movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Aug 04 2016, 03:45pm | 6 comments
Now I’m not as dismayed by A Wrinkle In Time movie. This was very good news!
Same here, my fave book as a kid along with Watership Down, seems like a good fit.
Very happy for DuVernay, and very happy about the progress.
But: $100 million for A Wrinkle in Time? I know the book has a devoted core readership, but I haven’t gotten the sense that it’s struck the same deep pop-cultural chord as, say, Hunger Games, or that mass audiences will flock to a movie version. (They certainly didn’t for The BFG.) I hope it’s profitable; I’m afraid the studio will blame DuVernay if it isn’t.
The Percy Jackson films got $95 and $90 mil, in 2010 and 2013, and they didn’t have much of a built-in audience either.
The first Percy Jackson book sold 1.2 million copies between publication and the film release five years later, so it was a current bestseller before the movie.
I’m seeing this, even if it sucks I’ll still watch it twice. Once for each Bay film I saw in theaters. I just hope Disney let’s it be weird.
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