You may have heard about this project of Robert Zemeckis' (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump) to turn the epic poem Beowulf into an animated movie which, it was recently announced, will be screened in IMAX theaters. The movie's official website is up and running (though it basically just features dancing flames, dramatic music and a cast list), and now a Dutch website has posted photos of the posters for the movie, including the one above. The posters aren't groundbreaking, but they have piqued my curiosity in this project.
Namely, I wonder who, exactly, is going to see this? It's animated like many children's movies are, though I've never scanned my memory for works of literature to make into children's movies and gone, "Oh, I know! Beowulf!" Yet are adults interested enough in the story — even an adaptation written by Neil Gaiman — to see a classic piece of literature made into a CGI movie on an IMAX screen?
I must say, however, that the cast of actors voicing the characters is quite impressive:
- Angelina Jolie as Grendel's Mother
- Crispin Glover as Grendel
- Anthony Hopkins as King Hrothgar
- Robin Wright Penn as Queen Wealhtheow
- John Malkovich as Unferth
- Alison Lohman as Ursula
- and Ray Winstone, who I don't know, as Beowulf
What do you think? Come November 16 will you be checking out Beowulf?