SYFY’s Happy! Will Have Christopher Meloni as an Alcoholic Ex-Cop Hit Man That Sees a Flying Horse Voiced by Patton Oswalt
If you love the pinball-eque chaos of Shoot ‘Em Up or Crank, SYFY has got the next dose of crazed action comedy for you.
Look no further than the TV adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s graphic novel HAPPY! For it, SYFY has enlisted the services of Christopher Meloni to play one of his insane characters yet and the voice of Patton Oswalt to bring an endlessly positive flying cartoon horse to life (well, as alive as a hallucinatory cartoon can be).
See for yourself in the trailer.
Then, get ready for the series premiere of HAPPY! on Wednesday, December 6th on SYFY.
Paramount Adapting “Galaxy Quest” for TV
If this actually goes to series, they’ll be going head-to-head with Other Space.
It’s been over 15 years since Galaxy Quest was on the big screen and now Paramount is picking it as the latest TV show to be adapted/revived from something that happened ten years ago and more. The director, writer, and producer of the movie will be involved.
High concept sci-fi sitcoms are on the rise with the success of Last Man on Earth as well as the aforementioned Other Space.
Hopefully, they’ll handle the adaptation well and get as much of the cast including Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, and Tony Shaloub on board as they can.
Simon Pegg, Working Title, and Universal Sign Off on a “Shaun Of The Dead” Live Musical
Almost Legal Productions has already adapted 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead into a live stage musical and it’s now getting more traction as the likes of Simon Pegg, Working Title, and Universal have all given the OK for the adaptation.
Before you reserve your judgement, know that Shaun of the Dead Live encourages audience members come in costume, sings their own version of The Specials’ Ghost Town, and more.
There are currently no U.S. dates, but perhaps soon and it’ll make it over to the States and here in LA where we’re sure plenty of folks will want to see it.
China Will Be Doing Their Own Adaptation of “Mad About You”
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
After all these years, Mad About You is getting readapted. It’s not a U.S. reboot or something that the Internet has revived, but, rather, it’s a new Chinese adaptation of the 1990’s hit sitcom that starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt.
Many comedians currently joke about how China will take over the U.S. based on factors including how they outnumber us, the money that the U.S. owes them, etc.
However, readapting a hit sitcom from overseas is, these days, pretty American and considering that a classic example of an 90’s American multicam sitcom, Mad About You, this is probably a positive in overall U.S.-China relations.
Lake Bell Set to Direct An Adaptation of Claire Messud’s Emperor’s Children Written by Noah Baumbach
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
The Emperor’s Children, a novel from Claire Messud that follows the NY intelligentsia before and after 9/11, was adapted into a screenplay by perhaps the perfect person to adapt such a story, Noah Baumbach, With the script in place, Lake Bell is now set to direct making for an undeniably intriguing collaboration.
We’ll definitely be waiting patiently for a trailer.
Carrie Brownstein’s First Feature Writing Gig Will Be An Adaptation of “Lost in Austen”
Carrie Brownstein has made waves in the comedy world ever since the debut of Portlandia on IFC. Now, her talents are being tapped elsewhere as she has just set to adapt the UK series Lost in Austen into a movie.
Having someone in Brooklyn be transported into the world of Jane Austen is definitely within Brownstein’s wheelhouse and we’re excited to see what she comes up with.
So, this does count as our 2nd post about an adaptation of something based on the works of Jane Austen today and we can only hope that they’re both as enjoyable as Austenland.
Watch a Mini Documentary About a “Play” Based on The Documentary “Mistaken For Strangers” Starring Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis
The documentary that follows the relationship between The National’s Matt Berninger and his brother Tom Berninger, Mistaken For Strangers, is being “adapted” into a play starring Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis. Of course, doing a play based on a documentary has seldom been done, if ever, and makes the rehearsal process more than a little taxing.