Top 10 Tuesday: Adaptations to Look Forward To
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week's Top Ten Tuesday task is to find ten book to movie adaptations that we're looking forward to, or have yet to see. I've expanded my list to include telly as well, and there's so many exciting things coming up!
Mockingjay: Part II
The final instalment of the Hunger Games series will soon be upon us, and I'm sure it will be just as epic as previous episodes. Although maybe without so many fabulous costumes, now that rebellion in Panem has graduated to full-blown revolution and war. I think a lot of people would agree that Suzanne Collins had lost the plot a bit by Mockingjay, but there's still some great set pieces in the last book, and I'm interested to see how those confusing-to-read-about action scenes translate on screen.
Having not read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein I don't know just how loosely this re-imagining will be based on the original novel, but it looks awesome whatever. James McAvoy embraces his creepier side as the titular hero (and he plays creepy at least as well as he does the leading man stuff) while Daniel Radcliffe brings new depths to his assistant Igor.
Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesFebruary 2016
Based on the parody novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, this looks pretty gory but also a lot of fun. In a regency era where a woman needs the skills to defend herself - as well as all the usual social accomplishments - a version of the well known story plays out against the backdrop of Zombie apocalypse. I'm not sure about some of the casting (Douglas Booth is much too pretty for Mr. Bingley, isn't he?) but there's some great people in it, and I'm excited to see Matt Smith as Mr. Collins!
I'm not entirely sold on all these Disney live-action remakes (although I did enjoy Cinderella) but this trailer got me more excited than I was expecting. I don't know whether I'll be able to keep my enthusiasm up throughout a whole film with no adult characters, but we'll see. Love that whistle at the end.
Bridget Jones's Baby
A Monster Calls
Roald Dahl books are usually a bit hit-and-miss when translated to the big screen, and (although I did like the old animated version) the BFG isn't one of my favourites. I wouldn't have been too bothered about this new film either, but then they cast Mark Rylance (Cromwell in Wolf Hall) and I think he'll be perfect!
Bridget Jones's Baby
Making a Bridget Jones film without Hugh Grant's Daniel Cleaver might seem like a pointless exercise, but remember there's always Colin Firth, and Patrick Dempsey's in this one too! Based, not on the third book Mad about the Boy but on the columns about Bridget that Helen Fielding wrote between books two and three, I'm hoping this will be at least as good as Edge of Reason.
I've been meaning to read this for a while, although the subject matter's less than cheery. People keep recommending it. Patrick Ness's book tells the story of a thirteen year boy whose mother is dying, and one night an 'ancient, elemental force of nature' calls at his window. Described as moving and insightful, with award winning illustrations from Jim Kay (who's also behind the new illustrated Harry Potter) the book is fast becoming a modern classic, so they're likely to take great care with the film, which will star Liam Neeson.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Part I)
War and Peace
The Cormoran Strike Mysteries
So excited for this one! Not least because they filmed in Liverpool, which doubles as 1920's New York (me and my sister went and hung around St. George's hall for a bit the other weekend to see if we could spot Eddie Redmayne - we didn't, but we did see the extras coming out on tea break, all wearing blue zippy things to hide their costumes). The film isn't exactly based on Fantastic Beasts - as that's a Hogwarts text book, not a story in itself - but instead tells the story of it's 'author', Newt Scamander. J.K Rowling has mentioned that Newt is also an alumnus of Hufflepuff house - and as a proud Hufflepuff myself - confirmed by the Pottermore test! - it'll be nice to see one of our own get a chance to shine!
They haven't put a date on this one yet, but with the snowy setting I'm guessing it may be around Christmas time? Lily James (she's everywhere nowadays) stars as Natasha, the heroine of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel, in this BBC mini series filmed on location in St. Petersburg. I don't know the story at all, but trying to read the book before the series comes out is a bit of an intimidating thought. Maybe I'll look out the old film instead...
We've no date or casting for this as of yet, but J.K Rowling has confirmed that the series will be made by the BBC. Having just finished The Silkworm and eager to get started on the new book, I can't wait for Strike and Robin to burst onto our screens. I'm not usually big on detective shows (why are they always like two hours long?) but I'm invested enough in the characters now to be very excited all the same.
So they're my picks, although I'm sure there'll be even more great films and series that aren't on my radar yet. Not to mention the returning series and sequels - Poldark series 2, more Games of Thrones - and the BBC have announced they're going to serialise the His Dark Materials series at some point in the future (I was never that big a fan, but it should make great telly!) What new adaptations are you looking forward to? Let me know in the comments! :)