Article: What makes a good adaptation?

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So I’ve written my first article for the incomparable Little White Lies, I talked to David Nicholls about his adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd for Thomas Vinterberg and what makes a good adaptation.

Take a look over at the Little White Lies site.

The Great Gatsby UK release date 17/5/13

With so many adaptations of classic novels on to the big screen it easy to become weary, however you cannot help but get excited when you see Baz Luhrmann’s name attached to one. He has taken on the task of redefining F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Lurhmann’s, now iconic, adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set Leonardo Di Caprio up as a teen idol and guaranteed his place as one of Hollywood’s elite. It seems Di Caprio born to play Gatsby, in Luhrmann’s take on the classic parody of the American dream. It takes him back to the roles that defined his career, those of the mysterious heartthrob although now with a more mature edge.

Luhrmann seems to have resisted the temptation to update the novel too much, leaving it firmly based in the excesses of the 1920’s. I’m sure the fantastical parties held by Gatsby give Lurhmann more than enough room to exercise his flare for postmodernism, but it remains to be seen how much this will bleed into the rest of the movie.

We will have to wait until May to see what Luhrmann has done with one of the great American novels, but I, for one, am very excited.