The team plays fast and loose with the definition of “adaptation” so that they can cover Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), the newest addition to the Potterverse, about which ours hosts hold very strong opinions.
Adaptation covers Murder on the Orient Express (2017), with all it’s epic facial hair, increased drama, and intensified moral arcs.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) turns the hosts to discussions of time travel, colorful characters, and what exactly qualifies as an adaptation.
Question of the Week: Does this film qualify as an adaptation? Did we really need this movie to be made? How frustrated are you with the time travel?
Adaptation watches Alice in Wonderland (2010) along with you to prep for the sequel.
Dorin and Kendyl watch A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) along with you, talking about why the original is better than the remake and drooling over young Johnny Depp.
As fairytale connoisseurs, the team has been looking forward to the film Into the Woods for a long while. Most are extremely pleased, but someone has some issues with the plot.
For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Once Upon a Time Season 3, Starkid’s Twisted, Frozen, and Jack the Giant Slayer.
In which we list some of the worst casting decisions Hollywood has made for film adaptations.
#57 Hi-Yo Stupid, Away! (The Lone Ranger)
#31 Vive la Revolution pour les Miserables (Les Miserables)
#13 M. Night, You Used Your Power Irresponsibly (The Last Airbender)
Armed with background knowledge on the 1949 television series, Dorin, Kendyl and Ryan discuss Gore Verbinski’s screen adaptation of The Lone Ranger. From controversial casting to an excess of explosions, the hosts can’t really decide what to think about the film, but they have a good time trying to figure it out!
For more adaptations of television shows, check out our episodes on Star Trek, Once Upon a Time, Dark Shadows, and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I was scrolling through Tumblr today when I came across this pretty little screenshot of the IMDB page for Stephen Sondheim and Rob Marshall’s upcoming adaptation of Into the Woods.
Yep, that’s right! The page has exploded with new castings! And I don’t even know where to start! First of all, we’re clearly seeing another star-studded cast as in Mamma Mia and Les Miserables. It’s the price we have to pay for seeing Broadway on the big screen as a Hollywood production. The real question on everyone’s minds, though: The acting talent is clearly here, but can they sing? Or are we in for another Russell “And I am Javert” Crowe fiasco?
Well, James Corden at least has already been tested on the musical stage, with a Tony under his belt. So his casting as the Baker is one less thing to worry about. And according to her IMDB page, newly cast Baker’s wife Emily Blunt was briefly featured in ex-boyfriend Michael Bublé’s song “Me and Mrs. Jones” from his album “Call Me Irresponsible”. And if her bio page can be believed, is known as a “strong alto singer”. Johnny Depp of course had his day as Sweeny Todd, but what about Chris Pine? Or Jake Gyllenhaal? As far as we know, they have never hit a musical note…at least not professionally. And I know that I can’t be the only one with slight concerns.
But you know what? I’m still hoping for a positive attitude. I can’t bear to do otherwise. Because if Disney messes up Sondheim, I think I’m going to cry. Or turn back to Bernadette Peters for some serious Broadway therapy.
Comments? Commiseration? Concerns? Comfort? Post below.
To read our previous article about Into the Woods, click here.
Note: The artwork/poster associated with this article is not the official image for Into the Woods the movie. Adaptation was given permission to use this fan-made piece by its artist, Nathan, whose work can be found on his Tumblr page.