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50 Worst Movie Adaptations

The Time Travelers Wife (2009)

The Adaptation: Audrey Niffenegger's high concept romcom gets turned into an equally soppy vehicle for Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

What They Got Most Wrong:
Robert Schwentke attempts to cram Niffenegger’s book into a movie that’s less than two hours long, meaning all the secondary characters are nothing more than cyphers.

Doom (2005)

The Adaptation: Takes first-shooter video games to a cinematic extreme, as Dwayne Johnson blows up slobbering baddies - with a little help from Karl Urban.

What They Got Most Wrong: Near impossible-to-watch action sequences – how are we expected to follow all that?

Wing Commander (1999)

The Adaptation: Dodgy sci-fi based on the same-named video game series. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Matthew Lillard are gripped in interstellar war.

What They Got Most Wrong: Letting the creator of the game create the movie.

The Da Vinci Code (2006)

The Adaptation: Paul Bettany pulls off a great psycho albino in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s pulp fiction, but everybody else looks bored or confused. A lot like the audience.

What They Got Most Wrong: Not giving audiences a chance to work out the clues for themselves.

Howard The Duck (1986)

The Adaptation: George Lucas produces this frankly bizarre adaptation, which has the alien quacker landing on Earth and befriending a struggling singer.

What They Got Most Wrong: It attempts to be both a bit of family fun and a raunchy spoof – just wrong.

Superman 4: The Quest For Peace (1987)

The Adaptation: Sadly, the last Superman film to star Christopher Reeve – though at this point, it was more of a relief that he stopped making them.

What They Got Most Wrong: Having Nuclear Man as the villain was probably the biggest clanger - the political undertones were about as subtle as his golden mullet and leggings combo.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

The Adaptation: A long and drawn-out adaptation of C.S Lewis’ tome, with floppy-haired Ben Barnes in the titular role.

What They Got Most Wrong: Not thinking about that all-important subtext – the kids essentially go around killing people, while the good guys are all British and the baddies are Mediterranean-looking.

Lost In Space (1998)

The Adaptation: Danger! No, really, danger! Matt LeBlanc is in the house, putting on his best hero smirk as he drags this quaint ‘60s space opera into cinemas.

What They Got Most Wrong: It. Just. Doesn’t. Make. Any. Sense. Or, at least, by the time everything’s getting explained at the end, we’ve already guzzled 15 beers to dull the pain.

Alvin And The Chipmunks (2007)

The Adaptation: Jason Lee had obviously just hit his head when he signed up to this – a live-action reworking of the kiddie cartoon, about three sibling chipmunks.

What They Got Most Wrong: Allowing the little squeakers to ‘sing’. Our ears are still ringing. And then there’s the squeakquel…

Inspector Gadget (1999)

The Adaptation: Go-go gadget gobsmack! Everybody’s favourite bumbling, gizmo-dependent detective takes a trip to the big screen for a stinker of an adventure.

What They Got Most Wrong: Matthew Broderick as Gadget? Really? Whoever signed off this casting deserves a firing.