When I went to see Harry Potter I also saw the trailer for The Dark is Rising. I had heard it was being made into a movie and was curious as to how they would pull it off. To my horror, it's evident from the trailer that they've butchered it. The line "how can I save the world when I can't even talk to a girl?" is typical of Hollywood's habit of forcing in a romatic element into everything.
It seems like the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings phenomenon have created a trend. I've seen Pullman's His Dark Materials, Guy Gavriel Kay's Lions of Al-Rassan, Tad Williams' Ender's Game, Terry Brooks' Magic Kingdom for Sale (the Shannara series has been optioned), Terry Goodkind's Wizard's First Rule, Neil Gaiman's Stardust and Weis & Hickman's Dragonlance all being made into movies. And George RR Martin's Song of Fire and Ice being picked up by HBO for mini-series. I'm sure there are more that I've forgotten now too.
We went and saw HP5 anyway. I actually enjoyed it. When I read the book, it seemed to me that Harry and Toadlady would act completely irrational for no other reason than to get the plot going. The faster pacing of the movie cut out alot of that excess and made Harry's behaviour seem less like an irritating teenage boy on a tantrum and more like it was something he couldn't control. (Less whinging from all parties, imo)
A lot of book-movie rights are brought but it doesn't necessarily mean the movie will be made. Are those names being actively produced, or is it more the case of the fat boy hoarding cupcakes so no one else can eat it?
A quick Internet search should turn up whether these are being produced. For example, Lions of Al-Rasssan turned up http://www.themovieinsider.com/movies/mid/2312/Lions_of_Al-Rassan,_The
and I've seen ads for Stardust on TV.
Sorry Orson Scott Card wrote Ender's Game, not Tad Williams. For some reason it won't let me edit it.
All but Song of Fire and Ice are listed on imdb.com, some in pre-production and some in production. All have directors chosen and are slated to be made, even if they haven't started yet.
Golden Compass hits theaters in December, Stardust next month on August 10. The Dragonlance movie is expected in Sept. The voices for that movie look impressive, Kiefer Sutherland as Raistlin, Lucy Lawless as Goldmoon, Michelle Trachtenberg as Tika, etc.
Song of Fire and Ice I found out about from the author's site so it's still a maybe.
I HIGHLY recommend the new DVD of Disney's animated Jungle Book. I can't get past the Bare Necessities track, however!
I recommend the starwars movies for any mood any time. also do out next year are the new cartoon and the live action series muwhahahahahaha
Exciting news for those of us anticipating The Hobbit movie.
Why two films, I wonder.
Two films, hmm...
On the positive side:
-> More Hobbit! More details, more scenery, more, more more!!!! I wonder if that means there will be an extended version?
On the more cynical side:
-> two blockbusters = more money for studio
-> more studio tie-ins (Get a hobbit with a McHappy Meal)
-> more merchandise..
I wonder if there is enough money in the world to get John Rhys-Davies to put all the prosthetics on again as a dwarf? According to the extras on the LotR DVDs, the glue did horrible things to his face..
The real question is who will be playing Gandalf. It would be very nice if they got Ian McKellan.
Two movies... I wonder if they will be filling in a lot of details... i.e., showing how Smaug took over the Lonely Mountain.
They must get McKellan for Gandalf. I hope he's up for it!
Everyone knew that when Fellowship of the Ring was a blockbuster smash that even sucked money from the first Harry Potter film, that they had to make The Hobbit.
I hope that they try and keep The Hobbit's playfulness, instead of the relentless heaviness of LOTR. I re-read LOTR after the movies came out, and there was a lot more joy and happy moments, especially in Fellowship of the Ring, in the novels. A lot more sub-plots too. Peter Jackson always said that his movies interpreted LOTR, they did not copy it, but it would have been good to have a few more joyful moments. I found the movie-Frodo's whining from Weathertop to the Gray Havens a bit much. The book character was much tougher, and had G.U.P: Grace Under Pressure.
Who will be Bilbo? The fellow from LOTR? Probably too old, though they can work wonders with special effects nowadays.
Maybe Rhys-Davies will be Gloin (Gimli's father)? Who would make a good Thorin Oakenshield though? Any guesses?
I think it likely that they will fill in details of the destruction of the Lonely Mountain and Dale (most likely in the "Unexpected Party" scenes), just as they did the prelude to LOTR that showed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men that defeated Sauron to end the Second Age. To stretch out the Hobbit into two long movies you would have to. It is a much shorter book.
I can't wait to see the Troll Scene. That was always my favourite in the book, when the Trolls insulted and fought each other.
Who's voice for Smaug?