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The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va., Lindsey Fleming column

November 14, 2013

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Nov. 14--MY "MURDER, SHE WROTE" column last week sparked some discussion with friends about other reboots and adaptations on the horizon, of which I was unaware. Here are some interesting upcoming works:

"The Princess Bride"-- The 1987 family film, which was itself an adaptation of a book by William Goldman , is set to undergo its third incarnation. Disney Theatrical Productions is in the process of bringing it to the stage. The chance that any two actors playing the lead roles better than Robin Wright and Cary Elwes? Not possible. (Ha, I know what you thought I was going to write).

"East of Eden"-- As if I -- and the rest of the world -- couldn't love Jennifer Lawrence enough; now she's signed on to star in a film version of one of my favorite stories, John Steinbeck's Book of Genesis allegory. This two-part remake will be directed by "Hunger Games" helmer Gary Ross , and Lawrence will portray sociopath Cathy Ames. No word on when production begins.

"The Sound and the Fury" -- Another iconic work by one of literature's most-esteemed names will too be attempted by a Hollywood A-lister. James Franco, who recently brought William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" to life, is taking an even greater risk with the Compson family tragedy. As with "As I Lay Dying," Franco will star and direct. He told The Los Angeles Times that frequent cohort Danny McBride , as well as brother Dave Franco and John Hamm, will have roles in the feature-length film.

"Ghostbusters 3" -- The rumors are swirling yet again about "Ghostbusters 3," with talk that it will begin shooting in the spring in Cleveland. Various media reports link Emma Stone and Jonah Hill to the project. And Dan Aykroyd compares the vision of the film to "the latest Star Trek" in terms of reaching a younger audience. He added in an interview with The Telegraph that Bill Murray , as has been reported before, is not interested in being involved.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" -- Since 2010, Daniel Radcliffe' s name has been tied to this remake of Erich Maria Remarque's World War I novel, told from the point of view of a German soldier. Internet Movie Database has the movie in pre-production with a release date in 2014. No definitive word on whether Mimi Leder ("Pay It Fo r w a rd ") will direct this second film adaptation. The 1930 version won two Academy Awards.

"The Crow" -- Not to be considered a remake, director Javier Gutierrez , and James O'Barr said this summer at Comic-Con that the film should be considered a "new interpretation" of O'Barr's comic, upon which the 1994 film is based. Though the accidental death of star Brandon Lee during filming rightfully overshadowed the original release, the horror flick became something of a cult classic. This time around, Luke Evans will portray Eric Draven (Lee's role), a rocker revived from the dead to avenge his own murder, as well as his fiancee's.

LINDSEY FLEMING is a writer/copy editor at The Dominion Post. Email lfleming@dominionpost.com.

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