Incompatible Adapter Dept.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2013-10-20 14:00:00 No comments

Mental Floss Exclusive: Our Interview with Bill Watterson! | Mental Floss

... coming at a new work requires a certain amount of patience and energy, and there’s always the risk of disappointment. You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic.

... I have zero interest in animating Calvin and Hobbes. If you’ve ever compared a film to a novel it’s based on, you know the novel gets bludgeoned. It’s inevitable, because different media have different strengths and needs, and when you make a movie, the movie’s needs get served. As a comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes works exactly the way I intended it to. There’s no upside for me in adapting it.

I admire the hell out of this man. Not just because he stands his ground, but because he understands why his position has been worth sticking to.

If someone offered me the chance to adapt one of my works into another medium, I'd consider it. But the medium, and the degree of control I'd have over the resulting product, would be paramount. I don't think Flight of the Vajra would work as anything less than a miniseries, but it would need the budget of a feature film — ergo, it would be all but unfilmable. Maybe if it were animated (he said, watching Mr. Watterson flinch).

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