un·​film·​able ˌən-ˈfil-mə-bəl How to pronounce unfilmable (audio)
: not fit or able to be adapted to motion pictures : not filmable
an unfilmable novel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But what makes a book supposedly unfilmable varies. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2023 One of his earliest projects at Netflix was an adaptation of Gerald's Game, one of a very small number of books in the author's back catalogue that had been widely deemed unfilmable. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 Dec. 2022 The cost of doing that on a computer would have made the movie unfilmable. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2022 Neil Gaiman’s sweeping fantasy series, first published in monthly comic-book form between 1989 and 1996, was long considered unfilmable. al, 10 Aug. 2022 Despite its outsized impact on science fiction, Dune was for many years considered unfilmable. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2021 Dune, especially, almost feels unfilmable in its scope. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Jessica Bruder's nonfiction book seemed unfilmable, but director Chloé Zhao and star Frances McDormand reconceived it as a magical, compassionate drama about people living without homes. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 Of course, there are still those who maintain The Sandman is essentially unfilmable, even given today's cutting-edge technology. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 May 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfilmable was in 1928

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“Unfilmable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfilmable. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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