“Ghost in the Shell”: An Adaptation Haunted by Controversy

It hasn’t been an easy time for the cast and crew of Paramount Pictures’s “Ghost in the Shell (2017)”. The Hollywood adaptation of the seminal Japanese manga and anime classic have had an uphill climb of warding off criticism from all over the net over whitewashing and cultural appropriation. Now that the film has finally…

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…