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There’s many adaptations for the stage and silver screen in the works, so I thought I’d summarize a few of them that interest me:

The first is a stage adaptation of one of my favorite movies of all time, “Shakespeare in Love.”  The New York Times reported that, “Two leading producers, Disney Theatrical Productions and the British impresario Sonia Friedman, have been holding meetings with the playwright Tom Stoppard – who shared an original screenplay Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” with Marc Norman – and the director Jack O’Brien about the project, according to theater executives familiar with the creative discussions.” Nothing’s set in stone yet, but I’m glad that it’ll be a play, not a musical. I loved the film’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s personal life, so I’d definitely check out a stage version if I could!

Second bit of news is another movie adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Apparently Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) is going to direct the movie, which is set for release in 2013. ComingSoon.net shared this summary:

APOCALYPSE 2388. Earth is on the brink of extinction. Legendary explorer KURTZ has been sent on a desperate last bid mission to scout an unknown planet on the far side of the universe. A planet that may sustain human life. But communication with Kurtz mysteriously ceases and rookie flight officer MARLOW is assigned the perilous task of completing the objective. Tracking Kurtz into the unknown he reaches it. A new earth. And a race of beings at the dawn of time. But Kurtz has his own plans for the new world and man’s last hope for survival. And to achieve it he will take man to the only place that will protect paradise. Into darkness.

I’m highly disappointed that this adaptation, as well as its more famous predecessor “Apocalypse Now,” takes Conrad’s work and creates a sci-fi version. When are people going to realize that nothing beats the original story-line!

Lastly, my most anticipated movie adaptation is Studio Ghibli’s Japanese animated version of Mary Norton’s children’s book series The Borrowers, translated into English as “The Secret World of Arrietty.” This dubbed anime comes out in the U.S. February 17, and stars Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Carol Burnett as the English voice actors. I’ll definitely watch this in theaters, but when the DVD is released, I prefer to watch it in its original Japanese with English subtitles. I love Studio Ghibli so much!

So that’s what’s new in book-to-movie news this week. I’ll keep you updated! And feel free to send me your own adaptation updates too!

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