Upcoming Movie Adaptations: Witches and Fairies and Titans, Oh My!

This week has been chock-full of news about the latest stories to hit the big screen, so let’s jump right into the headlines–all of which were published at ComingSoon.net.

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Nicholas Hoult of “X-Men” and “Mad Max” reboot fame will play renowned and reclusive author J.D. Salinger in the film, “Rebel in the Rye.” The movie will be written and directed by Danny Strong, the creator behind the FOX show, “Empire,” and the screenplays of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.” I’m so confused by this casting, because I don’t see any resemblance whatsoever, but Salinger is an intriguing enough figure that I might give this biopic a try. Release date TBD.

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Two years after Disney announced that they would be producing the adaptation for beloved children’s series Artemis Fowl, Kenneth Branagh has been signed on as director. I absolutely loved these magical books by Eoin Colfer, so if this movie is a flop, I’ll be crushed. However, given Branagh’s outrageously impressive filmography (acting as Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” directing the bestselling “Thor” and “Cinderella,” and participating in more Shakespearean adaptations than I can count), I’m optimistic that this movie is in good hands. Release date TBD.

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On the other side of the world, Japan has been all a buzz with the live-action adaptation of the hit manga series Attack on Titan. I highly recommend reading the comics and watching the anime, because I haven’t seen anything like this story about a city ravaged by gigantic man-eating monsters and a boy ready to avenge his mother’s death at all costs. Not to worry, the U.S. will be releasing this film in limited theaters, with Part 1 out 9/30, 10/1, 10/7, and Part 2 out 10/20, 10/22, and 10/27.

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Lastly, Shakespeare buffs will be dying to see the upcoming rendition of “Macbeth,” starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This is my favorite play by the Bard, so I was practically squealing with delight while watching the trailer for the first time. Check it out below, and mark your calendars for its release on December 4th.

Are you as excited for these films as I am? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Fireworks and Flappers and Gatsby, Oh My!

So the whole entertainment industry was a twitter (literally) yesterday about “The Great Gatsby” trailer. As a big Carey Mulligan fan, I was excited to see the first shots of her as Daisy Buchanan. But now that the trailer’s out, I feel conflicted. Take a look for yourself:

Obviously, Baz Luhrmann as director is going to split opinions. I’ve seen “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge!” and while I appreciate their cinematic style, it’s not my favorite cup of tea. But I understood that the glitz and glamour would be the main attraction of “The Great Gatsby,” especially given that the film will be shown in 3D. (Don’t worry, keep reading, because I’ll address that nonsense, too!)

This burlesque angle will attract a bigger audience, incorporating non-readers. The trailer was flashy and sexy, and I admit that the costumes and sets looked amazing. But the purist inside me is groaning.

I think this YouTube comment by user Evanm3 summed it up: “‘New York, 1922…’ [cue music by Kanye] Fail.” I mean, seriously? I can’t stand historical films with modern soundtracks (I’m looking at you, “A Knight’s Tale”). Even if the movie is excellent, the cognitive dissonance is hard to ignore.

I just feel that the last major adaptation of this novel, the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, suffered from excessive melodrama, and now this 2012 remake is making the same mistake. It seems like neither film has much acting cred, and I’m afraid the film will come off campy. Leo and Carey are capable of so much more, and I wasn’t feeling their empty, emotionless lines.

And let’s discuss this obsession with 3D, shall we? I’m a huge opponent of this Hollywood movement, because it prioritizes explosions and flinging food-stuffs over quality storylines and characters. But since 3D’s something that’s not going away, it needs to stay in crappy action movies like “Wrath of the Titans.” Step away from the book adaptations! Does “The Great Gatsby” need 3D? Absolutely not!  For once, why can’t 1922 be 1922, without all the added pomp and circumstance?

Of course, I still want to see this movie–I wouldn’t be a good book blogger if I didn’t! But I’m a bit warier now, and will be approaching the remake with more skepticism.

What do you guys think? Did the trailer turn you on or off? Share your thoughts!