Posts Tagged ‘adaptations’

The Brits are Coming … But Don’t Tell

September 15th, 2011 | Jonathan Gray

Of the new shows this Fall, three are American adaptations of British originals: The X-Factor, Free Agents, and Prime Suspect. What I find interesting, though, is that the promos don’t seem keen to admit to their origins.

It’s not as thought any of them are actively obscuring their origins. The trailer for Free Agents at YouTube, uploaded by NBC, explains below that it’s based off the “cult UK series,” for instance. But none of the three shows’ webpages advertise the fact, nor do any of the trailers themselves. The Brits, in other words, are good enough to copy from, but clearly FOX and NBC don’t feel it’s wise to build the success of the British originals into the promotions for the American shows. Read more…

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Odd Adaptations

November 14th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray


Spurred by the news of Warner Bros. and Will and Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s decision to turn Justin Halpern’s Twitter account, ShitMyDadSays, into a sitcom, I want to talk about odd adaptations. After all, recent months have also seen the announcement of Universal and Hasbro teaming up for a Monopoloy movie, directed by Ridley Scott no less. And I’m continually amused when I sign academic book contracts and the terms include movie and television rights … or at least I was until Michael Himmel, author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, told me that he sold the rights (mainly, for the name) for a handsome sum, and now I’m thinking that my next book should be called Around the World with 80 Blades: The Tale of a Ninja Pirate Assassin. More after fold… Read more…

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Who’ll Watch the Watchmen DVD?

July 25th, 2009 | Jonathan Gray

Apologies for the lengthy absence — I’ve been moving, so the blog had to take the back seat for a while. And, for now, just a quick stub, as a way of embedding an amusing clip about franchising, adaptation, and extratextuals related to The Watchmen. Tip of the hat to Chuck Tryon for pointing to it.

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