The inspiration for a hit movie can come from almost anywhere – an active imagination, an earlier film, a novel…the sources are essentially limitless. However, one source for an impressive number of great movies are articles. Long before Law & Order was ripping stories “straight from the headlines,” Hollywood had turned to features and timely news stories as a source of inspiration for some amazing films. Tumblr site The Electric Typewriter has compiled a list (complete with links) to 12 articles that were eventually used as the basis for some great films.
Some of the choices are pretty obvious – everyone knows Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas drew its inspiration from the Hunter S. Thompson piece of the same name, but did you know that Live Free or Die Hard was based on John Carlin’s Wired piece entitled A Farewell to Arms? How about the fact that The Fast and the Furious came about thanks to Kenneth Li Rafael’s Racer X? Maybe you knew that Nik Cohn’s Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night (published in New York Magazine circa 1976) was what inspired Saturday Night Fever, but you probably didn’t know that Seabiscuit came about thanks to Laura Hillenbrand’s piece, Four Good Legs Between Us.
Even if you did somehow know all of those films were inspired by written features, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can read them for yourself and see how they compare to the films that were spawned in their wake. Check out The Electric Typewriter for the full list and links and let us know what you think.