Movie Ending *spoilers*

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Cristian M

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I am curious if SK approved the movie ending.
I guess they made Duddits turn into an ugly giant alien monster to be able to sell the movie (especially in USA).
In the book, Duds just helps Jonesy to kill Mr Gray in Jonesy's head.
Is SK suggesting Duddits is an alien in the book?
 
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blunthead

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I am curious if SK approved the movie ending.
I guess they made Duddits turn into an ugly giant alien monster to be able to sell the movie (especially in USA).
In the book, Duds just helps Jonesy to kill Mr Gray in Jonesy's head.
Is SK suggesting Duddits is an alien in the book?
I assume that sK is involved in movie adaptations of his books sometimes largely and sometimes not at all, depending on factors of which I'm ignorant. I didn't like the movie all that much on first viewing, but have liked it a whole lot more subsequently. I accept but not necessarily like the ending (despite being a U.S.citizen). I wonder what a better ending could've been. Keep in mind that I'm a big William Goldman (screenwriter) fan, a fact that may or may not effect this post. I've looked for a discussion by Goldman of the movie, one which I seem to remember once reading, but haven't found it yet.
 
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The one that made it to the theater was not the first ending filmed although I can't say without asking Stephen if it still had the same premise as the final cut version. My recollection is that it was changed after being shown to a test audience.
 

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The one that made it to the theater was not the first ending filmed although I can't say without asking Stephen if it still had the same premise as the final cut version. My recollection is that it was changed after being shown to a test audience.
I think it is a difficult original story ending to adequately adapt to the screen. I seem always to prefer sK's original endings vs differing movie ones. I've read lots of authors' endings and have always felt that sK writes way better endings than many others'. CRs' perceptions are so varied. An sK friend of mine told me he always loves the stories but always hates how sK ends them. I haven't asked him who else he's read.
 
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I liked this film alot....the story of the five friends who have a psychic gift was cool and how they were such good friends...SSDD....gotta say I love that phrase...also when the film would go back to when they were kids reminded me of a bit like "IT".....not as good though....The idea of aliens spreading infection was cool...and how they get into Jonesy's head and he was hiding in his memory warehouse....great film....prefered the book....but still a good watch