By Danielle Gorman
We’re living in a time when it’s ‘the thing’ to do sequels and popular adaptations. Think Marvel, Disney live-action reboots, that sort of thing. So it’s no surprise that the last ten years or so have been filled with adaptations that either rock your world or severely depress you with how bad they are. Maybe it’s the writing? The acting? The way it’s filmed? Either way, we love to find things to hate about poorly-done adaptations. But even more than finding shows that make us cringe, we look forward to that golden example of exceptional filming married with the nostalgia associated with its corresponding book.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Starring Lily James and Sam Riley. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is first on the list and first in my heart. I think it must be difficult being a woman, a reader, a lover of history, and not enjoy a good Jane Austen adaptation. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is the only film on our list that has premiered so far this year, and I can say, unequivocally, that it is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. The cast is perfection (especially Matt Smith as Mr. Collins; he is true gold in the role) and the writers did an excellent job of weaving a believable tale that include Darcy, Lizzy, and zombies. For anyone who has read the book, the movie takes a fairly different turn, but, for my part, I think it was far more entertaining.
Me Before You Starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. I think it’s impossible not to tear up when you think of the story of Will and Lou. With only the trailer released so far, audiences are stockpiling tissues in preparation. A tragic romance about a caretaker and the man she works for, Me Before You is now on my TBR list and my to-be-watched list.
The Jungle Book Starring Idris Elba, Scarlet Johanson, Bill Murray, among other household names. Mowgli’s character features as the only human actor with actual screen time—the rest are done through voice and CGI. We’re excited to see what each actor brings to these beloved characters, but the character we’re looking forward to most? That loveable bear! And word is that Baloo, voiced by Bill Murray, will be singing the only song included from the original 1967 film, “Bare Necessities.” Yay!
The Legend of Tarzan Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, and some other recognizable actors. Like The Jungle Book, so many amazing actors are helping to bring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ characters to life. The film is different from the animated classic we grew up with. We find Tarzan (now called John Clayton) and wife Jane living in England and they are recruited for a mission to the Congo, but once they embark they find themselves mixed within a devious plot (Oooooh, scary!). We love that this Disney remake isn’t going to be exactly the same as its animated predecessor and that the director is going in a different, unexplored direction. Also, we can’t wait to get an eyeful of those rippling muscles!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Starring Eddie Redmayne. Oh, Harry Potter franchise, we hope you never end. Even if you get the tiny thought in the back of your head “Wow, is J.K. Rowling just trying to make as much money as possible? She’s never going to let Harry Potter die!” Who cares! I, for one, can’t wait to be drawn back into the world of magic alongside the culture of 1920s America. It’s like…The Great Gatsby meets Harry Potter. Can you imagine anything more sublime?
Beauty and the Beast Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stephens, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, and a slew of other big names. Okay, we’re aware that this movie is slated for release in early 2017. But we’re hoping to see lots of leaked photos, trailers, and Instagram selfies from the cast and crew. What’s not to love about this reboot? Is it Disney? Check. Is it one of the greatest stories of love and acceptance and being bribed with enormous libraries? Check. Does it have Emma Watson? CHECK. Go for that reason alone. Go see it for Emma—the beautiful, selfless goddess that we all worship.
What do you think of our list? Did we miss anything? Don’t see an upcoming adaptation on the list that you’re excited about? Let us know! And let us know which of the above you’re ready to pee yourself in glee over.
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