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Make Your Party a Success with Help from the Library
No, she didn’t mean Around the World in 80 Days, the famous story of Phileas Fogg the most punctual man in the world. She provided a culinary and artistic world tour for her lucky guests. And she told me she could not have done it without the library.
He never went out without a book under his arm, and he often came back with two.
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
[via Word and Film]
It’s once again time to check in on the most interesting specimens currently squirming in the petri dish of potential Hollywood productions found in the latest adaptation news. Here are nine of the most intriguing projects in the mix right now:
Stephen King’s The Stand:
Apparently, brand-new Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has been offered the key role of Randall Flagg, the Devil-ish antagonist who corrals the country’s last bad men to do battle with the healthier remnants of humanity after a plague has wiped out most of the population. “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone is helming.
Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children:
The 2006 bestseller has passed through several sets of worthy filmmaking hands, including those of writer-directors Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) and Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”). The adaptation has suddenly landed with actress-turned-filmmaker Lake Bell (“In a World…”), who reportedly plans to keep Baumbach’s script.
Ted Thompson’s The Land of Steady Habits:
Writer-director, Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said,” “Lovely & Amazing”) may take a turn at adapting for Fox Searchlight.
J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
The Harry Potter spin-off book, which purports to be a Hogwarts textbook, is now getting its own film adaptation. Already scheduled for November 2016, the film has acquired a trusted hand to direct it: David Yates, who so expertly orchestrated four of the Potter films, including the final two “Deathly Hallows” installments.
"Untitled Blade Runner Sequel"
Ridley Scott has declared that he has a strong script (by Michael Green) ready for his long-discussed sequel to “Blade Runner,” the 1982 sci-fi classic. This is exciting news for fans of the original, which was based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s “The Destroyer”:
Very few people are familiar with the 1985 action comedy “Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,” which was based on characters drawn from Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s The Destroyer series. Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), has been tasked with directing a reinvention of the material for a new audience, with a screenplay co-written by “Fight Club” adapter Jim Uhls.
“Knights Of The Roundtable: King Arthur”
Warner Bros.’ and director Guy Ritchie’s plans to give the revamped-and-modernized “Sherlock Holmes” treatment to the legends of King Arthur are continuing apace. The Camelot-centered franchise hopeful, which already has a Summer 2016 release date, is in the process of nailing down tentpole vets Charlie Hunnam (“Pacific Rim”) and Elizabeth Olsen (“Godzilla”) as Arthur and Guinevere.
Dennis Lehane’s 2003 novel Shutter Island, which became a high-grossing Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller in 2010, is now being spun into a television show at HBO as a prequel series, titled “Ashecliffe”. Scorsese will direct the pilot.
Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett have been cast, and Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to voice Shere Khan in the CGI/live-action hybrid being produced by Warner Bros. for an October 2016 release, “Jungle Book: Origins,” to be directed by Andy Serkis (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”).
Missed dates, postseries sob sessions, and long philosophical talks about fictional characters. If any of these things sound familiar to you, then you might be dating a bookworm — or maybe you’re just addicted to reading yourself…
See full list here.
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Oh, Claire :-(
So, now that we’re up to the mid-season finale, how are book fans feeling about the adaptation so far - good, bad or indifferent?