You know what Kevin Sullivan should have done? Instead of making that awful ‘sequel’, A Continuing Story, he should have done an adaption of Rilla, for several very good reasons: Megan Followes and Jonathon Crombie were pretty much the perfect ages to play the Anne and Gilbert of Rilla, the casting director was obviously a genius so he/she would have found the perfect people to play all the new characters, and it-it just would’ve been AMAZING. Now, with Jonathon Crombie’s death, there’s no hope of having The Perfect Adaption, but perhaps some up-and-coming director would try his or her hand at adapting Rilla for the big screen. If done properly, it would be two and a half hours of sheer beauty, heartbreak, and poignancy. They’d have to include the iconic theme at some point, of course (though I wouldn’t mind a new theme – ‘Rilla’s Theme’ instead of ‘Anne’s Theme’? – if it was done well). And Dan Stevens has to play either Walter or Jem. (Right, Naomi?) I’d probably spend most of the movie in tears, but it would be totally worth it.
I wish this Jack Cavanaugh trilogy could have been made into movies in the 1950’s because I have the perfect Old Hollywood dream cast picked out for it and I’m aching to see all the characters come to life exactly how I imagine them in the book. *sigh* But it wasn’t even written then, so that’s impossible. Anyway, as long as these books didn’t get made into films by the Hallmark Channel, I’m sure ‘they’ could assemble a good cast (though probably not a great one) and make some excellent movies. Thing is, this series spans decades of history, so getting all the actors and actresses properly aged for their roles would be a tad difficult – but they could do it! What I’d love is to have all three books given lavish, epic, Hollywood treatment with all the battle scenes and political stuff and the Berlin wall and alllll my favorite characters coming to life right before my eyes. That would be unbelievable…and it’s never going to happen. But one can always dream… (And by the way, pretty much any JC book would make for an awesome movie. Just saying.)
Now, I have mixed feelings about this series being turned into films, mainly because I don’t think they would measure up to the scope and sweep of the books, and I’d rather have no adaption than a bad one because it would spoil how I think of the characters and setting and all that. HOWEVER. Dreamworks should snap this series up before someone else does. Honestly. If they did these books in the style of How To Train Your Dragon, it would perfect. They can do great animating, emotional depth, the whole nine yards, and I can’t being to describe how utterly perfect that would be. Personally, I think whoever adapts the series should shorten it down to just three films and have it be ‘The Bane Trilogy’, drawing heavily from the second, fourth, and fifth books for the plots, but also including elements from the first and third. That would be best. I have the whole thing worked out in my head and I’m tempted to devote a whole post to how I think it should all be done. Thoughts?
Violins of Autumn could be turned into an excellent film for introducing today’s teenage girls to WWII history, because while it’s a deep, thoughtful story with plenty of danger and drama, there are also some elements that are ‘in’ right now like a love triangle and a seventeen-year-old protagonist. I could see the movie being sweet and funny and sad and nailbitingly tense all at the same time. And, if cast right, Robbie-on-film would be one of the most adorable things EVER. End of story. VoA would make a super WWII film that wouldn’t be as horribly depressing as most of the ones coming out these days.
This book has been part of me for as long as I can remember seeing it gracing one of my family’s bookshelves. When I was younger, I must’ve read it four or five times because it was one of the first ‘grown-up’ books I got my hands on, and the story (especially the romance) fascinated me. I stumbled across it just yesterday and read it from start to finish in about an hour (it’s a quick read, obviously) and fell in love with it all over again. A review is in order, I think, but for now I’ll just talk about it here. Again, I wish this had been a 40’s or 50’s movie; I can see it all so clearly in my head that way, but as long as modern filmmakers were gentle with the source material, I could see TCC becoming a lovely, romantic film that maybe doesn’t get a lot of acclaim from critics, but lots of fangirling from a small, but dedicated fanbase. It’s so SWEET. ❤
What are some books you’d like to see turned into movies?