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Subject: I remember 20 years ago director Jonathan Demme and producer Oprah Winfrey put their heart and soul into adapting Morrison's Pulitzer Prize story "Beloved" to the big screen, but the oddball, supernatural Civil War era story fell apart with critics and movie audiences.
The ambitious creepy storyline adapted by novice screenwriter actress Akosua Busia, was enough for "Beloved" to tank at the box office.
"To this day I ask myself, was it a mistake? Was it a mistake to not try and make [it]
a more commercial film? To take some things out and tell the story differently so that it would
be more palatable to an audience? Well, if you wanted to make a film that everybody would see,
then that would be a mistake. But at the time, I was pleased with the film that we did because
it represented to me the essence of the Beloved book."