interview, Breathed replied that "Hopefully in the rubbish pail. We can do better than that and we will with an eventual Opus film.. but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I presume your family was on speed when they watched it. I would imagine it helps."
    • In a 2007 interview, Breathed claims that the reason he dislikes the special was simply "unspectacular ratings" and his humor "wasn't meant for television, even if it was done right." Another reason was his "lack of writing experience" and the director was way over his head. He also would have preferred Sterling Holloway to provide the voice for Opus.
  • Little Lulu creator Marjorie Henderson Buell hated the cartoons made by Famous Studios in the 1940s, which she didn't feel were true to the original comics, and got involved with the making of those two Lulu shorts in the '60s to make sure that they were faithful to her work.
  • It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown upset Charles Schulz by showing the Little Red-Haired Girl and giving her a name (Heather) as he had wanted her to remain The Ghost. He subsequently declared that the TV specials weren't canon and only the comic strip counted (not that that stopped him from continuing to help write the TV specials).
  • Around the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation, series creator Gene Roddenberry admitted that he no longer considered Star Trek: The Animated Series to be canon, believing aspects of it to be "apocryphal". Fan response has since caused Paramount to declare the series is canon, not the first time they've ignored Roddenberry's edicts (see the Live Action Film folder).
  • Just averted with Yellow Submarine. At first, the Beatles wanted to disassociate themselves from the project based on the poor reviews of their TV special Magical Mystery Tour and their dislike of the television cartoon based on them. But after seeing the finished project, the group got excited and chose to do the live ending. To this day, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr still embrace the film.
  • Doug TenNapel apparently disliked the Earthworm Jim cartoon (though not as much as the sequels to the first two games that were made without his involvement). This may have something to do with the way the cartoon handled Bob the Killer Goldfish's evilutionary biologist shtick and/or turned Princess What's Her Name into a tough, independent action girl (evolution and feminism being two things self-professed conservative Christian TenNapel is not shy about his dislike for).
    • In a fan interview, he specified at least one point of dislike: Most episodes feel like Peter Puppy is the actual hero and Jim just a sidekick.
  • The Fantastic Four animated series was hated by then current Fantastic Four writer, Tom DeFalco. He got into trouble when he wrote a scene where Ant-Man called the show repulsive. Cracked has more to say about this.
  • Aversion: While Alan Moore doesn't like any of the movies of his work, there is one—and only one—adaptation he has gone on record as approving: the Justice League Unlimited episode "For the Man Who Has Everything", which was an adaptation of his story from Superman Annual #11.
  • The Powerpuff Girls (2016) is this for Craig McCracken. He stated on Twitter that he was opposed to Cartoon Network reviving the series in the first place, but understood from a business perspective why they did it.
  • Rev. Wilbert and Christopher Awdry were at first supportive of The Railway Series adaptation Thomas the Tank Engine, Wilbert even stating he thought the first two seasons were mostly decent renditions of his stories. However they came to dislike the increased creative liberties taken Season Three onwards, inventing new stories or retooling their own tremendously, as well as violating accuracies to railway code. Christopher Awdry also became annoyed with how the show effected his own writing of the novels, being mandated to rush in more Thomas focused stories.
  • Don Rosa has a complicated relationship with DuckTales. He has said he thinks it's a good show on its own merits, but it's a poor adaptation of Carl Barks's characters. He politely refuses to draw DuckTales material at cons.
  • For unexplained reasons, John Lasseter, one of the people behind the Toy Story films, is not a fan of the Spin-Off series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • Mark Newgarden, one of the people behind the Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, has stated that he doesn't like the Garbage Pail Kids Cartoon, considering it to be even worse than The Garbage Pail Kids Movie.