Caleb Carr wrote "The Alienist" in 1994. It was a huge hit, settling in on the New York Times Bestseller List for six months, and there was no doubt in anybody's mind that some Hollywood Studio would scoop it up and turn it into a brilliant two hour movie.
After all, the characterizations are amazing, the movie sets would be extravagant, and Carr's writing is absolutely superb. Okay, maybe that's the biggest problem.
Caleb Carr is too good of a writer for Hollywood to do him justice. At least, that's what I see. Why not put another billion dollars into a Dan Brown novel, or give Stephanie Meyers, who's ridiculous notions of what constitutes a vampire would make Dwight Shrute from The Office question her as if she were a Benjamin Franklin stripper (Office fans know what I mean!), a few more millions.
Who wants to take the time to turn a brilliant novel from an amazing writer into a film? Nobody, I guess.
If anybody has any opinions on why The Alienist is still just a book, let me know.
I'm dying to know since it's so obvious how good some of the world's best actors would be in a well written and directed movie of this book.
Some maverick in Hollywood should just take a shot. Why not? Look how long it took to turn Ken Kesey's book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, into a movie.
That turned out well, didn't it?