Posts Tagged ‘Beastly’


Beauty and the beast was always  my favorite fairy tale.   A loving but foolish father makes a mistake, that has him giving his daughter to a beast.   We know Beauty  is afraid , but we also know she is a courageous,  generous,and a loving person, not easily  swayed by the material world, or the ever changing physical  appearance of people. We rarely get much of glimpse into the mind of the beast.

In Beastly, we have a modern day story told from the point of view of the Beast. When we meet Kyle Kingsbury, he is the prince of his very upscale private NYC school. Handsome, rich, and very popular. But not so nice. And yes, he is noticed by a witch, who ends up turning him into a beast. Kyle , although abandoned by his ‘perfect’ news anchor father, is not completely alone. He has a housekeeper and a blind tutor to help him. Watching Kyle change is enjoyable ,if occasionally painful. It is nice to be rooting for both the beast as well as the beauty.

The story is romantic, with some nice touches of humor. I really loved the on-line ‘Unexpected Changes chat group’ run by Mr. Anderson.

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It seems like there are more books being made into films all the time. Here are a few more book adaptation projects on the horizon.

The Thirteenth Hour by Richard Doetsch, which isn’t even coming out until December 2009, is a time travel thriller. It is currently “in development” with a release date sometime in 2011.

They’re calling it “the next Twilight.” Beastly, by Alex Flinn, tells the story of Beauty and the Beast from a more modern context, and from the Beast’s point of view. The Beast, in this case, being a Manhattan Private school student. The film is currently in pre-production and due out in 2010.

Alex Proyas (Dark City) has stated his interest in bringing Robert Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag to the big screen. The director was surprised to discover, upon re-reading the book for the first time in twenty years, how much it has influenced his work. The film is currently listed as “in development” with a stated release date in 2011.

What else is Alex Proyas up to? Well, he’s working on adapting John Christopher’s Tripods books into films. “The Tripods” will be the film adaptation of The White Mountains, the first book in the trilogy. He hopes to make all three books into films, but the first will be shot independently, just in case that isn’t possible. “The Tripods” is currently listed as “in development” and has a stated release date of 2012.

Chris Gall’s book, Dinotrux, is coming out in April, and already DreamWorks has optioned it for the purposes of making an animated film. The IMDB does not yet have a listing for the project, so if you would like more information check out this article over on SciFiWire.

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