Familiar Movies With Amazingly Weird Origin Stories

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The creative process is mysterious and amazing, and that goes double for the creative nut-jobs in Hollywood. Brace yourself for some amazing facts about the source material behind well-known movies. It's not just the goings-on behind-the-scenes that are bonkers. The cavalcade of crazy starts much, much earlier, with the books, shows, stories, and myths that the scripts are based on.

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OIUNU SYHO The movie Psycho is based on a book of the same name, written by Robert Bloch. Alfred Hitchcock not only acquired the film rights to the no

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In the novel Call Me by Your Name, Oliver watches Elio poop. The movie adaptation scrapped a key moment in which the two lovers bond over each other's

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CRACKEDCON Saw II from was adapted a completely different movie's screenplay that had been widely rejected. SAL With no time to write a screenplay, th

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COYOTE UGLY $5 10 MATA 1306 ENALT CO BOUTS BOOZL Coyote Ugly was based on a 1997 GQ article titled ELIZABETH GILBERT The Muse of the Coyote OVER 10 M

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George Miller took inspiration for MAD MAX from his time working as a resident in an Australian ER. He described the road accident victims as 'the raw

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Dumbo was based on a story in a Roll-A-Book, a short-lived novelty. This was a box with images you could scroll through. Disney stumbled on one of the

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The Harry Potter world has wizards who are against wearing pants. They're called Fresh Air Refreshes Totally CFA.R.T.) and, to them, pants blOCK mag

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Pitch Perfect (2012) is actually an adaptation of a non-fiction book which discusses a cappella subculture in colleges. 'Pitch Perfect The Quest for C

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NIGHTMARE a on ELM STREET WAS INSPIRED BY AN ARTICLE ABOUT A CAMBODIAN BOY WHO WOULD STAY AWAKE FOR DAYS AT A TIME, BECAUSE HIS TERRIFYING NIGHTMARES

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GRAc The Fast and the Furious was based off of a magazine article. In 1998, VIBE published an article called Racer X, which profiled Rafael Estevez,

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The screenplay for American Beauty is loosely based on the Amy Fisherl Joey Buttafuoco story. Alan Ball got the idea for the movie after he saw a comi

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The Jeff Goldblum movie Earth Girls Are Easy was based on a novelty song. GIRLS ARTH EASY ARE An'out-of-this-world, down-to-earth romantic comedy.. It

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Mean Girls was based on a teen self-help book. GRAU LINDSAYLOHAN INEY IAN ONNOHOS ANA EVSAD AVIPHIR AATE HONCKOL INIAROS HE Tiny Fey based ANGIRIS the

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CRACKED.OOIN Several exchanges in the novel THE ROAD are taken directly from conversations Cormac McCarthy had with his son.

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COOL HAND LUKE was partially based on legends of a real prisoner on a Florida chain gang. While author Donn Pearce never met him, the real Luke was so

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Mars Attacks! was based on a trading card series. 19 BURNING FLEST Mars Attacks trading cards came out all the way back in 1962; however they didn't l

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Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds is based on a short story originally published in a women's interest magazine. GOOD Daphne HOUSTKFEPING du Maurier's Best

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Ransom Riggs was going to use his collection of creepy old photos to make a picture book. His publisher said he'd be better off using it as the basis