11 items from 2012
Several big announcements concerning giants of European Cinema broke over the last week, including one bio-pic about a giant of European Art. Let's get to it! We've already reported the news that Werner Herzog is apparently set to direct an adaptation of D.B.C. Pierre's novel, Vernon God Little, The book earned a lot of comparisons to Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, so Herzog won't exactly be in familiar territory, maybe that in itself is more normal for him these days. What is still unclear is exactly how this new affects Herzog's previously announced upcoming projects including his Helmut Newton documentary and his Gertrud Bell biopic with Naomi Watts. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Godard is experimenting with 3-D for his follow up to »
The beloved German director – who has been a prominent force in the filmmaking scene since the 1970s and has amassed a hugely dedicated following – hasn’t directed a fiction film since the strange and relatively obscure My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done in 2009. His last films were the brilliant documentaries Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which focused on primitive cave paintings) and Into The Abyss (an extensive portrait of a Texas death row inmate).
The subject matter of Man Booker Prize-winning novel Vernon God Little seems apt for the Herzog treatment: the story follows a teenager who travels to Mexico after becoming involved in a high school killing in Texas. It’s regarded as somewhat of a black comedy, »
- T.J. Barnard
ABC is developing a new tv series based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has its two main characters, now in their 20s, running an investigative firm in a steampunk New Orleans. Sounds great right? Downside: Jason Richman and David Zabel, the duo behind Detroit 1-8-7 and ER are both writing and exec producing. Someone get Joss Whedon on this! [Continued ...] »
With "Sherlock" and "Elementary" bringing Sherlock Holmes back to TV and both The CW and ABC developing "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" updates, it was only a matter of time before Mark Twain's public domain work was plundered for television.
Naturally, they decide to investigate crime together.
THR was the first to report that ABC is developing the project.Jason Richman and David Zabel, who helmed "Detroit 1-8-7," will write and executive produce. And if Matt Barr (of "Hellcats" and "Hatfields & McCoys") isn't considered for the role of grown-up Tom Sawyer, we will be devastated. Just putting that out there.
What do you think, Zap2it readers? Will "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" serve as strong source material? Jezebel is already »
ABC is currently developing a new television drama based on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it has been reported. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be called Finn & Sawyer, and will focus on the literary characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn teaming up in their 20s to form an investigative firm in New Orleans.
Executive producers Jason Richman and David (more) »
- By Zeba Blay
17 August 2012 1:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
ABC has given script orders to three very different drama projects from its studio counterpart. The network is developing Finn & Sawyer, a contemporary take on Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The drama hails from Detroit 1-8-7 duo Jason Richman and David Zabel and is described as an adventure-themed reinvention that revolves around the two famed literary characters who re-meet as young men in their 20s and form an investigative firm in a bustling and steampunk New Orleans. Photos: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows for 2012-13 Season
- Lesley Goldberg
In case you're curious what inventor Thomas Edison's filmmaking skills were like, watch this 1909 footage of author Mark Twain to find out. Edison captured the author and humorist hanging out with his daughters Clara and Jean at his Redding, Connecticut estate, which he dubbed "Stormfield." This is the only known footage of Twain in existence. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer writer smokes like a chimney, drinks tea, sports a lovely scowl that complements his unruly cloud of white hair, and strolls along his picturesque property for the camera. It's a nice snapshot of celluloid and literary history — which was apparently used in part for a two-reel, 1909 short film, The Prince and the Pauper (based on another Twain tale). Watch the clip...
- Alison Nastasi
This one’s for Martha …
Nothing like a good book to get the rabble-rousers going.
In Field Of Dreams, Ray Kinsella’s wife, played by Amy Madigan, successfully shuts down the effort to ban Terence Mann’s books from the local Iowa school system. Terence Mann – played by James Earl Jones – was based on J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher In The Rye.
Catcher was published in 1951, and has pretty much stayed on “attempts to ban it” lists since its publication. In fact, it was the most censored book in America from 1961 to 1982, even though, according to Wikipedia, it was the “second most taught book in United States public schools.” It most recently reappeared on the “most challenged books” list, published by American Library Association, in 2009.
These are some of the books I remember being on the curriculum when I was in school, along some that I missed because »
- Mindy Newell
Clara Bow, Mantrap What do Andrei Tarkovsky, Edward G. Robinson, Clara Bow, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Audrey Hepburn have in common? Easy. They'll all be featured in some form or other at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia, in May. [Packard Campus screening schedule.] Andrei Tarkovsky will be represented by the classic sci-fier Solaris (1971), billed as the Soviet Union's answer to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and by the classic period drama Andrei Rublev (1969), a meditation on art, religion, spirituality, and human brutality and stupidity. A technicality: Solaris will actually be screened on April 27. Edward G. Robinson stars in The Little Giant (1933), a pre-Code crime comedy featuring Mary Astor. The (at the time) energetic Roy Del Ruth (The Maltese Falcon, Taxi!, Employees' Entrance) directed. Clara Bow is the star of Mantrap (1926), a fluffy romantic comedy of interest chiefly because of Bow and because neither of her two leading »
- Andre Soares
As a professor of American literature who teaches a course on bestsellers, I’m often asked to justify using such “trashy” novels as “Gone With the Wind” and “Valley of the Dolls” in a college classroom. Snobbery towards popular novels is nothing new. Writing in The Guardian in 1713, Richard Steele »
- James W. Hall
Mark Twain may have published "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" eight years before "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but don't tell that to Paramount. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio plans on adapting the famous Mark Twain novels into a film called "Huck and Tom." But! There's a catch: The story will feature Sawyer and Finn as grown-ups, and include "supernatural elements." (Initiate mass groan from literature aficionados.) "Huck and Tom" is the latest in a long line of Sawyer-Finn film adaptations, and is not to be confused with "Tom and Huck," the 1995 film with Jonathan Taylor Thomas, nor "Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn," the upcoming flick starring Joel Courtney ("Super 8") that Variety reported on last year. "Huck and Tom" currently has no release date. [via THR] »
- Alex Suskind
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