Sir Ian McKellen has tackled a number of memorable roles, including fan-favorite characters such as Magneto in the X-Men films and Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings saga. Now, The Hollywood Reporter writes that the acclaimed actor is set to reprise his role as the wise and powerful Gandalf for a one-man show titled Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You.
Ian McKellen will perform the exclusive show at London’s Park Theatre over nine nights, where he will recount his career and experiences working with a number of actors and directors.
Ian McKellen explained that his stage production is intended to raise money for charity.
“I’m performing at Park Theatre to help raise funds for the charity. In a short time the theater has established itself on both the theatrical and local maps. But with no public subsidy for core costs they need to bring in donations of around £250,000 ($311,000) every year just to keep the doors open.”
In addition to the Lord of the Rings films, Ian McKellen also returned to play Gandalf in the Hobbit prequel trilogy opposite Martin Freeman.
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Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You will run this summer from July 3 to 9.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Book-To-Film Adaptations That Succeeded (And 15 That…
As tomorrow’s big Netflix release, the second go-around at adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events, proves, adaptations of beloved source material are not easy to make.
Books and film, like all arts, have a special relationship. The turn of the century saw a massive increase in adaptations of epic fantasy and science-fiction, particularly for the coveted youth market, thanks mostly to two big franchises – Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Both legitimized fantasy as big-budget spectacle and prestige entertainment, when done with care. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and the years since are littered with attempts at replicating the magic of those films, including the original Unfortunate Events movie, which is first up on our list (as an ambitious-but-flawed failure).
Now, in the age of Peak TV, adapting these massive sagas are possible on television too. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones both kicked open doors to imitators in the same ways Potter and Rings did, in terms of scope and budget. Shows like MTV’s Shannara and Hulu’s upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, both based on famous books, draw directly from this trend. It’s also given second life to properties that didn’t work as features, such as Unfortunate Events.
For this article, I focused on the biggest in YA and children’s literature, in honor of Unfortunate Events return to screens (I’ll be recapping a “book” aka two episodes a day starting tomorrow morning!), while focusing on the criteria to rank them by. When it comes to judging these stories – some classics, some decidedly not – I kept in mind whether the films a) received a sequel b) made money at the box-office and c) were critically acclaimed.
- Honorary success mentions: Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Stardust, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
- Honorary failure mentions: Bridge to Terabithia, Charlotte’s Web, The Host
Click Next to scroll through all the failures and successes.