Adapting Newspaper Comic Strips

The next edition of adapting non-superhero comics will have to wait — today we’re talking about newspaper strips! Newspaper comics operate by very different rules than comic serials and graphic novels. When tasked with risking having a different audience each day, and not having a lot of drawing or writing room to provide context, most…

Authors on Adaptations: Screenwriters Edition

Hey, fine readers! It’s been a week, but I’m back at it again with them links to cool and multiperspective-oriented articles! Yeah, so let’s get started on another edition of “Authors on Adaptations”. The perspective of a screenwriter is far different from that of the one who wrote the original text. If the burden of…

Adapting Non-Superhero Comics (1/3)

The film market nowadays is saturated with Superhero film fodder, with explosive budgets, out-of-this world visuals, and months of press tours wherein the cast discusses what makes their character both classic and new. And while this trend is unlikely to die in the next decade, its’ biggest shame is in reworking the public imagination to…

Oldboy: The Failure of Lee’s Remake, and the Power of Park’s Extreme

Warning! Spoilers abound. Park Chan-Wook’s “Oldboy” has 10 years later, the screenplay was adapted into an american film, also entitled “Oldboy”. This time directed by Spike Lee and starring Josh Brolin, the announcement of the film was met with a lot of fan lamentation and premature lambasting. This visceral reaction was only validated when the…

The 5 Top Earning Broadway Musical Adaptations: Stage vs. Screen

Although it’s no longer the golden age of movie musicals, they still often make a tidy profit. Box office numbers don’t lie, they still draw in the crowds. Broadway musicals, with their two acts and their particular stagings, have to be heavily re-conceptualized and re-edited in order to work onscreen. Settings work on a much…

Alan Moore VS. Adaptations VS. Audiences

Going from the previous article, it has to be said: It’s not Alan Moore’s fault he’s so smart. I don’t mean that condescendingly. Alan Moore absolutely is a beast when it comes to comics — he takes the medium apart, and puts it back together in ways no one would have conceived. He plays on…

Authors on Adaptations: The Supernatural Edition

Today, I’m throwing out another really neat list of articles where authors talk about the pleasures and pitfalls of having their work jump off the page, right into the cogs of the Hollywood machine. All these authors’ works are fiction, with a fantastic element. It is my personal belief that genres like sci-fi, high fantasy,…

Why Video Game Movies Suck: Yet Another Analysis

Films based on video games aren’t new. Even before the umpteenth installment of the Resident Evil series, we had Mortal Kombat and Raul Julia hamming it up while performing a psycho crusher. Really, the only thing as old as video game adaptations is how much people have ranted about how much video game adaptations suck….

Authors on Adaptations: Love-Hate Relationships

Dear readers, Happy Easter! While it would be easy to make a list of films based on the Bible today, I would hate to be so predictable. Instead of links to trailers or evaluations of films today, I have a little collection of articles you could settle down with, after you get run ragged by…

Adapting Austen: Sense and Cinematography

There are no kisses in Austen novels. And while you may be an Austen purist who owns 17 annotated copies of every single one of her novels, you must admit, a kiss at the end of a romance film is always a firework way to welcome the credits roll. Adapting Jane Austen’s works is a…

Young-Adult Series Films that Never Made It Past the First Film

It’s been a long-road, but I think Hollywood has finally learned that Young Adult Book Franchises do not good film franchises make. It’s difficult to face a franchise failure, especially because the first films are usually set up with the next ones already in mind. In the first place, the creation of film franchises like…

Stephen King’s Favorite Adaptations of His Work

To celebrate that new IT mini-series trailer and the continual progress of The Dark Tower starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, let’s talk about Stephen King. Stephen King has a love for film. But he hasn’t had a lot of love for film made out of his own work. An article on Bloody Disgusting makes…