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Elijah Wood Cast Away to Treasure Island

Elijah Wood is diving into literary adaptation once again. It was reported today that the award-winning young actor has signed on for Sky 1's production of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island. Also connected to the production: Eddie Izzard, Philip Glenister, and Rupert Perry-Jones.

With the earlier news that Wood will be reprising his role of Frodo in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," it sounds like the Iowa-born actor is going to be spending a lot of time running around with bare feet, as his "Treasure Island" role is that of Ben Gunn, a pirate marooned on the island. And come to think of it, footwear was optional in a couple of scenes in the Galt Niederhoffer-written "The Romantics." This all begs the question: Does Elijah have a love for lit-inspired film? Or is it simply an aversion to footwear? Let's take a look at some of his other adaptation work before making the call.

"The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993)
Wood had the title role in this adaptation of the Mark Twain classic directed by Stephen Sommers.

"North" (1994)
Rob Reiner directed this comedy, based on the novel by Alan Zweibel, about a young boy who sets out for a replacement pair of parents.

"The Ice Storm" (1997)
Dysfunction is at its best in this adaptation of the Rick Moody novel.

"The Bumblebee Flies Anyway" (1999)
Robert Cormier wrote the book and Martin Duffy directed this movie, both about a young boy without a memory.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)
The first film in Peter Jackson's trilogy blew fans of the J. R. R. Tolkien trilogy away -- and introduced the story to legions more.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002)
Wood continued his journey as Frodo Baggins in the Jackson adaptation of The Two Towers.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003)
Wood returns for the Academy Award-winning conclusion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

"Sin City" (2005)
Frank Miller, author of the Sin City graphic novels, directed this visually stunning adaptation, with a little help from Quentin Tarantino.

"Everything Is Illuminated" (2005)
Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel made it to the big screen with Wood starring and Liev Schreiber directing -- not too shabby.

"The Romantics" (2010)
Touted as "The Big Chill" for a new generation, "The Romantics," based on the novel by Galt Niederhoffer, zeroed in on the dramatic reunion of seven close friends.

Above image of Elijah Wood: Juan Nosé/CC/Flickr


  • http://tomblunt.com Tom

    I still wonder whether his role in Sin City was a sick joke aimed at me, specifically. Hellish!

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