October 31, 2013

Movies you might not have known were written by novelists


Last week saw the highly-anticipated release of the film The Counselor, and since the film hit theaters on October 25th the reviews have been pouring in. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy, and directed by Academy Award winner Ridley Scott, the film was expected to be a critical success, but reviews have been mixed at best. The critical failure of McCarthy’s film seems to reflect the fact that, while novels often make great films (Just look at No Country for Old Men), great novelists don’t always make great screenwriters. Here is a look at some other examples of novelists that have attempted to make the transition to writing screenplays.




Michael Elmets is a Melville House intern.