In 1971, animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata began preproduction on an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking books, but in the end, were unable to secure Lindgren's permission. But we can still see Miyazaki's watercolor concept art of the strongest girl in the world.
Yes the Mind Games are in the movie! We spoke with Ender's Game director Gavin Hood on creating the wild Mind Game challenges that hero Ender Wiggin has to pass and what was the most conceptually difficult idea from the book that he was tasked with creating. Hint: it wasn't the Battle Room.
Most people think they judge a movie by its overall quality, but that might not be true. We might instead judge it by its best scene, and its spectacular ending. And this might explain a few things about movies.
John Boorman is the director behind Point Blank, Deliverance, Zardoz, and Excalibur, but his CV nearly included a Lord of the Rings movie. It would have been a pretty bonkers interpretation, with Aragorn wielding double blades and Frodo and Galadriel getting it on.
It's common to say that the book is always better than the movie, but sometimes that isn't true. Occasionally, a movie will come along that transforms its source material into something greater than the original. But how often do authors feel that a film adaptation has truly trumped their own work?
We've been excited about the big-screen adaptation of Richelle Mead's fabulous and fun Vampire Academy series, about a half-vampire teen training to be a bodyguard for her noble vamp best friend, ever since Don Murphy and Michael Preger announced they would be producing the films, but we worried the movies might dumb…
Seriously. It's not. And no, it's not an image of an ant, either. In fact, the creature you see pictured up top isn't even an insect. Can you guess what it is? Here's a hint: count the legs.
The new trailer for the much-troubled World War Z is out. And yes, there's a lot of Brad Pitt, and yes, there are zombies. But in lieu of fascinating political drama and heartbreaking tales of survival, we get a Roland Emmerich-worthy disaster flick, with reanimated bodies in lieu of earthquakes and rising tides.
So they actually did it: They turned the sprawling, insane Cloud Atlas into a movie, one that actually makes the book look straightforward and uncontroversial. It just goes to show, no matter how unconventional or sprawling a book is, there's a way to adapt that sucker into a movie. Except sometimes, no.
Say what you will about Twilight, but its fans deserved better than the hatchet job of a comic adaptation it received. Encouraged by the burgeoning YA comics market, some publishers have put out hastily adapted comic book versions of successful prose novels that will appeal only to the most die-hard of fans.
There's yet another Hobbit trailer out this week, but this one isn't for Peter Jackson's three-part epic. Instead, it's for a 90-minute Hobbit adaptation filmed by and starring the students of the Tower House preparatory school. See how a 13-year-old's Bilbo Baggins measures up to Martin Freeman's.
Now that The Hunger Games is a huge hit on the big screen, it's no surprise that production teams are mining other brutal teen competition properties. We've already seen the CW working on an adaptation of Kiera Cass' The Selection, which has a similar reality TV show theme. But now the network is mulling something…
With his moon-based Nazi flick Iron Sky in the can, director Timo Vuorensola is turning his filmmaking eye toward a different breed of science fiction Nazi: time-traveling Hitler. Vuorensola is getting ready to adapt the film adaptation of Jason's graphic novel I Killed Adolf Hitler.
We loved Henry Selick's stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's creepy Coraline, and now the Nightmare Before Christmas director is taking on a second Gaiman tale, with a Disney-backed version of The Graveyard Book.
When a chimpanzee goes to sleep, it first has to build a "nest", which allows it to sleep safely up in the trees. Strangely, chimpanzees also build nests when sleeping on the ground, which might reveal a secret about human evolution.
The next superheroine to get her own feature film isn't Wonder Woman, Batgirl, or the Black Canary. It's Sabrina, the teen witch from Archie Comics and, more recently, the Melissa Joan Hart-starring sitcom. And, like so many superheroes, Sabrina is in for an edgier remake.
If you compare a modern cotton crop with one grown 1,600 years ago, the DNA of the two look almost nothing alike. It's the first known example in domesticated crops of a supercharged evolutionary phenomenon known as punctuated equilibrium.
Modern humans evolved about 200000 years ago — and by 20000 years ago we had taken over the world, wiping out all our would-be competitors, like Neanderthals. It's all because we chose the right place to wait out the Ice Age.
Many insect species have natural enemies. Often, insects are locked in an evolutionary race for dominance with another insect species — and it turns out that these wars are much more epic than we ever realized, according to a new analysis of insect DNA.
While American audiences are waiting for The Hunger Games to blaze into movie theaters, Filipino audiences are getting a different sort of dystopian theater experience. A theater troupe has adapted Battle Royale for the stage, but there's something uncomfortable about watching teenagers pretend to kill each other…