Deborah Moggach, author of Tulip Fever,opened up to The Guardian about the ‘nightmare’ experience she had regarding the adaptation of her novel, which starred Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz. Translating her beloved novel to the big screen was a horrible process and in many ways, was a cautionary tale of how NOT to adapt a book. Describing the experience as a ‘ghastly disaster’, Moggach, after flying to Hollywood to speak to producers about adapting the novel, jokingly offered her milkman, Ron, a role in the film. Though the comment was in jest, newspapers caught wind of this and spun it into “MILKMAN BEING OFFERED ROLE IN MOGGACH’S TULIP FEVER!” Soon, Moggach found herself dealing with both the press and a mountain of incoming screenwriters.
She recalled there was a continuous stream of screenwriters hoping to adapt her work, each one bumped off in favor of a new writer. In the process, she believes they lost track of what the book was supposed to be about. Moggach noted Harvey Weinstein interfered with the production constantly, which was shooting in 2014. It was first optioned in 2004 but was dropped after production delays. Weinstein kept fiddling with the cut of the film itself. Moggach comments that he was a ‘bully’ and was never satisfied with the cut.
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The film adaptation was finally released to negative reviews. It currently has a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and an average rating of 4.4/10 on IMDB. It’s not hard to see why the author thought the film was particularly terrible and she admitted to watching the first screening with a glass of wine in hand, practically laughing at the decisions made by screenwriters while adapting the novel.
This film shows what happens when a good story gets into the wrong hands. What did you think of the film adaptation? Was it as terrible as everyone said? Is the book better? (In this author’s opinion, yes!)
Bill Nighy will be playing the father of Emma Woodhouse, Mr. Woodhouse, while Callum Turner will be playing Frank Churchill, a young man determined to keep his engagement a secret throughout the story. The story tells the tale of Emma Woodhouse, who lives in the fictional village of Highbury. The novel tells the story of youthful hubris, focusing on several families within the village through Emma’s eyes.
Playing the lead, Emma, will be Ana-Taylor Joy, whose credits include The Witch and Split. This adaptation will be directed by former music video director Autumn de Wilde, making her feature film debut. Also in the cast are Gemma Whelan, Mia Goth, and Johnny Flynn. The film will be splashing onto screens in 2020 and will such a star-studded cast, we can’t wait to see it!
Stephen King fans, rejoice!The Talismanaccording to Collideris being adapted to a film. The Talisman, written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, tells the tale of twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer, a boy given the power to flip from one reality into another, finding himself in a world much like our own with a few notable differences. Using this power, he has to go on an epic quest to save his dying mother, befriending a werewolf, dealing with a boarding school of nightmares, and fighting against the villainous Morgan Sloat. Similar in tone to The Dark Tower, The Talisman is a fantastic read and one of King’s best novels.
Mike Barker, who has directed numerous episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, is slated as the director for the adaptation. Barker also had credits in Outlander, Fargo, and Broadchurch. Veteran scriptwriter Chris Spalding is slated to write the movie, a daunting task for such a dense book that we hope he accomplishes well. It remains to be seen what shape the story will take but we, for one, can’t wait to see! In the meantime, find the original novel and give it another read. We’ll keep our ears peeled for further news on this exciting adaptation!
It seems that Wicked won’t be flying high to the movies anytime soon! Production is being pushed back with the release date now to be announced. In its place, Universal Pictures and Working Title Films are releasing Cats, the adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical from 1981.
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Lyricist and Composer Stephen Schwartz, who worked on Wicked the musical, revealed that production is currently in the process of working on the screenplay. Schwartz also revealed that he is working on the film with Winnie Holzman, who wrote the book for the stage musical. Though far from its completion, at least we know the production is in good hands.
The Cats production on the other hand seems to be well on its way. Not only is there a star-studded cast revealed with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Sir Ian McKellen, and James Corden, but award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor was also hired to coach the cast into catlike movement! Andrew Lloyd Webber himself is also part of the production! With filming scheduled to start this November, it’s no wonder the air date was moved up!
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So yes, we have to wait a little longer for the Witch of the West to defy gravity on the big screen, but hopefully that means Hollywood is taking the right time and creative effort to work its own magic! Until then, we can look forward to the cats of the Jellicle Tribe pouncing into theaters instead on December 20th 2019.
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Both are amazing actresses, but there’s only one will star in the latest cinematic version of Louisa May Alcott’s class Little Women,directed by Greta Gerwig.
According to Bollywoodlife, Emma Watson is in talks with director Greta Gerwig and the team to join in the production of Little Women, replacing Emma Stone who, according to Variety, is unable to commit to Little Women due to her promotional tour for The Favourite.
The new production of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has become a hot issue since the news was released. There are three main reasons it is generating so much talk:
Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is an American classic and a work of feminist consciousness. The story revolves around four sisters living in New England during the Civil War and how they embody love, independence, and caring at this troubled time. It has been adapted into films and TV series many times.
Greta Gerwig, the director of the film, made Lady Bird (2017) which received several nominations in 90th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
The cast is amazing! It includes Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Florence Pugh, as well as either Stone or Watson.
Well, no matter who ends up taking the role (I’m a big fan of the two!), I’m excited about the debut. The resource mentioned that the Little Women production is expected to start next month and the roles are still being worked out, according to Bollywoodlife.