Like many fans, we’d always assumed that Stoppard’s draft must have been a work of genius, and that his replacement by Weitz surely doomed the project. Much to our surprise, upon reading the screenplays, we’re wrong. Had Stoppard’s screenplay been filmed, the movie would have been ponderous, a bit dull, and far too long. Weitz’s original script was actually great and makes us sad about the movie that could have been.
From “Where Did ‘The Golden Compass’ Go Astray? And Was Tom Stoppard’s Original Script a Masterpiece?” — Vulture — Entertainment & Culture Blog — New York Magazine
4 responses to “The Golden Compass Movie: Scripts”
I saw the movie on Saturday–in IMAX, no less. When the credits began rolling, one young women (10 or 11) behind me, screamed, “What the… Stupid writers. They *ruined* it.”
If only they had taken Weitz’s first script…
If only they had done a lot of things — like read the whole series so they knew what they were getting into, like trust the story, like trust their viewers, like ….
It could of been such a great adaptation.