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inkpop Fundamentals: February 8, 2011

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on February 8, 2011

Alex Pettyfer says hello to ‘The Last Apprentice’ Though much curiosity has centered around British actor Alex Pettyfer’s reluctance to sign on as Shadowhunter Jace Wayland in the big screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The City of Bones – the first title in The Mortal Instruments series – after initially expressing so much interest in the saga; it has been learned that Pettyfer’s looming decision is not, as originally believed, based upon failed negotiations – rather, it is the result of his being offered the role in another YA book series to film adaptation…Joseph Delaney’s bestselling The Last Apprentice. “We’re told that as much as Pettyfer likes the ‘Instruments series’, he likes ‘The Last Apprentice’ books even more.” New York Magazine.

‘Humpty Dumpty’ revamped as a horror story Since it’s appearance in mainstream culture in 1797, Humpty Dumpty has been a much-loved nursery rhyme that children have been incapable of resisting; but now the egg-shaped character whom had a great fall is being adapted into something more aptly fit for nightmares, as opposed to the nursery – a horror story! In correlation with the 3-D horror movie Humpty Dumpty, scheduled to hit theaters this year, IDW Publishing is releasing a graphic novel of the same title that transforms the classic riddle into a story about “ Two backwoods redneck brothers are confronted with a dangerous egg-shaped creature whose mother they torture and kill for fun. Half-human, half-alien, Humpty Dumpty exacts his bloody, murderous rage on the brothers in an unforgettable story of revenge.” Media Bistro.

Kenneth Oppel’s ‘Frankenstein’ prequel coming to the big screen? You may have thought that Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein was just the beginning…you’d be wrong. On August 23, 2011, Kenneth Oppel (author of the Airborn series and Silverwing Saga) will release This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. “The novel is a prequel of sorts to Mary Shelley’s classic ‘Frankenstein.’ The plot centers around young Victor Frankenstein and his quest to save sick twin brother Konrad. He seeks help from a mysterious alchemist, who sends Victor and his friend Elizabeth on a dangerous journey to find the three ingredients needed to create a serum called the Elixir of Life that will heal Konrad. Like any YA novel worth its salt, the inevitable love triangle ensues.” Though the novel has yet to hit bookstores, Summit Entertainment (the studio behind The Twilight Saga) has already acquired rights to the YA novel, hoping to bring it to the big screen. Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…have you read The Last Apprentice books? Do you think that Pettyfer would make a good Thomas J. Ward – why or why not? What do you think of adapting a nursery rhyme into a horror story – yay or nay? Will you be reading the graphic novel and/or seeing the film Humpty Dumpty? Are you a Kenneth Oppel fan? Will you be reading The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein when it hits bookstores – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

2 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: February 8, 2011”

  1. hehe said

    The idea of a Frankenstein prequel does NOT sit well with me!

  2. Lycanthrope said

    *eye twitch* So let me get this straight; Alex Pettyfer is choosing not to be Jace so he can be the star of a book-film I haven’t even heard of? *facepalm*

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