Thursday, September 10, 2009

Adaptation News
(cuz sometimes, the book does suck)

John 'The Office' Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace's Brief Interviews with Hideous Men has a trailer. Well, technically, Apple has it. Here. (God, just go, will you?)

Fresh off of the Disney-buys-Marvel rumor mill: Pixar may be eying an adaptation of Ant Man. Note to all: Take this news with a grain of salt an industrial sized container of sodium chloride.

Update: Shaun of the Dead & Scott Pilgrim director, Edgar Wright, says this ain't

Writer Robert Kirkman sat down with CBR recently to relay everything he knows, feels, and suspects about AMC's planned adaptation of his zombie comic book series, The Walking Dead.

The live action version of Katsuhiro Otomo's manga, Akira, seems to be back in the 'getting made someday' category. Latino Review has the details, while provides a bit of perspective on the prospective screenwriters.

2009 is Donald Westlake's year! (Too bad he died in 2008.) First comics wunderkind Darwyn Cooke does a four color version of Westlake's The Hunter, now Korean director extraordinaire Park Chan-Wook has announced plans to make a film of the crime writer's The Ax.

This week's resolution of the litigation between New Line Cinema and the estate of author J.R.R. Tolkien over The Lord of the Rings trilogy is shaping up as one of the biggest profit participation settlements in Hollywood history -- rumor has it it's up around $100 million. This settlement also clears the way for Guillermo del Toro's two film adaptation of The Hobbit.

According to, George Clooney and Grant Heslov's film, The Men Who Stare at Goats, "takes Jon Ronson's book about 'the apparent madness at the heart of U.S. military intelligence' and fashions a superbly written loony-tunes satire...recalling many similar pics, from Dr. Strangelove to Three Kings, and the screwy so-insane-it-could-be-true illogic of Catch-22." The trailer for this can be found at Apple. Again. I mean...again. (Oh, fer chrissakes -- let's not go starting that again!)

Every week there's a new marketing tie-in for Twilight. This week is no different. Sci-Fi Wire reports, "Teen-focused interactive company Habbo is collaborating with Summit Entertainment to create a Twilight-themed virtual world. [...] The online space will include Twilight-centered "activities, items and polls." Users will be able to create their own characters and interact with other users in a virtual environment." If you want to know the truth, I blame this sort of nonsense on every bookstore that held a midnight release party for Breaking Dawn. All of you. Except us. We were under sexy-vampire mind control. We couldn't resist.