Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Aug 9 2016

Useful for someone, I guess.


Last week, Vulture helpfully compiled a list of Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come in 2016. There is nothing on this list I would willingly shell out $10.50 for, but fans of inspiring (read: tear-jerking) nonfiction...

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Aug 4 2016

Don't count this one out


Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in an upcoming movie adaptation of Patrick Hess's YA series Chaos Rising, according to Variety. There's been a lot of talk about the abrupt downturn in YA film attendance, but...

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Jul 28 2016



I finally saw a trailer for Nerve, the upcoming movie adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's 2012 young-adult thriller of the same name. It looks pretty silly, honestly, but in a fun, colorful, glittery way. Plus, it's summer, and let's be honest...

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Jul 26 2016



Wow, this Killing Joke animated film sounds like it was really poorly thought out. (And not just because I suspect a lot of parents are going to mistakenly think: "Hey, a Batman movie I can finally take my kids to!") I'm not...

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Jul 21 2016



So, this is pathetic: according to THR, the fourth and final Divergent film will be aired as a TV movie, despite the fact that this will almost certainly require extensive re-casting. Lionsgate Films declined to comment on the situation, but this wouldn't be the first lackluster YA film series to be downgraded to...

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Jul 19 2016

Missed opportunity


io9 recently introduced me to this brief look at the concept footage for a movie adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds, featuring the work of legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen...

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Jul 6 2016



Vulture has the trailer up for Imperium, the upcoming film featuring Daniel Radcliffe playing a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group. Imperium is inspired by the real-life experience of Michael German, a former undercover FBI agent who...

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Jun 22 2016



The first trailer is out for the movie adaptation of M.R. Carey's zombie novel The Girl With All the Gifts. The movie has a recognizable cast (including Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton), and it looks very artistically gloomy, but...

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Jun 16 2016

Wicked the movie, for serious


According to The New York Times, a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Wicked (based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name) has been scheduled for a December, 2019 release by Universal Pictures. Rumors of this project have floated around for years, but...

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Jun 14 2016

No loss


Awwwww: according to THR, Nicholas Sparks Productions, the film and TV production company founded by the author of the same name, is shutting down. The company launched in 2012, and went on to produce two adaptations of Sparks's cloying melodramas (2013's Safe Haven and 2016's The Choice)...

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Jun 14 2016

I would have pushed him down a well.


I normally avoid movies that scream OSCAR BAIT!!! this loudly, but I'm mildly intrigued by the new film Genius, about the relationship between notoriously verbose writer Thomas Wolfe and his long-suffering editor Maxwell Perkins. The trailer looks...

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Jun 10 2016

Another one to skip


I'd managed to forget that Kenneth Branagh was making a movie adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express, but apparently the deal has been hammered out and Angelina Jolie is in talks to star. I have no idea what role she'll play (personally, I'm hoping for a gender-swapped Hercule Poirot)...

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Jun 8 2016

Mediocrity in pretty dresses


Over the weekend, my mom and I went to see Whit Stillman's Love and Friendship, which has been receiving glowing reviews. I enjoyed the acting, the sets, and the fact that one of Jane Austen's lesser-known works (the novella Lady Susan) was getting some attention, but I thought the movie itself was pretty bad, and I blame most of that on Mr. Stillman...

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Jun 7 2016

A world of no.


According to Deadline, there are some big names attached to the film adaptation of Gay Talese’s The Voyeur’s Motel: Sam Mendes will direct and produce; Steven Spielberg is also producing. The movie, which is based on this insane magazine article written...

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Jun 2 2016

Jumping the gun


According to Coming Soon, Awesomeness Films is planning a film adaptation of Aaron Starmer's young adult novel Spontaneous. Here's hoping they didn't pay a ton for the rights; the book doesn't come out for another couple of months, and the idea of a story...

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May 17 2016



The trailer is out for Ang Lee's upcoming film adaptation of Ben Fountain's debut novel, 2012's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. I haven't read Billy Lynn, but I keep seeing it described as "razor-sharp satire". I can only say that that is really not the vibe I'm getting from this trailer...

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May 10 2016

That's a full-length-novel-worthy cover, though.


io9 informs me that there is a short film adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s Pinocchio-goes-scifi story The Nostalgist, and it's now available (for free!) online. Here's the official plot description...

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May 5 2016

Gothic romance dialed up to 11


The trailer is out for director Park Chan-wook's film Agasshi (The Handmaiden), and it looks incredible—dramatic, artistic, and creepy as hell. It's a loose adaptation of Sarah Waters's 2002 novel Fingersmith, and will debut at the Cannes Film Festival next week. Park, who is best known for his 2003 movie Oldboy, has...

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Apr 28 2016

Good luck


And in one last bit of movie-adaptation news, Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda have been confirmed as the stars of a sequel to Disney's Mary Poppins. I've never actually seen the original Mary Poppins, but just typing the name is enough to get some of the music stuck in my head, so...

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Apr 28 2016

Sorry, Meg.


In news that will undoubtedly traumatize Wordcandy staff member Megan (who hates the book with a fiery passion), the Guardian is reporting that there will be a new film adaptation of Richard Adams’s 1972 novel Watership Down. The movie will be a co-production of the BBC and Netflix, and features...

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Apr 26 2016

Isn't this already a Japanese movie?


The trailer is out for The Cell, the movie adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name by Stephen King. I've never read it, but I treasure that dated cover and delightfully cheesy tagline. ("YOUR NUMBER IS UP!") Plus, I like John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, so...

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Apr 21 2016

They'll get my $9.50


And in other trailer news, they're releasing yet another Bourne thriller, this one simply called Jason Bourne. Thankfully, they're back to Matt Damon in the title role. Apparently casting Jeremy Renner in a Bourne spin-off that felt like a slap-happy take on Flowers For Algernon didn't work out...

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Apr 20 2016

Possible soapy fun?


The first trailer is out for the upcoming film adaptation of The Girl on the Train, the best-selling 2015 novel by author Paula Hawkins. It looks very melodramatic (and a bit like they really wanted to make Gone Girl 2: This Time She's British!), but...

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Apr 14 2016

At long last?


The Guardian has confirmed that Neil Gaiman is working on a 6-part TV miniseries adaptation of Good Omens, the 1990 comedy/fantasy novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. (This is not the first time the idea of a TV adaptation of Good Omens has been floated around, but it seems more official now.) I've always thought of...

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Apr 13 2016



The teaser trailer is out for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange, and it looks glossy and entertaining, just like we've come to expect from the studio. I'm sure it will earn a bazillion dollars, but now that I've seen the footage I'm even more irritated with Marvel's decision to transform the Tibetan-born character The Ancient One into Bald Tilda Swinton...

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Apr 5 2016

Goofy! Hopefully on purpose!


LaineyGossip recently posted several pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the upcoming movie adaptation of Marvel's Doctor Strange. I've never read Doctor Strange, but I cannot believe how well Cumberbatch's face lends itself to a comic book character...

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Mar 31 2016



ProgrammingInsider just announced that A&E TV and Harlequin Books have formed a creative partnership to produce original scripted movies, web series, books and digital content. They're promising "several scripted dramatic movies based on original stories and bestselling novels that will include a narrative of mystery, romance, thriller, suspense and more." My hopes are not high...

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Mar 23 2016

No, maybe, OPENING DAY


Three movie trailers were brought to my attention today, all based on (or at least loosely inspired by) literary sources. Here they are, in order of least-to-most-likely to be seen by Julia...

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Mar 22 2016

Action! Hemingway


This is... really embarrassing, frankly. There's a movie coming out soon called Papa: Hemingway in Cuba, which appears to turn Ernest Hemingway into a regime-toppling superhero. The film was shot in Cuba, and features a sidekick character (Robin to ol' Hemingway's Batman) based loosely on...

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Mar 17 2016

Win some, lose some


So, bad news: according to THR, Mark Osborne's widely-praised and absolutely gorgeous-looking film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince was quietly removed from Paramount's film-release schedule, which had originally slated the movie to open in the U.S. tomorrow...

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