Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Why isn’t there a good Dinotopia movie?

Here's the short answer: It’s not easy to create an adaptation of the first two books that preserves the utopian appeal of the world, but also introduces enough conflict to make it work as a three-act drama for adults. If you make it too sweet, it feels corny or preachy; but if you give it too much edge, it feels wrong for Dinotopia.

In today's Wednesday deep dive on my Substack page, I share my thoughts on the challenges, pitfalls, and opportunities of adapting a dinosaur utopia to the film medium.

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