Awesome Comics Getting Awesome(?) Adaptations

This past Christmas I was interested in collecting trades of two comic series that I had heard a lot of great things about. Ultimately I only got my hands on one of the series, which happily lived up to my expectations.  It’s likely that I’ll pick up the other series someday, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Walters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A Allen and Noelle Stevenson is the book that I haven’t yet actually read, but it has continued to generate just about universal praise. The series centres around a summer camp for girls which is plagued by mysterious and supernatural events.  Plans for a film adaptation of the comic were announced some time ago, but just recently Io9 announced that the project has found a director, Emily Carmichael.  The young director’s short films have been widely praised, and she had been mentioned as a possible helmer for a Captain Marvel movie.

Io9 has also recently announced some news about an adaptation of the series that I actually did get my hands on, Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan was a writer for Lost, but he is best known for his work in Graphic Novels.  Many of his stories take place in completely new worlds, and while Runaways takes place in the Marvel Universe, there are only occasional appearances by recognizable characters.  The series follows of a group of teens who discover that their parents are super villains, and go on the run.

The new announcement about the Runaways adaptation is that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage put together a TV show of the comic series for Hulu.  Schwartz and Savage are known for creating the CW series Gossip Girl, which was also an adaption.

Now, I love Runaways, and it would have definitely been on my Top Ten list of works that needed to be adapted to film or television. But this news is a little frustrating for me because it is not clear if I will have any access to this show.  Presumably there will be DVDS/Blu-ray’s of it at least but seriously, why not do this show on Freeform?  The network is already doing a show on the Marvel characters Cloak and Dagger, who actually show up in Runaways, and Schwartz and Savage are doing an American version of the British show Misfits for Freeform so seriously, why is the Runaways show not going to Freeform as well?

Upcoming Adaptations

Vulture reveals the 22 book-to-film adaptations coming up in the second half of the year. The list includes Tim Burton’s adaption of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as well as films of Middle School:  The Worst Years of My Life, and A Monster Calls, based on the book by Patrick Ness.

Burton’s take on the book by Ransom Riggs has already been the subject of some controversy, as it has been revealed there will be some changes in regards to the powers possessed by the peculiar children.  This article from Page to Premiere includes a comment from Riggs about the changes made in the movie.

It appears that Patrick Ness will also see his Chaos Walking Trilogy hit the silver screen. Not only is Doug Liman attached to direct, but Den of Geek reports that Star Wars star Daisy Ridley is on board to play the female lead. The series takes place in a world where living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.

Meanwhile, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are teaming up once again. The duo behind The O.C. and Gossip Girl will adapt Sarah Pinborough’s novel 13 Minutes into a film for Netflix, according to The story is about a popular high school student who is revived after being dead for 13 minutes, and her former best friend who tries to solve the case.

Io9 reports that Dave Roman’s comic Astronaut Academy has been optioned for film and television. Roman cites The Goonies, Time Bandits and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as inspirations for his work.

The adaption of Lauren Oliver’s novel Before I fall has a release date.  Deadline reports that the story of a girl stuck reliving the last day of her life will hit theatres on April 7th.   Zoey Deutch will the play the lead role.

It looks like the fourth book of The Chronicles of Narnia will get the silver screen treatment, though Io9 reports that producer Mark Gordon is trying to sell the project as a new franchise. Which I guess means that there will be a new cast, even though they are just moving on to the next book after the Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which opened back in 2010.  So, I’m not really sure if this qualifies as a reboot of the series.


Creepy Short Films to Check Out

A couple months ago we saw the release of Lights Out, directed by David F Sandberg. As many of you may already know, the movie was based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film of the same name.

Youtuber Deburke321 noted the video in a post looking at ten creepy internet videos, and was inspired to create two videos looking at the scariest short films ever created.  Perhaps one of the films he cited will be the next big horror film?

The first video includes an adaptation of a supposedly true story about meeting a crazy man while walking late at night, as well as an adaptation of a reddit two sentence horror story.  There is also Cam Closer, also by David F Sandberg, about a mysteriously powerful camera, and a movie about a girl getting a call from the boyfriend who’s supposed to be in bed next to her.  The top film on the list, called Don’t Move, could be the plot of Ouija 3, assuming Ouija 2 does well enough to justify another film.

The second video starts off with a film from the perspective of a cop’s body camera, and then moves on to a woman hearing whispers while home alone.  The video also includes the short film Mama which, like Lights Out, was expanded into a full-length film.  The top film of this list is 3 Versos, wherein two sisters visit an exorcist.