Yeah, I guess that movies probably provide the highest return on investment (I can’t imagine that a miniseries/TV version of THG could gross >$400M excluding DVD sales) even though they pose the most challenge in terms of time constraints, especially for literary adaptations. But it’s pretty rare that a cinematic adaptation will be my favorite interpretation of the work (I can count maybe a handful): something just seems always to get lost in translation.
Oftentimes I’m not even sure the the much larger budgets (which probably themselves lead to greater creative conservatism) are all that apparent. While this isn’t limited to THG, I just remember being very disappointed that they somehow weren’t able to translate the fire wings of the tribute parade concept art into the finished product. And then I though, “well, Doctor Who probably could have pulled that off easily and their relative budget is probably equivalent to the spare change that they can find in sofas around the BBC headquarters.”
So, yeah, I’m definitely a big proponent of miniseries and television.