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Legendary Pictures Options Soon To Be Published Novel “Brilliance”

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It was recently reported by The Hollywood Reporter that Joe Roth and Palek Patel have bought the film rights to the novel, “Brilliance” by Marcus Sakey. They have bought the rights and set up the film’s development deal with Legendary Pictures.

“Brilliance” has not yet been published but is scheduled to be released this summer. This purchase continues a trend of Hollywood Studios buying unpublished novels that they believe will be a big hit – before another studio gets the chance to cash in on its popularity.

The official description of the novel is as follows:

In Wyoming, a little girl reads people’s darkest secrets by the way they fold their arms. In New York, a man sensing patterns in the stock market racks up $300 billion. In Chicago, a woman can go invisible by being where no one is looking. They’re called “brilliants,” and since 1980, one percent of people have been born this way. Nick Cooper is among them; a federal agent, Cooper has gifts rendering him exceptional at hunting terrorists. His latest target may be the most dangerous man alive, a brilliant drenched in blood and intent on provoking civil war. But to catch him, Cooper will have to violate everything he believes in—and betray his own kind.

Patel and Roth are most known for their recent work on the recently released film, Oz The Great and Powerful. Sakey also appears to have extensive knowledge on the subject of crime. To conduct research for his plots, he has shadowed homicide detectives and gang cops, and interviewed soldiers, among other things. His debut novel, The Blade Itself, was featured as a New York Times Editor’s Pick and named one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Best Reads of 2007.

Ben Affleck bought the film rights to The Blade Itself in 2008 for his production company. The film rights to his second and third novels, Good People and At the City’s Edge, have also been bought.

There is no word yet on when this project will start production or a projected release date.

New Photos for Snow White and the Huntsman

More photos from the upcoming movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, were recently released online by Universal Pictures. This was done via the movie’s official Facebook page and I’m sure we’ll see more in the near future until the release date June 1st.

Cashing in on the likes of the largest market in the world with disposable income; nerds and 14 year old girls; more and more shows and movies have been focusing on fairy tales. This I believe is based on the popularity of a series of comics called Fables.

Fables started in 2002, published by DC Comic’s Vertigo. The series is about a number of characters from various fairy tales and folklore who have been forced out of their homelands by the great Adversary. The Fables; what they refer to themselves as; have traveled to the real world and formed a secret community in New York City known as Fabletown. I wonder if my attachment to these characters are how ancient Greek children viewed their gods. A collection of stories that are as flawed as we mortals are.

Looking towards the instant win section for comics, “Fables” and all the characters that are used in the story are part of public domain. So why wouldn’t the industry cash in?

Snow White and the Huntsman is another story that’s been adapted for the big screen based reworked fairy tales. Drawn from the tales by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Huntsman adds to the long procession of movies or television shows aimed at children stories gone dark; which they really didn’t have to go any further than the original story, not rewriting them to be Twilighty. For example, in the original Snow White story, the evil queen dies dancing to death, forced to wear red hot iron shoes.

According to the official movie website, the story goes as follows.

 “In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.”

Yes, I get the portion where the megalomaniac decides to save on time and resources by outsourcing the labor to a source of cheap and skilled workers. What I don’t get is that in what world, real or fantasy is Kristen Stewart hotter than Charlize Theron? Considering that this is a fairy tale, it’s the least believable part.

As the incarnation of the Mirror said to the queen in the trailer, “You are fairest, but there is another destined to surpass you.” Meaning that Stewart is not the fairest yet. A bit of foreshadowing, especially if the Queen is killing anyone that looks remotely attractive, once Queeny bites the dust, Stewart will win by default; two of the sweetest words of the English language. Dee Fault!

So this isn’t going to be the last of reinterpreted children stories. What we’ll see instead are more and more until the next genre of “Whats in” kicks in.

Considering my bias towards actors in this movie, I think of a Fables storyline. Jack of Fables; all those stories about a guy named Jack are about him; breaks one of Fabletown’s oldest rules and gets into the entertainment industry. Jack creates a successful film trilogy about himself which he believes will make him nearly immortal; the theory in the comic is that the more popular a Fables’ story is, the stronger his power. So the inverse should be true. If a character story is not liked, forgotten or repeatedly killed, so should the subject become weaker or forgotten.

I’m rooting for the Witch on this one.

Check out the new photos below or at the official Facebook site http://www.facebook.com/snowwhiteandthehuntsman