Suggested Adaptations for Your Project

This is actually a pretty random list, all things considered. So, you should consider picking something not on this list, but you need to run it by me first. Keep in mind that you will also need to find secondary scholarship, which might be difficult for recent films.

Adaptations of Shakespeare
Hamlet, Laurence Olivier, 1948
Hamlet, Franco Zeffirelli, 1990
Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh, 1996
Hamlet, Michael Almereyda, 2000
Hamlet Goes Business, Kaurismäki, 1987
Strange Brew, Moranis & Thomas, 1983,
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Stoppard, 1990
Bad Sleep Well, Kurosawa, 1960
The Lion King, 1994
Throne of Blood, Kurosawa, 1957
Forbidden Planet, 1956
My Own Private Idaho, Van Sant,1991
 
“Classic” Literature
Jane Eyre, Cary Fukunaga, 2011
Jane Eyre, Robert Stevenson, 1943
Jane Eyre, Franco Zeffirelli, 1996
Pride and Prejudice, Joe Writing, 2005
Pride and Prejudice, Leonard, 1940
Bride & Prejudice, Gur. Chadha, 2005
Emma, Douglas McGrath, 1996
Clueless, Amy Heckerling, 1995
Anna Karenina, Joe Wright, 2012
Great Expectations, David Lean, 1946
Great Expectations, Cuarón, 1998
Great Gatsby, Jack Clayton, 1975
Lolita, Kubrick, 1962
The Trial, Welles, 1962
Clockwork Orange, Kubrick, 1971
 
Contemporary Fiction
Wonder Boys, Hanson, 2000
Cosmopolis, Cronenberg, 2012
On the Road, Salles, 2012
Fight Club, Fincher, 1999
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 2011
The Quiet American, Noyce, 2002
Naked Lunch, Cronenberg, 1991
The Hours, Daldry, 2002
Atonement, Wright, 2007
Revolutionary Road, Mendes, 2008
Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
 
Comic Books/Graphic Novels
300, Snyder, 2007
Watchmen, 2009
Persepolis, 2007
Road to Perdition, Mendes, 2002
History of Violence, Cronenberg, 2005
The Spirit, 2008
Superman II, 1980
The Dark Knight etc.
American Splendor, 2003
Ghost in the Shell, 1995
 
Video/Board Games
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 2001
Prince of Persia, 2010
Resident Evil series
Final Fantasy, 2001
Clue, 1985
Jumanji, 1995
Battleship, 2012
 
from Non-Fiction Books
Moneyball, 2011
Fast Food Nation, 2006
Freakonomics, 2010
 
Children’s/YA Literature
Where the Wild Things Are, 2009
Polar Express, 2004
Harry Potter series
Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
Mirror Mirror, 2012
Snow White and Huntsman, 2012
 
Genre: Horror/Sci Fi
any Frankenstein
any Dracula
any Stephen King
any Philip K. Dick
Beowulf, Zemeckis, 2007
Starship Troopers, 1997

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15 Responses to Suggested Adaptations for Your Project

  1. Is this for the review paper?

  2. Resident Evil Series. The series has five movies and then two CGI movies, do I choose one or do the whole thing?

  3. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (actually named “The Millennium trilogy”)

    Do I have to pick all three? Can I do the first one or…how will that work?

    • You should pick one of them to focus on–it probably makes most sense to pick the first one? You also should consider whether you want to do the Swedish adaptation or the American version (would that be a remake or an adaptation?).

  4. How about No Country for Old Men?

  5. Henna says:

    I haven’t looked into it sufficiently, but could I possibly–and possibly change my mind–do Girl, Interrupted?

  6. I love Jane Eyre so I think I want to do that… now which version to choose..hmm.

  7. How is The Duchess & Washington Square?

  8. My mistake, the heiress & washington square?

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