Adaptation Spotlight|Netflix Buys Millarworld & New Hunger Games/Twilight?

Happy Friday everyone! You don’t understand how much I’ve been looking forward to this weekend. It’s been a rough week and I’m so looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.

If you’re new here, Adaptation Spotlight is a feature on Book to the Becky where I talk about recent adaptation news that I think is interesting.

The theme for this week is franchises. We got some pretty interesting news involving a few different franchises, and I’m really excited to talk to you guys about it. So we’re just gonna dive right in.

Netflix Acquires Millarworld

We’re going to start with news that may seem small now, but will have a big impact on a popular streaming service you may have heard of.

So, Netflix has just acquired Millarworld. What is Millarworld and why is it relevant? Basically, it is a comic-book publishing firm founded by Mark Millar. You’ve probably heard of two of their franchises, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service.

I have never read the comics, but I loved both of the film adaptations. The sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service is actually coming out later this year and is one of my most anticipated films of the year. If you have not seen Kingsman or Kick-Ass you should go watch them, they are both excellent.

On the surface, this news does not seem like a big deal, but it is. Netflix is losing it’s contract to Disney, because Disney is creating their own streaming service. While it looks like Netflix might keep the rights to Marvel and Star Wars, it will take a hit and lose a ton of content. By acquiring Millarworld, Netflix will have a ton of material to work with and be able to create more of it’s own content.

This is the third time a comic book company has been purchased like this. Warner Bros. bought DC Comics and Disney bought Marvel. Those acquisitions worked out for both companies, and this could result in a huge payoff for Netflix.

I don’t know much about Millarworld’s comics. In fact, reading about this news definitely was the first time I realized it was a thing. I say again I loved Kick-Ass and Kingsman though, so I would love to see more adaptations from this company. I think Netflix could create some really awesome content and I’m interested to see what comes of this deal.

New Hunger Games and Twilight?

Alright, so this news came completely out of left field and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Apparently, the CEO of Lionsgate, Jon Feltheimer, wants to add to both the Hunger Games and Twilight franchise! Excuse me–what?!

He does not want to remake either of these series, but rather add to the franchise with spin-offs and new installments to the story line. Personally, I’m glad to hear that they’re not planning on remaking these films, because I’m not a big fan of remakes and it’s too soon. I don’t really know if I’d want a film that directly follows the conclusion to either sereies.

It’s been so long since I read or watched anything in the Twilight series. I can’t be the only person who feels this way, so adding the next chapter of Bella and Edward’s life may be difficult to sell. As for the Hunger Games, I thought that the conclusion felt like a conclusion. Seeing what happens next to Katniss may tarnish the series.

However, I would totally be into some spin-offs. For example, I would love to see how the first Hunger Games came to be and what that entailed. It might be cool to see what happens to Panem following the events in Mockingjay, but I would like it to follow new characters. Some Twilight spin-offs would be interesting too. I don’t know what they would look like, but I’d be totally willing to hear some ideas.

It’s like Lionsgate is seeing all the success that came from Fantastic Beasts and is looking to hop on that band wagon. Apparently, they are waiting to get approval from Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins before any next steps can be taken. I am extremely interested to see what comes from this. It could be good or it could be bad, we’ll just have to wait and see.


Some other small bits of news that you may be interested in. My man Nick Jonas was cast in Chaos Walking, which is the film adaptation of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go set to be released in 2019. Also, Thirteen Reasons Why casted a bunch of new people for it’s second season. The TV adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Mr. Mercedes of the same title, premiered this past Wednesday on Audience Network. King is having good year in terms of adaptations. We’re getting so many film and tv adaptations of his work this year.

That’s all of the news I have for you this week. Let me know down below what you’re most excited for. How do you feel about having more films in the Hunger Games and Twilight Series? What would want you Lionsgate to make, if they actually make a new film in either one of these franchises? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Also, let me know if I missed anything this week. 

Adaptation Spotlight|The Hate U Give & The Dark Tower

Hey guys! Welcome back to Adaptation Spotlight, where I tell you about some adaptation news that I think is interesting.

I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy that it’s Friday. This week has been brutal and I’m glad that the weekend is finally here. I’m also excited to talk about what’s going on this week in the world of adaptations. Let’s jump right into it.


 

The Hate U Give Casting

First things first, we’ve got to talk about casting news for The Hate U Give. If you are unaware, this YA novel about the Black Lives Matter movement is being made into a film. What’s crazy is that the film rights were acquired in 2016 by Fox 2000. Amandla Stenberg was also cast as Starr and George Tillman Jr. was slated to direct last year, way before THUG was released.

Why this is relevant now? This week we were blessed with some more casting news. Russell Hornsby was cast as Maverick, Regina Hall as Lisa, and Lamar Johnson as Seven! It’s really exciting to see that things are moving with this film adaptation. The book has made such an impact, and I think that the film will make one too. Angie Thomas, the author, said that she has been involved in the process which is nice to hear. I think that to have an excellent adaptation, the author needs to be involved in some way.

Casting for Sekani, Starr’s younger brother, has not yet been revealed. I hope that he was not cut from the film, because I thought it was interesting to see him go through a loss of innocence in the book.  A release date has also not been announced yet. I’m hoping for sometime in 2018, because I need this film!

Maybe Skip The Dark Tower This Weekend?

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The Dark Tower, the adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series of the same title, was released in theaters today. While the trailer was definitely confusing, I thought that Idris Elba looked cool. However, the critics hate it! It’s got a whopping 18% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty bad. On top of that, I’ve heard that it’s not very true to the book. It seems that there was a lot of competing ideas in the production and post production of this film, and it suffered because of it.

I’m curious to see how it does at the box office, because a lot is riding on it’s success. Stephen King is already planning for a sequel, and has come out saying that he wants to bump the sequel up to an R rating. There is also talk of a prequel TV series in development through Media Rights Capital and Sony Pictures Television. Glenn Mazzara (The Walking Dead) has recently been announced to be the show-runner for the show. If the film tanks, these installments are definitely screwed.


That’s all of the news I have for you this week. I personally don’t think I am going to see The Dark Tower. It’s just not worth my money and I still need to see Dunkirk desperately!

As always I would love to hear your thoughts on these adaptations! What do you think of the casting for The Hate U Give? Are you planning on seeing The Dark Tower? Do you think the film looks good or just as bad as the critics are saying? Did I miss anything this week? Let me know down in the comment section below.

 

Adaptation Spotlight|To All the Boys I Loved Before & Ready Player One

Hey guys! Today I’m introducing a new feature on my blog I’m tentatively calling “Adaptation Spotlight.” I’ve been wanting to talk about book-to-movie and book-to-TV adaptations for a while now, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.

As much as I love books, movies and TV shows are kind of my thing. I was a Film Studies major in college, and dream of creating my own TV show one day. My background gives me a unique perspective on this whole adaptation thing, and I’ve been dying to talk about it. Adaptations are tricky, because you want it to stay true to the book but also be a good movie or TV show. However, what works in a book, is not always going to work for a TV show or a film. I want to dissect these adaptations and analyze them from all angles. I plan to do reviews, but I also want to talk about news and tell you all what’s coming.

I know that Epic Reads and Booksandlala do monthly videos about all of the adaptation news, but new things are announced are all the time. Every Friday I’m going to highlight one or two pieces of news regarding adaptations that I think are interesting and talk about it. This could range from casting choices, adaptation announcements, trailer releases, or movie/TV show premieres.

Enough talking about me and let’s get into the news!


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Will Be a Movie!

Jenny Han announced last week that To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is getting made into a movie! No seriously, this is happening, and we will be getting this film soon, maybe next year? Does anyone else feel like this came out of nowhere? The film is being produced by Awesomeness Films and they started production at the beginning of July in Vancouver. Lana Condor has been cast as Lara Jean. The movie will also star Noah Centineo (Peter Kavinsky), Janel Parrish (Margot), Anna Cathcart (Kitty), John Corbett (Dr. Covey), and Israel Broussard (Josh Sanderson).

Honestly, I’m ecstatic about this news! I loved the book so much and I think it would make a really cute film. I’m also all for seeing Asian American women in leading roles. We talk about diversity all the time in the book community, but movie and TV shows could be way more diverse than they are. There are too many things made about white men, and it’s frustrating. Also you rarely see Asian Americans in leading roles in Hollywood, so this is huge for that community.

I really hope that they do something cool with Lara Jean’s letters. If you are unfamiliar with the book, it follows Lara Jean who keeps her love letters in a hatbox. One day they are mailed out and things get a little crazy. I feel like they could do some cool flashback scenes with these letters! Hopefully, the script is good and we get more information soon on when this will be released. I for one cannot wait!

Ready Player One Trailer Released!

 

 

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is a beloved book here in the book community. People are always talking about it and it is on my TBR. I’ve heard this book described as one for nerds as they make constant references to 80s pop culture. It is a dystopian novel that follows Wade Watts who lives in 2044. He spends most of his time in a virtual reality world called OASIS. He goes on an adventure trying to find the Easter Egg hidden in OASIS by the creator James Halliday. Halliday was obsessed with the 80s, hence all of the references.

The film is set to release on March 30th, 2018. A trailer was dropped at Comic Con and everyone is going nuts over it. To be honest, I’m feeling a little underwhelmed after watching it. For a book that is supposed to be all about 80s references, I was expecting the visuals of the virtual reality world to have a cooler style or at least be more imaginative. Sure, we got a ton of references, but OASIS just looks very generic. The Stacks (or the dystopian world Wade actually lives in) looks way cooler. I would much prefer to explore this weird dystopian world as opposed to OASIS, which is a major concern! OASIS should be way cooler than The Stacks.

Also the trailer lacks depth. The book sounds cool, meanwhile the trailer makes the movie look like your typical action movie. The only thing that sets it apart are the references (the Iron Giant, the DeLorean, Harley Quinn, etc.), but they come off more gimmicky than ode to the 80s.

You’d think with Steven Spielberg directing this, it would be in good hands. However, I’m not sure how good this will end up being. I’m hoping that the trailer is extremely misleading and they are purposefully not showing a lot so you’re surprised when you see it. I also haven’t read the book, so maybe I’m completely missing something? Please let me know!


That’s all of news I want to talk about this week and I would love to hear your thoughts on these adaptations.

Are you excited for the film adaptation for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? Would you like to see all three of Han’s books in this series be adapted? What did you think of the Ready Player One trailer? Are you excited for the film? Did you like what you saw in the trailer or not? Let’s talk about it in the comment section below.