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August 13, 2009 / schulerbooks

Classic Books hit the Big Screen

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Some of my favorite directors (thankfully) are tackling big screen productions of childhood classics.

Tim Burton directs Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter (oh thank you lord!), Anne Hathaway (White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen), Alan Rickman (Caterpillar) and Mia Wasikowska (as Alice). The rest of the cast is just as stellar. View Trailer.

Spike Jonze directs a live-action version of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, based on a screenplay by Jonze and Dave Eggers (!) . Cast includes Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini and Mark Ruffalo. Check out the promotional website, with trailers and featurettes here.

Wes Anderson has directing a claymation version of Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, with an absolutely ridiculously packed cast of amazing actors, including Meryl Streep (Mrs. Fox), George Clooney (Mr. Fox), Jason Schwartzman, Willem Dafoe, Angelica Huston, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jarvis Cocker (of the band Pulp) and even Mario Batali (!?!).  Check out the website with trailer here.

In “Possibly Good Remake News”, a producer is currently in talks with The Illusionist writer/director Neil Burger about a new version of the Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by  Robert C. O’Brien that could combine live action and animation. As much as I loved the original cartoon, a remake could remain more true to the original book. I just hope it doesn’t end up looking as cheesy as the Garfield film did!

-Whitney, Lansing

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