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17th times the charm when adapting Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, this time with Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter

Aug. 3, 2012by: Alex Maidy

How many times can you adapt a classic piece of literature before it is considered overkill? I would have to say three, but apparently Mike Newell did not get the memo. His new film is the seventeenth filmed version of Charles Dickens' GREAT EXPECTATIONS (that includes TV miniseries). Why should we give this one a chance? Because Newell enlisted some names from the Harry Potter universe.

Newell directed HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE which introduced Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort. Add to that POTTER alums Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, as well as Jason Flemyng, Holliday Grainger, Ewen Bremner, Jeremy Irvine, and Sally Hawkins and you have quite the cast.

It is hard to tell from these photos whether the film is taking a queue from the upcoming Joe Wright film ANNA KARENINA where he tries something completely unique or if this will just be a standard period piece. In that first photo above, Fiennes almost looks like a double for Hugh Jackman in LES MISERABLES.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS has no domestic release date yet, but opens in England and Ireland November 30, 2012.

Source: Digital Spy

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2:56AM on 08/05/2012

great material and great cast

but Goblet of Fire was absolutely horrible. Just a dull bore through and through and by far the worst of the Potter series (a series which I enjoy overall). Hmm...
but Goblet of Fire was absolutely horrible. Just a dull bore through and through and by far the worst of the Potter series (a series which I enjoy overall). Hmm...
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2:59PM on 08/04/2012
The Paltrow/Hawke movie was great stuff! The guy who plays Pip here doesn't look too interesting though. Guess we'll see.
The Paltrow/Hawke movie was great stuff! The guy who plays Pip here doesn't look too interesting though. Guess we'll see.
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9:16AM on 08/04/2012

17 Adaptations?

it seems like there is an actual film adaptation every 10 years, for a tale that no ones read (sad reality in our culture), thats not bad. And these movies stay pretty low key. They may be popular in the UK but as an american film nerd i can say i havent even heard of these movies. I've never seen one nor have they come up in discussion. This new movie is also pretty low key, i think i heard them planning this a while back but this is the first peice of hard evidence its coming that i've seen,
it seems like there is an actual film adaptation every 10 years, for a tale that no ones read (sad reality in our culture), thats not bad. And these movies stay pretty low key. They may be popular in the UK but as an american film nerd i can say i havent even heard of these movies. I've never seen one nor have they come up in discussion. This new movie is also pretty low key, i think i heard them planning this a while back but this is the first peice of hard evidence its coming that i've seen, and only a few months away.

That said, the cast looks great and its about time i saw one of these movies, so i'll probably watch it on DVD in due time.

Also, how many "Christmas Carol" adaptations do you think there have been? Robin Hood? Snow White? Beau Geste was remade so many times the last major one was called "The Last Remake of Beau Geste" (good movie)
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