Quotes: Ink Stain Adaptation

I sold the film rights to Jerry Lewis; his film killed the play just as the the film of Myra Breckinridge would later kill the novel on which it was based—by others, not me. This rarely happens once; to happen twice...
Gore Vidal on Visitor to a Small Planet, Palimpsest

It commits the biggest crime any adaptation could: it made me question whether or not the material it was adapting was that damn great to begin with.

Sandy Duncan was America's Sweetheart back when we still had those. She taught us that Wheat Thins were baked and not fried and explained to the Six Million Dollar Man why Bigfoot was always fucking with him. She was a spritely and theatrical singer and actress who performed Peter Pan on Broadway for so many years that you can't even wear that costume in public anymore without looking like a pussy.

David: If he’s not Marlon Brando, I’m not interested, people.
Chris: Even then, man. I get why people would want the Kents around, since it gives Superman someone to talk to who knows his secret, and gives a nice way to humanize him, but Jor-El’s part in the Superman story is over the second he puts the baby in the rocketship. Do people really like those first two Christopher Reeve movies so much that they think Jor-El’s disembodied voice needs to be telling a dude in his 20s whether he should get married?
—Chris Sims and Davis Uzumeri on Smallville ("Prophecy")

All the jokes about Pseudo-Batman and contractual obligations involving shirtlessness aside, Justin Hartley admirably pulls off the acting demands made on him most of the time. But Oliver's appearance in this episode is basically as contrived as Zod's own...the effort to sync Smallville with a "collective unconscious" steeped in Donner's Superman in particular forces the creative team to make the kinds of choices that those of us who come to the show from our love of the source material have such a hard time excusing. Like "Mikhail Mxyzptlk."
Marc Pritchard on Smallville, "Dominion"

When the day of judgment gets off its ass and comes around, having been postponing itself now for 1943 years longer than The Last Dangerous Visions, Arnold Schwarzenegger will find himself being judged not for his mismanagement of the California state budget, but rather for his role in neutering Conan the Barbarian from his classic original form into a generic 80s wisecracking action hero.

So the English dub...*sigh* I don't think I have the writing skills to express how much I hate it. And I don't hate it because it's a terrible, rage-inducing 'adaptation,' and I don't hate it because the Japanese version is vastly superior in every conceivable way. I hate it is because this poorly acted, poorly written, poorly scored piece of crap is what people associate with Mewtwo Strikes Back. They think of hypocritical morals and 'Brother My Brother' and lame jokes and a music score that's just there and bland voice acting and think that what they see in the dub is all there is to this movie. I mean, I look at what all those film critics say about the movie back then and am shaking my head because, while they do have some valid complaints here and there, a large majority of the faults they find with the movie aren't there in the original version of the film. 'You didn't see the real movie!' I think to myself. 'You saw the 4Kids One Piece dub of the Pokémon franchise.'
Dogasu, on the English dub of Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back.