From Film to Word: 'The Wire' Reimagined as a Dickensian Classic

"The Wire"/Photo: Paul Schiraldi/HBO

Well that was fast ... Just yesterday we reported on the troubles 'Tower Heist' director Brett Ratner was having with keeping his tongue in check. Almost immediately afterward, Ratner resigned from his Oscars-producing duties and fled straight into the arms of GLAAD for emergency reprogramming. At least his apology seemed heartfelt: "So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter."

Speaking of directors run amok, Sylvester Stallone has unleashed chaos upon the world ... in pen form! Why has the Italian company Montagrappa hired the "Rambo" star and "Rocky Balboa" director to design and model this gnarly, skull- encrusted writing implement? Perhaps it's just to keep his hands busy as a new director takes over the "Expendables" franchise.

Chaos still reigns in Gotham City as well -- in Joker form. Thanks to Heath Ledger the beloved villain has a whole new generation of devotees, but are they old enough to appreciate the evolution of the Joker?

We write a lot about adaptations from page to screen, but how about screen to page? These folks have reimagined the TV show "The Wire" as a nineteenth-century Dickensian serial novel (a la The Pickwick Papers) penned by a fictional author named Horatio Bucklesby Ogden. So far I believe they're just kidding, but maybe not for long -- this sort of thing can be book-deal heaven.