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There’s a saying that no idea is original, that everything is borrowed or recycled to make something new. That is definitely the case with these movies and shows. Spoiler warning for all mediums listed.
- You (2018 – )
The captivating Netflix thriller is actually based on both You and Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes. Like all adaptations, there are a few ways that the show moves away from the events of the novel as a way to keep things fresh. A major, but common, shift is the addition of characters that never existed in the original novels. Characters like Beck’s creepy professor, Joe’s neighbors, and Annika (Joe’s influencer friend) don’t exist in the universe Kepnes created.
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- Sex and the City (1998 – 2004)
Based on Sex and the City by Candance Bushnell, the TV series differ’s greatly from the novel. Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda aren’t major characters; Carrie isn’t living a luxurious, financially stable life; and despite the show’s positive messages about female friendship, the novel was about the complete opposite. Bushnell’s Sex in the City had looming themes of isolation and alienation, where Carrie was struggling to make ends meets and competing with her “friends”.
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- The Godfather (1972)
The notorious mafia film is based on The Godfather by Mario Puzo. A lot of the plot is similar between the Godfathers, but the biggest difference is in the details. Literally. Puzo’s novel gives readers the nitty-gritty details of many characters’ lives, but sadly, most of this detail was removed when making the 1972 classic. There’s a history to the characters that the movie just doesn’t have.
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- The Haunting of Hill House (2018 – )
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson is the inspiration for the 2018 Netflix “adaptation”. I put adaptation in quotes because the two works are so different from one another. While Jackson’s original story follows a group residing in a haunted mansion as part of a para-psychological study, The Netflix version follows a modern family who used to live in the haunted mansion. Sure, the plot is heavily reliant on Jackson’s own work, but the show is definitely its own thing.
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- Pitch Perfect (2012)
This fun, bubbly film is inspired by Pitch Perfect by Mickey Rapkin, a non-fiction novel. The film takes inspiration from the novel, but there are aspects of the film that just aren’t true. In collaboration with Entertainment Weekly, third-year A Capella group member, Drew O’Shanick, debunked what was real or fake about the movie.
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- True Blood (2008 – 2014)
The Southern Vampire Mystery series by Charlaine Harris is the driving inspiration behind this TV series. According to readers and viewers alike, both works are actually quite similar. The biggest difference noted among is the lack of depth in the show’s vampiric lore. Harris does a great job creating her own take on Vampirism, but the show lacks the details Harris embedded in her novels.
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- Strange Magic (2015)
After watching George Lucas’ fairy musical, it’s hard to believe that it’s based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. The stories both follow young women who gives up on love to live a life of romantic solitude, but Lucas’ project brings a new message to the table about love. The movie, unlike Beauty and the Beast and Shrek, makes it know that ugly people can be in loving relationships with people who are considered “out of their league”.
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The actor who would play Simon is currently unknown. (I guess he wanted his identity to be a secret so he wouldn’t be killed by the time the show comes out…)
Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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Taika Waititi’s adaptation of the classic manga, Akira, is set to open May 21st, 2021, but we’re going to get so much Akira beforehand that’s it going to be staggering.
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You might want to sit down for this one because I’m about to spew a lot of words and lot of information is bout get to thrown in your face like a baseball. Ready? Okay, let’s go!
First, let’s build a foundation.
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Set in post-apocalyptic Tokyo, Akira is a cyberpunk story revolves around teenage biker gang leader Kaneda, militant revolutionary Kei, a trio of Espers, and Neo-Tokyo’s military leader Colonel Shikishima to prevent Tetsuo, Kaneda’s mentally-imbalanced childhood friend, from using his unstable telekinetic abilities to ravage the city and awaken a mysterious individual with similar psychic abilities named “Akira”.
Initially serialized in the pages of Young Magazine from 1982 until 1990, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira was collected into six volumes by its publisher Kodansha before Marvel Comics published the book in the United States under their Epic Comics imprint, becoming one of the first manga works to be translated in its entirety into English.
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Katsuhiro Otomo adapted his own work, directing the film adaptation in 1988. Akira had a production budget of $9 million, making it the most expensive anime film of its time, but the expense proved to be worth it. The film gained an international cult following following its theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales.
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Now, The Verge is reporting that this “groundbreaking 1988 science fiction film Akira is getting a 4K remaster next year”. This remaster will launch in Japan on April 24th, 2020. While it’s still unknown when this remaster will arrive in the US of A, you can still enjoy the 2001 DVD release and the 2009 Blu-Ray release.
That’s number one, and it’s about to get a whole lot more complicated.
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The second bit of news is that Digital Spy reports that the Akira is getting a TV series adaptation.
Engaget details this, writing that “Sunrise Inc. is producing a new project based on Akira that is supposed to be a continuation of the classic series, although there weren’t many details announced about it.”
You got that, right? We’re getting a 4K remaster of the original anime film, plus a continuation of that original film.
In addition, Taika Waititi’s film adaptation of the original manage is still on the go ahead. With a release date of May 21st, 202, we’re expecting information soon!
In fact, there is some! Character breakdowns were ‘release’, which are available here!
All in all we’re getting a 4K remaster of the original film, a continuation of the original film, and a live action film based on the mange the original film is based on. Got that?
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Oh yeah, Katsuhiro Otomo is directing a new work called Orbital Era about young boys living in a space colony as it’s being built.
The trailer is available below:
Excited for any of this news? Or were you expecting more Akira?
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