Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the moat beloved books of all time, and it’s not hard to see why. The book reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is not about presents or delicious food, but rather, goodwill to your neighbours, even those as cantankerous as Scrooge. The novel has been adapted into countless forms of media, from films, TV shows, and even graphic novels, and now a new film adaptation is on the horizon.
As reported by Screen Daily, Saboteur Media gained worldwide rights for the project and is currently being pitched to buyers after the film wrapped in August. The story will take a new look at the classic story and begins with a Victorian family preparing a toy stage in order to do a production of A Christmas Carol. We then see the story through the eyes of a young viewer, as the cardboard sets and toys are transformed into a fantastic and vivid tale.
The film will feature the voice talent of Carey Mulligan (Drive), Martin Freeman (Sherlock), Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), and Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings). The film will be co-directed by Documentarians Jacqui and David Morris of Frith Street Films.
“Quickfire is very excited to be involved in this startlingly original but incredibly accessible film,” said James Atherton and Jan Pace of Quickfire, a co-financier. “David and Jacqui have shown themselves to be masters of original filmmaking which has proven highly successful both critically and commercially.”
David Morris, who has adapted the story, said: “In A Christmas Carol, Dickens wrote one of literature’s most perfectly constructed stories – a simple and moving tale of redemption that has struck a chord with a worldwide audience, having been translated into almost every conceivable language. With the help of a great cast and crew, we believe that we have succeeded in retelling that story in an innovative way, that faithfully expresses what Dickens was trying to say.”
The fantasy thriller is set in the UK where dry land is scarce and teenagers must pass a exam or be sent to the disease-ridden wetlands, but the system is skewed to favour children from wealthy families who can afford information nodes, impregnated into the backs of their necks.
Armie Hammer and Lily James have been named as the stars of the show with both actors quite familiar with literary adaptions. Lily James has appeared in War and Peace, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and Armie Hammer in The Social Network and Call Me By Your Name.
Jane Goldman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Stardust, The Woman in Black) wrote the screenplay which will be directed by Ben Wheatley.
The movie will be released on Netflix in 2019- we will let you know all the details when they are released!
The latest adaptation comes from Lifetime in the USA who announced on the 5th of November that they are producing a feature length TV movie version with an all Black cast.
Entertainment Weekly reported the movie will be officially called Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta which begs the question: are they planning on taking this around the USA? Will Pride & Prejudice: Los Angeles be next? Or Pride & Prejudice: NYC?
Set in modern day Atlanta, Georgia this will be a far cry from the strict social practices of the 1800s, but there will be familiar themes of family pressures, sexual chemistry, love-hate relationships, and drama!
A 1978 movie adaptation starring acting legends Richard Briers and John Hurt is perhaps the best known of the adaptations but it has had many adaptations through the past few decades- television, radio, theatre, and film.
The latest adaptation is getting the BBC/Netflix collaboration treatment as the two entertainment powerhouses create a Watership Down for the next generation. The film will star James McAvoy as Hazel, Nicholas Hoult as Fiver, John Boyega as Bigwig, Olivia Colman as Strawberry, Ben Kingsley as General Woundwort, Tom Wilkinson as Threarah, and Taron Egerton as El-ahrairah, Peter Capaldi as the rabbits’ seagull friend Kehaar, Daniel Kaluuya plays Bluebell, and Rosamund Pike is the Black Rabbit of Inle.
The new Watership Down is set to be a star-studded event!