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Adaptations Round-Up! 10 Adaptations Coming out This Year!

Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!

 

 

It Chapter 2

 

It: Chapter 2

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A sequel to the horrifying film It, the ‘Loser’s Club’ is back twenty-seven years later (or two years later). The group returns to Derry, Maine, where the Losers must finish what they started: destroy Pennywise.

Who from our lovely ‘Loser’s Club’ will be lost in the ensuing bloodbath? How will these losers defeat Pennywise? Well, it’s based on a Stephen King novel that was released back in 1986, so the answers are out there and, um, it’s pretty wild. Remember to sing your praises to Maturin this September 6th!

 

 

Joker

 

Joker

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An original standalone origin story for a character who infamously doesn’t have a definitive origin, this movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has clearly taken cues from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke by making Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man disregarded by society, into an up-and-coming comedian. In the iconic comic book, the unnamed man’s career in comedy ends in a chemical bath, but Arthur Fleck’s story might end on a different note entirely.

Is that scene, where Arthur Fleck, in full-fledged Joker makeup, goes on stage with Robert Di Niro a callback to The Dark Knight Returns scene when the Joker poisons the audience and the talk show host alike in a scene of ‘hilarious’ death?

 

 

We’ll find out this October 4th.

 

 

Nancy Drew

 

Having been around since 1930, Nancy Drew has been around longer than your parents (not judging) and she’s spent her time well: solving mysteries even when people told her she couldn’t.

This series has been around forever and if you haven’t read it, you’ve definitely heard of it. Well, we’re getting an adaptation of this series that’s set to debut on October 9, 2019 on the CW.

 

 

 

Looking for Alaska

 

The Fault in Our Stars broke our hearts, and now John Green is at it again. Or has he already broken our hearts beyond repair? The Fault in Our Stars was Green’s sixth novel and Looking for Alaska was his first novel, but for all of you who haven’t read the book, you’re in for something special.

Miles Halter is our man and through his eyes we are introduced to Alaska Young. A new student meets a timid young girl? Sounds like a love story made in heaven, until Miles soon learns that her life isn’t as perfect as he originally thought.

We’ll get a chance for our spirits to rise and our hearts to grow and break and grow again this October 14th.

 

 

HBO’s Watchmen

 

Another (sort of) Alan Moore adaptation, this version of Watchmen will be, in the words of showrunner Damon Lindelof, “a remix.”

For those of you who need to be brought up to speed, an alien invasion took place which ended the Cold War, but it was all a fake-out. Rorschach, before his untimely demise, sent his journal to the press where he laid a bread crumb trail to the truth.

What is known about this HBO series is that it takes place thirty-four years after the original comic left off. Taking place in an alternative reality in 2019 where this is no internet or smartphones, we are introduced to a United States where Robert Redford is now the longest-serving president, having been elected in 1992, a feat accomplished thanks to President Nixon abolishing the two-term limit back before the original comic book. Things are in disarray. A white supremacist group calling itself “The Seventh Cavalry,” with members who all wear homemade Rorschach masks, commits simultaneous attacks on the houses of police officers. Because of this, the police start wearing masks themselves.

What is this leading up to? Where are the original characters? Tune in to HBO October 20th find out.

 

 

Doctor Sleep

 

Another Stephen King adaptation, this one is an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. While the movie won’t be based on the Stanley Kubrick version, since the movie departs too much from the source material, this standalone is clearly drawing on the imagery set forth by Kubrick. Will it be any good? What’s going to happen?

The film arrives in theaters this November 8th.

 

 

 

The Good Liar

 

Catherine McKenzie brought us The Good Liar, and Warner Bros is bringing us the film adaptation. Ian McKellen is going to grace the screens as seasoned conman Roy Courtnay.

After he meets Betty McLeish online, he decides to steal a glorious amount of cash from her. But Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren, is too much for the conman and he finds herself falling for him. How will this sinister love affair turn out? See it in threaten this November 15th.

 

 

Cats

 

First, T.S. Eliot brought us Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats in 1939. From there we got a play, and now we’re getting a movie. The plot is hard to describe, but it basically follows a tribe of cats known as the ‘Jellicles’ who gather together to make the ‘Jellicle choice.’ Those who get the ‘Jellicle choice’ mean they can now be killed so they can go to heaven and come back because, you know, cats have nine lives.

Don’t get it? Doesn’t matter! There’s singing and there’s dancing and there’s this purr-fect trailer! It comes out December 20th.

 

 

His Dark Materials

 

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This series has never been adapted before (we don’t talk about that other thing) and so THIS will be the first adaptation of Phil Pullman’s epic book series, His Dark Materials, in our books. The first season will draw upon the first book in the trilogy, following the life of a young Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford. It’s not the Oxford you and I know, however, it’s an Oxford in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestations of their souls.

Lyra’s search for her missing friend will lead to uncovering a massive conspiracy linked to a mysterious substance called Dust and secrets from these two mysterious people, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson).

If the first season is good (please let it be good), then we’ll be getting at least two more seasons! BBC One and HBO are teaming up, so hopefully they won’t disappoint us… In the meantime, however, I just want them to give a release date that’s more specific than “autumn.”

 

The Witcher

 

The Witcher is known as a great video game series, but did you know it started out a book series? In fact the saga is based on a series written by Andrzej Sapkowski that started in 1992 with Sword of Destiny. The last book in the series, Season of Storms came out in 2013.

The stories follow Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavil, a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. What will become of Geralt?

Check out the series on Netflix this sometime “late 2019”.

 

 

 

 

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Adaptation Of Horror Novel ‘The Troop’ Coming From James Wan

 

 

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?

 

 

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Controversial Memoir ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Releases First Trailer

 

 

 

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.

 

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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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Author James Frey | Image via Hollywood Reporter

 

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.

 

 

Watch the trailer here:

 

 

 

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Paul Auster’s ‘In the Country of Last Things’ Receives Spanish Adaptation!

Pack your bags and get yourself to Argentina because Paul Auster’s 1987 novel, In the Country of Last Things, is currently shooting there.

 

In the Country of Last Things

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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.

 

Paul Auster

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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”.

 

Alejandro Chomski

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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 Sun and wrote Smoke, which won him The Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.

 

Jasmin Diaz

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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.

 

Christopher Von Uckermann

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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 Rebelde and 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.

 

Maria de Medeiros

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Maria de Medeiros, known for her roles in Pulp Fiction, April Captains, and Midsummer Madness, will play Victoria.

 

 

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 Cracks and Malice in Wonderland, represents Capa Pictures….

Lantica Media

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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?

 

 

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‘Tulip Fever’ Author Recalls “Nightmare” Experience of Movie 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!)

 

 

 

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