Right now in Hollywood, the race is on! The intellectual property (IP) race that is. The hottest film packages going around town are based on novels or comic books. This month, we’re highlighting some adaptations shot right here in our own backyard of Los Angeles based on great source material.
LACS is no stranger to blockbuster literary adaptations. We hosted the production of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay based upon the third entry in Suzanne Collins young adult dystopian trilogy. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film starred Jennifer Lawrence as the fiercely determined Katniss Everdeen. Ultimately, the studio split it into two high-grossing films that cemented Lawrence’s star power.
Our lot was also home to its own comic book adaptation, Venom. Leaping from the colored panels of Marvel Comics, Venom was created by Todd McFarlane and David Micheline about the major villain in the Spider-Man comic universe. Ruben Fleischer directed the solo film starring Tom Hardy at the titular character. As the second cinematic outing of the character, Topher Grace previously played Venom in Spider-Man 3, it was a surprise box office hit and called for its own franchise.
Prefer a mystery over superheroes? Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch was adapted into the film Jackie Brown by Quentin Tarantino. He famously reset the novel’s setting to Los Angeles. To this day it remains the only adaptation in Tarantino’s filmography.
Non-fiction books are not exempt from the Hollywood adaptation treatment. Moneyball by Michael Lewis found its way to the big screen after a long time in development. The 2003 book profiled the Oakland Athletics General Manager who used radial theory to assess player value and assemble a competitive team on a limited budget. Directed by Bennet Miller and starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the film was on numerous critics’ top ten lists and was nominated for six Academy Awards.
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was adapted by Charlie Kaufman and was the directorial debut of George Clooney. Shot in LA, the film focuses on the life of game show host Chuck Barris who claimed to be an assassin for the CIA in his memoir of the same name.
Will the book your currently reading be shot next in Los Angeles? Tell us your favorites ripe for adaptation and production at LACS.