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Well, this is actually happening. So I guess we should have a thread. Here's the trailer. Not really impressed. Dench and Dafoe look good, but I don't get much of a sense of the flavor of this adaptation. And Branagh's Poirot--at least, in this little bit we see--is a failure on pretty much every level.
I only just saw this, but as far as film versions of operas go, it is enjoyable and creative. The World War I type setting somehow helps explain some of Mozart's themes in ways that I didn't understand them before. Besides, a good magical fairy tale film is rare these days, but I count this as one of them. Moreover, I really wish more directors would make more operas into films, so kudos to Branagh for following a rare tradition that Ingmar Bergman also played with. In an ideal world, this would would be one of the first experimental stages of many more films of many different operas to come. Everyone seems fine with the idea of making Broadway musicals into films, let's do it more with opera.
Links to our threads on Enchanted (2007), Enchanted 2 (in development), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Maleficent (in development, based on the Sleeping Beauty villain). - - - Disney Pays Seven-Figures For Aline Brosh McKenna's Live-Action 'Cinderella' Pitch EXCLUSIVE: After Disney’s new version Alice in Wonderland turned in a 3D record breaking opening weekend of $116 million and became a global juggernaut, there has been a resurgence of movie interest in timeless classics. . . . Now Disney has made a 7-figure pitch deal for Cinderella, the working title of a live action reimagining of the classic fairy tale to be written by Aline Brosh McKenna. She’s the scribe behind The Devil Wears Prada and 27 Dresses, and the upcoming Paramount comedy Morning Glory, and We Bought a Zoo, the Fox comedy which Cameron Crowe will direct. . . . Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, May 17
Very excited about this! AS YOU LIKE IT in post-production, Kenneth Branagh directing, Kevin Kline as Jacques, Alfred Molina as Touchstone, Bryce Dallas Howard as Rosalind! As long as this is the Kenny of MUCH ADO rather than HAMFEST, we're laughing!