Thursday, September 24, 2009

Adaptation News

Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody is writing and producing a film based on the Sweet Valley High books. As much as I'd love to hate, this actually sounds like a promising pairing.

Hollywood hearts Stephenie Meyer. Variety reports that the screen rights to Meyer's non-Twilight book, The Host, have been bought, and that Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol has been hired to write and direct.

IndieWire has a nice interview with John Krasinski about his adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. Lest it get your hopes for the film too high, The Village Voice has panned the final product.

If you're planning on catching a matinee of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs while visiting Israel, you may want to keep in mind that its title has been altered to reflect regional diets. In the Holy Land, it's known as Geshem shel Falafel, or Rain of Falafel.

The first three books of Lynn Flewelling's award-winning Nightrunner series have been optioned for adaptation. The fantasy series is particularly popular with gays, who have been promised by the producers that no genders or relationships (read: nothing gay) will be effed with in the transition from the books to the big screen.

X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner, has dropped a hint as to the comic book being cribbed for next film in the X-franchise: The New Mutants. The series, created by Uncanny X-Men mastermind, Chris Claremont, dealt with the third generation of teen-aged mutants to pass through Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and featured much of the same adolescent melodrama and mutant vs. mutant violence that made the original series so popular.