We’ve got news concerning two upcoming adaptations to share this evening. First up, Variety reports that Chernin Entertainment has set Kealan O’Rourke to write and direct an adaptation of the young adult novel The Houdini Box. Written by Hugo Cabret author Brian Selznick, the story centers on a young boy who idolizes the titular magician, meets him by chance, and then receives an invitation to go to Houdini’s house where he learns that the magician has recently died and left the young boy a mysterious box. O’Rourke’s experience is primarily with short films, but he’s currently developing his short The Boy in the Bubble as an animated feature and is set to write and direct an animated adaptation of the graphic novel Bolivar.
No word on how soon Houdini Box will come to fruition, but it’s one of a few Houdini-centered projects in development at the moment. Hit the jump for news concerning a new screenwriter for Chronicle director Josh Trank’s video game adaptation Shadow of the Colossus, and a full synopsis for The Houdini Box.
This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking about video games, why they tend to suck when they’re made into movies, if movies based on video games can be better, and if their increasingly cinematic nature prevents them from moving between mediums. We also get into a surprisingly contentious argument about Wreck-It Ralph. Finally, in honor of this week’s topic, we recommend some video games instead of movies.
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As most of you know, I recently did an epic hour-long video interview with director Guillermo del Toro, and over the past two weeks I’ve been breaking it down into smaller segments. For today’s installment, del Toro talks about his rumored Dr. Strange movie with Neil Gaiman, how the 24/7 news cycle of the internet has changed the way projects get reported, the length of time it really takes to get a movie made, how many projects he’s been developing have never leaked, his thoughts on what it will take to make a kick-ass video game adaptation and the inherent difficulty in transitioning to movie screens, and more. In addition, for all you Halo fans, del Toro talks about the Halo movie he developed with D.B. Weiss, who is now very famous for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Hit the jump for more.
Director Josh Trank turned quite a few heads when his found-footage superhero pic Chronicle was a critical and box office hit earlier this year. Understandably, he was quickly flooded with offers to some big name properties. He’s currently developing a reboot of Fantastic Four at Fox, an adaptation of Red Star at Warner Bros., and the Spider-Man spinoff Venom for Sony, but he’s now become attached to yet another high profile property. Deadline reports that Trank has signed with Sony to direct a feature film adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus. Hit the jump for more.