Because there's another one in the works. (It must be a day ending in "y.") At least it has a very nice pedigree, with Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher, Moneyball, Capote) directing, and the screenplay being written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Anna Karenina, Parade's End, Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead).
Meanwhile, there's been no word at all of the two adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities that are supposed to be in development. Harumph.
Fitoor, the new Bollywood update of Great Expectations, opened today in limited release. I did not expect it to be playing near here -- even so close to the big city, we don't always get the limited-release movies. But this time, we did! So I caught a screening this afternoon.
This was my first Bollywood movie, so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. If Fitoor is any indication, they're heavy on gorgeous scenery and costumes, songs and montages, slow-mo, closeups, and long, soulful gazes. The movie is truly beautiful to look at. And the actors, led by Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif, and Tabu, all gave good performances. (I've seen some criticism of Kaif's performance online; again, I don't know much about the Bollywood ideal, but I thought she was fine.)
Also, I appreciated the scenes in which the film offered a small, playful tribute to Dickens by having its lead characters quote A Tale of Two Cities to each other!
As for the story, it follows the general trajectory of Dickens's story, but there are some significant changes. Pip, known here as Noor, is now an artist -- something I think they carried over from the Ethan Hawke-Gwyneth Paltrow film, though I never saw that one. Many of the characters have had their rough edges smoothed off: Noor is less snotty; Estella's character, known here as Firdaus, is less icy; Noor's sister is kinder; Begum, the Miss Havisham character, is still rich and eccentric, but she doesn't actually start decaying until Firdaus has grown up and left home. On the other hand, Herbert, or Arif, is much snarkier.
The Bollywood version of Great Expectations is scheduled for release February 12. That's in India and Australia; I'm not sure when it will be available for U.S. audiences. At this link you can see the first teaser poster, with a shot of Katrina Kaif as the Estella character, and an image of Tabu as Begum, the Miss Havisham character. I must say, for a version of Miss Havisham, she's looking remarkably snazzy!
I've been alerted via Twitter that Anthony D. P. Mann's new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, starring Colin Baker,is now available on DVD and has also been picked up by PBS. Go here for all the details!
A Christmas Carol (1938), December 6 at 8:30 a.m., December 11 at 12 a.m., and December 24 at 9:15 a.m., TCM; December 25 at 9:36 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sundance
A Christmas Carol a.k.a. Scrooge (1951), December 9 at 5 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel; December 24 at 7, 9, and 11 p.m., and December 25 at 1 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m., FX Movie Channel
Scrooge (1970), December 11 at 10 p.m. and December 25 at 8:45 a.m., TCM
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983), December 9 at 6 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m., ABC Family
A Christmas Carol (1984), December 9 at 10 p.m., December 10 at 4:30 p.m., December 18 at 9:15 p.m., December 19 at 4:30 p.m., December 23 at 2:30 p.m., and December 25 at 1 a.m. AMC
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), December 24 at 9 p.m., WGN
A Christmas Carol (1999), December 13 at 2 p.m., This TV Network; December 18 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., TNT; December 24 at 10 p.m., This TV Network
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004), December 14 at 3 a.m. and December 19 at 7 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009), December 6 at 12:30 p.m., December 8 at 4 p.m., December 17 at 8:45 p.m., December 18 at 4:15 p.m., ABC Family; December 11 at 6 p.m., December 12 at 2:02 p.m., December 24 at 9 p.m., and December 25 at 5 p.m., Disney XD; December 19 at 12 a.m. and December 22 at 9:40 p.m., Disney Channel