Andromeda Strain -- why does Hollywood have to mutilate perfectly good films?

Dr Zaius

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May 1, 2001
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Yeah, Hollywood strikes again. The latest victim is Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, which was a great film back in the '70s. That is, until Hollywood decided to improve it with a little chainsaw surgery.

Hollywood executives apparently felt that a story involving mutating alien viruses and the death of mankind would be boring and stale--that being so dreary and commonplace--so they decided to pump up the action by rewriting the story to include a busybody reporter with an agenda and unimportant supporting characters with substance abuse issues. WTF? Toss in some vague psychobabble about nefarious deeds perpetrated against the environment and you have the new version of Andromeda.

Really sad. Pathetic even.

This leads me to ask a simple question: Is everyone in Hollywood brain dead, or do the people who work there have some unexplained grudge against sci-fi?