Are there any books/stories you’ve always wanted to adapt into other mediums (film, theater, TV, etc.)?
I’ve always wanted to adapt Dorothy Macardle’s Uneasy Freehold (1941; adapted into the movie The Uninvited, 1944) and Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero (1944) as stage plays; there’s something about both that seems distinctly theatrical. Freehold is a ghost story, and a stage play could start gradually breaking the fourth wall, as the whole theater becomes an extension of Cliff End (Windward House in the movie). Towards Zero is a murder mystery told in reverse: instead of having a murder happen in the beginning, most of the book consists of character studies, building up to the murder, as we learn why each character would commit it. Both also take place in few locations, which would help for a stage adaptation.
I’ve also long wanted to adapt four Washington Irving stories into a musical, and I’ve even got a title, Knickerbocker Tales. Each story would represent a season: “Rip Van Winkle” for summer, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for fall, “The Devil and Tom Walker” for winter, and “Wolfert Webber, or Golden Dreams” for spring. All of the playlets would be set in the same town (Sleepy Hollow, by necessity) over time and would feature the same cast in each story, à la Bock and Harnick’s The Apple Tree.
For film: Harry Brown’s The Stars in Their Courses. Leigh Brackett wrote a script based on it for Howard Hawks, but Hawks gradually stripped it of anything distinctive and turned it into a redo of Rio Bravo—thus El Dorado. The original book was a tragedy (or, at least, “one of those things where Wayne died at the end,” according to Brackett—she thought the original script was the best she’d ever written), and it’d be interesting to have a western based on that.
Would love to see some good adaptations of several of Elizabeth Bowen's short stories; but, given the heavy reliance on atmosphere and unspoken tensions that the stories are rife with, it would be difficult to do.
Post by Jep Gambardella on Nov 11, 2019 18:43:57 GMT
I am a big fan of the Ava Lee series of books by Ian Hamilton. Ava Lee is a Chinese-Canadian accountant by trade who specialises in finding and recovering stolen money. She’s also a martial arts expert who doesn’t hesitate to kick butt when the situation calls for it. Her cases take her all over the world, although primarily in Asia. It’s not great literature or anything, but I find it very entertaining. Anyway, I read some time ago that it had been optioned for a TV series. I would love to see that, although I doubt it will ever be made – and if it IS made, I doubt it will be very faithful to the books, because it would be very expensive to do it properly with filming in all the different international locations.
I just finished Straub’s Ghost Story, and while I didn’t love it (I found it fairly disappointing, in fact), I thought it’d make for a pretty good miniseries. I’d streamline the story, though, and cut out all the stuff about