The Good Luck of Right Now is the forthcoming novel from Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, set for publication in 2014. But like so many soon-to-be-published books from authors whose work has been successfully adapted to film, Quick’s novel already has filmmakers ready to bring it to the screen.
In this case, it is Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are in talks to direct the film for DreamWorks. Mike White scripted. The story sounds like it would be a natural fit for Dayton and Faris, as it explores a strange family situation, and features the “spirit of Richard Gere.” Wait, what?
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Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
For a moment this summer, David Yates‘ Tarzan looked like it could be shut down for good. But now that it’s back on track, it seems to be chugging along at a good speed.
The Edgar Rice Burroughs-based adventure has been amassing quite an interesting cast, with Alexander Skarsgard attached to play the King of the Jungle and Christoph Waltz on board for the villain. The latest addition to that roster could be Samuel L. Jackson, who’s officially entered talks after circling the project early on. Hit the jump for the latest details.
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With all the work put into the three Hobbit movies, and Peter Jackson‘s own comments about wanting to follow the Hobbit films with smaller movies that are based on New Zealand-sourced stories, it seemed like Tintin was being hung out to dry. Wasn’t Jackson going to direct the second film featuring Herge’s blond young reporter?
He was, and still is. Asked about Tintin during a red carpet event, Jackson says it’s just that little trip to Middle-Earth that has put the mo-cap film off. Read More »
The second of Peter Jackson‘s trilogy of films adapting The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, both improves on the previous film, and regresses from some of its achievements. In 2012′s An Unexpected Journey, Jackson stretched the story of The Hobbit to a breaking point. Sequences that were mere blips in the book became much longer, hurting the pacing immensely. At the start of this second film, Jackson picks up the pace considerably and, in just over an hour, our characters are at their final destination: The Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, there’s still an hour and a half to go (plus another movie) which means that briefly improved, upbeat pace comes to a screeching halt. Plus that rushed first hour glosses over some of the most famous scenes in J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book.
Besides the major pacing problems, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has lots of good things going for it, including more rousing action, great performances by new characters, and several beautiful new settings. But all of those don’t save the film from being considerably divisive.
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Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just as no young male actor seems to get anywhere these days without toplining his own comic book franchise, few directors at the moment seem immune to the allure of YA adaptations. The latest to jump on the angsty-teen wagon is Ridley Scott, who’s just optioned the fantasy novel Fae. Hit the jump for more details on the story.
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Posted on Friday, December 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
A motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell‘s Animal Farm seems like one of those concepts that could easily go awry, but if anyone should be able to pull it off it’s Lord of the Rings and Rise of the Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis.
After putting in time as a second unit director on the Hobbit trilogy, Serkis set the fable as his feature directorial debut last year. He’s been plugging away at it ever since, and now says he plans to shoot the “fairly unique” project sometime next year. Hit the jump for more details, along with a minor update on the Serkis-produced The Bone Season.
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The Sword of Shannara, from author Terry Brooks, is kind of a cold-war revision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ideas. The book features all the fantasy trappings of Tolkien’s novels — so much so that critics dinged Brooks for rampant borrowing — but gives it all a nuclear origin, as the novels take place thousands of years after apocalyptic wars mutated mankind into elves and dwarves, and changed the geographic layout of Earth.
The book was also very successful, and it spawned two direct sequels and ultimately became the thing that dominates Brooks’ career — he’s got more Shannara books set for 2014 and 2015, almost 40 years after the publication of his first. With all the interest in YA and fantasy novel properties from studios since The Lord of the Rings was a success, it is possibly only the very Tolkien-lite characteristics of Shannara that have kept the books from being adapted. Not that people haven’t tried, as producers who started working with the rights in 2007 have now hit pay dirt.
MTV is now developing Shannara, a TV series, with Jon Favreau signed to direct the pilot. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
In an era when most major film franchises are pushing out a film a year — or even more, in the case of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — The Chronicles of Narnia has gone at a remarkably relaxed pace. The first film, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was released in 2005, followed three years later by Prince Caspian and then two years after that by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Now, three years after the last entry, producers are slowly but surely getting the pieces in place for a fourth. Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee has just been brought on to write The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, which entered development earlier this year. Get the latest details on the project after the jump.
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