In what I hope to make a regular feature at BrainCandy, a round-up of news and links on books that are being made into movies — whether we want them to or not…
- Rumour has it that Carey Mulligan — best known for her Oscar-nominated role in An Education — has been cast as Lisbeth Salander in the US movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I can’t picture her in the role — Mulligan seems so elegant and sweet — but her acting ability has been highly praised so hopefully she can pull off the edgy Salander. But having recently watched the Swedish movie version, I can’t see how she’ll be able to top the amazing performance of Noomi Rapace.
- But here’s the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie news that really has me concerned: the story’s setting may be changed from Sweden to Canada as a “compromise for American audiences.” Really? Way to insult the intelligence of the movie-going public. I can understand the argument that the subtitles will prevent the original movie from becoming a blockbuster in North America, but to presume that the audience won’t accept a movie set in Sweden is ridiculous.
(As an aside: If you haven’t already seen the original Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Go. Right now. Seriously. Just go.)
- In other dubious casting news, both Kristen Stewart of Twilight movie fame and Kirsten Dunst have been cast in a long-delayed movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. That just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
- According to Variety, Fox Searchlight has purchased North American rights to the movie version of Lisa See’s novel Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Filmed in a mix of Chinese and English, the movie features a cameo appearance by Hugh Jackman. No release date has been announced. Hopefully they won’t change its setting to Canada, too.
- If there’s one literary adaptation that I can’t wait for, it’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World, based on the series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley. And I won’t even bitch about the movie being set in Canada because (shocker) the original novels were actually set in Canada! It just filled my maple-syrup-loving heart with pride when I spotted all of the subtle Canadian references in the novels, and I hope it carries over into the movie, which was in fact filmed in Toronto. Directed by Edgar Wright — the cinematic genius behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz — and starring Michael Cera, this “epic of epic epicness” hits theatres August 13, which gives you just enough time to read all six graphic novels in the series (volume 6 comes out July 20) or join me in watching the trailer over and over and over again: