It’s Survival Of The Most Useful When Protecting Species

Consensus is growing that we are steering towards a sixth mass extinction event. There are calls for increased efforts to stop the accelerating loss of plants and animals. But do we really need to protect all species from global extinction? » 1/13/15 6:40am 1/13/15 6:40am

Why Are Some Franchises So Content With Retelling The Same Story?

As you might have known, this week an officially licensed game set in the HBO version of the Game of Thrones universe was released. Naturally as a fan, I checked it out - and while I enjoyed it, I was jarred by how much it felt like it was just a retread of stories Game of Thrones had already told. » 12/06/14 1:04pm 12/06/14 1:04pm

Ancient Europeans were lactose intolerant for 5,000 years after switching over to agriculture. DNA extracted from skulls dating from 5,700 BC to 800 BC shows that Europeans carried the genes for lactose intolerance. But that didn't stop them from eating dairy products like milk and cheese for 4,000 years. The study… » 10/22/14 7:00pm 10/22/14 7:00pm

The Best times An On-Screen Adaptation Strayed From The Book

The disappointing changes made in the on-screen adaptations from some of our favorite books have been well catalogued. But what about the times when the on-screen adaptation diverted from its source material, for the best? » 10/22/14 4:20pm 10/22/14 4:20pm

Why Adaptations changing things up can be a good thing

Game of Thrones' book reading fans were given a bit of a shock yesterday when set pictures from the TV show's upcoming season revealed another huge change from the source material - but amid the concern, there was some hope. Sometimes, change can do us all some good when it comes to adapting our favourite works. » 10/22/14 3:04pm 10/22/14 3:04pm

What Is The Worst Change A Film Adaptation Has Ever Made?

Movie adaptations always require a few changes from their source material. Sometimes those changes can result in a totally new and wonderful experience—and sometimes they're just plain terrible. Which alteration is the very worst? » 8/07/14 2:00pm 8/07/14 2:00pm

What Book Series Would Work As A Television Adaptation But Not As A…

There are some books that we can't wait to see as movies, and then there are some that we really only want to see unspool across seasons on television. Which are the book series that you hope to see make it to the little screen, but not to the theater? » 4/10/14 4:20pm 4/10/14 4:20pm

Why Prey Animals Are Some of the Most Badass Creatures on the Planet

When it comes to evading hungry predators, prey animals have no shortage of tricks — things like like camouflage, prickly defenses — and a hell of a lot of speed. But they’ve also evolved some lesser known strategies as well. Here are some ingenious ways prey animals avoid becoming a delicious meal. » 10/18/13 11:02am 10/18/13 11:02am

How Hope Larson got to adapt Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time to…

We haven't heard anything lately about the Wrinkle in Time movie that was announced a year ago, but at least cartoonist Hope Larson (Mercury) is adapting it into a graphic novel in time for its 50th anniversary next year. » 4/07/11 8:30am 4/07/11 8:30am

Robert Rodriguez's Machete is slicing its way to comics

The "Mexploitation" action flick — which sprang from one of Grindhouse's fake trailers — will get both a prequel comic and an ongoing series from IDW starting in September. Awesome. The only problem: They picked the wrong Grindhouse character. » 6/17/10 1:00pm 6/17/10 1:00pm

The Secret History of the Giant Man is heading to the screen

Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is adapting Matt Kindt's somber, moving graphic novel 3 Story — about a man who can't stop growing, told by the three women in his life — for Warner Bros. » 6/02/10 8:30am 6/02/10 8:30am

The World War Z Movie: Still Not Dead

The author of this oral history of the zombie apocalypse, Max Brooks, confirms that the film adaptation is still very much alive — or very much undead. » 4/22/10 8:30am 4/22/10 8:30am

Were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Childhood Adventure Buddies?

James A. Owen's The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica posits a world in which the fantasy authors knew each other as young men and explored imaginary worlds. About time it's gonna be a movie. » 4/13/10 3:20pm 4/13/10 3:20pm

Scott Pilgrim's Hip Kids are Ready for Video Game Action

For months, director Edgar Wright has teased us with glimpses of his live-action Scott Pilgrim adaptation. Now we finally get a look at the core cast as flesh-and-blood characters, in color and ready to take on Ramona's evil exes. » 12/15/09 1:09pm 12/15/09 1:09pm

Want To Know How The Neuromancer Movie Ends? So Does William Gibson

It's been quite some time since we've heard any news about the Neuromancer, but director Joseph Kahn is apparently still working on it. He tweeted about it over the weekend — and William Gibson tweeted back. » 11/16/09 10:30am 11/16/09 10:30am

Douglas Adams to Return to TV, No Hitchhiking Involved

While Eoin Colfer tries to extend The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series past its expiration date, the BBC looks to adapt a different chapter of Douglas Adams' work. Coming to a television near you: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. » 10/15/09 8:20am 10/15/09 8:20am

The Harry Potter Funeral You Never Saw On Screen

Artist Adam Brockbank has posted a vast array of the concept illustrations he did for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ranging from the Weasleys' whimsical toys to the gruesome Inferi... along with a scene that didn't make the movie. » 10/08/09 10:00am 10/08/09 10:00am

Dave Eggers' "Where the Wild Things Are" Just Doesn't Have the Same…

The New Yorker has the first chapter of Dave Eggers' novelization of the Where the Wild Things Are screenplay. As if a novelization of an adaptation of a children's book wasn't odd enough, one edition will be covered in fur. [via Metafilter] » 9/03/09 4:30pm 9/03/09 4:30pm