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According to Outpost Gallifrey's Doctor Who News Page...

February 15th, 2007 (12:22 am)
current music: David Bowie: 'Life on Mars'

"Christopher Eccleston is also due to start filming shortly on

The Dark is Rising
, an adaptation of the fantasy book by Susan Cooper."

This is all they say. I don't know DiR but expect that this is old news to those who do. Nonetheless, I'm reporting it anyway.


Posted by: Gramarye (gramarye1971)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)

*nods* The denizens of thedarkisrising have been up in arms over this whole film project since the get-go.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)

I don't even need to know any details about the project to say that I'm sure there are... though bells are now ringing concerning unnecessary Americanisation of characters.

Posted by: zephyr (vescoiya)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)

Interesting, thanks for the news, I didn't know.

Posted by: calliope85 (calliope85)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)

Well, I'm distinctly nervy about this one, because Dark is Rising is perhaps *the* book of my childhood - and yes, I still read it every Christmas, starting on the 20th December when the book starts and reading through with the events that happen every day ^_^ even though my friend Ivan has been pointing out that the Light are, in fact, fascists ever since he heard I liked it - and I haven't heard *very* much about the production so far, but I'm trying to keep positive on it:

1. Walden Media seems to be associated with it (the company that's currently also doing the Chronicles of Narnia adaptation.) Whether you do or you don't like the Narnia adaptation - and personally I like it very much, for all that I was brought up on the awesome BBC version - I think it's fair to say that it's a *very* loving adaptation, and sticks very close to the source material. If anything, it stays *too* close, leading to some serious issues with pacing in the early sections of the film. They didn't play up the religious themes (and didn't play them down, either), they found a bunch of child actors who can actually *act*, and the realisation of Aslan's camp and the battle made me quite remarkably happy ^_^ If there was one big company at the moment who I thought had proved their ability to lovingly adapt a children's classic, I'd have thought it was Walden Media.

2. I don't know who Chris Eccleston is down to play in the film, but whoever it is, it gives me great hope for the casting process :D He's got the kind of acting style and physical presence which just seems to fit into the DiR world. My hope would probably be that he's playing the Rider - though perhaps he's not quite smooth enough for him - who I've always fantasy-cast as Paul Bettany, but I'm willing to adapt ^_^

And yes. If they Americanise the Stantons, as they probably will, I'm going to be rather unhappy :( But these things rather go with the film-making territory these days, so I'm endeavoring to keep a stiff upper lip on the subject. So long as Bran gets to stay Welsh (and seriously, he's King Arthur's *son*, the whole *plot* revolves the Long Lake and Bird Rock, how can he *not* be Welsh?) I'll try to cope...

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)

I would say that the Stantons are almost as intimately connected with the Thames Valley as Bran is Welsh. You might be able to get away with Americanising the Drews, but if they Americanise the Stantons, surely all the nuances will be lost?

Posted by: Elaine of Astolat (ladyofastolat)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
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If the rumours are true, they're not just Americanising the Stantons, but turning them into a dysfuntional family - cold and distant parents, and nasty, bullying older brothers. Making them American is merely wrong. Making them a dysfunctional family is WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!!

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)

If they are going to Americanise them, I think I'd rather they rewrote the characters as well because that will take it so far off the real thing that it would be a completely different story just using the same names and I can cheerfully go ahead and ignore the whole thing!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)

I think that is what will happen if anything is Americanized at all. The whole thing is so deeply rooted in Britain and its mythologies that any change of that kind will amount to a fundamental re-write.

I had not known about the film project, but am *very* fond of the book, for more than one reason, and reading this thread makes your "go ahead and ignore" approach seem quite appealing.

Knowing myself, I will probably go and see it anyway and then rant about it afterwards...


Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)

I wondered what had happened to Prince Caspian. Last I heard the film had been indefinitely postponed, but I see that someone has updated IMDb to say that it's currently filming and will be released next year.

Posted by: bunn (bunn)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)

Hmm. I don't think I will be watching that.

I don't even read the fan-fic, because it's mostly just wrong. It's like watching people dancing on my daffodils in great big boots. Tolkien can take that kind of abuse, but the DiR setting is so much more delicate and allusive: they are bound to screw it up painfully.

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: February 15th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)

Further details about Christopher Eccleston's role are given in this report at AICN.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: February 16th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)

So it looks as if he is the Rider. Interesting series of career moves going on for Mr Eccleston.