What Is The Worst Change A Film Adaptation Has Ever Made?

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Movie adaptations always require a few changes from their source material. Sometimes those changes can result in a totally new and wonderful experience—and sometimes they're just plain terrible. Which alteration is the very worst?


Include the title of the film (and the source material, if it has a different title), the change the filmmakers made, and why it was terrible.

The top image is from The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's disastrous adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Let's face it, this movie had a lot of problems, but changing most of the Asian-influenced characters to white kids wasn't a great place to start.

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Changing it from a post-war oral history project to a mid-war FIGHT THE OUTBREAK narrative to create a false sense of action, along with switching the zombies from shamblers to runners. Runners have their place, but part of the reason the outbreak became as dire as it did is that modern militaries just weren't prepared for the morale-destroying effects of seeing a tide of shambling zombies advancing inevitably on their troops.