Thursday, October 8, 2009

Unnecessarily Exclamatory Adaptation News!

Odd-as-f*ck adaptation news! Into The Wild actor Emile Hirsch is working on a horror movie remake of Shakespeare's Hamlet with Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke.

Ancient adaptation news! Click here to read a letter from Philip K. Dick regarding the surprise, enjoyment, and hope for the future of science fiction films he felt after watching Blade Runner.

Deadly dull adaptation news! Columbia Pictures is teaming up with director Michael Mann for a biopic of famed photographer, Robert Capa. The film will be based on the Spanish language novel, Waiting for Robert Capa, by Susana Fortes.

One stop casting adaptation news! The live action remake of the animated adaptation of Yasutaka Tsutsui's novel, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, will star Riisa Naka, the same actress who voiced the lead character in the animated version. (P.S. If you haven't seen this film yet, rent it NOW. It's wonderful!)

Not quite adaptation news, but hey, what the hell! Hollywood has been making a lot of films based upon the lives of poets lately. But according to The Guardian UK, Tinseltown's interest in literary lyricists may be deeper than just fodder for nonfiction film making. It may be rooted in both art form's 'image = emotion' approach.

Adaptation news for indie rockers and Hot Topic shoppers alike! Twilight links are easy to come by. But good Twilight links are the four leaf clovers of the internet's clover field. Here's one: Streaming video of 'Slow Life', Grizzly Bear's duet with Beach House singer Victoria Legrand, just one of the many hipster delights to be found on the upcoming New Moon soundtrack.

I can't think of anything to put before the inevitable exclamation mark introducing this last bit of adaptation news! For a healthy stretch of the mid 90's, Paul Pope was my favorite comic book artist, due in no small part to his super fun space comic, THB. Since then...well, I don't looove him anymore, but I do sometimes still feel a little echo of my previous excitement whenever he releases new work. In fact, I swear I felt a bit of it while reading his brief comics adaptation of a tiny excerpt from Frank Herbert's Dune -- and I've never liked Dune!