Hollywood! Adapt This: TEEN TITANS

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DC Comics’ television properties that skew towards a younger demographic have done quite well over the years.  Smallville enjoyed a decade on the air before passing the baton to the the relatively new series Arrow.  Spinning off of that show’s success, The CW is also bringing a new series based on The Flash to TV screens later this year.  Gotham will be debuting on the small screen this year as well, though it will be centered on James Gordon rather than Bruce Wayne/Batman.  While solid writing, proper casting, and high-quality production values are clearly the foundations to the success of these properties, targeting a younger market has certainly helped.  That’s why today’s adaptation suggestion feels tailor-made for today’s TV audiences.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Teen Titans.

Hollywood! Adapt This: DARKSTALKERS

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Hopefully you caught our exclusive premiere of the Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist teaser trailer and images just a couple of days ago. (If not, what are you waiting for?)  It got me to thinking that Hollywood! Adapt This! should take a look back on previous video game adaptations, specifically those of fighting games, and that I should also suggest a property that’s ripe for a new adaptation. This line of thinking led me to the rather unique take on fighting games that places its characters in a highly stylized Gothic horror world.  That’s right, it’s time for a Darkstalkers movie.  Hollywood!  Adapt this!  Hit the jump for more.

Hollywood! Adapt This: Cartoon Craziness Edition – A Battle of the Decades

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It’s been a pretty crazy week for Hollywood adaptation news.  Just when I think that Hollywood! Adapt This! offers up some of the weirdest ideas for adaptations, we get words that Jon M. Chu wants to make a live-action version of the 80s cartoon, Jem and the Holograms.  I simply can’t top that this week.  So here’s what we’re going to do instead.

In honor of March Madness, I bring you Cartoon Craziness, a battle of the decades voted on by you, the readers.  We’ll take a brief look at some of the iconic toons from over the years to try and determine if newer is better, or “They just don’t make em like they used to.”  Hit the jump to make your picks!

Hollywood! Adapt This: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW

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Yeah, this is a weird one, but stick with me and it’ll (hopefully) make sense before long.  Normally on Hollywood! Adapt This! we stick to nostalgic properties from yesteryear that are in need of a contemporary reboot, fantastic fiction that hasn’t been adapted for other media, or true-life stories that need to reach a wider audience.  Today, we’ll take a look at a long-running, international antiques appraisal series that has been playing on public broadcasts since 1979.  It’s no surprise that the Emmy-nominated series hasn’t jumped into the form of a narrative feature yet, but I’ll attempt to explain how that might just work. Hit the jump to find out more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Antiques Roadshow.

Hollywood! Adapt This: NIGHT COURT

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Full disclosure: I spent the better part of last Thursday night attending night court for a traffic violation.  As you might have expected, the experience was an efficient, competent, and streamlined process (right).  New technology has been introduced (such as a defendant attempting to use a digital receipt on his cellphone as a means of an alibi), but the court system doesn’t appear to have changed much fundamentally in the last thirty years.  Why did I choose thirty years?  Because 1984 featured the debut of the long-running court comedy that’s the focus of today’s article.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Night Court.

Hollywood! Adapt This: Victoria Schwab’s YA Novels THE ARCHIVED and THE UNBOUND

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As occasionally happens on “Hollywood! Adapt This!”, real life beat me to the punch on one of my planned suggestions.  About two months ago, we reported that  movie rights to V.E. Schwab’s adult novel, Vicious, had been acquired by Ridley Scott’s production company.  Great news for Schwab, and for moviegoers who will hopefully get to see the superhero story adapted for the big screen one day, but the rights pick-up was announced before I could feature Vicious.  Not to worry!  Schwab has another series that’s more than worthy of adaptation, which we’ll talk about after the jump.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: The Archived and The Unbound.

Hollywood! Adapt This: THE GHOST ARMY

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George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, opening February 7th, follows a group of men tasked with saving priceless works of art from the Nazis during World War II; an unusual but intriguing facet of the war that’s often overlooked.  Today’s “Hollywood! Adapt This!” topic falls in the same vein, and if Clooney’s pic proves successful, there’s every chance it could be adapted in the near future.  Even with the relative security of military vehicles and weapons, and trust in your fellow soldiers, to say that war is terrifying would be an understatement.  Now imagine you’re asked to stage skirmishes armed with nothing other than inflatable tanks, dummy personnel and no back-up for miles.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: The Ghost Army.

Hollywood! Adapt This: SHINING FORCE

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Love them or hate them, we’re living in an interesting era of Hollywood adaptations of popular properties.  Like I mentioned on last week’s installment of Hollywood! Adapt This!, adaptations are not being limited to one-off movies, but rather a newly created world that spans film, television and digital platforms.  We’re in the early days of this new approach so it will take a few years (and a few more forward-thinking individuals) before we know if it becomes a successful tactic, or simply a fun experiment.  Hopefully it’s the former so we can see more properties, like today’s suggestion, get a feature/TV/digital series treatment.  It’s with optimism that I say, Hollywood!  Adapt this: Shining Force.  Hit the jump for more.

Hollywood! Adapt This: PLASTIC MAN

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Hollywood continues to adapt properties left and right, so even though Hollywood! Adapt This has been on a bit of a hiatus lately, it’s back to help point big-wig producers in the right direction.  As comic book properties continue to be mined in all sorts of ways – movie franchises, TV shows, original digital content and video games – it’s clear that movie and television studios are looking to do more than adapt something for a one-and-done showing.  Instead, major production companies like Marvel/Disney, Warner Bros./DC, Sony, and 20th Century Fox are building cinematic worlds to showcase entire catalogs of characters.  Sure, the movies and TV shows are built around the best-known heroes and villains, but the newly emerging multi-platform worlds are bound to be large enough to feature some of the more peripheral characters, like today’s adaptation suggestion.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Plastic Man.

Hollywood! Adapt This: THEM!

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Hollywood horror has been all about sequels for the last 30-odd years, from the slasher films of Friday the 13th, Halloween, Child’s Play and Nightmare on Elm Street, to the modern micro-budget franchise model of Saw, Paranormal Activity and Insidious.  In addition to the wild success of the latter approach, studios will occasionally drop a remake that no one in particular asked for (ahem, Carrie).  Not all remakes are necessarily bad news, however, as just this week we learned that Clive Barker himself would be writing a Hellraiser remake with Doug Bradley likely reprising his role as the iconic antagonist, Pinhead.  All well and good, but there’s a huge chunk of Hollywood horror I’d love to see return to the screen: the good ol’ fashioned creature feature.  Hit the jump to find out more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Them!

Hollywood! Adapt This: Wildland Firefighting – Hotshots, Smokejumpers and Rappellers

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Hollywood history has no shortage of firefighting movies, but most adaptations focus on urban firefighters battling blazes in highrises, tracking down arsonists or chronicling the bravery of emergency responders during national emergencies.  Occasionally we get a tale about the macho heroics of firefighters who battle infernos on oil rigs, or the grueling training and dangerous work of wildfire suppression teams.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2012 was one of the worst fire seasons in decades, with damage getting progressively worse over the last 50 years.  Sounds like the perfect time for an adaptation on wildfires and the brave men and women who battle them.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Hotshots, Smokejumpers and Rappellers.  Hit the jump for more.

Hollywood! Adapt This: Dante Alighieri’s THE DIVINE COMEDY

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Earlier this week, we reported that Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) was confirmed as the director of MGM’s reboot of Ben-Hur.  This is far from the only Biblical era project in the works as Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is prepping to launch for Paramount and New Regency next March, and Ridley Scott’s Exodus is set to open in December 2014 for 20th Century Fox, which will also release a theatrical cut of The Bible miniseries coming under the title of Son of God.  While it’s plain to see that studios are banking on a big box office draw from these religious adaptations, it’s unfortunate that none of them seem to be taking a chance with a lesser-seen property.  The stories of Judah Ben-Hur, Noah, Moses and Jesus Christ are already so well known, and even though the epic flood of Noah’s tale will be cool to see on the big screen, I’d like to see some other stories get the feature treatment.  Hit the jump for today’s adaptation suggestion of one such property that comes tailor-made for a film trilogy.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy.

Hollywood! Adapt This: PROJECT AZORIAN

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This week in adaptation news, we saw a bit more progress on the Goosebumps feature film as Jack Black has joined the cast as an author haunted by his creations come to life.  Hollywood beat Hollywood! Adapt This! to the punch on this one, but I’ll be waiting to hear about an Are You Afraid of the Dark? adaptation in the meantime.  Today’s installment comes not from the pages of fiction or the television screens of yesteryear, but of the Cold War era and a CIA operation to covertly raise a sunken Soviet sub, the story of which was only relatively recently declassified.  If you were a fan of Ben Affleck’s Argo, you’ll want to hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Project Azorian.

Hollywood! Adapt This: STAR FOX

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Amidst all the news of dramatic storytelling and once-in-a-lifetime performances coming out of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, today I bring you the story of an anthropomorphic fox fighter pilot and his wingmen.  (We like to change it up a little now and then.)  Although this Nintendo property has six games in its history, we’re currently in the year that celebrates the series’ 20th anniversary without any new installments in sight.  Additionally, with the exception of a couple of short comic runs in Nintendo Power issues, the story hasn’t been adapted in any type of media beyond the video games themselves.  It’s time to change that.  Hit the jump for more.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Star Fox.

Hollywood! Adapt This: MAUS

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In writing up yesterday’s indie spotlight on Mila, an animated short film that takes a look at the civilian collateral damage of war, I was reminded of a famous publication that has somehow managed to escape the adaptation machine.  Art Spiegelman’s Maus, a two-volume graphic novel retelling the war-time horrors of a Holocaust survivor, remains the first and only comic book to win a Pulitzer Prize.  Maus was originally published in 1991, so one might wonder why a movie adaptation hasn’t already happened.  Is Hollywood too squeamish for the source material?  Is the concept of using cartoonish animals to illustrate the evils of the Holocaust too confusing for young audiences?  Hit the jump to find out.  Hollywood!  Adapt this: Maus.

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