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The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper - Film Adaptation

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Sep 20, 2007, 12:47am Top

Any Susan Cooper fans here?

I just saw the trailer for The Seeker, and it seems Hollywood has butchered The Dark Is Rising Sequence almost beyond recognition.

Sep 20, 2007, 6:36am Top

I loved the books as a kid and still feel very nostalgic about them.

I haven't seen the trailer, but have I understood correctly that the location is changed from England to America and that the Arthurian themes are practically removed?

This is from Wikipedia:

"The planned film diverges from the book on several fundamental points, including the decision to rewrite Will Stanton's character to change him from an eleven-year-old English boy to a thirteen-year-old American boy, significant changes to the mythological structure of the plot, re-setting the story to occur in the present-day, Eccleston's character riding a different colored horse, the flooding of the one building that doesn't flood in the story, the change in ages and names of family members, the addition of vikings, the major character status someone mentioned only briefly in the book (Max), changing Will's character into a "warrior", the addition of a mall scene in which rooks become ravens, and the addition of a brother of Will's as a potential "Judas" character among them."

I don't get it. If they want to make a fantasy-adventure film about vikings and shop-lifting American teens, fine. But why call it The Dark is Rising? I never, ever want to see this film.

I think somebody said that the movie was "Christianized". Does anybody know anything about this?

Edited: Sep 20, 2007, 1:59pm Top

I still read the books once a year, at least. I was initially excited when I heard about the movie. You may view the trailer here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-4lycCvOE8

According to imdb.com, all Arthurian, Old English, and Welsh influences have been removed entirely (!) from the movie; in the film, Merriman Lyon is not actually Merlin. Ugh. This movie hasn't even been released but it's already hurting my feelings!

Oct 28, 2007, 10:19am Top

How could Susan Cooper let them do this to her trilogy?

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