Thursday, August 20, 2009

Adaptation News
(They're gonna cut your favorite scenes & completely change the ending. Get over it.)

Take one part Twilight, another part Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, and a dab of Iron Man's debonair playboy, Tony Stark, and you just might have the makings of a Robert Downey Jr. re-boot of the Interview With The Vampire film franchise.

Michael Douglas' Further Films is developing Shirley Jackson's 1962 novel, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, about a reclusive and reputedly murderous family. Over the years, such creepy creatives as Stephen King and Vincent Price have hailed Jackson as their inspiration.

Jean-Jacques Annaud, the French director of the snoozefest Seven Years in Tibet, will helm an adaptation of the Chinese novel, Wolf Totem. Totem tells the tale of the relationship between Mongolian nomads and wolves, and is often credited as a critter-filled critique of Communism.

Rob Weiss, an executive producer of HBO's Entourage, has acquired the rights to Robert "Iceberg Slim" Beck's 1969 autobiography, Pimp: The Story of My Life. Don't hold your breath waiting for this film, though. In the past ten years, this project has been in and out of development more times than Beck has been in and out of prison.

Neil LaBute is writing an adaptation of Charles Willeford's 1971 neo-noir novel, Burnt Orange Heresy. The story, about a "fast-talking, backstabbing, womanizing art critic Jacques Figueras [who] will do anything - blackmail, burglary, fencing, assassination - to further his career," seems perfect for the grim, grinning auteur behind In the Company of Men and Your Friends and Neighbors.