Thursday, August 13, 2009

Adaptation News

Curse-crazy playwright David Mamet is making a Disney movie based on The Diary of Anne Frank. I can't wait to see Joe Mantegna in a dirndl.

Alien and Blade Runner director, Ridley Scott, is eying an adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. According to, Leonardo DiCaprio is co-producing, and is looking to star.

Director Peter Berg is making a movie of Frank Herbert's Dune. For those of you too excited to wait 'til 2011, there's always the 1984 David Lynch version, the Sci-Fi Channel's 2000 mini-series, and the video games.

Although the public's interest in zombies has probably already reached its tipping point, I'm still super excited about a Frank Darabont mini-series based on Robert Kirkman's comic book, The Walking Dead. Altogether now: Brrraaaiiins!

Sideways director Alexander Payne is set to adapt Kaui Hart Hemmings' debut novel, The Descendants, a "bittersweet comedy" about a rich landowner taking his two daughters on a trip around Hawaii in search of his wife's lover.

Sony is sniffing around an adaptation of Jeffrey Archer's historical novel, Paths of Glory, about "the mysteries surrounding George Mallory's 1924 Mount Everest ascent." While no director has been chosen at this time, the screenwriter of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is currently attached as screenwriter.