First there was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the Seth Grahame-Smith novel that's currently being adapted into a film starring Natalie Portman. Then there was Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, penned by Ben H. Winters, but no word of a movie version just yet. However, Tim Burton has his eye on the latest in the monstrous-twist-on-an-old-favorite genre, with plans to turn Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, into a major motion picture. Got all that?
A little research will show you that Grahme-Smith and Winters hardly have the monopoly on the market. Classics like Anna Karenina, Emma, and even Sherlock Holmes have been inundated with the likes of zombies and beyond. While I thought the Pride and Prejudice adaptation was clever, and the making of another vampire movie is more than understandable, I'm still not sold on the whole trend. However, it doesn't look like it's going away, and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Check out a few of my own ideas on how your most beloved stories could be tweaked with the help of a few creepy creatures:
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"The shows this season were full of teen/tween bloggers. I feel like they are trying to nudge me out of my front-row seat. Luckily, I have a plan for next season. Since they are all about my height, I am going to impersonate one of them. I am going to wear a doily on my head (Tavi!) and tell everyone I am a teen blogger. If they ask why I am so wrinkled, I will tell them that I have progeria."—Simon Doonan to GQ.
Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway hit the red carpet in London last night for their Royal World Premiere, and they kept the good times going with an afterparty at the Sanderson Hotel. Their director Tim Burton took advantage of the chance to let loose with his longtime love Helena Bonham Carter and their son Billy, who looked adorable in his Stella McCartney for GapKids jacket. Johnny, meanwhile, kept company with Wes Anderson and Terry Gilliam, while Anne stayed close to boyfriend Adam Shulman. Avril Lavigne even joined in on the celebration since she contributed to the film's soundtrack. She left with Deryck Whibley, looking very on again despite the fact that she filed for divorce in October.
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Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter put on their best for today's Royal World Premiere of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in London. The stars of the film greeted the crowd and signed autographs as it all streamed live for fans around the world. While the movie may appear a bit dark for young kids, Johnny assured the press that his little ones already saw it, saying, "My kids actually saw the film because I send them out there in the frontlines. They saw it – and they loved it . . . They absolutely adored it. They loved every character. They weren't freaked out by it whatsoever." The cast got the fun started in LA last weekend with a press junket and a fan event as they start bringing the highly-anticipated movie around the world. Pretty soon, however, Johnny will have to report to work in Paris where his costar in The Tourist, Angelina Jolie, has been filming all week.
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It's hard to believe there was a time when Disney animation was in a major slump, but it's true. In the years between 1984 and 1994, the studio had picked itself back up after creating mediocre animated films, eventually getting back in the game with classics like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Such is the subject of the documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty, which shows how a dedicated young group of animators returned the Disney name to its former glory.Told through interviews from the '80s, the movie looks to be a story of triumph and vintage icons — it's worth watching simply for a glimpse at a young Tim Burton at his desk. As a Disney and Pixar lover, I'm eager to see how one of the most respected studios turned itself around (and how they managed to decline in the first place).
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Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway joined their Alice in Wonderland costars in LA on Friday for a Great Big Ultimate Fan Event at a Hot Topic store. They're just kicking off promotion for their film, which is one of the top 10 Buzz is most excited about seeing this year, before it opens on March 5. Johnny has been working on his Keith Richards project in LA, but made time to take the stage alongside Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, while Alice herself, a Stella McCartney-clad Mia Wasikowska, waved to the audience. The whole gang is traveling together for a royal premiere in the UK on Thursday, which Johnny apparently finds rather amusing. "I've never experienced a royal premiere," he said. "They would never let me near the royals before."
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Nothing's been set in stone yet, but rumors are flying that Tim Burton is in talks to make a live action movie about Maleficent, aka Sleeping Beauty's villainess. The movie would tell the story we all know and love, but from the evil fairy's point of view.
Turning a fairy tale on its head isn't a new idea by any means, but it's always fun to envision a more developed backstory for some of history's most vile (and seemingly one-dimensional) bad guys. Of course, I can only imagine what Tim Burton would dream up — and how he can fit Johnny Depp into the story line.
The musical Wicked gave a voice to The Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West, and many of the Batman movies explored the motives and inner workings of Gotham's most terrible criminals. I can't help but think of other famous villains that were never fully explained: for instance, why was Ursula banished from the sea kingdom in The Little Mermaid? Or what made Cruella de Vil so vile? I also wouldn't mind stepping out of the Disney realm and learning a little more about No Country For Old Men's Anton Chigurh or Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York.
What villains would you like to see get a second chance at sympathy?