Category: Adaptations

‘Treasure Planet’: Disney’s Unique Adaptation of the Classic Novel

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island is one of the most well-known adventure novels in all of literature. The story of a young Jim Hawkins on a quest to find the mysterious Treasure Island has been adapted numerous times over the years. One of the most unique adaptations of this famous work came from Disney on this day in 2002.

 

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Treasure Planet was an animated film from the directors of Aladdin, Hercules and The Little Mermaid. It features the same plot as the novel, but uses a sci-fi setting instead of a traditional tropical island setting like the novel.

 

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Hawkins remains the same, but many characters were changed for the adaptation. John Silver, the main antagonist, is made into a cyborg. Dr. Livesey and Dr. Trelawney are combined into a new character: Dr. Delbert Doppler, an anthropomorphic dog. Captain Alexander Smollett is changed to Captain Amelia, a female talking cat alien. Ben Gunn is turned into a robot called B.E.N. (Bio-Electronic Navigator). These characters are voiced by an all-star cast featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short and Laurie Metcalf.

 

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Sailing on pirate ships outfitted with rockets, the crew blasts off across the galaxy to search for the long lost Treasure Planet. The film employs a unique animation style that blends 2D-animated characters with 3D-animated settings.

 

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Despite a unique look, a classic tale, and a great cast, Treasure Planet was a box office failure, grossing only $100 million against a $140 million dollar budget. The film’s low returns derailed any plans for a sequel. The film’s failure can be attributed to lukewarm reviews and opening a week after Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

 

 

But despite being forgotten very quickly during release, Treasure Planet has garnered a cult following and strong DVD sales over the years. It is currently available to stream on Disney+.

Any fan of the classic Treasure Island should check out this sci-fi adaptation.

 

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‘My Lady Jane’ and ‘People like Her’ Are in Development for Series

Parkes/MacDonald Production company has acquired the rights to one of the best selling Young Adult Novels of 2016, My Lady Jane, written by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. They have also acquired the rights to upcoming thriller novel, People Like Her, written by husband and wife duo, Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos, under the pen name Ellery Lloyd. Which is set for release in 2021.

 

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My Lady Jane, is a story about a damsel in distress, that not only saves herself, but also the kingdom. It is a supernatural tale set in an alternate 1553 England, on the verge of Civil War. The story is about real life heroine Lady Jane Grey, but her story was given a twist because of instead of being beheaded like in real life, in this story she saves the day. The series will be written by Gemma Burgess and she will also serve as executive producer.

 

 

People Like Her, is a contemporary thriller set in the world that is social media, and how influencers have power over their followers. It follows insta mom Emmy Jackson and how she posts her personal life perfectly online but in real life her life is falling apart. Her and her husband constantly fight, and the main source of their fighting is how Emmy uses their children as part of her social media persona. Also, as much as she is adored on social media, there are also haters, and there is one hater that will stop at nothing to ruin her life. The project is being eyed as a possible cable series or a limited streaming series.

 

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‘Anne of Green Gables’ Fanbase Aims To Save Series

With the recent news of the adaptation Anne of Green Gables series coming to an end, fans are banding together under #SaveAnneWithAnE in the hopes that it could bring the already cancelled show back for another season. The hashtag has made it into nearly 2,000 tweets since it picked up back in October and it’s still going. The hashtag name is inspired by the main character’s blunt request to always have her name, Anne, spelled correctly with an “E”. Fans of the series are following the young orphan girl’s outspoken nature and speaking out to save the show.

 

 

The show, which is based on the book series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, follows the story of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl who has endured more than her fair share of pain in life, but continues to exude a plucky and hopeful personality with an optimistic and creative mind. Anne, who is as strong as she friendly, has inspired thousands upon thousands to not only hold onto hope in bleak times, but also think creatively and be ourselves. This is a huge part of the #SaveAnnWithAnE movement and why so many want to save the show.

 

 

The surprising part of this story of woe is this is not the first time this has happened. Before the series had it’s third season, fans were clamoring on Twitter for there to be more, and, as we already know, it worked. The third season was created and fans could not be happier.

 

 

With three seasons and an obviously huge number of fans ready for more, a four, maybe even fifth season should be expected. With enough of an audience, any showrunner would leap at the opportunity to even potentially milk out their series to give the fans what they want. That’s what one may think, however, creator and executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett confirmed on her Instagram that the show will be done.

 

 

 

Many have replied with gracious words, heartwarming understanding, and forlorn goodbyes to the beloved show. While Instagramers push through their grieving, Twitter users continue in their efforts to save Anne of Green Gables.

 

The third and final season will be airing January 3rd, 2020.

It’s an upsetting start of the year for the fanbase, but perhaps Netflix and/or the Canadian broadcasting company (CBC) have heard their cries and will bring the show back at some point in the future.

 

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Hulu & Netflix ‘Sleigh’ With December Adaptations

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means—families coming together to bicker and brawl about politics, panicking about decorations and dinners, and gifts, gifts, and more gifts! So hide away from all the chaos in either these book adaptations or the original books themselves.

 

 

This month we have the long-awaited release of Netflix’s adapted series, The Witcher, to be released December 20th. Marvel fans can find entertainment on Hulu with the 2008 Iron Man film released, and, for those of you who dare to watch it, Spider-Man 3 is being released at the end of December as well.

December is also bringing a whole lot of intense action and drama. The award-winning adaptation of No Country for Old Men will be shooting its way onto Hulu at the very start of the year, and the legendary martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will also be released to start the month.

The Silence of the Lambs will be available to chill the already chilly season, on top of a new season of You.

 

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Experience this horrific sight all over again December 31st on Hulu | Image via tenor

 

There’s even more streaming to look forward to this December! Check-out the full adaptation list below.

Every new release has been put into categories and include the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!

 

 

 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

 

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The Witcher will make his entrance December 20th on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Thriller

 

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You’d be crazy to not watch this new season of You on Netflix | Image via giphy

 

 

 

Crime

 

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Watch No Country For Old Men, it’ll blow your mind! | Image via Giphy

 

 

 

Drama

 

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While Morgan Freedman is Driving Miss Daisy, you can  “drive youself” to Hulu to watch the film December 1st

 

 

 

Action

 

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While the holidays “dragon”, find peace in the action packed film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

 

 

 

 

ROMANCE

 

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 Tired of Holiday Shopping? Chill at home by watching A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Netflix

 

 

 

Comics

 

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Suit up for Iron Man, December 27th on Hulu

 

 

Who knew all these movies and shows were based on book? Granted, its obvious that the book will always be better, but we’re glad that these authors are receiving the recognition that they deserve!

 

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Netflix Orders Memoir “Maid” to Series

Another book to screen adaption is coming to Netflix! Netflix recently ordered Maid: Hard Word, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive, a memoir written by Stephanie Land to series. The novel is described as a female driver dramedy. The writer behind the hit series Orange is the New Black and Shameless, Molly Smith Metzler will serve as writer for this series. She will also serve as executive producer and showrunner. Straight from John Wells Production, John Wells and Erin Jontow will be executive producers, along with with a few others, such as Robbie, Tom Ackerly and Brett Hedbloom.

 

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The series will follow a single mother who becomes a housekeeper to try to make ends meet, as she tries to battle poverty. It will be told entirely through the point of view of the woman, and it is said to be an inspiring exploration of poverty in America.

 

 

According to Wells, Stephanie tells a remarkable human story of a young woman trying to secure a future for her and her infant daughter in the face of overwhelming odds and and governmental assistance programs.

 

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The novel came out in January of this year and debuted at number three on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Land, was inspired by a 2015 article she wrote for Vox. You can read the article here.

 

 

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