People often complain that novels should be adapted for the small screen because so many things get left out in big screen adaptations e.g. *Cold Mountain *(this was criticized in one of my English Literature lessons). **Wong Jing** knows how to flawlessly condense novels for the big screen e.g. the *Royal Tramp *duology and what was horribly retitled in English as *Kung Fu Cult Master* (instead of *The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber)*. The English title should’ve been *Cull of the Cults* (or even *Clash of the Clans*).

**As such, I devised a theory about how hundreds of pages should be adapted for a lesser number of minutes.**

If you wrote a novel which was 450 pages long, you should choose 180 minutes as the equivalent. This is too long for exhibitors because they want to have more screenings on a daily basis, so you divide the film into two. This is what **John Woo** should’ve done for *Bullet in the Head* (which should’ve been titled in English as either *The Abyss of* *Vengeance*, *Duality* or *Sojourn*). By having 2 films which are 90 minutes long, you are reflecting the theory of **Roger Corman** (i.e. no film should be longer than 90 minutes).

*Despite the division, you still need the original figure to calculate. 180 can be divided by 6 because 6 x 3 = 18, hence 6 x 30 = 180. 6 represents the number of minutes, whereas 30 represents the number of chapters. To find out the number of pages, I had to divide 450 by 30. The result is 15. This means that there would be 15 pages in each chapter because 15 x 30 = 450. As for the movie, every 6 minutes = 15 pages.*

Ironically, there is a rule in Hollywood that an extremely profitable movie has to be much longer than 2 hours. If you look at the top-grossing movies, each one is longer than 2 hours. This is why **Martin Scorsese** has overlong running times.

If you have a novel which is 350 pages long, you have to think of a reasonable running time. I thought of 126 because the regular version of *Bullet in the Head *had that number of minutes. I had to find which number could be divided by the two of them. This number was 14. 350 pages ÷ 14 = 25 chapters. This means that there would be 14 pages in each chapter. 126 minutes ÷ 14 = 9 minutes. Every 9 minutes = 14 pages.

Coincidentally, **Taylor Swift** wrote a novel whose number of pages was 350.

**When I wrote screenplays based on my novels, I planned the running time of every scene. Here are the overall running times of the screenplays…**

1) **Child story** = 90 minutes (8,100 feet of film).

2) **Teen story** (from the third novel) = 100 minutes (9,000 feet of film).

3) **Adult story** (from the third novel) = 110 minutes (9,900 feet of film).

4) **Fashion story** = 120 minutes (10,800 feet of film).

Special thanks to the Scene Savers website.