Category: Adaptations

7 Actors Who Were Nearly In Your Favorite Adaptations!

A lot of your favorite adaptations of books and comics could have a lot differently if different people were cast or, even crazier yet, involved.

Maybe these adaptations would have been better, maybe they would have been worse, maybe they would have been so different that you’d be watching a totally different movie!

I’ll leave the opinion on how the film would have turned out to you, but there are seven popular adaptations that would have gone a lot differently, to say the least, if we had these people starred in the film instead.

7. Batman Returns

 

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A now infamous event cemented in movie history, Sean Young wanted to play Catwoman, and I mean she REALLY wanted to be Catwoman. Tim Burton’s Batman was an international sensation that brought the caped crusaders back into public consciousness, permanently making him an icon who was, well, not the Adam West version. Tim Burton’s Batman legacy wouldn’t even exist without the weirdness of Batman Forever or the campiness of Batman and Robin!

Granted, many (myself included) blame the camp of the Joel Schumacher follow-ups on the fact that Batman Returns was so bloody dark, which led the studio to freak out and making Val Kilmer say the line, “I’ll take drive through.” Before Batman Returns, hit theaters, it had quite an interesting production process. Batman Returns. It starts with Tim Burton’s Batman, believe it or not.

 

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Sean Young was cast as Vicki Vale, but was forced to drop out after breaking her arm during rehearsals for 1989 film. As a result, she really wanted to be in Batman Returns, and I mean she REALLY wanted to be a part of the movie. So much so that she visited the production offices dressed in a homemade Catwoman costume, demanding an audition. Reportedly, Tim Burton wasn’t on set.

Michelle Pfeiffer ended up getting the role.

Sorry Sean Young. At least she’s a good sport about it. Recently she’s quoted as saying:

If these Warner Bros. executives now were really good businessmen, they’d let me play Catwoman today, and I’d make a smash amount of money

If you want a look at Sean Young as Catwoman, she also appeared on the Joan Rivers Show in costume.

 

 

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Johnny Depp has been accused of basing his performance as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s remake of the Roald Dahl story, on Michael Jackson. In response, Depp said the similarities to Jackson never occurred to him, but instead compared Wonka to Howard Hughes due to his “reclusive, germaphobe, controlling” nature. Regardless, it’s fitting that Michael Jackson almost played the eccentric character.

In Randall Sullivan’s Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, the author recounts how Jackson “recorded an original soundtrack for the film at a small studio in Los Angeles” and showed Warner Brothers the soundtrack.

They loved it, agreed to pay anything for it, but he said he would give it to them for free as long as he was cast as Willy Wonka.

The book quotes Marc Schaffel, Jackson’s executive producer:

I think Tim Burton wanted Johnny Depp all along, but the reason Warner Brothers gave, when I pressed them, was ‘We can’t have this guy starring in what would be a children’s movie. As a marketable idea, it doesn’t work’

Jackson refused to give them the soundtrack unless he was Willy Wonka. Not a background character, not a supporting character, not one of those Oompa Loompas…

 

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…just Willy Wonka.

Warner Brothers refused, and Jackson shelved the soundtrack. This is unfortunate, especially since Marc latter notes that he’s sure that the soundtrack “would have won [Jackson] an Academy Award”

5. American Psycho

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The movie based on Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial book spent years in development in hell, after once Mary Harron was brought on board everything seemed like it was fine. Mary Harron would be the director and word around the street was Christian Bale would star as Patrick Bateman.

 

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Behind closed doors, however, Lionsgate was interested in pursuing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, arguing Bale was not famous enough.

 

 

However, Harron was refusing to meet with DiCaprio and told the studio she thought DiCaprio was too boyish and wouldn’t fit because the actor had become a full blown teen idol following Titanic and Romeo + Juliet.

 

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Going forward with DiCaprio, the actor drafted a shortlist of replacement directors, including Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle, and Martin Scorsese. Stone was brought aboard, but could not agree on the film’s direction. Luckily, Harron and Bale came back under the agreement that the budget would not exceed $10 million and DiCaprio departed at the behest of his agent to, you know, not play a probable serial killer.

4. X-Men

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Let’s cleanse our palates by going back to the first X-Men. Comic book adaptations weren’t taken seriously at the time, but with the smash hit of Blade, a rated R comic book movie staring a black man, Fox was aching just to make bank on a Marvel property they had newly acquired.

They had to get the casting just right, but Michael Jackson once again danced his way and wanted a part in this movie too. As who? you might be wondering?

 

 

Well, unless you already know you’re not going to guess it. Let’s just hear what screenwriter David Hayter – a key component of Fox’s early X-Men movie franchise –has to say:

Michael Jackson came in because he wanted to play Professor X. It was amazing.

 

Would it? I have no idea how that would have played out.

All in all, Professor X owns a school of mutants and Michael Jackson wanted to play him.

 

3. Twilight

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While not as dramatic as the other two, Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for a role in Twilight. As a young actress, she was going around Hollywood trying to get roles. Of her experiences auditioning before she made it big, she says “You just get like five pages [at the audition] and they’re like, ‘Act monkey.’”

 

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Lawrence also admitted that she hadn’t the slightest idea that Twilight would turn into such a big deal, adding back in December 2012 in an interview with The Guardian that:

I remember when the movie first came out, seeing Kristen Stewart on the red carpet and getting papped wherever she went…I had no idea Twilight would be such a big deal. For me, and I’m assuming for her, it was just another audition. Then it turned into this whole other thing.

If Jennifer Lawrence was cast, does that mean that Kristen Stewart could have been Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

 

2. Spider-Man

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🎵 Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a Spider can

Spins a web, and he’s lots of fun

Hold up, he was almost Michael Jackson🎵

Yep, before Tobey was cast, Michael Jackson wanted to be the man whose playing a high school student behind the mask.

 

 

Stan Lee himself revealed that Jackson had met with him “a number of times“.

In fact, he (Jackson) came to my house once with his son, and I remember my wife took care of his son for about an hour while Michael and I were talking.

Here’s a clip below.

 

 

Jackson wanted to be Spider-Man, but upon learning that Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man along with Steve Ditko, didn’t own the rights to the character, he wanted to buy Marvel. Obviously that deal never went through, but there’s a universe out there where Jackson doesn’t own the rights to the Beetles songs but instead owns Marvel.

 

1. Lord of the Rings

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Lord of the Rings has been adaptation twice with Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 cartoon adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy, but we also got another adaptation. Do you know by who?

Well, speaking of the Beatles…

 

The Beatles

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In 1963, the Beatles accepted a three-movie deal offered by the United Artists production company, however only made two movies: the mockumentary A Hard Day’s Night and the adventurous James Bond parody Help!

Their third film was never made, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have some wacky ideas, and when I say ‘ideas’ I mean one idea.

They wanted to make an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on Tolkien’s work, which they would honor “by creating an epic psychedelic adaptation that would feature their original songs“.

 

Stanley Kubrick

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The Beetles dream of having the director SpartacusLolita, and Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick. He said ‘no’, believing it was too complex for the silver screen, and opted to focus on 2001: A Space Odyssey.Meanwhile, the Beetles didn’t even have the rights to make the movie. They were confident, however, when they spoke to J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

J R R Tolkien

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He declined, and the project was dead in the water.

 

Now I know I said before that “I’ll leave the opinion on how the film would have turned out to you,” but I don’t care. This would have been awesome.

 

 

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‘Thor 4’ Is Happening, Putting ‘Akira’ on Hold

The post-Endgame MCU is looking better and better with the recent announcement that Taika Waititi will return direct Thor 4 for Marvel Studios. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that the director will return to the MCU to write and direct the thunder god’s next adventure.

 

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Unfortunately, this also means that Waititi’s adaptation of Akira will be put on hold. The live action adaptation of the popular anime was set to begin production soon, but rumors were circulating that issues with the script were delaying production.

 

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Now, it looks like the project has been put on hold indefinitely until Waititi is done with the latest entry in the Thor franchise.

 

 

There is still no official announcement about the fourth Thor film from Marvel Studios or any other projects within the MCU (with the exception of a Black Widow) film, but with Comic-Con coming up, we should expect some more news on both films in the coming weeks.

Are you excited for Thor 4? Are you upset about the Akira adaptation?

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Sweeps Emmy Nominations

It’s no secret that the final season of Game of Thrones wasn’t very well received, but that didn’t stop it from getting some major love from the television academy at today’s Emmy Nominations announcement.

 

The fantasy epic’s final season garnered thirty-two nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series, and helped HBO beat Netflix for the most nominations for a single network with 137 (Netflix only got 126).

 

As expected, a good bulk of those nominations came for acting. Several actors including Maisie Williams, Lena Heady and Peter Dinklage scored Supporting Actor nominations. Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke were the sole GOT actors to get Lead Actor nominations. Three of the six episodes were also nominated for Outstanding Directing.

 

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Perhaps the most surprising announcement for the show was the nomination for Outstanding Writing, with the episode being the much maligned series finale “The Iron Throne”.

 

 

Elsewhere, plenty of other literary adaptations got some Emmy love today, including Killing Eve, The Handmaid’s Tale and Sharp Objects.

 

You can watch the full video of the announcements here.

 

 

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Negative Reaction to ‘GOT’ Final Season Won’t Change Novels, Says Martin

Even after the last episode aired months ago, the disappointment with the final season of Game of Thrones is still felt by many. But despite all the negativity surrounding the HBO adaptation, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t letting it get to him.

 

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, George R.R. Martin said that the final two novels in the series will not be affected by the conclusion of the television series. Specifically, he stated that even though plot twists have already been revealed in the show, the books will not change:

 

“Suddenly the twist you’re building towards is out there. And there is a temptation to then change it [in the upcoming books] — ‘Oh my god, it’s screwed up, I have to come up with something different.’ But that’s wrong. Because you’ve been planning for a certain ending and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don’t like it, then it screws up the whole structure. So no, I don’t read the fan sites. I want to write the book I’ve always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or they can not like it.”

 

Martin then went on to talk about the strangeness of watching the series end as well as the pressure he feels to finish the books in time, but also expressed relief at how he doesn’t feel the need to catch up to the show anymore:

 

“I don’t only want to finish it, I want to make it as good as I possibly can. Since then there’s been pressure but not like there was at that point. There’s no longer a race. The show is over. I’m writing the book. It will be done when it’s done.”

 

Are you still excited for the final two books even after the series ended?

 

 

 

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Colin O’Donoghue to Replace Joe Dempsie in ‘The Right Stuff’ Adaptation

National Geographic has recast one of the three leads in its upcoming series The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 novel. According to Deadline, Game of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, who was previously playing the role of Lt. Gordon Cooper had to leave his role due to visa complications. Colin O’Donoghue, famous for his role in Once Upon A Time, will replace Dempsie as Lt. Gordon Cooper. He will star alongside Patrick J. Adams, known for his role in Suits, and Jake McDorman, known for his role in Limitless.

 

 

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The Right Stuff is a story about determined astronauts which looks more at the concept of space race more than actual space exploration. The Soviet Union’s early space efforts are mentioned only as background, as the story focuses almost entirely on the early portion of the U.S. space program. The show will also portray the overnight celebrity that came with the project.

Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will executive produce, along with Mark Lafferty, who will serve as show runner. Will Staples is also an executive producer. The Right Stuff will film in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The Right Stuff is looking at a 2020 global launch date, and it will be on National Geographic.

 

 

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