I’m reading this article in the New York Times about Noah Baumbach’s forthcoming film Margot at the Wedding when I see this bit:
Two of his next projects, as it happens, are based on existing texts. He is co-writer of Mr. Andersonâ€™s next film, an animated version of Roald Dahlâ€™s â€œFantastic Mr. Fox,â€ and he has been hired to write an adaptation of â€œThe Emperorâ€™s Children,â€ Claire Messudâ€™s novel set among the floundering younger generation of New York literati, for Ron Howard to direct.
Excuse me? It’s not the Roald Dahl bit I question–they’re going to continue to make lame movies from his wonderful books for eons. It’s the Claire Messud bit. Directed by Ron Howard? Ugh. I thought the book good, but not as good as the critics claimed. I think that had to do with it coming out in a literary fiction vacuum. But Ron Howard? I’m expecting a mediocre rendition at best.
How crappy does Beowulf look? Maybe it will look better on the big screen?
And not to sound like a snot, but why are they adapting Julie & Julia for a movie? And why is Meryl Streep playing Julia Child? Yes, she is one of the finest actresses working today, but Julia Child? I think Julie Powell’s story worked as a blog, but not as well as a book. I found myself tired by the end. How is Nora Ephron going to work this into some cute love story anyway?
I shouldn’t complain. Several good books are being adapted into what look like great movies: No Country for Old Men (anyone see this yet?), Love in the Time of Cholera, and Atonement (on the fence about this one). Even the previews for The Golden Compass look pretty good. Anything y’all are excited about?