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…

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…

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…

A Random Selection of “Romeo & Juliet” Adaptations, and How They End

Shakespeare’s been dead for 400 years, but his tale of the star-crossed lovers that are doomed for hardship if not literal death continues to captivate the public imagination. The text is difficult — what with a a very particular language that people nowadays can find inaccessible, and with stage instructions that may seem inorganic on-camera…

12 Studio Ghibli Films that are Adaptations

I remember first hearing about how the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki himself was going to adapt the book “Howl’s Moving Castle”. I yelped out loud and began shaking. My favorite Japanese animator, animating my favorite book by my favorite author? It was just too good to be true. While the film’s departures from the novel…