Category Archives: To the Big Screen

Certain books have the potential to take the leap to To the Big Screen. Maybe it was the plot. Maybe the appealing personality of the main character.

In this category, I will write about those stories that are going to be adapted into movies. Or have already been.

I will consider what made them successful. Why there considered being a movie, and what made them at made them so special in. I will also tell you the differences between the book and the movie in case they are.

This is a way to know if you should watch a movie. Or also, to know about the novel that inspired such movie. Who knows?

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The Wheel of Time tv series

Hello Wottareaders! Not long time ago I wrote about The Lord of the rings tv series produced by Amazon,  another fantasy series is being produced by Amazon Studios: The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. In this post, I will collect and update regularly all the info regarding The Wheel of Time tv series.

What will The Wheel of Time tv series be about

This tv series is based on Robert’s Jordan work of the same name, the author sadly passed away due to a heart disease leaving the series incomplete. However, Brandon Sanderson (notorious writer and fan of TWOT series) concluded this saga in 2013 using the notes Robert Jordan prepared so another writer could complete his work.

The first season will be based on the first book of the series, The Eye of the World, this is a 13  volume saga (14 with the prequel volume, New Spring)  so there is a lot of material to adapt in the tv series.

The Wheel of Time filming location

The Wheel of Time production will start in September 2019 and it will be set on Prague as you can check on Productionweekly. The Czech Republic, located in Central Europe bordering Germany and Austria, has great filming locations that would fit perfectly with the medieval tone this book series has. Some examples of fitting locations would be the gothic style of the  Karlstein castle  (or Karlštejn Castle) located at the southwest of Prague or the gothic cathedral in Pilsen.

Since this series is still on production no official trailers have been released yet.  You will only fake or fan-made trailers on youtube and other video websites.

However, Rafe Judkins provided the names of some of the episodes. You can check a list of the episodes here.

Series cast

The casting of this series still remains as a secret. However, Rafe Judkins (check his IMDB here) is confirmed to be the head writer along as an executive producer and showrunner. You might already know his name if you are a fan of Agents of Shield since he is the supervising producer of that series. Rafe Judkins is an active Twitter user, in which he shares a lot of info about TWOT series such as snippets of the script or the names of some of the first season chapters.

He also shared this image, in which he sits with Brandon Sanderson so he could get his vision of The Wheel of Time. It’s always great to know that the writers are involved in the movie adaptations,  even though sometimes even with them being involved the adaptations are not as similar to the original work as they should (just take a look at Ready Player One to prove this). Or also, remember what happened to Percy Jackson movies, even though the author warned the producers several times…

Wheel of time tv series release date

Since the tv series will not start filming until September 2019 The Wheel of time tv series is expected to come out in late 2020. The debut date is not yet confirmed.

 

Stay tuned for more news about this upcoming tv series!

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His dark materials BBC tv series

Hello Wottareaders, today we are talking about Phillip’s Pullman famous saga: His Dark materials and its upcoming tv adaptation.   This is His dark materials  BBC tv series, and it’s coming out soon!

There is no better thing than showing, so here you have the Teaser trailer:

I have written recently about Phillip’s Pullman latest novel, The Secret Commonwealth. This is the second volume of The Book of Dust saga, an equel, as the author likes to call it, of His Dark Materials. If you want to know more about this upcoming novel just click here.

What will  His dark materials  BBC tv series be about?

As you know, the original series is a trilogy. So it is expected that each season will cover the entire series. That is, the first season will tell the story narrated in the first novel, The Golden Compass. The following books, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, would be covered in the subsequent seasons.

The first season will have eight episodes.  Even though it has not been aired yet a second season of eight episodes is confirmed.

Regarding the filming, the first season is already filmed. the official Twitter account confirmed it (see here).

Who is casting His Dark Materials BBC Tv series?

If you are wondering who is casting this adaptation, the entire cast is already revealed.  The actress Dafne Keen is cast to play  Lyra Belacqua,  Billy Costa will be cast by Tyler Howitt while Lewin Lloyd will cast Roger Parslow. You can check the full casting on the following IMBD link.

When will His Dark Materials be on tv? Release date

His dark materials  HBO tv series will be released later in 2019, so it will air this same year.

Previous adaptations

His Dark Materials has had a previous movie adaptation. Or, better said, the first novel, The Golden Compass (or Northern Lights depending on the country), had a movie adaptation. The movie is considered a flop, having a budget of  $180 million earning $372 million worldwide. Even though the movie recouped its cost, the grossing in the USA did not meet the expectations and as a result, the sequels were never made. As a result, this movie adaptation was not one of the highest grossing movie adaptations of all time, you can check which movie adaptations are honored with such achievement here.

There are high hopes for this BBC adaptation. Fans think this adaptation is true to the original material and expect it to be the proper movie adaptation this saga deserves.

 

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Highest grossing fantasy novel movie adaptations

Hello Wottareaders! Have you ever wondered which movie adaptation of a fantasy novel has been the most successful? probably some sagas come to your mind, isn’t it?  Well, here we are going to find the Highest grossing fantasy novel movie adaptations of all time!

Before we begin, a quick note: the following list is adjusted for inflation. That is, in order to provide a fair comparison this grossing is adjusted taking into account the increase of movie theater tickets adjusting all the movies to the same ticket price. Despite not being perfectly accurate, the results provide a piece of much more comparable information.

Why is inflation important?

Just so you can understand better how crucial this is, tickets cost $1.55  in 1970, while the average movie theater tickets were $9.11 in 2018. See that already isn’t it? If the same number of people watched a movie on those different periods, the 2018 movie would gross more even though the films had had the same audience number.  This is why it wouldn’t make sense to compare a movie released in different periods unless they have been adjusted for inflation to current prices.

Which is the highest grossing movie of all time?

No other than Gone in the wind, yes, the highest grossing movie of all time is based on a novel, written by Margaret Mitchel. The movie was released in 1939 and grossed  198.68M million, while if adjusted for inflation it grossed $3,703,000,000.

If inflation is not considered, the highest grossing movie turns out to be Avatar, released in 2009 and directed by James Cameron. Avatar grossed $2,787,965,087 worldwide. And, just in case you were wondering, Gone with the Wind wouldn’t even appear on the highest grossing movies if inflation was not taken into account.

Let’s see the Highest grossing fantasy novel movie adaptations of all time:

6.Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Directed by:  Chris Columbus    Release date: 2002

Adjusted: ~1.375-1.4 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 879.0 Million $

Budget: 100 Million $

5.The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Directed by:  Peter Jackson     Release date: 2001

Adjusted: ~1.375-4 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 871.5 Million $

Budget: 93 Million $

4.The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Directed by:  Peter Jackson    Release date: 2002

Adjusted: ~1.425-1.45 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 926.0 Million$

Budget: 94 Million $

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

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Director: David Yates     Release date: 2011

Adjusted: ~1.55 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 1341.5 Million $

Budget: 150-200 Million $

2.Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone

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Directed by Chris Columbus  Release date: 2001

Adjusted: ~1.575-1.6 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 974.8 Million $

Budget: 125 Million $

1.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Directed by:  Peter Jackson Release date: 2003

Adjusted: ~1.65-1.7 Billion $

Real Worldwide Box Office: 1119.9 Million$

Budget: 94 Million $

 

Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings last movie turns out to be the highest grossing fantasy novel adaptation of all time. How shocking is it that the highest grossing fantasy movies are only these two sagas? If you are curious about other movies grossing you can check it at IMDB. Now that the Amazon Lord of the Rings is on the way, it’s a great moment to watch the movies again!

Also, if you liked this article, you will surely like this one: Best selling fantasy novels of all time.

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Amazon Lord of The Rings TV series

Amazon is making a new adaptation of one of the best fantasy books of all time: The Lord Of The Rings.  LOTR defined high fantasy as we know it, Tolkien’s work defined the high fantasy genre (How did Tolkien influence literature? check it here). This saga is back, but this time on Prime Video.  Amazon Lord of the Rings will have five seasons and will have the biggest Budget in televisión history.

Lots of rumors to be answered: will Amazon Lord of The Rings tv series be a reboot? will LOTR characters make their appearance in this tv series? will Peter Jackson be involved in this project?

Lord Of The Rings has had previous adaptations, the most notorious being the movie adaptations by Peter Jackson (were these a good movie adaptation? check it here). At first, it was thought this tv series was going to be a remake, but Amazon already confirmed this would not be the case, this tv series will be centered on the Second Age. If this news were not exciting enough, Tolkien, the biographical drama film telling the story of J.R.R  Tolkien will be released on May 10, 2019.

How it all began

Everything began with this press release published on November 13, 2017. Amazon revealed that they had acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings. This show will be Produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema. This upcoming show will be available on Prime Video.

The press release provided a lot of interesting info. It was Matt Galsor quote, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins, which proved to be the most revealing:

“Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

Unexplored stories! That is, it is not a reboot, but this tv series will cover a different angle. So, despite being interconnected with the original novels and main characters, it will be a completely different storyline.

What will the Amazon Lord of the Rings TV series be about?

While at first rumors said that the first season would tell the story of a younger Aragorn, Amazon revealed on Twitter that this storyline will be set in The Second Age ( the Age of Númenor). That is, 3.441 years before LOTR events… as you might have guessed, this implies that practically none of the characters appearing in the original saga will make a cameo in this prequel since… well, they were not even born yet.

Not even Gandalf, who even though being one of the Maiar didn’t take his human form until the Third Age. However, there will be a quite relevant character who will make his appearance for sure later in this series. No other than the Maiar corrupted by Melkor, Sauron, since it is in this age when he tried to subjugate the Middle Earth. For those wondering, his defeat against the Last Alliance of Elves and Men put an end to the Second Age.

As you see, the  Second Age is deeply linked to Sauron’s fate. As a result, some the events that will be for sure introduced in this series will be the rise of Sauron, the forging of the Rings of Power and Isildur’s battle against Sauron.

Amazon Lord of The Rings release date and budget

Amazon Lord of The Rings will be released in 2021, the more optimistic say the release date will be in 2020. This Project is already known as the biggest budget in television history, being more than 1$ billion dollars.

Just so you can compare such numbers better, each chapter of Game of Thrones season seven cost 15$ million each (see here), as you see, LOTRs budget is huge even compared to Game of Thrones…

Cast in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings?

There is still no info regarding the casting. Also, for those wondering if Peter Jackson will be involved in this project: No. The director and producer confirmed he would not be involved in the project.

While Peter Jackson’s films were filmed in New Zealand, Amazon LOTR will be filmed in Scotland instead. This country has some of its locations featured in Avengers: Infinity War. Filming will start this very same year.

How has been this new Tv series received by the fans?

Such news as is a tv series based on Tolkien’s Word was received by the fans with great excitement. When this news hit the Internet the reactions by fans on all Social Media sites were overwhelmingly positive, they want to visit the Middle-Earth once more.

There is also a lot of concern, fans want this tv series to be huge! And don’t want this tv series to have excessive inventive adaptation and be exactly like J.R.R. Tolkien had envisioned it. This concern is more than understandable since it would not be the first time an adaptation does not meet the expectations, just take what happened to Percy Jackson movies

What about you Wottareaders? are you excited about this new Amazon Lord of The Rings TV series?

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Pet Sematary 2019 upcoming movie

Hello there Wottareaders!, are you ready for some horror? then get prepared because Pet Sematary is almost here!

After a successful adaptation of some of the best Stephen King books like IT and Gerald’s Game, as well as the popularity trailing Hulu’s Castle Rock series believed to have been inspired by Stephen King, the prolific author is in the news again. This time, it is about the second time adaptation of his popular novel, the Pet Sematary.

What is Pet Sematary about?

Pet Sematary has a relatively simple storyline which focuses on the Creed family, Dr. Louis Creed upon relocation from Boston to Maine with his wife Rachel and their two tender kids discovers a mysterious pet kirkyard concealed in the woods near the family’s new home.  This cemetery has the unpleasant and unnerving capability of bringing the dead back to life. When tragedy strikes, Dr. Louis turn to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall, this triggered off a dangerous chain reaction that gives free rein to loads of evil with horrendous consequences.

Now that you know what this movie is about, here you have the trailer, “Sometimes dead is better”

Casting

In 1989, six years after Stephen published Pet Sematary, the novel recorded its first movie adaptation by Mary Lambert. Little did anyone knows that the book will record yet another adaptation thirty-six years later. Gifted and delighted Stephen King is proud of his achievements as he took to his twitter handle to praise his literati skills and his recent success; the adaptation of Pet Sematary. Below are all that you need to know about one of Stephen King movie.

Just like all other Stephen King movies, the directors of Pet Sematary are among the finest in the horror genre. The duo, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer directed Starry eyes, a feature-length horror movie, and MTV’s episodic Scream. They also have a handful of shorts episodic collections to their credit, before stirring the Sematary’s radar.

Casts:

The 2019 Pet Sematary adaptation have actors from the “Milky Way”. The skin of the hero, Louis Creed will be worn by the popular Jason Clarke of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. While Amy Seimetz stars as Rachel Creed, his wife. The character, Jud Crandall is also in the person of John Lithgow of Dexter and The Crown.

Other notable casts include Hugo Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed, Jeté Laurence, Sonia Maria Chirilia and Lucas Lavoie.

The 1989 adaptation wasn’t muscular enough to pull out these calibers of casts.

Pet Sematary release date

Pet Sematary is making its debut by April 5, 2019. Similarly, Jordan Peele’s follow up to Get Out, an original horror-thriller called Us, starring Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss is due in March. Other movies that will hit the theaters this year include the Happy Death Day 2U (February), New Mutants (August) and Vincenzo Natali’s adaptation of In the Tall Grass.

These will make 2019 a great year for mainstream horror. 

Pet Sematary Adaptations

A more significant number of trailer viewers strongly stand with the choices of the original safe for the feel the blocking, lighting and camera placement that appear better in the remake. The 1989 adaptation has a sequel, Pet Sematary Two, which was not financially and critically favored; hence there will be little or no need for a sequel to this second adaptation. Critiques strongly believe that the plot remains “similarly the same.”

Book vs movie differences

Critiques called it “…another hacked-up, sloppy screenplay from King,” this points out that there are mild differences between the book and the adaptation. For example, Wendigo is the depiction of a powerful demon with necromantic abilities; the Wendigo cursed a cemetery in Maine during the Colonial Era known initially as the Micmac burial ground.

For some yet unexplained reasons, during Mary Lambert’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, she failed to show Wendigo (despite the fact that earlier drafts of her script featured this character). However, it is yet to be ascertained whether or not it Wedingo will make an appearance in the 2019 adaptation. Considering the positive response to the character Pennywise in last years’ IT had it would be a great addition to this movie. A demonic character who haunts and manipulates a small town might be a perfect fit for this version of the movie, and fans of the novel will no doubt appreciate it staying truer to the source material than Lambert’s adaptation did.

Hope you are awaiting this movie! if you like Stephen King, maybe you would like to read a free short story written by him? See here.

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