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Between the teaser and several TV spots I’ve seen for “Blindness”, I’ve been very skeptical as to how accurate it will remain to Saramago’s novel.  Yet, judging from this trailer, I may have been very wrong.  While the spots I’ve seen seem to focus on the government’s reaction to the white blindness epidemic, this trailer focuses on the characters that make the novel so relevant and touching.  The montage at the beginning of the trailer shows each of the main characters each going blind in the exact same manner as in the book.  Most of the dialogue is straight from the novel as well, in fact the only discrepancy I can find is that the doctor’s wife insists on going in the ambulance with her husband even though she can see, whereas in the book she lies and tells them she has gone blind at that very moment.

It’s entirely possible that this trailer could have been crafted in such a way in order to hook fans of the book, as the TV spots have proven that there is definitely some material with the government and Sandra Oh’s character that was invented for the film.  Yet, I feel somewhat assured that this trailer shows that my favorite characters will all be there and that their stories appear to be somewhat unaffected in this adaptation.

To learn what other film adaptations are coming in Fall/Winter 2008, check out our list here.

Posted on September 26th, 2008 by Jess | Leave a Comment
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José Saramago’s Nobel Prize winning novel is one amazing piece of work. The flow of the novel is so strong; it reads like free writing with very little punctuation and pauses. It’s very visual while offering a glimpse into the frantic and horrifying minds of the blind. I am thoroughly enjoying the read.

I am a bit apprehensive about the film adaptation. As I read the book, I find myself wondering how a film could adapt such a unique literary style. Translated literally onto the screen I’m afraid the story would fall flat. There needs to be something that offers the haunting aspect that Saramago’s prose gives us in the novel. From what I understand (though I have only seen the brief teaser) the filmmakers are trying to be true to the novel in all aspects, even allowing their characters to remain unnamed as in the book. I can’t help but think how difficult this must have been to adapt, but I’m very anxious to see the attempt.

Also, while reading the novel I find myself picturing a different looking couple for the doctor and the doctor’s wife who are portrayed by Mark Ruffalo and Julanne Moore in the film. For some reason, I’ve been picturing someone older for the doctor, along the lines of Tom Wilkinson and someone younger, but with a run down look for the wife, such as Robin Wright Penn. It will be strange to see the younger couple in action on the screen, but I’m especially excited to see what Mark Ruffalo will do with the role.

For a full list of fall/early winter film adaptations, click here.

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From now to the end of the year there will be a wide variety of adaptations hitting theaters.  From books to video games and remakes, no properties have been left untouched by Hollywood. Read on for a full list of adaptations that will be hitting theaters in the fall/early winter.

September

9/5

  • Bangkok Dangerous (based on the 1999 film)

9/12

  • Towelhead (based on the novel by Alicia Erian)
  • The Women (based on the 1939 film)

9/17

  • Appaloosa (based on the novel by Robert B. Parker)

9/19

  • The Duchess (based on the biography Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Forman)
  • A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (based on the short story by Yiyun Li)

9/26

  • Choke (based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk)
  • Miracle at St. Anna (based on the novel by James McBride)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks)

October

10/3

  • Blindness (based on the novel by José Saramago)
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (based on the memoir by Toby Young)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (based on the novel by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn)
  • What Just Happened? (based on the novel What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line by Art Linson)

10/10

  • Body of Lies (based on the novel by David Ignatius)
  • City of Ember (based on the novel by Jeanne Duprau)
  • Quarantine (based on the 2007 film REC)

10/17

  • Max Payne (based on the video game)
  • The Secret Life of Bees (based on the novel by Sue Monk Kidd)
  • Flash of Genius (based on the New Yorker story by John Seabrook)

November

11/14

  • The Road (based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy)

11/21

  • Twilight (based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer)

December

12/5

  • Frost/Nixon (based on the play by Peter Morgan)
  • Punisher: War Zone (based on the comic book series created by Gerry Conway)

12/12

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (based on the 1951 film)
  • Doubt (based on the play by John Patrick Shanley)

12/19

  • The Tale of Despereaux (based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo)
  • Yes Man (based on the autobiography by Danny Wallace)

12/25

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  • Marley and Me (based on the autobiography by Josh Grogan)
  • The Spirit (based on the comic book series created by Will Eisner)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (based on the novel by Audrey Niffenegger)

12/26

  • Revolutionary Road (based on the novel by Richard Yates)