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2012-04-27 10:27:51 PM  
FTFA:
Gaiman tells the story of the last surviving child of a murdered family raised by ghosts


I see Disney continues to embrace the marketing strategy of destroying the souls of children.
 
2012-04-27 10:33:18 PM  
Finally, a story I can relate to.
 
2012-04-27 10:47:03 PM  
SpiffySpooky
 
2012-04-27 10:48:22 PM  
Rewind a couple of decades plus and Disney is firing Tim Burton for being "too dark".
 
2012-04-27 10:57:59 PM  
I hope Neil Gaiman simply lets them make an adaptation and gives no input or comment on the creation. That way if it succeeds we (his fans) can take credit for its success and not feel too bitter if it flops horribly because it was mutated beyond recognition.
 
2012-04-27 11:17:09 PM  
My heart skipped a beat for a moment when I saw "Disney" and "Neil Gaiman", but then I saw it didn't involve The Sandman and breathed a sigh of relief.
 
2012-04-27 11:20:53 PM  

StrangeQ: My heart skipped a beat for a moment when I saw "Disney" and "Neil Gaiman", but then I saw it didn't involve The Sandman and breathed a sigh of relief.


Oh you know it would be an awesome combination:

thedilettantista.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-04-27 11:27:47 PM  
Let me know when they get to Samuel R. Delaney's Dhalgren.
 
2012-04-27 11:30:25 PM  
I doubt Disney wants anything to do with Hogg (link).

And I misspelled "Delany."
 
2012-04-27 11:32:11 PM  
StrangeQ:

My heart skipped a beat for a moment when I saw "Disney" and "Neil Gaiman", but then I saw it didn't involve The Sandman and breathed a sigh of relief.


Say your prayers little one
Don't forget my son
To include everyone
 
2012-04-27 11:54:35 PM  

Mad_Radhu: StrangeQ: My heart skipped a beat for a moment when I saw "Disney" and "Neil Gaiman", but then I saw it didn't involve The Sandman and breathed a sigh of relief.

Oh you know it would be an awesome combination:

[thedilettantista.files.wordpress.com image 640x362]


My first thought when I saw the headline was "Well, that's nice, but WHERE THE F*CK IS MY SANDMAN MOVIE?!?".
 
2012-04-28 12:13:37 AM  
Neil who?

Heard the name, never read a simgle word we wrote.
 
2012-04-28 12:58:40 AM  
my daughter and I read this book together and are super exicted for this movie
 
2012-04-28 01:06:35 AM  

The One True TheDavid: Let me know when they get to Samuel R. Delaney's Dhalgren.


That tome is a touchstone when I see it in someone's shelves and ask them about it.
 
2012-04-28 01:07:55 AM  
Wait, you can rip off the theme of a classic book and get paid a huge six figure deal for the rights to the movie? Never knew that. I should do a take on Alice In Wonderland. That'll get me rich. I'll make it dark. She doesn't go to Wonderland she goes to Purgatory where she has to fight her way back to life instead of back to the real world. Werd, imma do it.
 
2012-04-28 01:08:14 AM  

fusillade762: My first thought when I saw the headline was "Well, that's nice, but WHERE THE F*CK IS MY SANDMAN MOVIE?!?".


The Fundies would have a massive group aneurism.

I'd be ok with that.
 
2012-04-28 01:10:12 AM  

ParagonComplex: Wait, you can rip off the theme of a classic book and get paid a huge six figure deal for the rights to the movie? Never knew that. I should do a take on Alice In Wonderland. That'll get me rich. I'll make it dark. She doesn't go to Wonderland she goes to Purgatory where she has to fight her way back to life instead of back to the real world. Werd, imma do it.


More interesting than 90%, no 97%, of what is coming out of Remakewood now.
 
2012-04-28 02:28:20 AM  

ParagonComplex: Wait, you can rip off the theme of a classic book and get paid a huge six figure deal for the rights to the movie?


Apart from the basic concept that the title gives a nod to (orphaned boy raised by non-humans), it has pretty much no similarities with the Jungle Book.
 
2012-04-28 02:57:08 AM  

Gunther: ParagonComplex: Wait, you can rip off the theme of a classic book and get paid a huge six figure deal for the rights to the movie?

Apart from the basic concept that the title gives a nod to (orphaned boy raised by non-humans), it has pretty much no similarities with the Jungle Book.


Hence the "rip off the theme" comment. Plus if it wasn't anything remotely like The Jungle Book they wouldn't have said it. I'm not hating. Just never realized that sort of thing was acceptable.
 
2012-04-28 03:33:10 AM  

ParagonComplex: Gunther: ParagonComplex: Wait, you can rip off the theme of a classic book and get paid a huge six figure deal for the rights to the movie?

Apart from the basic concept that the title gives a nod to (orphaned boy raised by non-humans), it has pretty much no similarities with the Jungle Book.

Hence the "rip off the theme" comment. Plus if it wasn't anything remotely like The Jungle Book they wouldn't have said it. I'm not hating. Just never realized that sort of thing was acceptable.


Well if you are going that broad with "theme" then Joe Campbell would say that there are only 11 stories ever told.
 
2012-04-28 05:52:10 AM  
I don't know if I could possibly say that it's spiffy... Disney getting their hands on anything even vaguely good is usually a bad if not horrible thing.
 
2012-04-28 06:16:53 AM  
Go here and listen to Neil read the entire thing chapter by chapter. Reading it with his phrasing and rhythm in your head really adds something to the book (for me anyway).

Fantastic book though maybe just a notch below American Gods and Stardust (his best non-comic book works IMO).

I really hope Disney doesn't shiat the bed on this. The tone of the book is just right - it manages to achieve a nice balance between the macabre and the whimsical and it would be really easy for someone to completely muck it up translating it to the screen.
 
2012-04-28 06:24:07 AM  
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My face after hearing the news.
 
2012-04-28 07:23:41 AM  
tried reading 'American Gods'.....most boring piece of crap ever
 
2012-04-28 08:30:06 AM  
I'm still waiting for a movie version of Good Omens.
 
2012-04-28 09:35:23 AM  
I just started reading "American Gods" last night on a friends recomendation, so this is now relevant to my interests!

If I like it, what's the next one I should read?
 
2012-04-28 09:36:59 AM  

frozencopper: tried reading 'American Gods'.....most boring piece of crap ever


American Gods tends to be boring, yeah. If you want good Neil Gaiman, read the Sandman series. Or, if you want novels, Good Omens, Neverwhere, or even Anansi Boys (the sequel to AG) are excellent.
 
2012-04-28 09:38:52 AM  

danfrank: I just started reading "American Gods" last night on a friends recomendation, so this is now relevant to my interests!

If I like it, what's the next one I should read?


Anansi Boys is the sequel to AG and far superior, IMO. Also, Good Omens (Gaiman's collaboration w/Terry Pratchett) is a must-read for anyone. Oh, and pick up his Sandman series. Some libraries carry it.
 
2012-04-28 10:11:55 AM  
I expect Disney will butcher this as it butchered "The Jungle Book."

And actually there similarities between the two stories beyond the theme. Similar character roles (Silas = Bagheera, Lupescu = Baloo) and events, such as when Bod is stolen by the ghouls is damn near exact retelling of Mowgli getting angry with Baloo and running away to be stolen by monkeys and rescued by his friends.
 
2012-04-28 10:50:23 AM  

Heist: I'm still waiting for a movie version of Good Omens.


And, given that the money men twits in Hollywood thought it would market better if they moved the setting to the US and ditched the bit about that "Death" chap... that's probably for the best.
 
2012-04-28 11:29:31 AM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Neil who?

Heard the name, never read a simgle word we wrote.


He's that author that can only write stories about characters who cross the barrier between our mundane world and a magical realm.
Like in Neverwhere, or Stardust, or Anansi boys, or American Gods, or MirrorMask, or Coraline.

Formula much?
 
2012-04-28 11:33:09 AM  
The last Gaiman adaptation that left me feeling that the studio was true to the spirit of Gaiman was Mirrormask.

Gaiman is a dark sort, changing that pattern to Disney-fy the basic story line is the worst thing they could do.

If you wanted the same dark type of storyline but Happy Go Lucky all the way through, switch to Christopher Moore.
 
2012-04-28 11:51:25 AM  

Heist: I'm still waiting for a movie version of Good Omens.


He and Gilliam have been trying to get that thing made for over a decade now. Unfortunately, Gilliam has had difficulty getting his films made since Baron Munchausen confused and angered the average movie goer. It really sucks because he's one of maybe 3 directors I can come up with who would do a good job with the film.
 
2012-04-28 12:51:32 PM  
I was worried until I saw that Henry Selick was attached. I liked the Coraline film. Not a perfect adaptation, but it got the feel of the thing right (by which I mean farking creepy).

/Still waiting for Gilliam's Good Omens
 
2012-04-28 01:43:57 PM  

KiplingKat872: And actually there similarities between the two stories beyond the theme. Similar character roles (Silas = Bagheera, Lupescu = Baloo) and events, such as when Bod is stolen by the ghouls is damn near exact retelling of Mowgli getting angry with Baloo and running away to be stolen by monkeys and rescued by his friends.


I believe Gaiman actually comments on this being a version of The Jungle Book in his foreword.
 
2012-04-28 01:49:43 PM  
Also from an article about him getting the Newbury medal for that:
Mr. Gaiman, who was born in Britain, said "The Graveyard Book" gestated for nearly two decades. When his son, Michael, now 25, was very young, the family was living in a home in Sussex, England, without a yard, Mr. Gaiman recalled, and so he would take him to a graveyard across the street to ride his tricycle.
"I remember thinking once how incredibly at home he looked there," Mr. Gaiman said. "I thought you could write something a lot like 'The Jungle Book' and set it in a graveyard," he added.
Mr. Gaiman said he wrote a page or two at the time, but decided he wasn't yet up to the task as a writer. After repeated tries over the years, he finally sat down and wrote it three years ago.


And: Gaiman on the Colbert Report -- US only though, can't seem to find a non-region restricted version (damn Viacom)
 
2012-04-28 03:19:45 PM  
Very excited about this, I would also like a remake of Neverwhere with better production quality.

Anansi Boys would also make an absolutely awesome movie.

I don't think Good Omens would do as well, particularly not in America, considering the theme.
 
2012-04-28 03:25:34 PM  

brigid_fitch: danfrank: I just started reading "American Gods" last night on a friends recomendation, so this is now relevant to my interests!

If I like it, what's the next one I should read?

Anansi Boys is the sequel to AG and far superior, IMO. Also, Good Omens (Gaiman's collaboration w/Terry Pratchett) is a must-read for anyone. Oh, and pick up his Sandman series. Some libraries carry it.


I liked the concept of American Gods but the protagonist was so incredibly bland that I just couldn't get into it, but I absolutely loved Anansi Boys. And I enjoyed the movie version of Stardust more than the book >_>

He has a few short story collections out that are great. His short story take on The Matrix ("Goliath" I think) is lightyears better than any of the movies.

/I own maybe five different copies of Good Omens
//One of my favorite books ever
///Haven't had a chance to read any of his comic works though
 
2012-04-28 07:58:32 PM  

danfrank: I just started reading "American Gods" last night on a friends recomendation, so this is now relevant to my interests!

If I like it, what's the next one I should read?


Anansi Boys is a "sort of" sequel
 
2012-04-29 09:44:02 AM  

Snapper Carr: Unfortunately, Gilliam has had difficulty getting his films made since Baron Munchausen confused and angered the average movie goer.


The Man Who Killed Don Quixote didn't help, either.
 
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