un·​film·​able | \ ˌən-ˈfil-mə-bəl How to pronounce unfilmable (audio) \

Definition of unfilmable

: not fit or able to be adapted to motion pictures : not filmable an unfilmable novel

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Garland, who adapted the screenplay, takes the premise, characters and larger ideas of VanderMeer’s book, and interprets them in his own story to bring an almost unfilmable novel to the big screen as a sci-fi epic. Katie Walsh, idahostatesman, "‘Annihilation’ is bold, adventurous and strange | Idaho Statesman," 22 Feb. 2018 Who but a precocious 23-year-old would have the temerity to confront one of the twentieth century’s densest and wildest novels, impenetrable to many readers and seemingly an unfilmable text? Christian Lorentzen, New Republic, "Talk Therapy," 9 Feb. 2018 All of these books represented major shifts for the science fiction genre and, until recently, would probably have been considered unfilmable. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Four book series that are shaping the future of science fiction on television," 19 Aug. 2017 The critically acclaimed adaptation of an epic, supposedly unfilmable James Ellroy novel — the third book in his L.A. Quartet — the film remains a sophisticated touchstone of Los Angeles mythmaking. Akiva Gottlieb, latimes.com, "A celebration of the 20th anniversary of L.A. neo-noir classic 'L.A. Confidential'," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of unfilmable

1928, in the meaning defined above

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