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.”