Posts tagged with movie-adaptations

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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Mar 17 2016

Bigger, better, bloodier


And speaking of movie adaptations, the latest trailer is out for the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur, which looks, frankly, cheesy as hell. I'm not sure how interested the filmmakers are in the Christ parallels featured in the original novel...

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Mar 16 2016

To be expected, really.


The trailer is out for Tim Burton's upcoming film adaptation of Ransom Riggs's 2011 children's book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. The movie is due out in September, and stars Eva Green (as the titular Miss Peregrine) and Hugo's Asa Butterfield...

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Mar 8 2016



Variety informs me that Andie MacDowell will star in an ABC drama called Model Woman, inspired by Robert Lacey’s 2015 biography of Ford Modeling Agency co-founder Eileen Ford. The show will focus on the "notorious modeling wars of the 1970s"...

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Mar 8 2016

Unnecessary, but to be expected


According to Deadline, Disney is planning a live-action movie adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffman's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The film will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and called The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. This feels like a missed opportunity to me: see, I grew up with...

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Mar 3 2016

The Terror on TV


According to Deadline, AMC has ordered an "anthology drama series" based on Dan Simmons's bestselling 2007 novel The Terror. They're aiming for a 10-episode run and a 2017 premiere. Here's hoping AMC has a LOT of money saved up: The Terror is historical fiction, a man-versus-nature story, and a horror novel...

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Mar 2 2016

Am excited about this, but...


So, I've been keeping an eye out for the trailer for Whit Stillman's movie Love & Friendship, an adaptation of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan. Sadly, all I can find is this cast interview, despite the fact that the (presumably complete) film was screened at Sundance back in January. Why so...

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Mar 1 2016

In a nod to Blackadder, this is King's magnificent octopus.


Entertainment Weekly informs me that production has finally gotten rolling on a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. According to the article, Idris Elba has been confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will play the man in black. The film will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel...

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Feb 25 2016

No, thanks.


Koala's Playground recently posted a collection of promo images and the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of the manga Terra Formars, which looks totally cheeseball. Judging solely by the mega-serious cover art, I'm assuming this story isn't meant to be goofy...

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Feb 24 2016

Probable hot mess


Okay, I'm 20% intrigued about/80% dreading this upcoming film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I really like the director (Selma's Ava DuVernay), but A Wrinkle in Time just isn't that movie friendly. Unlike, say, J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis, L'Engle's sense of fantasy was never particularly visual...

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Feb 18 2016

Eh. Maybe.


According to Deadline, there's a 20-episode miniseries adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's 2015 novel Purity in the works. The series is set to star Daniel Craig, will be written and directed by Todd Field, and is currently being shopped around to cable networks and streaming services...

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Feb 17 2016

Source material


If you watched the recent BBC adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, you might be interested in this recent Daily Mail article about some of the series' visuals...

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Jan 26 2016

Little House on the Prairie: the movie


THR recently posted an update on the upcoming Little House on the Prairie movie reboot: apparently, the project has moved from Sony to Paramount and they've hired Martha Marcy May Marlene filmmaker Sean Durkin to direct...

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Jan 12 2016

This seems... risky.


Canada's CBC just announced that Emmy-winning producer and writer Moira Walley-Beckett (best known for Breaking Bad) is working on a new TV adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic children's novel Anne of Green Gables...

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Jan 12 2016



According to io9, BBC America has announced an upcoming TV adaptation of Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Of course, BBC Four tried and failed to...

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Dec 17 2015

At least it will be better than Crimson Peak.


I'm not sure if I'll see this movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel High Rise (although I do like the "creepy sales pitch" vibe of the trailer), but it did leave me with a more pressing question...

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Dec 15 2015

Spinning off


The "announcement trailer" is out for the hotly-anticipated (by Warner Bros, at least, who are clearly hoping that Harry Potter mania has not lost one ounce of its earlier fervor) movie adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. I have to give the studio props...

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Dec 10 2015

But why?


And in other perplexing movie announcements, why does the upcoming Tarzan movie even exist? The teaser trailer looks pretty cheeseball, the promo pictures are ridiculous, and...

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