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Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’ Is Getting The Animated Treatment

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”

Joseph Conrad’s classic novella, Heart of Darkness is getting adapted into an animated feature. The book has previously inspired quotable films such as Apocalypse Now and, dare I say, Tropic Thunder? The narration is experimental-ish. An unnamed narrator tells the story of Charles Marlow who ends up telling another story. #framednarrative.

Marlow’s story begins with him explaining to his shipmates how he became captain of the Nellie, a steamboat for an ivory trading company. He tells the story of his journey down the Congo into the heart of Africa as well as his weird obsession with the ivory trader/visionary (not really) Kurtz, whose legend only seems to grow as the novella progresses.

Basically, he’s just a crazy person who convinces a bunch of natives he is a God. The novella was originally distributed as a three-part serial story, Conrad’s story took a hard look at British imperialism and racism. His argument was that there really isn’t much difference between the civilized world and the seemingly “uncivilized.”


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According to the Hollywood Reporter, actors Michael Sheen (married Kate Beckinsale once), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock) are set to voice the animation with award-winning director Gerald Conn will be at the helm. Apparently, some sort of sand will be used in the film’s depiction. Very appropriate given the setting. Sheen will voice Kurtz, Scott a Russian sailor, Rhys a relative of Marlow’s while Marlow himself is yet to be cast. The adaption has been written by Mark Jenkins and Mary Kate O Flanagan; it is set to premiere at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.


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Other than Apocalypse Now, nothing too significant has been done with Conrad’s story in recent memory. The Francis Ford Coppola directed Apocalypse Now was a very loose adaption that revolved around the Vietnam War—-Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hooper, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford I vaguely remember Harrison Ford being in there at some point. It will be cool to see what Conn and company do with the animated approach. I doubt song and dance will be involved.


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Disney’s Live-Action Remake of ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ Is on Its Way!

Prepare to see Quasimodo In all his live-action glory

I implore those who read this article to arrive at their various places of employment this week and announce, to all, the following news: Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the story of deformed bell ringer Quasimodo, is going to be made into a live-action film. Outcasts all throughout the office, warehouse, factory, wherever will rejoice at the return of Disney’s darkest tale (arguably). Or…you might just get looked at like you’ve lost your mind.


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The original animation deals with themes such as lust, genocide, and sin— heavy stuff for a children’s film. This grimness stems from the book which inspired the film; The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a gothic novel written by Victor Hugo in the early nineteenth century. Written mainly to promote Gothic Architecture, the story isn’t as “optimistic” as its Disney counterpart. Quasimodo works for the bad guy and starves to death at the end with Esmeralda’s body, his bones eventually turning to dust. Also, there’s less music.

The Disney version is filled like a jelly donut with musical numbers and ends with Quasimodo being deemed a hero as he is finally accepted by society. One issue with this Disney version: he does not get the girl. Captain Phoebus, Notre Dame’s resident “bro”, ends up with Esmeralda. I believe this to be a pivotal moment in the history of friend zoning, potentially contributing to its rise in pop culture.  That’s right Jorrah Mormont, blame Disney.


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The live-action remake will be entitled Hunchback and will use material from both the original animated film and Victor Hugo’s novel. Coincidentally, Idris Elba is starring and directing in an additional faithful adaptation of Hugo’s novel for Netflix. Hopefully, Disney’s version results in a perfect blend of gothic melodrama and Disney-esque song and dance. Rumor has it that Josh Gad (also producing) of Frozen fame will be playing the titular character but nothing official has been announced. The fact that the studio does not plan on being too strict in its faithfulness to the original movie is compelling; Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang is set to pen the script.



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Disney is pulling out all the stops these days; live-action versions of Beauty And The BeastThe Jungle Book (Directed by Jon Favreau of Swingers and Iron Man fame), and Cinderella have already been made. In addition to Hunchback, we can look forward to versions of Aladdin (Will Smith as Gennie= thumbs up emoji), The Lion King (Beyoncé as Nala and JFav directing again= thumbs up emoji.), and Dumbo (Time Burton directed= thumbs up emoji) all coming this year. It will be interesting to see how deep Disney dives into their well of classics as they continue down the path of live-action adaptions. Let’s just hope they don’t remake Brother Bear or Tarzan without the musical stylings of Phil Collins… Nah, they could never do that.


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