Musketeers, Hobbits and Shakespearean Vampires: Literary Adaptation News

More Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Casting Rumours

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the rumour that Carey Mulligan had been cast as Lisbeth Salander in the US movie version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Around the same time, the names Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and George Clooney were tossed about as contenders for the lead male role of financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist. And like the casting of Mulligan, none of them felt quite right for the part.

The latest rumour is a bit more promising — several sources are reporting Daniel Craig as a front-runner for the role, which seems like a better choice for the complex and rough-around-the-edges character.

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig, rumoured star of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Extreme Musketeer Makeover

There have been at least 100 movie adaptations made of the novel The Three Musketeers — not even counting the various sequels and prequels and other quasi-related flicks — so naturally Hollywood thinks this is an untapped market. Filming will start on a new big-budget version of the classic tale this fall, with the movie scheduled for release in April 2011. Many members of the cast have a solid track record in literary adaptations:

  • Logan Lerman of the recently released Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie will play the young D’Artagnan;
  • Matthew Macfadyen, star of the award-winning BBC mini-series Little Dorrit (based on the Charles Dickens novel) and a passable Mr. Darcy in the Pride and Prejudice movie (he’s no Colin Firth, but then who is?), will take on the role of musketeer Athos;
  • Orlando Bloom, who starred in a small literary adaptation you may have seen (cough, The Lord of the Rings), has just signed on to play the Duke of Buckingham.

The movie will be in 3D, so lots of potential for swashbuckling goodness.

Eat, Pray, Read

I will never understand the movie ratings system, but glad to hear that the movie version of Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat Pray Love has managed to get its rating changed from an R to PG-13. One of the concerns? “Male rear nudity.” The movie stars Javier Bardem, James Franco and Billy Crudup — I think we need more male rear nudity, not less.

Eat Pray Love hits theatres on August 13. Oh, Julia Roberts is in it too.

Hobbit Filming Hobbled

Guillermo del Toro has dropped out as director of The Hobbit, the much-anticipated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel and prequel of sorts to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. No word yet on who will step in to direct, although rumours are swirling.

Brad Pitt, Literary Tastemaker

Plan B, the production company owned by Brad Pitt, has purchased the screen rights for The Imperfectionist, a novel by Canadian Tom Rachman. Pitt is also producing a movie version of Jonathan Lethem‘s Fortress of Solitude.

The Bard Does Twilight?

What do you get when you mix William Shakespeare’s Hamlet with pop culture’s just-put-a-stake-in-it-already love affair with vampires? This, apparently:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead was filmed in 2007, but will be released later this summer. Here’s hoping it will fall into the so-bad-it’s-good category.

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Bookworm, word nerd, grammar geek. Small town girl, living in a lonely world. Running a race-per-month in 2013.
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