The Book Was Better: Upcoming Film Adaptations


Although the recent Dark Tower adaptation got mixed reviews (the audience had a hard time deciding if it was terrible or merely awful), buzz surrounding the new adaptation of It is much more positive. Stephen King has had a bit of a resurgence lately, and he's long overdue for proper big screen treatment. It remains to be seen how screenwriter Cary Fukanaga can turn a 1,500 page book into a two hour film. It will be released on September 8, so if you can average two hundred pages a day, you'll just make it in time.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

It's been thirty-five years since the original Blade Runner was released, which itself was very loosley based on Philip K. Dick's novel. Director Denis Villaneuve is coming off the one-two punch of Sicario and Arrival, and has shown himself capable of respecting the original while expanding its scope. It might end up being two hours of Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling glowering at each other, but hey, at least it'll look cool.

The Snowman

Jo Nesbø's distinct brand of gritty Norwegian murder mysteries finally gets its American movie debut. His previous adaptation, 2011 Headhunters, is the highest-grossing movie in Norwegian history. The Snowman will be directed by Tomas Alfredson, who is most well known for his spooky kid vampire film Let the Right One In and his adaptation of John Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Americans have a weakness for hard-drinking murder cops, so odds are good this will do wonders for Nesbø's career in the US.

Murder on the Orient Express

There have been countless adaptations of Agatha Christie's most famous novel, but none with the sheer density of talent as Branagh's upcoming version. Branagh is known for adapting literary classics including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, several films based on Shakespeare, and, uh, also Thor. The cast includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Derek Jacobi, Willem Defoe and also Josh Gad for some reason. The trailer is stylish and bright, and even those familiar with the plot will be able to savor this version.

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