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Viet Than Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize among other awards, is being adapted for television.
The news broke from the author himself on Twitter that A24 and Rhombus Media have just optioned the rights to the work. The director set for the adaptation, Park Chan-wook, has directorial credits for Oldboy and The Handmaiden. Author Nguyen mentioned in his Tweet that “his OLDBOY was a big influence on The Sympathizer.”
From Amazon, “The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a “man of two minds,” a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who comes to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.”
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As if we weren’t already overwhelmed with new adaptations coming this year, showrunner Ronald D. Moore of Outlander and Battlestar Galactica has signed on to work on an adaptation of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. He will write the script alongside Maas, which will then be produced by 20th Television for series at Hulu.
Maas broke the news on Instagram, telling fans to stay tuned for more details, and that the pilot is currently in the works.
A Court of Thorns and Roses focuses on Feyre, a nineteen year old huntress who murders a faerie wolf in the woods. After this, she’s drawn into a world she’s never known. It’s a blend of romance, political struggles, and to die for fantasy adventure. The series has five books in total, gradually getting darker as the genres transition from being labeled as young adult to adult. In total, Maas’s books have sold more than 12 million copies.
Though there is no casting news or release dates yet, Maas has stated that she will keep fans in the loop.
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Uncharted and The Last of Us are going live-action, and both have pretty big shoes to fill. Will they, or is this part of yet another cheap Hollywood trend?
Last Thursday, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was released on HBO Max, a long awaited cinematic experience that was not only a whopping four hours in length, but was also presented in a 4:3 format to apparently “preserve the integrity of Zack Snyder’s creative vision.” While Justice League (2017) was tonally inconsistent and incomprehensible in terms of character motivations and plot, people, when anticipating the release of the fabled Snyder Cut, seemed to have forgotten that Batman V Superman, the director’s previous film, while consistent in its tone, still suffered from the pseudo-intellectualism that the DCEU has gained a reputation for.
Which brings me to my point: Zack Snyder’s Justice League is still a film directed by Zack Snyder, and while I can’t speak for everyone when I say this, but I was disappointed. It’s important to stress, though, that it’s not the movie’s fault, at least not entirely. The Snyder Cut has gained such a mythic reputation amongst the geek fandoms that I couldn’t help but expect a movie at the very least on par with the first Avengers. It only took the first ten seconds, when HBO Max informed me that the movie I was able to spend the next four hours of my life watching was going to be shop in a 4:3 format, did I remember that a significant number of Zack Snyder’s creative decisions lack anything substantive to add to the overall experience, and only exist to give off the impression that the film you’re watching is artistic and deep.
The Snyder Cut has gifted me a very particular and beneficial lesson: to temper my expectations. I felt a very similar disappointment when I was watching Avengers: Endgame. I couldn’t help but feel that all too familiar sting of dread when Steve Rogers suddenly appeared as an old man after he went back in time to return the Infinity Stones, completely violating the time travel rules that were established. Don’t get me wrong, Endgame was one of the best cinematic experiences in my life – the culmination of twenty-two films and over a decade of childhood memories – but it wasn’t perfect (even if it was damn near close). I was prepared to witness the greatest movie in history, and, I admit, I was prepared for something similar last Thursday.
But this is just my experience. You may have thoroughly enjoyed the Snyder Cut – you may have even found it as mind-blowing of an experience as Endgame – but, for me, Zack Snyder’s Justice League was ultimately a longer Batman V Superman. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the film and was more than glad I experienced it, yet it’s important to note that its the natural inclination of fandoms to overreact; what else should we expect from fanatics?