Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Adaptation News
(for those who just prefer to watch) asks and answers, After Watchmen, What’s ‘Unfilmable’?

Jane Campion, the directorial genius behind The Piano and The Portrait of a Lady, has made a biopic about John Keats as seen through the eyes of "the love of his short life, girl next door Fanny Brawne." Eye-gougingly gorgeous photos can be glimpsed here.

I didn't give a damn when DC announced that Ryan Reynolds had been cast as the Green Lantern. But when I woke up this morning to read that Galaxy Quest scribes David Howard and Robert Gordon are penning a Bizarro Superman script, I nearly dropped my Gogurt. Galaxy Quest was hilarious! Via.

Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is sticking to the tried and true, taking the lead role in HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy series Game of Thrones. Also LOTR related, the sets for Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of The Hobbit are starting to appear on the New Zealand countryside. Pictures of uncompleted Hobbit holes are here.

Tim Burton's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass has added yet another element to its already expansive online advertising blitz: Character Facebook Pages! Yes, now you can become e-friends with fictional characters, or -- even better -- send your phone-cam nude shots to the Mad Hatter in hopes of Johnny Depp happening across them and becoming your e-lover. As the Cheshire Cat would say, "Meow!"

An emasculating admission: I'm looking forward to seeing Nora Ephron's upcoming adaptation of Julie & Julia. I had a childhood crush on Julia Child, and currently harbor an ongoing adult obsession with Meryl Streep, so seeing the two of them combined is more than enough to ensure my matinee ticket purchase. Another reason I'm looking forward to the film version of Julie Powell's bestselling blog-to-memoir? Apparently, Julia Child had a less-than-positive reaction to Powell's "stunt," and I'm curious to know what could irk such a normally jovial babe. Via.
Related: Movie City News asks, Latest Book From Author Of Julie & Julia Delayed Until After Movie. Could It Be Because Her Hubby's Not So Sympathetic In Its Pages?