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The latest adaptation of A Christmas Carol will come in the form of a miniseries set to air on FX in December. The series will star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in order to change his heart. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy (who also stars in an undisclosed role), we now have our first look at what the adaptation will look like.
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In an interview with the magazine, Serkis admitted that he did not initially want to take on the role, but eventually changed his mind when he was shown what the producers were planning:
Do we really need another one? But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.
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One of these fresh takes was Pearce portraying a younger version of Scrooge that embodies the same personality as the classic character, without the unappealing older look that he is known for. Writer Steven Knight hoped that this new version would make him more appealing to the audience:
What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge someone who, if it weren’t for what he is and how he behaves, would be an attractive man. I didn’t want to make him look like his soul, because his soul is pretty wretched. But on the outside, he’s okay. I wanted the audience to say to themselves, ‘Why is this person like this?’
A Christmas Carol comes to FX this December.
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While FX is still moving forward with its television adaptation of the comic book series Y: The Last Man, the original showrunners—Aida Croal and Michael Green—announced on Twitter yesterday they are exiting the show.
This is heartbreaking news, especially considering the setbacks the beloved comic book series has already suffered.
For context, Y: The Last Man is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comic book series that centers around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the only males who survived the apparent global androcide. The series was authored by Brian K. Vaughan, also known for his work on Ex Machina, and Pia Guerra, has worked in the comics industry since the 1990s for both DC and Marvel comics. It was published by Vertigo from 2002 through 2008.
The series received not one, not two, but three Eisner Awards. Before the series was even done, the film rights to the series were acquired by Verigo’s sister company New Line Cinema and in July 2007 screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director D. J. Caruso, who worked together on Disturbia, were attached to the project with David S. Goyer as a producer, as reported by Variety.
However, production stalled. Shia LaBeouf was rumored to be attached and Caruso was reportedly interested in using a real monkey, not CGI, to portray Ampersand.
Caruso was eventually replaced by Dan Trachtenberg, who recently directed 10 Cloverfield Lane, who confirmed in September of 2014 that “The rights reverted back to Brian [Vaughan] quite a few months ago”.
Luckily, we didn’t have to wait long to hear the great news. In October 2015, The Hollywood Reporter gave us the news that Y: The Last Man would be produced by Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, and Brad Simpson, producer of Crazy Rich Asians, alongside Brian K. Vaughan, who would also write for the show. Come November 2016, Slash Film reported that Michael Green, writer of Blade Runner 2049, had been added to the project as a showrunner.
Brain K. Vaughan told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2007 that:
“When [Green] first pitched his take on it to Nina Jacobson and me a long time ago, he came in saying he wanted to do something about toxic masculinity. It felt very relevant, and unfortunately, I think it’s only become more relevant with each passing day. His take on it was really brave and very different, but exciting as well. I really admire how audacious he’s been with his translation.”
The show was getting made!
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But now Aida Croal and Michael Green are out. FX is still moving forward with the project, marching forth.
Hopefully the next development is a good one and not another setback.
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Brad Simpson and Nina Jacobson of the cable production company Color Force, creators of such shows as American Crime Story/Pose, have optioned the book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland to develop as a limited series for FX. Simpson and Jacobson will serve as executive producers for the upcoming series, along with the book’s author Patrick Radden Keefe.
Say Nothing tells a true story about Northern Ireland during the Troubles, centering on the devastating killing of a thirty-eight year old mother Jean McConville. In 1972, McConville was dragged from her home by masked intruders. Rumored to be a British informant, she was never seen again…until 2003, when her remains were discovered on a beach. Keefe uses the murder of McConville to discuss Northern Ireland’s society at a time, painting a devastating picture of a society wracked by violence and guerrilla warfare.
The producers are excited about the project, saying the book works as both a crime thriller while also focussing on human drama. It remains relevant today, as fears grow of a resurgence of violence in Northern Ireland due to the impending Brexit.
All in all, this sounds like the perfect show to get excited for on FX. In the meantime, grab yourself a copy of Keefe’s book and read up before the show premieres!
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