This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
By Amanda Keats
It's a mixed bag at the cinema this month. The adaptations are a little tenuous to say the least – with films taken from games and comic books! But though the original texts may not all be novels, they are still great stories. Whether the films will be the same remains to be seen…
This comedic take on Snow White stars Julia Roberts as the Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White. It looks a little ridiculous and unlikely to match the other Snow White adaptation – yes there are two! – Snow White and the Huntsman which is due out later in the year.
Based on the book by Jo Nesbø, this film is already getting rave reviews. It's come a little out of nowhere with an unknown foreign cast but looks like a good bet if you like your adaptations dark and gripping.
It looks and sounds like the Transformers films, is based on a board game and has a cast that includes Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) and Rihanna! Alien ships land in the sea and the human race is threatened… you know the drill.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Having deja vu? Yes this film was originally slated for March release but has been rescheduled for this month instead. The story is an odd but lovely one – a rich Sheikh from the Middle East enlists a British scientist to plan a way to import salmon fishing into the Yemen rivers. Based on the book by Paul Torday, the film stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas.
Originally called The Avengers, this is the long-awaited Marvel offering for 2012. While other films in the Marvel series have focused on one character – Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk etc, this one has decided to cram them all into one action-packed film. Yes, the avengers really will assemble in this film in order to protect the planet. Cast includes Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and many many more…
Honourable mention has to go to two films also out this month which are not adaptations but well worth a watch. First off, this Friday 6th April sees the return of Titanic to the big screen – in 3D. Fans of the film need to remember just what made it such an incredible blockbuster. And in the hands of James Cameron, the 3D works really well. If you're a fan of something a little scarier though, I strongly recommend Cabin in the Woods which is out – appropriately – on Friday 13th. It's got Chris Hemsworth and Jesse Williams (from Grey's Anatomy) in it and is brilliantly original, clever and hilarious whilst remaining an utter bloodbath.