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

Examples of unfilmable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Netflix adaptation of a brilliant novel so conceptually complicated that it has long been called unfilmable is perfectly decent (albeit simplified) sci-fi. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 That’s one reason the material had long been deemed unfilmable. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Feb. 2024 At the same time, the novel, with its shifting narrators and dreamlike structure that resists pat interpretations, was long considered all-but unfilmable. Mark Schilling, Variety, 15 Feb. 2024 Many books have been called unfilmable, but in the case of Isabel Wilkerson’s 2020 best-seller Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, that label would hardly be an exaggeration. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Jan. 2024 Once considered so intricate and dense as to be unfilmable, Foundation has become, instead, the leading edge of the streaming service's transformation into the home of visionary science fiction. David Faris, The Week, 16 July 2023 That book’s totally unfilmable! Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2023 Stephen King’s 1992 novel was long thought to be unfilmable — after all, what’s cinematic about a woman handcuffed to a bed by herself with only her own memories to interact with? Christian Holub, EW.com, 18 Sep. 2020 None of which is to suggest that Roupenian’s story is unfilmable, only that it hasn’t been well filmed. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2023

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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