Movies have drawn inspiration from so many sources, like real-life incidents, mythologies and many more. There are a number of live-action, animation movies that are inspired by novels that have a classic status. Most of these movies have conserved the reputation of the source by bringing its plot to a whole new level, while some failed to grasp their respective written format’s idea. Nevertheless, movies still heavily rely on novel adaptations and there is an array of productions delete waiting to be released. Let’s take a look at five of them.
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale of the alien prince and his visit to earth was one of my favorites growing up. To see a movie adaptation, even if it’s an animation, would be a great joy for me. Mark Osborne’s directorial venture has a voice cast featuring Paul Rudd, Jeff Bridges and Mackenzie Foy as leads, and is narrated as a different version of the story. Premiered during Cannes, it has yet to be released in the United States. Even though it received mixed reviews from the earlier screenings, I hope Osborne’s vision of the classic will entertain me.
The story of Peter Pan has been adapted to movies on a number of occasions, ranging from Disney movies to live-action adaptations, and Pan is the latest effort. Featuring beloved characters like Captain Hook, this film will be focusing on the origin of the title character. It promises to be a fun watch with riveting visuals and will be hitting theaters in October.
Macbeth is my favorite Shakespearean play for a number of reasons. With a complex lead and a brilliant narration, Macbeth remains as one of the most genius works of Shakespeare. There have been many on-screen adaptations for this story and each of those adaptations has their own share of off-screen eerie stories. Deemed as a cursed venture, Macbeth really needed redemption and this year’s movie adaptation stands out as one. Screened at Cannes and winning audience acclaim, Macbeth is set to be released this December. With Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the lead, this movie hopes to be a worthy adaptation of its source.
Mary Shelly’s classic monster tale has graced the silver screens a number of times and this effort starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy will be the latest entry on the list. With Shelly’s biopic also under development, the next year will give us an opportunity to watch the stories of both the creator and creation in theaters. Much like older adaptations, the story focuses on Victor Frankenstein and his obsessive scientific curiosity. With Radcliffe as Igor, the apprentice of title character Victor Frankenstein, let’s hope the story of the undead man will get a resurrection.
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s evergreen children's story is about to have a fresh treatment in the coming years. Jon Favreau’s version with Idris Elba and Scarlet Johansson will be released in 2016, while Andy Serkis’ origin story will star Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch and be released in 2017. The story of a human boy brought up by wolves who is friends with snakes and bears, Mougli’s tale was a popular one in my childhood. Through comics and cartoons, The Jungle Book is a familiar world for me and I’ll be looking forward to each of these versions.