Look, if LEAN IN and other not-so-story-focused nonfiction books can be made into movies, why not these?
The part where Shailene finds out she’s NOT like any other girl, because books about well-adjusted young women with close personal friendships and general respect for their peers do not sell as well as THE SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE WHO IS THE ONLY ONE SMART AND BRAVE AND UNCONVENTIONALLY PRETTY ENOUGH TO LEAD THE REVOLUTION, and they do not adapt for film as well either.
That’s the new poster, and here’s the new trailer!
Shakespeare is not Breaking Bad and The Avengers, but it is by no means indecipherable. You don’t need to have attended Cambridge to understand this story. Freshmen in high school read Romeo and Juliet. Prison inmates perform Shakespeare. The Bard wrote for kings and peasants in his day, and it is a testament to Shakespeare that his plays STILL WORK for the kings and peasants of today. That Fellowes assumes such a narrow slice of society can appreciate Shakespeare makes me suspect that the adaptor really didn’t do his homework. If this was the method behind this adaptation’s madness, then this adaptation was made under false pretenses. This was a film that seems to have been done for the wrong reasons.
We’re thinking Claymation, a supercut of Charlie Hunnam’s previous film footage, and more. Dream big, friends!
There are, as I see it, two general modes of thought. On the one hand are those who want replication–a careful, detailed transfer from page to screen. These folks ask that the director and writer(s) revere the book and recognize the grave responsibility with which they have been entrusted. On the other hand are those who simply want the spirit of the work to reach the screen, and willingly cede the often proprietary instincts that come with loving a particular book to those charged with adapting it.