More books-to-movies blather

A bit more on Bridge to Terebithia: from EW, ‘Bridge’ Over Troubled Water “Katherine Paterson wrote an award-winning book about the accidental death of her young son’s friend. Twenty-nine years later, it’s in theaters nationwide. How did it happen?” and from SLJ, ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ Hits the Big Screen “If you can believe this,” he adds, “I did meet with some companies that asked if I could just ‘hurt’ Leslie a little bit—put her in a light coma and then bring her out.”

The first trailer is up for the movie of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. I’ve gotta say, I’m looking forward to this one. Although it’s been a while since I’ve read the book–time for a re-read, I think.

Spielberg to tackle adventures of Tintin “Tintin, the heroic young journalist and adventurer created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé, is set to take to the silver screen again — this time with the help of Steven Spielberg.” I have to confess–I haven’t read a lot of Tintin and it’s not a childhood favourite of mine, so I am filled with neither glee nor horror.

Potential The Dark is Rising movie–this worries me. The up side is Christopher Eccleston as the Dark Rider. The down… well, this info came from the casting call:

Breakdown– Will Stanton: 13. Will is an American who lives in England with his family. Will is bullied and/or ignored by his older brothers, and Will is gloomily convinced that he’s doomed to be a bookish, gawky oddball at the bottom of the pecking order. However, he is actually an innately cool kid who has not yet grown into his coolness; Professor John Stanton: 45-55. Will’s father. Professor Stanton is an American physicist and college professor and he’s paid a price for it. He is emotionally cool, authoritative and very remote from his children; The Rider: 30-40 years old man with icy malevolence who is masquerading as a simple village doctor when in fact he is an agent of Evil; Mrs. Mary Stanton: 40-50. She is the American mother of the Stanton six children. She works hard at protecting her husband and her family. She similar to her husband is not emotionally available to her kids and is very distant; Gwen Stanton: Will’s younger sister, Gwen is an American, neat, upright girl of about 8 or 9. Unlike her brothers, who treat Will with amiable contempt, Gwen looks up to Will, loves him and dotes on him; Max Stanton: 19 or 20, an edgy young man with piercings and tattoos. Will’s older brother. Max is the American, bohemian of the family. He is always inclined to question his father’s authority; James Stanton: 17. Will’s older American brother. James is mature, muscular and good looking, the object of admiring eyes. Busily looking for a girlfriend, James barely interacts with Will – especially when Maggie Barnes becomes the object of his affection; Robin Stanton & Paul Stanton: 15, Male. A pair of grungy American adolescents, Robin and Paul are identical or fraternal twin brothers, and they’re still at the “horseplay” stage of development. Always ready to tease Will about his bookish ways, always willing to reinforce his fears of being a gawky oddball, Robin and Paul tease and bully and sometimes blow off Will. (Posted: November 2, 2006)

Um. (I say again.) I am concern-ed.

First off, there’s my knee-jerk indignation that they’re made the family American. Why? And why-oh-why does it always have to be a “little guy triumphs over bully” story? (I’m also thinking of the How To Eat Fried Worms movie.) From the sounds of things, they’re set to have Will become the poor, ostracized, emo-kid who Just Wants To Be Popular, and oh! His brothers bully him!

Will’s sturdy sense of self and his family’s matter-of-fact love are what keep him grounded, and cause his perpetual balancing act between being wholly one of the Old Ones and a very normal twelve-year-old boy. (And that’s also what makes him a character that the reader can relate to and emphasize with.)

And from SciFiWire, Dark Rises Differently: “And our goal has been to try and make this story more accessible to today’s audience and introduce a new generation to her work. […] Hero Will Stanton (newcomer Alexander Ludwig) is now 13, not 11, and he is an American living in a small northern English village, instead of a native-born Brit. The character of the Walker (Jonathan Jackson) has been made younger-appearing and given a new story arc involving the loss of his soul. The movie also beefs up the action by adding new special-effects-enhanced sequences to Cooper’s narrative.”

Or instead, you could just go and watch The Exorcist in Five Seconds


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