While nothing beats the thrill of reading a book and letting your imagination run wild, there are stories ambitious enough to hit the screen more than once. In an era when movie studios are looking for new epic stories, there are some literary sagas that will return in the seventh art or on television in the form of remakes And reboots. Will they achieve the same success as in previous cases? Here we present the most anticipated adaptations.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Nearly 8 years after the franchise came to an end, a new trip to Panem awaits us. However, don’t expect to find Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson or Liam Hemsworth. Based on the 2020 novel of the same name, this new film is a prequel to the saga starring the rebellious Katniss Everdeen. We meet the young Coriolanus Snow, who, having lost everything in the war with the districts, begins a new life and seeks to restore the status that belonged to his family.
However, first he will have to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a participant in the 12th district in the 10th edition of the Hunger Games. The union of these different personalities will change the fate of both. It stars Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Josh Andres Rivera and Hunter Schafer. It will be released in theaters in Mexico on November 16, 2023 and will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who is responsible for the last three films in the franchise. You can see the trailer here.
This December, Timothée Chalamet will become the most iconic chocolatier in the seventh art. Film directed by Paul KingPaddington 1 and 2) will work as a kind of prequel to the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory starring the memorable Gene Wilder. It draws inspiration from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and includes many musicals that promise to captivate new generations. It will hit Mexican theaters on December 14, 2023. The trailer can be viewed here.
The saga, written by Stephenie Meyer, captivated millions of viewers between 2008 and 2012. The five films have catapulted the careers of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and have earned over $3 billion at the global box office. A few months ago, Lionsgate (the studio that owns the rights to the novels) announced a new film adaptation of the romance between Bella and Edward, but it will be in series format.
Nothing else has been released due to writers’ and actors’ strikes, but it’s certainly a project that could have been very successful. Who should be the ones to play the bad couple?
For 10 years, the story of Harry, Ron and Hermione has become the most powerful franchise in the Hollywood industry. To date, thousands of fans continue to marathon this story that came out of JK Rowling’s head, and soon they will be able to supplement them with an adaptation in the series format.
The project was announced a few months ago during the presentation of Max, a new service for streaming owned by Warner Bros. discovery. To the delight of fans, Rowling herself will be producing and casting the main characters, so they can look forward to a believable adaptation. Do you think the new lead trio will achieve the same success?
The Chronicles of Narnia
Although this new adaptation has been in development for many years, we have received some exciting news recently. Netflix will be the platform in charge of resurrecting the Pevensie brothers’ story, and it will do so with the director of the moment: Greta Gerwig. director Barbie Clearly, she intends to direct at least two films in the saga, and given the good results of her latest film, expectations are sky high.
Although its first adaptation didn’t do well, Disney Plus decided to give this saga full of fantasy and Greek mythology a fresh start. To do this, they turned to Rick Riordan, the author of the original novels, who oversaw the casting and some of the filming processes. While there were some complaints about the casting, it’s clear at first glance that the platform has respectfully adapted the source material.
In 2024, we will see if it was worth the wait. Given the length of the franchise and if the first season is successful, we might as well Percy Jackson for a few more years.
Wizard of Oz
If history has captivated children and adults for generations, then this is it. The Wizard of Oz. The story written by L. Frank Baum may have various adaptations and spin-off over the past decades, but a new version of said classic never hurts. This time it will be Kenya BarrisBlack), which develops remake, and will include an LGBTQ+ representation in their characters. It is still known that the studio in charge of production will be Warner Bros. Discovery, but there are no more details about it.
There are many Stephen King adaptations that have made their way to television or the big screen, but few have been as unlucky as Dark tower. In 2017, a film based on this story was released in theaters, but was rejected by the public and failed at the box office. It is now known that Mike Flanagan (doctor sleep) will be in charge of the new version, and in order to properly adapt all of its mythology, it will be presented as a series, perhaps of several seasons. Will they cope with an ambitious story?
Lord of the Rings
Although the second season rings of power, a Prime Video series inspired by the world created by J. R. R. Tolkien, Warner Bros. Discovery will once again bring Middle-earth to the big screen. Although the filmmakers assigned to the titanic mission and the new passages they will explore are unknown, some close collaborators from the first trilogy are expected to act as advisors.
The world created in Wizard of Oz Not only will it expand with an adaptation made by Warner Bros. discovery. John M ChuNext door) will be responsible for giving us this new musical full of fantasy in which we can get a better look at the lives of Elphaba and Glinda. It will be divided into two parts and will feature dream actors Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Yeoh. part of a novel Wicked: Memories of an Evil Witch, Gregory Maguire, whose story was later staged in musical theater with songs by Stephen Schwartz and a libretto by Winnie Holtzman. The first part will be released on November 27, 2024, and its sequel on November 26, 2025.
Which of these adaptations intrigued you the most? Do you think any of them can become a phenomenon?
Juan José Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can watch the same movie in the theater up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror film.