I too had heard it ripped off that 2000 Japanese Movie Battle Royale, but i don't really care...
No, it rips off the internationally best-selling novel of the same name.
I had heard it was based off of the Suzanne Collins book/series, but i'm assuming you are indicating that she may have ripped off another book?
Either way, it doesn't matter to me. As an end user, I really don't care where the story came from.
I'd rather it rip off something and be good then not rip off something and be awful.
ayall wrote: i don't know why people care so much when Hollywood takes stories from other Arenas and remakes them in a more Hollywood style (such as Black Swan)... Hollywood typically does a better job IMO.
It would be one thing if it were better, but typically, it's a far shittier, dumbed-down version. Also, have you seen "Perfect Blue"?
No, of course not. It's a fucking cartoon.
And, worst yet, it's not even in English! (that's right, I said it... i loath watching foreign language films and having to read the subs; might as well read the book)
I watched the trailer for Perfect Blue and it reminded me of Pokemon.
Compared to Perfect Blue, you may have found Black Swan to be "far shittier, dumbed-down" but i found Black Swan to be very entertaining and enjoyable.
Besides the story alone, there are plenty of filming aspects (acting, cinematography, etc.) a non-cartoon movies brings to the table which cartoons and books can not.
I will agree that Hollywood at times botches a remake or a retelling of a great book, but sometimes they also get it right (much credit to the writer/director). Obvious examples of this (for me) are TWBB which was based off of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil!, and even A Clockwork Orange based off of Anthony Burgess novel. While both of those original novels are amazing, so are the films.
Similar to your Adam Carola MB comment, don't be so jaded about the tweaking of "an original story."
For example, a movie coming out this year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) will be based off the book and you could even argue the "original" cartoon movie The Hobbit (1977).
I won't be comparing them at all, they're all seen as completely different in my eyes.
I enjoyed reading Tolkien books on long family vacation car rides as a 10 year old, but when i tried going back and rereading some of them in my 20's, they couldn't hold my attention.
I also enjoyed watching The Hobbit cartoon movie, but in no way will I compare it to the moving coming out this year.
In Summary, I think the amount of amazing stories/movie ideas is far lower then the demand of movies needing production (i.e. look at this crap Adam Sandler is putting out).
If a movie is made based off of an existing story (novel, cartoon, book, etc.) and ends up being good, that's a win in my book.