Monday, July 6, 2009

Adaptation News
(for those who just like to watch)

Cuz I can barely make it through a week -- never mind an Adaptation News -- without mentioning Where The Wild Things Are: A set of behind the scenes photographs.

Director Chris Columbus is hoping to repeat some of his Harry Potter success with the upcoming adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. But in order to do so, he's gonna have to make some story changes.

Bloody hell, Harry! Rupert Grint -- a.k.a. Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films -- had the swine flu. According to the actor's publicists, Grint has already recovered, and will be on hand for the latest Potter film's premier in England this Tuesday.

I Killed Adolf Hitler has been optioned for film development, but its author/artist, Jason, isn't holding his breath. “If it happens, it happens,” the one-named Norwegian wunderkind said. “It just seems like a small miracle every time a good movie is made, especially in Hollywood.”

French film making legend Jean-Luc Goddard is considering an adaptation of Daniel Mendelsohn’s memoir, The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million. The Lost is an account of Mendelsohn’s research into the wartime fate of six of his relatives. (Please-oh-please don't cast Roberto Benigni!)

This one's not about a film adaptation, but a real-life application of a pre-existing film adaptation. Warning: It's pretty f**ked up. The Daily Mail reports, "A devious conman who modeled himself on Matt Damon’s high-living killer in The Talented Mr Ripley was yesterday jailed for life for murdering his gay lover...even then his friends had no idea how far he would take his interest in Tom Ripley, the conman turned killer in The Talented Mr Ripley, the 1999 adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel of the same name. ‘Glenn watched the film and went on and on about how much he loved it and thought there was something of Mr. Ripley in him,’ said one. ‘None of us realised how capable he was of doing what he did.’"