October 16, 2011

Serial Adapters: Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick

Best-selling novels are a safe investment for Hollywood producers, because they already have a loyal fan base that will flock to the cinemas as well as buy the blu-ray.

No one understands this more than Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick, the power couple behind Red Wagon Entertainment, and the adaptation of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha.
It seems that Fisher and Wick have found a winning formula and they are sticking to it. Movie Insider has linked them to a long list of film adaptations in the coming years. Do you know of any others?

There are big hopes for this beloved American classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Baz Luhrmann is putting his flamboyant stamp on the project that stars Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire and is currently being filmed in Sydney. Expected to hit cinemas in 2012.

Leonardo Dicaprio knows a good lit-flick when he sees one – he is rumoured to also star as Peter Chancellor in the film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s 1977 novel. Not expected to be released until 2014.

The Language of Flowers 
American publishers engaged in a million-dollar bidding war over this eloquent debut novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, which has been translated into 31 languages. With such a worldwide following, it’s sure to be a box-office success. Too early to even hint at whom might star in this one.
Tobey Maguire (another regular) has apparently signed on to the movie version of the 2000 novel by Isaac Adamson. Anne Hathaway is reported to be his love interest. All rumours at this stage though – the movie isn’t even listed on IMDB. 

The Wettest Country in the World
Nick Cave adapted Matt Bondurant’s book for the big screen, attracting some high-end Hollywood interest.  Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling and Amy Adams were initially linked to the film, but Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman and Mia Wasikowska followed through with the filming. In cinemas December 2011.

The Historian
Only scant details are publicly available on this film adaptation, but Elizabeth Kostova is excited about the film adaption of her 2005 debut novel. She sais the team at Red Wagon is “very committed to working with the writers, and has suggested that an unknown actor should play Dracula, to keep his ‘strangeness’. 

The young adult novel by Veronica Roth is the first of a planned trilogy. The film adaptation is still in its very early stages, but there are already huge hopes that the series will become the new Twilight – but you will have to wait until 2015. In her own words, Roth is doing a “happy dance”. 

The Seven Year Switch 
News began circulating in 2004 that the Claire Cook novel was being adapted by Mike Nichols, with Julia Roberts tipped to star. However, since then, the rumour mill has gone quiet and IMDB is still listing the film as ‘in development’ even though it was expected in cinemas in 2014. Roberts also starred in Eat, Pray, Love in 2010 – the premise of which has a similar ‘female mid-life crisis’ theme – so it looks like this one may never come to be.

The Faithful Spy 
The film rights to Alex Berenson’s book were sold before the book was published, and soon afterward the author was quoted as saying that Keanu Reeves was his “new favourite actor”. Unfortunately, Berenson also told Geek Week that the development process of the film “got screwed up” before a first draft of a script was written. Progress unknown. 

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