Though he has dabbled in action and fantasy films, James Wan is known for directing and producing horror films. He got his start with Saw and went on to create The Conjuring universe, as well as creating the short-lived Swamp Thing television series. Now, he’s adding another horror story to his resume.
Wan announced he has acquired the rights to the horror novel The Troop, written by Nick Cutter,and will produce a feature film adaptation. The film will be produced under his Atomic Monster production banner.
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The book tells the story of a scoutmaster who takes his troop on a camping trip for the weekend. The troop encounters a mysterious creature in the woods and must fight for their lives when they realize the creature is infected with a bio-engineered disease.
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The film will be directed by E.L. Katz, who has directed episodes of Swamp Thing as well as episodes of Syfy’s Channel Zero.
Have you read The Troop? Are you excited for this news?
Originally sold as a memoir, A Million Little Pieces was questioned for its accuracy from the moment it was released. A few years later, it was discovered that the author, James Frey, had manipulated several events and even lied about others. After this, the book was later re-classified as a semi-fictional novel.
Despite all the controversy surrounding the book, a film adaptation was still ordered. Now, a new trailer has been released.
Like the book, the movie follows James, a drug-addict who is forced to go to rehab after learning that he will die if he starts using drugs again. What ensues is his process of getting clean with the help of some eccentric characters.
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The movie stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James, along with Billy Bob Thorton, Giovanni Ribisi, Jennifer Lewis and Charlie Hunnam. The film will be released in the U.K. and Ireland on August 30th. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced.
Published in 1987, the book follows Anna Blume as she goes on a mission into an unnamed city of chaos and disaster to find her long-lost brother, a one-time journalist who may or may not be alive.
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The title refers to the disturbing idea that everything single manufactured object and technology in the world has not only disappeared physically, but also mentally as everyone starts to forget them, including the words used to describe them.
That means no cars, air-conditioning, phones, trains, planes etc.
Described by Kirkus Reviews as a “stunning achievement” with Publisher’s Weekly noting, “Auster, an accomplished stylist, creates a tone that deftly combines matter-of-factness and estrangement”.
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The film adaptation is being directed by Argentine filmmaker Alejandro Chomski, who also wrote the screenplay. Previously, Chomski directed Today and Tomorrow and Asleep in the Sunand wrote Smoke, which won him The Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
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Newcomer Jazmín Diz is set to star in the film as Ana. Above is the first look at Diz in the film, courtesy of Deadline.
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Christopher Von Uckermann, who has been an actor since the age of two, will play Sam.
Von Uckermann is known for his role as Diego Bustamante in the soap opera Rebeldeand being a member of the band RBD from 2004 to 2009 before the band’s split. Since then, he’s released one album, Somos, in 2010, and one EP, La Revolución de los Ciegos, in 2017.
Producers of the film include: Alexandra Stone, known for her work on Suzi Ewing’s debut 10×10, represents Streetcar Productions and Carola Infante, who is known for her work on Cracksand Malice in Wonderland, represents Capa Pictures….
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Rafael Muñoz, who is known for his work on Holy Beasts, represents Lantica Media.
Currently, the film is being shot in Argentina. Anyone excited for this new adaptation?
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!