Collaboration Is Not Second Guessing

I really enjoy most movies-based-on-books in which the author is involved in the film itself (“Hellboy” and “Sin City,” for examples). Of course, what happens when a director or screen-writer decides to significantly change portions of the story (like in virtually ever one of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy of films)? Well, I am not going to argue when the writer gives their blessing, as appears to be the case with Frank Darabont’s change to the ending of Stephen King’s “The Mist.” Darabont quoting King:

And I still have the e-mail. He said, “Wow, I love the ending. If I’d thought of it, I’d have used it in the story.”