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‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie Adaptation

Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever, opened up to The Guardian  about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING OFFERED ROLE IN MOGGACH’S TULIP FEVER!” Soon, Moggach found herself dealing with both the press and a mountain of incoming screenwriters.

She recalled there was a continuous stream of screenwriters hoping to adapt her work, each one bumped off in favor of a new writer. In the process, she believes they lost track of what the book was supposed to be about. Moggach noted Harvey Weinstein interfered with the production constantly, which was shooting in 2014. It was first optioned in 2004 but was dropped after production delays. Weinstein kept fiddling with the cut of the film itself.  Moggach comments that he was a ‘bully’ and was never satisfied with the cut.

 

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The film adaptation was finally released to negative reviews. It currently has a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.4/10 on IMDB. It’s not hard to see why the author thought the film was particularly terrible and she admitted to watching the first screening with a glass of wine in hand, practically laughing at the decisions made by screenwriters while adapting the novel.

This film shows what happens when a good story gets into the wrong hands. What did you think of the film adaptation? Was it as terrible as everyone said? Is the book better? (In this author’s opinion, yes!)

 

 

 

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Alicia Vikander in Tulip Fever

Christoph Waltz and Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Release Date Pushed Back

Fans of Deborah Moggach’s novel Tulip Fever: A Novel  will have to wait a little longer than planned for the film adaptation. The Weinstein Company has set a US release date of September 1st, having moved the release date from August 25th to avoid clashes with other films set for release that week.  

 

However, some may ask ‘what’s another week?’ considering the film had originally been planned for a 2004 shoot starring Keira Knightly and Jude Law, and was postponed until 2014 due to government incentive cuts in the UK. The finished product was then set for release in July of 2016, and has been delayed until now. 

 

Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz

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But the time is nigh, and we might start letting ourselves get a little excited. The film boasts an absolutely glittering cast, including Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, Judi Dench, Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander, and Cara Delevigne. 

 

Dane DeHaan

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The story takes place in 17th century Amsterdam and focuses on the affair between a married woman (Vikander) and the artist (Dane DeHaan) hired by her husband (Christoph Waltz) to paint their portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs in order to raise money to run away together. 

 

Watch the trailer below!

 

 

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