Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Mar 7 2013

Two Pinocchios? Why would you want even one?


Last week, NPR posted a helpful round-up of the many current and recent film projects inspired by fairy-tales, ranging from Red Riding Hood to the nine(!) Oz movies currently in the works...

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Feb 28 2013

Attack of the Highfield Mole!


Well, the CGI industry should be pleased with this news: after spending several years languishing in development, Relativity Media is finally moving forward on a movie adaptation of Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams's Tunnels series. (We reviewed the first few books in the series...

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Feb 20 2013

Anachronisms ahoy!


Slashfilm is warning us to brace ourselves for Dodge and Twist, a movie retelling of Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist that will combine "the context of a period film with modern action thrills". They're comparing it to Guy Ritchie's recent Sherlock Holmes films...

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Feb 6 2013



I'm sorry, but I'm voting "no" on this one: according to Deadline, Guillermo del Toro is planning to produce a movie adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden, and it's rumored that his version will be set in the American South at the turn of the 20th Century...

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Feb 4 2013

There are big names behind the Vampire Academy movie


The upcoming movie adaptation of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy has some serious YA street cred: according to Deadline, Daniel Waters, writer of the iconic black comedy Heathers, has written the script for the first movie, and his brother, Mean Girls director Mark Waters...

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Jan 29 2013

The Graveyard Book movie is back on


I had no idea (or had forgotten) this movie was even in the offing, much less that the project had gone off the rails. But apparently Neil Gaiman's 2008 novel The Graveyard Book was being developed as a stop-motion project to be directed by Henry Selick and produced by Disney, with a planned release date of October, 2013. Things went downhill last summer...

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Jan 14 2013

Reworking Cinderella


I didn't even realize Disney was making a "revisionist" film version of Cinderella, but apparently the movie is running into problems. Cate Blanchett is still on board as the wicked stepmother, but director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) has left, allegedly due to "differing views on how to tell the story" between him and the studio...

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Jan 11 2013

The Rabbi's Cat (film review), by Joann Sfar


I was recently sent a DVD screener of The Rabbi’s Cat, a 2011 animated film adaptation of Joann Sfar's graphic novel of the same name. I'm no film critic, and my previous experience with Sfar's work is limited to reading his sword-and-sorcery-on-drugs series Dungeon (which he co-created with Lewis Trondheim, and I have always found more exasperating than amusing), but I'll try anything once...

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Jan 7 2013

Cold open


Okay, I'm really looking forward to seeing this. MTV Geek recently posted a clip of the first four minutes of Warm Bodies, the not-very-thinly-disguised zombie version of Romeo and Juliet, and it looks ridiculously fun. Also, uh, just plain ridiculous, but that's never stopped me from enjoying something before...

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Nov 21 2012

"Looks promising" is a stretch, but...


The trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of the fairytale Jack the Giant Killer. It looks like the kind of CGI extravaganza I usually avoid, but I like both the cast (Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, and Bill Nighy) and the director (all the non-crappy X-Men movies' Bryan Singer)...

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Nov 19 2012

Generic fantasy


Aaand the trailer is out for the upcoming movie adaptation of City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. I tried with these books, I really did, but they were so boring. Seriously, they were as predictable as a telenovela...

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Nov 15 2012

In 2013, we can celebrate surviving the Mayan Calendar apocalypse with zombie movies


Trailers have recently been released for two upcoming movie adaptations of popular zombie novels: Max Brooks's World War Z and Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies. Warm Bodies looks like tremendous fun (I've heard complaints that the novel's Romeo and Juliet stuff is irritatingly heavy-handed, but dude: Rod Corddry makes a perfect zombie Mercutio), but...

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Oct 25 2012

The series that wouldn't die


One more bit of TV-adaptation-related news this week, and I'm done, I promise: is reporting that they have confirmed the Twilight series won't end with the upcoming Breaking Dawn 2. Apparently, the next evolution of the series is already in the works...

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Oct 23 2012

An American adaptation cannot be far behind


There have been a ton of fan-created trailers, but I'm pretty sure this is the first legit look at the upcoming German movie adaptation of Kerstin Gier's YA time-traveling novel Ruby Red (or Rubinrot, in German), and I can't tell you how excited I am to see it. The second book (Sapphire Blue) is finally coming out in English next week...

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Oct 17 2012

Carrie 2.0


The trailer is out for the new version of Carrie, and thus far I'm not feelin' it. I think Chloe Moretz is a fine actress, but she's never struck me as being particularly vulnerable, and Sissy Spacek's seeming fragility went a long way toward making the character memorable...

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Oct 11 2012

Alfred and Alma


The trailer is out for Hitchcock (the other Alfred Hitchcock-related project, which is not to be confused with the TV show about a young Norman Bates or The Girl, the HBO film about his treatment of Tippi Hedren). This is the film adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho...

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Oct 4 2012

One of these things is not like the others.


Uh... does the world really need a Little House on the Prairie movie adaptation, particularly one from the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness? I don't know how I feel about this...

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Oct 3 2012

Lisa Kleypas gets the Hallmark treatment


Speaking of movie adaptations of underwhelming books by otherwise excellent authors, apparently there's going to be a TV movie adaptation of Lisa Kleypas's novella Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, to air on ABC this December. I'm torn...

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Oct 2 2012

Jennifer Crusie on the big (or maybe small?) screen


According to Jennifer Crusie's blog, Agnes and the Hitman (which she co-wrote with Bob Mayer) has been optioned for film. Apparently, this has happened before, but this time it's for real; there's a script and an option check and everything...

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Sep 20 2012

Camp classic in the making, perhaps?


The trailer is out for the upcoming adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, and I don't know, you guys. This movie looks like it takes itself super seriously, and the source material might not bear such close examination...

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Sep 12 2012

Still stupid


A trailer has been released for director Andrea Arnold's film adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and, while I have no desire to actually watch the movie, even I have to admit that this version looks beautiful...

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Sep 11 2012

Bits and pieces, manga edition


I have some manga-related odds and ends to cover, but none of 'em seem quite worthy of their own posts, so I'm settling for a quick and dirty list...

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Sep 10 2012

Book-to-movie round up


The fine people at BuzzSugar have put together a helpful guide to the current crop of books being made into movies this fall...

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Sep 6 2012

Hansel and Gretel: now with more leather corsets


The trailer is out for the upcoming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters movie, and it looks truly, impressively terrible. I'm not sure if it will be terrible in a fun Underworld kind of way, or just straight-up terrible in an embarrassingly hokey Van Helsing kind of way, but let's face it: I'll probably see it regardless...

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Aug 7 2012

Another (non-princess) princess movie


The rumor that Disney was giving up on princess movies was apparently untrue: according to, the studio is planning to release a film inspired by The Snow Queen in 2013...

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Aug 6 2012

Quite the wait


I see they've pushed back the release date for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby from December 25th to next summer. According to THR's interview with Warner Bros., the official reason is because...

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Jul 13 2012

Disney goes old-school


The trailer is out for Disney's adaptation of Oz The Great and Powerful, and they've clearly spent a boatload of money on it. It looks very 3D-friendly and boasts plenty of big-name actors, but when it comes to Oz sequels and prequels my heart will always belong to the ultra-creepy 1985 movie Return to Oz...

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Jul 10 2012



The full-length trailer has been released for the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin movie adaptation, and I am so excited. The trailer looks outstanding (apart from the poorly-chosen pop-rock song that kicks in around the one-minute mark), the action scenes seem well-choreographed...

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Jun 28 2012

Self-help on the big screen (again)


According to Vulture, Reese Witherspoon is going to star in a fictionalized movie adaptation of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. I'm frankly amazed that What To Expect When You're Expecting made enough money to encourage still more self-help-book-inspired movies, but I guess things could be worse...

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Jun 21 2012

No thank you.


Ugh. I'm not a fan of Anna Karenina, or Joe Wright, or Tom Stoppard, or Merchant-Ivory-lite literary adaptations in general. But this lavish new trailer certainly looks pretty, and I suspect the movie will win many awards (but not my hard-earned $10)...

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