Fans of literature and cinema alike have reason to be excited as the highly anticipated Poor Things adaptation, starring the talented Emma Stone, is set to grace the silver screen. Viewers will have the opportunity to witness the narrative come alive through the mesmerizing performance of Emma Stone with its unforgettable characters and thought-provoking themes.
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This page was updated: 12/30/23
About The Book:
A postmodern revision of Frankenstein that replaces the traditional monster with Bella Baxter – a beautiful young erotomaniac brought back to life with the brain of an infant. Godwin Baxter’s scientific ambition to create the perfect companion is realized when he finds the drowned body of Bella, but his dream is thwarted by Dr. Archibald McCandless’s jealous love for Baxter’s creation.
The hilarious tale of love and scandal that ensues would be “the whole story” in the hands of a lesser author (which in fact it is, for this account is actually written by Dr. McCandless). For Gray, though, this is only half the story, after which Bella (a.k.a. Victoria McCandless) has her own say in the matter. Satirizing the classic Victorian novel, Poor Things is a hilarious political allegory and a thought-provoking duel between the desires of men and the independence of women, from one of Scotland’s most accomplished author.
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Current Production Status:
Releasing in theaters in December 2023.
Poor Things Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in 1992.
In 2009 Yorgos Lanthimos went to Scotland to meet with author Alasdair Gray to discuss acquiring the rights in order to make an adaptation.
Lanthimos didn’t start working on the movie until 2018, when he was finishing The Favourite and looking for his next project.
After some delays due to the COVID pandemnic, it was officially announced in February 2021 that the Poor Things adaptation was being made with Emma Stone set to star and produce. (Stone and Lanthimos had previously worked together on The Favourite.)
The rest of cast started to fill out in May with Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, and Ramy Youssef all joining the film.
Filming then started in August 2021 and wrapped in December.
In July 2023 the first trailer was released along with the news and the planned September release was being pushed back due to the SAG-Aftra strike.
The film still made it’s world premier at the Venice International Film Festival on September 1st, 2023.
It’s scheduled for a limited theatrical release beginning December 8th.
Where Can I Watch The Series/Movie?
The film will first have an exclusive theatrical release.
The show currently has a 92% tomatometer and 93% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 8.5/10 on IMDb.
Who Owns The Rights:
Director Yorgos Lanthimos acquired the rights himself, and the partnered with Film4, Element Pictures, and TSG Entertainment for producing and financing the film.
Searchlight Pictures is handling distribution and marketing.
Who Is Attached:
Emma Stone is set to star with Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef and Vicki Pepperdine all in supporting roles.
Filming for the movie took place in Budapest, Hungary at Origo Studios.
The movie is scheduled for limited theatrical release December 8th, 2023 and then expanding in the following months.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book and adaptation is featured in the 2023 Books To Screen Adaptations Masterlist!
Other Adaptations From This Author:
This is currently the only book from Alisdair Gray to be adapted.
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