HarperCollins to Publish "The Kings Speech" and "The Matrix" Novelizations
Via: The Washington Post
Whoa! Looks like HarperCollins just got the rights to tie-ins and film scripts for The Matrix, The King's Speech, Saving Private Ryan, and quite a few others. They announced yesterday that they had locked down the majority of the Newmarket Press catalogue, which is a go-to publisher of film-related works.
So what does this mean?
Well, for one, HarperCollins is going to make some serious coin off the aspiring screenwriter crowd now that they're able to sell scripts for top-tier films. The aforementioned movies are an obvious bragging point, however it's difficult to tell what other film rights they have acquired considering parts of Newmarket's site are currently down and taking into account the usage of the word "majority." Regardless, look forward to the HarperCollins people pimping out their new film wares.
This brings us to our next point: tie-in novels. Sorry, but those never sat quite right with me. The Matrix films revolutionized effects in their own right when John Gaeta invented Bullet Time. Kind of difficult to recreate that in print. Then there's The King's Speech which took the Academy Award for best picture. Why would I want the repackaged book version when given the option? Same goes for Saving Private Ryan.
The book-to-film adaptation can work with the right people. See Drive, if you haven't already. Film-to-book is another story. Screenplays have their academic purposes, but a Matrix novel at this point seems redundant. Hopefully, HarperCollins can see that.
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