Film adaptations – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taking-sides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-26-120x120.png Film adaptations – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ 32 32 10 Best Stephen King Film Adaptations, Ranked https://taking-sides.com/10-best-stephen-king-film-adaptations-ranked/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/10-best-stephen-king-film-adaptations-ranked/ As a writer, Stephen King creates realistic yet redeemable characters who find themselves easily in incredibly dreadful scenarios. For this reason, many of his novels have been adapted into films that allow audiences to root for his protagonists in a whole new light. RELATED: 10 Best Horror Movies Based On Books However, many Stephen King […]]]>

As a writer, Stephen King creates realistic yet redeemable characters who find themselves easily in incredibly dreadful scenarios. For this reason, many of his novels have been adapted into films that allow audiences to root for his protagonists in a whole new light.


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However, many Stephen King fans agree that these films can never replace the compelling and truly unique experience of reading one of his novels. Either way, these film adaptations are regularly praised for their commitment to honoring their source material and their ability to channel some of that same magic of reading a Stephen King novel.

ten Christine is the perfect horror film for car lovers

Christina tells the story of a nerdy outcast named Arnie who has always allowed the people in his life to walk all over him and dictate how he lives his life. That changes when Arnie meets Christine, a fire engine red 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by an evil spirit. The film takes a sharp turn as Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with “her”.

While a large part of Christina is very gripping and sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, the film takes its time to reveal the full extent of Christine’s omnipotence. Regardless of, Christina is perfect for car fanatics who love horror movies.

9 Dolores Claiborne tells a compelling and tragic story about the lengths mothers will go to protect their children

Dolores Claiborne follows the extremely complex relationship between Dolores and her daughter, Selena. As the film unfolds, it is gradually revealed that Selena was afraid of her mother after seeing her threaten her husband, Joe, after realizing he molested their daughter.

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This all culminates when Dolores is framed for the murder of her former employer, Vera Donovan, an upper-class perfectionist woman who made Dolores’ vocation as a maid a living hell. Along with endless story twists, the film tells a hard-hitting story of resistance to her male oppressors and features Kathy Bates’ evocative portrayal of Dolores Claiborne.

8 Doctor Sleep lets audiences appreciate the twisted plot of its predecessors even more

Doctor Sleep picks up three decades after its prequel, the brilliant, stopped and tells the story of adult Dan (“Danny”) Torrance as he grapples with the trauma of all those years ago at the Overlook Hotel. Dan’s life is further complicated when he discovers that an immortality-seeking cult called the True Knot is targeting him because of his “shininess”.

Since audiences last saw him as the lovable bike-loving Danny, focusing the narrative on Danny as an adult has made viewers appreciate The brilliants twisted plot even more. This choice also allows them to take a closer look at the trauma caused by Jack Torrance’s actions.

seven The Green Mile reminds viewers of life’s many cruelties

The green Line follows its protagonist, Paul Edgecomb, as he reminisces about his time as an officer on death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary, nicknamed “The Green Mile”. While the film begins fairly mundanely, viewers are gradually introduced to John Coffey, a mild-mannered inmate who was wrongfully convicted of rape and murder.

The green Line suddenly turns when it is revealed that John has the supernatural ability to heal others. While John happily uses his powers to help one of the officer’s relatives, John doesn’t want to escape his upcoming execution because there is too much pain in the world for him. These last moments with John are particularly heartbreaking and are perfectly embodied in the film adaptation.

6 Stand By Me is a refreshing thematization of the power of friendship

Based on King’s 1982 novel titled The body, support me tells the story of four young boys who strive to find the body of a missing boy in hopes of becoming local heroes. Along the way, the boys grapple with the age-old question of whether they’re destined for greatness or are doomed to stay in their small town and live a mundane life.

Whereas support me is not as highly regarded as highly successful film adaptations of King’s works like the brilliant, audiences and critics alike agree that the film is a gem waiting to be discovered. Which makes support me so remarkable is the film’s refreshing focus on the power of friendship.

5 Carrie (1976) maintains a hint of realism despite the focus on an endearing protagonist with telekinesis

Carrie tells the incredibly incredible story of a teenage girl named Carrie White, who is regularly bullied at school and tormented at home. The film quickly takes a turn for the worst when Carrie is publicly humiliated at her high school prom. This leads her to use her newly acquired powers of telekinesis to exact revenge on all the people who have stood idly by while she has been bullied her entire life.

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The 1976 version of Carrie continues to be famous for its ability to effortlessly combine the macabre horror of King’s usual subject matter with elements of realism. An example of this compelling aspect of realism is Carrie being bullied and treated like an outcast for something entirely beyond her control.

4 The Shawshank Redemption reminds audiences of the importance of empowerment

Another example of a flawless Stephen King film adaptation that has stood the test of time is The Shawshank Redemption. The film follows Andy Dufresne as he is wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. As the film unfolds, Andy befriends Red, a fellow inmate who is also serving a life sentence.

Although The Shawshank Redemption highlights the abundant cruelties of the prison system, one of its central themes is the importance of remembering one’s own worth in times of extreme duress. This resounding theme, combined with the impeccable acting of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, ensured that the film would become a classic prison drama, despite its lukewarm reception in theaters.

3 Misery popularized the terrifying mad superfan archetype

As the only Stephen King film adaptation to ever win an Oscar, Misery does not disappoint. The film follows the chilling reality that author Paul Sheldon is forced into after being captured by his biggest fan, Annie Wilkes. If Sheldon can’t rewrite the ending of his romance novel series to Wilkes’ satisfaction, she has no problem torturing him until he can write a perfect ending for her.

In addition to Kathy Bates’ evocative portrayal of the crazed superfan, audiences have consistently praised James Caan’s ability to root them for the film’s inherently flawed protagonist. And if that wasn’t enough praise, the King of Horror himself said that Misery is one of his favorite film adaptations of his novels.

2 It (2017) does justice to its flawless source material

Although it can be daunting to redo This after ABC’s campy but terrifying success This miniseries starring horror legend Tim Curry, the 2017 remake lives up to its source material. The film follows a group of pre-teens struggling with terrifying hallucinations brought on by the same dancing clown who has killed countless children, including the group leader’s younger brother, Bill.

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In addition to being one of the highest-grossing horror films of all time, This was celebrated for its impeccable cast of The Losers’ Club. While many films casually cast older actors to play teenagers, This is the commitment to honoring its source material manifests in droves.

1 The Shining is a slow-burn psychological horror like no other

As mentioned before, the brilliant is unquestionably one of Stephen King’s most impactful film adaptations due to its compelling use of storytelling elements. These narrative aspects include Jack Torrance’s gradual descent into madness as he is tasked with being the off-season caretaker of the quaint Overlook Hotel and his son, Danny, accepts his unique gift, which the hotel’s head chef , Dick Hallorann, calls “brilliant”.

the brilliant takes a chilling turn as Jack continues to disassociate himself from reality and cannot distinguish the ghost-populated hallucinations of the hotel’s past from the real world. While there are countless horror stories about Stanley Kubrick as a director during the film’s production, sometimes it’s necessary to separate the art from the artist.

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Jonathan Bailey reportedly in talks to join Wicked Film Adaptations https://taking-sides.com/jonathan-bailey-reportedly-in-talks-to-join-wicked-film-adaptations/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:15:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/jonathan-bailey-reportedly-in-talks-to-join-wicked-film-adaptations/ From viscount to prince—Variety reports that Bridgerton idol Jonathan Bailey is in talks to play Fiyero in Jon M. Chu’s film adaptations of the Broadway musical Nasty. Set before the events of The Wizard of Oz, Nasty tells the story of G(a)linda the Good Witch and Elphaba, known as the Wicked Witch of the West. […]]]>

From viscount to prince—Variety reports that Bridgerton idol Jonathan Bailey is in talks to play Fiyero in Jon M. Chu’s film adaptations of the Broadway musical Nasty.


Set before the events of The Wizard of Oz, Nasty tells the story of G(a)linda the Good Witch and Elphaba, known as the Wicked Witch of the West. The women, who begin the musical as roommates in college, find their unlikely friendship challenged from almost every angle, including a love triangle with local prince Fiyero.

Although Bailey is a veteran stage actor, starring in West End productions since childhood, most know him as Viscount Anthony Bridgerton, the regal and cheeky eldest son of the titular Netflix series family.

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Bailey will join a talented cast that includes megastar Ariana Grande as Glinda and Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba.

By variety, Bailey is represented by Anonymous Content, Conway van Gelder Grant Ltd, CAA, Relevant and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox.


Nasty The film adaptation will be split into two parts

Based on a 400-page novel and a musical duration of nearly three hours, Nasty no shortage of stories to tell. In order to preserve this story as much as possible, the big screen adaptation will be told through two films.

Director Jon M. Chu says splitting the films into two parts was a necessary decision to avoid “doing damage” to Nastythe story.

“The truth is that we tried for a while to make it one movie, even though it was going to be a very long movie. But we kept having two problems. The first is that even in As a very long single movie, we had to cut or omit things that we wanted to include and that we think fans of the show and the story will enjoy,” Chu said. Schwartz scene about the two-film approach.

Chu also said that one of the musical’s best-known songs, Defying Gravity, was a natural “curtain-drawing” moment.

“…We found it very difficult to get past Defying Gravity without taking a break. This song is written specifically to bring down a curtain, and whatever scene follows it without a break, it felt extremely anti-climactic,” said he declared. “So for those two reasons, plus the excitement of doing something that’s never been done before with a musical, we decided to do two movies. Of course, when it’s all over, if it doesn’t work that way, we’ll have to figure something out. But we firmly believe that’s what’s best for our story, our show, and our fans.

nasty part 1 is set to open on Christmas Day 2024, with Part 2 scheduled for Christmas 2025.

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Studio Cadence13 Podcast Hires Patton Valentine TV and Film Adaptations – Deadline https://taking-sides.com/studio-cadence13-podcast-hires-patton-valentine-tv-and-film-adaptations-deadline/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 16:25:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/studio-cadence13-podcast-hires-patton-valentine-tv-and-film-adaptations-deadline/ EXCLUSIVE: Cadence13, the podcast studio behind series such as Once upon a time… in the valleyis looking to get into the game of television and film adaptations. The Audacy-owned company has hired TV veteran Patton Valentine to oversee this push to adapt its audio IP for the small and big screen. It comes as podcasts […]]]>

EXCLUSIVE: Cadence13, the podcast studio behind series such as Once upon a time… in the valleyis looking to get into the game of television and film adaptations.

The Audacy-owned company has hired TV veteran Patton Valentine to oversee this push to adapt its audio IP for the small and big screen.

It comes as podcasts continue to be an IP goldmine for TV and film following the success of shows such as Starz’ Gas lighting and that of Amazon Back home.

Valentine has been tasked with setting up television and film projects based on her podcasts from both her documentary studio C13Originals and her podcast film studio C13Features.

Deadline understands that a number of projects are already underway. Shows being adapted include cult series The place of the sunwhich comes from Robert Downey Jr., true crime series went south, psychological thriller ghost writerwhich starred Kate Mara and Adam Scott as well as its franchises such as gangster capitalismwho covered topics such as the NRA and Jerry Falwell Jr., horror series Treatwhich starred Kiernan Shipka, and Wizard of Oz robbery story Nothing better than being at home.

In 2020, when Cadence 13 launched its C13 Features division, which focused on feature films, it partnered with Endeavor Content.

The number of audio companies looking to increase their television and film production is growing; Earlier this month, Deadline revealed that Amazon-owned Audible hired Jackie Levine to oversee its on-screen audio pipeline, and the likes of Spotify, with its deal with Chernin Entertainment, and Wondery, with its deal with Apple TV+, have also been aggressive in this space.

Valentine joins Cadence13 from Ley Line Entertainment, where he served as head of television, launching the Everything everywhere all at once the producer’s television activity. He also worked at Davis Entertainment and Lionsgate Television and was part of the management team that launched the Epix Network.

“One of our first strategic goals at Cadence13, beyond building a highly successful podcast network with a wide range of content, was to create a top-notch in-house studio focused on original storytelling at its best. “said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer and Founding Partner, Cadence13. “Now that we’ve built these two thriving original studios and created a number of hits where the studio and franchise brands resonate as much as the stories, we’re thrilled to welcome Patton to the C13 family and accelerate the expansion. of these captivating stories on screen.

“Cadence13 has always distinguished itself as a premium industry leader in this new golden era of audio storytelling with innovative content that cuts through clutter and into the cultural mainstream,” Valentine added. “I am thrilled to join this outstanding team and bring its treasure trove of original stories and extraordinary characters to the brightest talents in film and television.”

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Sonic the Hedgehog | Sega “is developing film adaptations of classic games Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone after the success of Sonic the Hedgehog” https://taking-sides.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-sega-is-developing-film-adaptations-of-classic-games-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-after-the-success-of-sonic-the-hedgehog/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 11:30:01 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/sonic-the-hedgehog-sega-is-developing-film-adaptations-of-classic-games-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-after-the-success-of-sonic-the-hedgehog/ Sega is reportedly developing movie versions of its classic “Space Channel 5” and “Comix Zone” titles after its “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation was a $300 million box office success. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will partner with Picturestart to adapt the games – a production company recently responsible for the 2022 comedy-drama “Cha […]]]>

Sega is reportedly developing movie versions of its classic “Space Channel 5” and “Comix Zone” titles after its “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation was a $300 million box office success.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will partner with Picturestart to adapt the games – a production company recently responsible for the 2022 comedy-drama “Cha Cha Smooth.”

It comes after ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, starring Jim Carrey as a mad scientist, was a massive hit on the big screen, with producer Toru Nakahara playing the same role in both new projects.

“Comix Zone” is a 1999 “side-scrolling” adventure game where the protagonist is pulled into a universe by a supervillain.

2002’s “Space Channel 5” followed a reporter fighting off an alien invasion using the power of dance.

The movie “Comix Zone” is said to be titled “Zone” and involves a comic book creator and queer writer of color who gets sucked into a comic book.

The pair must then work together to stop a supervillain from wreaking havoc on the world, and will be written by Mae Catt who will be joined by Sega producer Kagasei Shimomura.

The ‘Space Channel 5’ adaptation is set to be a comedy called ‘Channel 5’ and will revolve around a fast food worker contacted by a journalist from the future who needs his help to save the world from alien invaders – before that they decide to retaliate by dancing.

It would be written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry, with Sega game director Takumi Yoshinaga joining the team.

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Sega “is developing film adaptations of classic games Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone after the success of Sonic the Hedgehog” | Entertainment https://taking-sides.com/sega-is-developing-film-adaptations-of-classic-games-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-after-the-success-of-sonic-the-hedgehog-entertainment/ Sun, 21 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/sega-is-developing-film-adaptations-of-classic-games-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-after-the-success-of-sonic-the-hedgehog-entertainment/ Sega is reportedly developing movie versions of its classic “Space Channel 5” and “Comix Zone” titles after its “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation was a $300 million box office hit. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will partner with Picturestart to adapt the games – a production company recently responsible for the 2022 comedy-drama “Cha […]]]>

Sega is reportedly developing movie versions of its classic “Space Channel 5” and “Comix Zone” titles after its “Sonic the Hedgehog” adaptation was a $300 million box office hit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company will partner with Picturestart to adapt the games – a production company recently responsible for the 2022 comedy-drama “Cha Cha Smooth.”


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Sega Announces COMIX ZONE and Space Channel 5 Hollywood Movie Adaptations in Development https://taking-sides.com/sega-announces-comix-zone-and-space-channel-5-hollywood-movie-adaptations-in-development/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 22:52:02 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/sega-announces-comix-zone-and-space-channel-5-hollywood-movie-adaptations-in-development/ Sega has announced that two of its cult classic and fan-favorite games in COMIX AREA and Channel 5 space will receive Hollywood feature film adaptations, with both films currently in active development at IMAGESTART. Sega describes the preliminary plot behind the Space Channel 5 movie: SPACE CHANNEL 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the cult classic […]]]>

Sega has announced that two of its cult classic and fan-favorite games in COMIX AREA and Channel 5 space will receive Hollywood feature film adaptations, with both films currently in active development at IMAGESTART. Sega describes the preliminary plot behind the Space Channel 5 movie:

SPACE CHANNEL 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the cult classic 1999 dance game, will tell the story of a hapless fast food worker who is recruited by a freedom journalist from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.

The movie is written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniriwith Battles coming out of a crime comedy movie Bayton’s Outlawsand collaborator Paniry coming out of an indie sci-fi drama Extract.

Sega describes the preliminary plot to COMIX ZONE:

COMIX ZONE, an adaptation of the cult console game that has been so influential to so many over the years, follows a jaded comic book creator and young writer of queer color who, when sucked into the latest issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to prevent a dangerous supervillain from wreaking complete destruction – and in the process, wittily explore the ever-changing power of storytelling itself.

COMIX ZONE will be written by Mae Catwhose credits include young justiceand the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON derivative series, Dragons: The Nine Kingdoms. The executive production team for both films consists of Royce Reeves Darby and Erik Feig overseeing both projects for PICTURESTART and the two will produce alongside Samie Kim Falvey.

On the side of Sega, vice-president and co-COO Shuji Utsumi oversees both projects alongside Toru Nakaharaproducer for the sonic the hedgehog film franchise as well as executive producer for Prime Sonic Television series, which will also produce the two adaptations in parallel. Also, longtime Sega game director Takumi Yoshinaga will join the production team of SPACE CHANNEL 5 and longtime Sega game producer Kagasei Shimomura will join the production team of COMIX ZONE.

SOURCE: press release

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Sega’s Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone are getting movie adaptations https://taking-sides.com/segas-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-are-getting-movie-adaptations/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/segas-space-channel-5-and-comix-zone-are-getting-movie-adaptations/ Sega’s Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone are getting movie adaptations The success of both sonic the hedgehog movies paves the way for even more films based on Sega properties. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Picturestart is teaming up with the video game company to bring Channel 5 space and Comix area on the big […]]]>

Sega’s Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone are getting movie adaptations

The success of both sonic the hedgehog movies paves the way for even more films based on Sega properties. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Picturestart is teaming up with the video game company to bring Channel 5 space and Comix area on the big screen. Additionally, Picturestart is developing other Sega adaptations.

Sega originally released Channel 5 space for the Dreamcast in 1999. Players controlled Ulala, a reporter for the titular news channel who battles aliens with an arsenal of flashy dance moves. However, it seems that the movie version of Picturestart handles things a little differently. The film will instead feature an anonymous journalist who travels back in time to recruit an “unfortunate fast food worker” to join humanity’s fight against aliens using “silly viral dances”.

Meanwhile, Comix area was a beat-’em-up title released on Genesis in 1995. The game followed Sketch Turner, a struggling comic book artist and occasional rockstar whose latest work also features a war between Earth and alien invaders. When lightning strikes one of the comic book panels during a storm one night, the story’s main villain literally jumps off the page and sends Sketch into the fictional world of his own book, where he must battle himself- even aliens.

Comix area will also undergo some of its own changes for the big screen. In this incarnation, the “jaded” main character will be sucked into the latest issue of his hit comic book series alongside a “young queer writer of color.” The two must then put aside their differences as they attempt to stop a supervillain’s reign of terror and “wittily explore the ever-evolving art of storytelling itself.”

Picturestart has already hired screenwriters for both films. Barry Battles (Bayton’s Outlaws) and Nir Paniry (Extract) will write the script for Channel 5 Space. Also, Mae Catt (young justice) attacks Comix area. Royce Reeves-Darby and Erik Feig will oversee both projects for Picturestart and produce alongside Samie Kim Falvey and Sega’s Toru Nakahara. Sega video game director Takumi Yoshinaga and game producer Kagasei Shimomura are also working as producers on Channel 5 Space and Comix arearespectively.

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10 True Crime Movie Adaptations, Ranked By Accuracy https://taking-sides.com/10-true-crime-movie-adaptations-ranked-by-accuracy/ Fri, 12 Aug 2022 01:50:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/10-true-crime-movie-adaptations-ranked-by-accuracy/ Content Disclaimer: The following article contains discussion of topics such as murder, extreme violence, and sexual assault. True crime is a popular genre spread across multiple mediums, including Hollywood adaptations such as the 2022 Netflix series Invent Anna on Anna Sorokin’s scams. Rachel Williams, one of Sorokin’s victims, publicly condemned the series for glorifying the […]]]>

Content Disclaimer: The following article contains discussion of topics such as murder, extreme violence, and sexual assault.



True crime is a popular genre spread across multiple mediums, including Hollywood adaptations such as the 2022 Netflix series Invent Anna on Anna Sorokin’s scams. Rachel Williams, one of Sorokin’s victims, publicly condemned the series for glorifying the author rather than focusing on the impact of Delvey’s crimes. Some cases are more mainstream in their attention, but others suffer from a lack of coverage.

A fine line is drawn with most biopics between what happened and what is believed. The duties of those behind these productions are more than mere creative input. It’s about validating the truth in its presentation while raising awareness of the crime. Many directors and writers have gone to great lengths to make their adaptations believable.


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ten Badlands

Rent on Apple TV

Bonnie and Clyde are by far the most infamous killer couple in history. That being said, a lesser-known case gives them a hard time. Terence Malick’s directorial debut Badlands is loosely based on real-life madness killer Charles Starkweather and his teenage girlfriend Caril Anne Fugate.

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However Badlands follows the correct timeline, it went off the rails with the ending. Carol Anne Fugit’s fictional counterpart, Holly (Sissy Spacek), was given a fairy tale ending while the real Fugit was sentenced to life in prison. Perhaps this was done to contrast the grim reality of the film.


9 just mercy

Rent on Amazon Prime

just mercy is adapted from the memoir of the same name by attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) recounting his defense of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), a man on death row in Alabama for a crime he did not commit. After a long battle and four unsuccessful appeals, McMillian was exonerated in 1993.

The 2019 film brings to light a rather controversial subject, that of the death penalty. It is a poignant story of injustices within the legal system and those who are victims of it. A creative balance is achieved by making minor edits while maintaining the truth of the story.


8 Extremely Wicked, Incredibly Evil and Vile

Stream on Netflix

Teen idol Zac Efron steps out of his comedic niche and turns into notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. Although criticized for romanticizing Bundy to some degree, extremely naughty reiterates the real events very closely.

The film follows the relationship between Ted and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer (Lily Collins) as told in his 1981 memoir The Phantom Prince: My Life With Ted Bundy. Ted’s supposed manipulative ways and tactics to lure his victims are captured in quite a disturbing way. The film shows a lesser-known side of Bundy while vindicating the silent voices of his victims after his imprisonment.


seven Me Tonya

Stream on Hulu

Sports and comedy aren’t typical elements featured in true crime, but 2017’s Me Tonya weaves them seamlessly. The film chronicles the rise of figure skater Tonya Harding, which includes the alleged planning of the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

In her quest, director Craig Gillespie glorified Harding, portraying her as a potential victim of circumstance. Me Tonya patina on the real victim, which is Nancy Kerrigan. Similar to real life, the film omits the effect of the assault and how Kerrigan rose from the ashes of such a vicious attack.


6 Freak

Stream on Netflix

Charlize Theron gained weight and put on fake teeth to transform into serial killer Aileen Wuornos for 2003 Freak. Along with bringing Wuornos to life on the big screen, she also helped make the film precise. Theron produced the film alongside wonder woman director Patty Jenkins for the latter’s debut.

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Jenkins prioritizes Wuornos’ roots in tracking the evolution of what led her to become a serial killer. The crimes cannot be erased, but a possible explanation behind them is presented. Freak is serious in its attempts to slightly humanize Wurnos while detailing its extreme murders.


5 dominant dog

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Director Nick Cassavetes strongly defended the accuracy of his 2006 crime drama dominant dog. Based on the 1996 kidnapping and murder of Nicholas Markowitz by Jesse James Hollywood and his two accomplices, the names change but the story remains the same.

In his portrayal, moments of zest are intertwined to give the audience hope that Zach (Anton Yelchin) will return home safely, only to be confronted with the truth of the tragedy. A young boy losing his life to those who look after their own interests, a family broken forever. Nevertheless, Markowitz’s parents gave dominant dog their seal of approval.


4 Chicago 7 Test

Stream on Netflix

The Chicago Seven were a group of protesters charged with conspiracy and rioting intent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. An all-star cast brings the film to life with their rock-solid performances, matched only by the attention to detail from film director Aaron Sorkin.

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Sorkin’s previous experience adapting true stories into big-screen biopics works in the film’s favor. He applies the facts while incorporating his writing style. His quest for accuracy validates the voices of seven people punished for attempting to use their voices, highlighting a case that defined a generation.


3 Casino

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Considered the spiritual successor of Freedmen, Casino is one of Martin Scorsese’s most underrated works. Beyond Sin City’s chic, vibrant costumes and glitzy cinematography, the story behind the film is pretty gritty.

Scorsese and author Nicholas Pileggi wrote the screenplay based on Pileggi’s non-fiction book Casino: Love and Honor. Casino provides insight into the organizations many fear to believe exist while the magic of the film simultaneously highlights the alleged rewards and ramifications within this criminal association. The most accurate scenes are Scorsese’s specialty: brutal violence, fast-paced dialogue and deadly consequences.


2 All the President’s Men

Stream on HBOMax

1976 All the President’s Men stands today as a model for political genre films. The 1974 book of the same title chronicles authors Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) in their experience as Washington Post investigative journalists covering the Watergate scandal.

Actor Robert Redford bought the rights to the book and served as one of the film’s producers, playing a vital role in assuring the truth. The core of the film presents the exposition of one of the greatest political scandals in history. It shows how those in positions of power don’t always have the best interest of the people.


1 Judas and the Black Messiah

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This 2021 biographical crime drama concerns the murder of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) at the hands of FBI informant William O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield). Kaluuya’s portrayal would earn him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Some liberties were taken, but Judas and the Black Messiah was a labor of love. Director Shaka King received first-hand details of Hampton’s girlfriend and son’s timing to ensure authenticity. The film is a precursor to racist crimes still prevalent in today’s society.

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Amazon’s Audible to Accelerate TV and Film Adaptations Jackie Levine – Deadline https://taking-sides.com/amazons-audible-to-accelerate-tv-and-film-adaptations-jackie-levine-deadline/ Tue, 09 Aug 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/amazons-audible-to-accelerate-tv-and-film-adaptations-jackie-levine-deadline/ EXCLUSIVE: Audible, the audio platform owned by Amazon, is looking to increase the number of television and film adaptations of its original podcasts and audiobooks. The company has hired Jackie Levine, formerly president of Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, as head of television and film. Levine will lead a new division to oversee the on-screen audio pipeline […]]]>

EXCLUSIVE: Audible, the audio platform owned by Amazon, is looking to increase the number of television and film adaptations of its original podcasts and audiobooks.

The company has hired Jackie Levine, formerly president of Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, as head of television and film.

Levine will lead a new division to oversee the on-screen audio pipeline for Audible Originals. She will be able to identify the projects to adapt and condition with talent. She will report to Head of Content Acquisition and Development, Pat Shah.

It comes as competition to fit podcasts and IP audio intensifies; Spotify has a deal with Peter Chernin to adapt its podcasts and Apple, which has moved further into original audio series, has transformed a number of Wondery podcasts such as The narrowing next door, in television series.

Audible has stepped up its original audio series and podcasts, and seen a number of originals adapted for film and television, including When you’re done saving the worldadapted and directed by Jesse Eisenberg from his own audio script and recently purchased by A24 at Sundance, Evil eye, a supernatural tale adapted to the cinema by Blumhouse for Amazon Prime, superworld which was taken over by Warner Bros. with Jason Bateman set to direct and Mark Greaney Armoredacquired by Sony Pictures with Michael Bay as producer.

Levine worked with Zemeckis, overseeing the development and production of the company’s television and feature film projects for 14 years. This includes serving as an executive producer on Pinocchio for Disney+, with Tom Hanks, executive producer of the NBC then Netflix drama series Manifest and Blue Book Project with Aiden Gillen for History.

“Our listeners tell us that when they fall in love with great stories, they want to keep exploring those worlds. Jackie will continue our work with the creators to open up those worlds for fans to explore Audible stories in film and TV. Shah said. “We have had tremendous success expanding our award-winning original IP and with Jackie, we gain an executive with impeccable taste, deep talent relationships and extensive experience working in the industry. industry that can help bring our stories to an even wider global audience.”

“I am thrilled to join Audible and continue my passion for storytelling with a company that has been behind many of the innovations that are now driving growth in the audio medium,” added Levine. “Audible is at the forefront of the most dynamic audio storytelling in the industry today with original content that is ripe for exploration and expansion into new medium. I look forward to collaborating with our creators as well as many of my existing and new talent connections to create distinctive and entertaining television and film projects.

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Streaming: the best film adaptations of video games | Movies https://taking-sides.com/streaming-the-best-film-adaptations-of-video-games-movies/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/streaming-the-best-film-adaptations-of-video-games-movies/ The humble video game movie tends to get it all over the place. Critics turn their noses up, and gaming nerds are often just as hard to please, albeit on very different points of principle. Children are perhaps the most indulgent demographic for video game film, which is why the delay sonic the hedgehog the […]]]>

The humble video game movie tends to get it all over the place. Critics turn their noses up, and gaming nerds are often just as hard to please, albeit on very different points of principle. Children are perhaps the most indulgent demographic for video game film, which is why the delay sonic the hedgehog the film franchise did well to target them squarely.

Now available on DVD and streaming, sonic the hedgehog 2 replicates the garish formula of the first slightly tongue-in-cheek action-hunting movie, complete with screaming primary-color CGI and industrial-strength hamming by Jim Carrey as Sonic’s nemesis Dr. Robotnik . It does the job, perhaps a bit too thoroughly at over two hours.

Many of the best video game adaptations succeed in making it all a bit of a joke. I’ve already broadened the definition of the genre by quoting the absurd candy-colored animation from 2016 The Angry Birds Movie (Amazon Prime) like my favorite video game movie, but Rob Letterman’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Google Play) also embraces the company’s caffeinated, neon-soaked surrealism. Shameless riffing Who Framed Roger Rabbitits gumshoe investigative format brings a game element into the narrative.

Released in 2019, it was only the second live-action movie to be made from a Nintendo game, nearly three decades later. Super Mario Bros. (Amazon), which has aged better than people might have guessed in 1993, when its ancient, universe-split history, postmodern stacking of cultural landmarks, and chaotically imaginative design and production effects left people widely baffled. Today it’s more of a romp, though its perfectly cast star Bob Hoskins once described it as “a fucking nightmare.”

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo in Super Mario Bros’ “postmodern pile-up” (1993). Shutterstock

Even back then, however, it was a stark difference above other potential game-based blockbusters that came in its wake. street fighter (Amazon) has rather deftly attempted to shape its source material into another Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle: above average on that front, with bonus camp points for Kylie Minogue in military beret mode, but with to barely a nod to the distinctive action style of the game itself. One year later, mortal combat (Apple TV) served fans a bit better. Its fight scenes are well staged, honoring both gaming and vintage Hong Kong action cinema, though there’s a cheesy smell to it all, especially when game slogans such as ” Flawless victory!” turn into human dialogue.

Crucially, mortal combat was the creation of British director Paul WS Anderson, who became the genre’s defining author in collaboration with his wife and lead actress, Milla Jovovich. Their series of six resident Evil the films began as maligned as planned, before gradually building a critical following with their gonzo, grand-guignol action pieces and cringe-inducing commitment. Resident, Evil, Extinction (Now TV) is perhaps the craziest of them, and therefore the best. More recently, Anderson and Jovovich have turned their attention to self-explanatory play monster hunter (Now TV), with a similarly ornate world-building and happily meaningless writing.

Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003). Features of Rex

The grave robber films – the first impetuously comical with Angelina Jolie – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (both BBC iPlayer) – and the more recent, more low-key but simply compelling reboot starring Alicia Vikander, grave robber (Netflix) – also struck a happy medium between self-aware silliness and sincerely serious action. Lean too much towards the latter and you’ll be in trouble. In 2016, the optimistic title of Duncan Jones Warcraft: The Beginning (Apple TV) was scuppered as much by its lack of humor as by its ugly digital effects, while Australian arthouse director Justin Kurzel’s attempt to make Assassin’s Creed (Amazon) a solemn medieval fantasy epic with its macbeth Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were an austere and hubristic disaster.

Some popular games come with too much baggage to thrill the screen: sometimes it’s better to create something new from a less iconic source, like last year’s small-scale horror comedy. Werewolves inside (Amazon). A quick and supple little B-movie filled with solid creepy jumps and macabre violence, you wouldn’t know it was based on a PlayStation VR game if you hadn’t been told. Perhaps that should be the bar that all video game movies aspire to.

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Tilda Swinton in Memoria. © Kick the Machine Films

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