Over on my personal blog, I’ve posted my annual movie preview for the year ahead, where I take a tiny subset of the movies coming out and make sarcastic comments about them. You can see it here. Grete asked me to write something for BookThing, and it occurred to me that many of those films are book adaptations. Here’s a run-down of a few of them.
Harry Potter travels to a remote location and ends up investigating mysterious goings on that hint at something dark and dangerous. Oh wait, sorry, Arthur Kipps (played by Daniel Radcliffe) travels to a remote village and ends up investigating something mysterious, well you get the point.
Based on The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.
Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (March 2012)
What can I say
a movie a film
with voices and action
and all nice and trim
Animation and graphics
and wonderful sights
No doubt a huge hit
with those troublesome mites
Based on Dr Seuss’ The Lorax.
Avatar, but the big aliens are green. Unfair? Maybe. Based on the John Carter of Mars pulp stories, the movie has dropped the ‘of Mars’ because Mars based movies suffer from the kiss of death. Much like Russian Mars based space missions. I’m not sure people will ‘get it’ but we’ll see. If it’s fun and light it might catch an audience.
Based on many John Carter of Mars pulp fiction novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
A book adaptation! How unique! Televised death matches, love stories, kids pitted against other kids, utopian world ‘supported’ by horrific practices? Nothing new here so I hope the implementation brings something exciting.
Based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (August 2012)
I’m pretty sure the title has everything you need to know. Seriously.
Based on Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.
The Bourne Legacy (August 2012)
It’s Bourne, without Bourne. Same universe (er, the real world?) but with a different undercover blackops blacklisted CIA operative who will probably have to do stuff, and put himself at risk, to save something. Without the ‘I don’t remember who I am’ schtick isn’t this just Mission Impossible: Solo or Bond #24?
Based on Robert Ludlum’s The Bournce Legacy.
Total Remake! Will it bring something new? Will we get a fat headed special effect saying “Twwooo weeekkkss” and giving me nightmares for 10 years? Who knows. I’m quite excited despite myself. The original, as with many of Arnie’s sci-fi movies, was heavy and lumbering despite my enjoyment of it. I’d love to see an agile, light-on-it’s-feet remake which injects some pace and intrigue into this story. Also, hoping for some hot chicks in latex to complement the plot (Len Wiseman, don’t let me down now!)
Based on We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick.
Cloud Atlas (October 2012)
The Wachowski’s bring their talent to a sprawling story set over six different periods in time, hoping to tie them all together into an overall tale. It’ll either tank, or it’ll be a cult hit that eventually makes billions, maybe. Oh, and check out the cast!
Based on the novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
Need I say anything? This is it. The Film He Said He Would Never Make. The Movie That We Thought We Would Never Get. The start of it all. The journey that gave us Lord of the Rings. The tale that gives birth to a legend. The story that enthralled a generation. Bilbo steps out of his front door, and nothing is ever the same again. Beards, dwarves, wizards, pipes, hairy feet and Middle Earth. I’ll be there. I’ll be there if the reviews say it stinks worse than dragon shit. I’ll be there no matter what.
Based on a little known work, The Hobbit, by someone called J.R.R. Tolkien.