Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

Sep 15 2015

UGH.

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And again: there are some really good books out there that would make fine movies, Disney! You don't need to keep mining your own old projects! And no one needs another "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" song stuck in their heads...

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Sep 15 2015

Why bother?

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The first trailer was released for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Jungle Book. It looks very... CGI. I can't believe there's really that much of a demand for this movie. I mean, if Disney is so hard up...

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Sep 10 2015

Sad facts

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SplitSider writer Priyanka Mattoo recently wrote a helpful explanatory article called "How Does a Book Get Optioned and Become a Movie?" If, like me, you don't really care about the how-to stuff for writers looking to sell their book(s) to Hollywood, skip to the paragraph that..

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Sep 9 2015

Sex, aliens, and videotape

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And speaking of fantasy novels, io9 recently put together a great interview about the challenges (which range from "exciting" to, uh, "just plain challenging") facing the people attempting to adapt Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a TV show...

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Sep 3 2015

Will I buy a ticket? Probably.

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Funimation has released an English-language trailer for the live-action film adaptations of Attack on Titan, and I keep watching it, even though everything about this series grosses me out...

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Sep 2 2015

A recipe for success?

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Chloë Grace Moretz continues her search for the teen literary franchise that will make her into a world-famous zillionaire. If I Stay was only a minor hit, but the recently-released trailer for The Fifth Wave looks like it's going for broke: a mixture of alien movies + survivalist adventure + doomed love triangle...

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Sep 1 2015

NOT. FAIR.

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Huh. It seems there's going to not only be a Ready Player One movie (which: why? We already have two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptations. Can't we just re-watch those?), but...

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Aug 27 2015

Dark Ages soap

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Deadline recently posted an update on ITV's upcoming Beowulf miniseries, which they describe as a "Dark Ages Western". My hopes that this adaptation will be a hokey delight are high (the creators also produced Primeval, which pretty much rang the hokey delight bell, IMO), but..

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Aug 25 2015

We'll see...

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Since we're a few years past the last one (which was what, Death Comes To Pemberley?), we are clearly past due for another rush of Jane Austen-inspired movies...

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Aug 12 2015

I need to re-read this.

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The BBC is making a miniseries adaptation of War and Peace, and THR has some early images of the production. The pictures are elegant and tasteful (if totally boring), although I'm still a little confused about the broadcasting schedule...

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Aug 6 2015

The umlaut really adds something.

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Deadline informs me that Fox has hired Josh Schwartz (of The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck fame) to develop an hourlong "dramedy" inspired by Grady Hendrix's supernatural mystery novel Horrorstör...

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Jul 28 2015

Maybe they could hire a woman? For something?

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According to THR, novelist Michael Chabon is in talks to work on Disney’s Bob the Musical, a movie that has been languishing in development hell for more than a decade...

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Jul 16 2015

If only he was a fur-trapping zombie.

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Whelp, the trailer for the upcoming film The Revenant is out (based "in part" on Michael Punke's 2003 novel of the same name), and it does absolutely nothing for me. I'm not impressed by Leonardo DiCaprio's goofy beard, the panting "soundtrack", or the CGI bear...

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Jul 15 2015

75% less creepy than Pinocchio, but still...

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Another week, another inexplicable live-action Disney film: according to THR, they're making a live-action prequel to Aladdin called Genies...

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Jul 14 2015

Still meh.

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It was news to me that this miniseries is even happening, but better-informed people seem pleased to learn that Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall, Mirror Mirror, Self/Less) has been hired to direct NBC's upcoming 10-episode-long Wizard of Oz prequel The Emerald City...

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Jul 8 2015

So, not Dead House, then?

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The theme for this week is apparently "confusion". Yesterday, I didn't understand the Shel Silverstein/World Cup connection, or why anyone might want another Pinocchio film, and today I'm bewildered by the new trailer for the upcoming Goosebumps movie...

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Jul 7 2015

Misfit toys

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I'm a little dubious about this, because... why? Why would anyone want this? But if THR is to be believed, Robert Downey Jr. and director Paul Thomas Anderson are working on a live-action version of Pinocchio. Pinocchio is perhaps history's creepiest children's book...

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Jul 2 2015

Why won't you diiiiieeee?

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And, speaking of stories about obsessive, stalkerish "romances", Koala's Playground informs me that there is going to be yet another adaptation of the inexplicably popular manga Itazura Na Kiss...

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Jun 25 2015

Nope.

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Okay, um, GROSS. The latest full trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan is out, and it's final: there are some things I don't need to see on a big screen (and some things I really don't need to see in 3D), and huge, nude, people-eating zombie-things rank high on that list...

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Jun 25 2015

No, thank you.

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My mother still hasn't recovered from seeing Gone Girl, so I'm sure she'll be thrilled to hear that there's another Gillian Flynn adaptation coming down the pike, and this one might be even grosser. The trailer is out for Dark Places...

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Jun 24 2015

Fingers crossed

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According to LaineyGossip, Selma director Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct Marvel's upcoming film adaptation of the comic Black Panther, due out in 2018. This will be the first Marvel superhero movie to feature an African-American main character...

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Jun 16 2015

Signs of life

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And in other adaptation news, the long-rumored TV version of Neil Gaiman's American Gods has finally been greenlit. I still have queasy flashbacks to certain details featured in this novel, despite reading it nearly 15 years ago, but...

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Jun 16 2015

Anyone else

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UGH. The dread Kenneth Branagh is apparently in talks to direct a film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. I can't stand Branagh, a pedestrian director whose work has always been inexplicably over-praised...

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Jun 9 2015

News re: Newt

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According to NPR, J.K. Rowling recently indicated on Twitter that there is an American equivalent of Hogwarts. She's keeping the name and location of the school under wraps for the time being (apparently, it might play a role in the upcoming film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), but...

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Jun 9 2015

Eh.

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The first trailer is out for Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (and don't think I don't have a little rage flare-up every time I have to write out that stupidly long title). The film looks fine, I guess. I'm sure it...

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Jun 4 2015

Grim death/Oscar bait

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The first trailer is out for Everest, the upcoming film based on Jon Krakauer’s book Into Thin Air, about the 1996 Mount Everest disaster...

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Jun 3 2015

Eyeshadow + MURDER!

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They've released the teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's upcoming film adaptation of Macbeth, and it looks extremely videogame-y. I'm actually more excited about last month's DVD release of the recent adaptation of Cymbeline...

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May 5 2015

Sleepless nights ahoy

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Variety recently posted an update on Cary Fukunaga's upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King's It. The story will be split into two films (one featuring the characters as children; the other as adults), the scripts for both films are ready, and...

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May 5 2015

Update: Marvel still full of jackasses

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io9 put together a very helpful summary of the main talking points surrounding the fan reaction to Joss Whedon's depiction of the Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's a quick but comprehensive read, and will bring anyone up-to-date on the whole kerfluffle who doesn't want to wade through a million pages' worth of Internet commentary...

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Apr 23 2015

No. Just... no.

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I thought the webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries was a cute, if far-fetched, idea that stretched on a little too long. I didn't actually finish it, but I definitely liked the first third or so, and I can see why it was such a success. But I am not sold on the visual appeal of these...

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