Although "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" didn't set the box office on fire with its unique blend of action and romance, another comic inspired film with a more traditional romance story may have better luck.
Sony Classics has released the trailer for Stephen Frears' live-action adaptation of Posy Simmond's "Tamara Drewe." Frears' involvement with the project was announced almost a year ago. Prior to signing on to the film, Frears had established a strong reputation based on his previous movies including "The Grifters," "Hero," "Dangerous Liaisons," "High Fidelity" and "The Queen."
"Tamara Drewe" stars Gemma Arterton as a young journalist who returns to her home town in the English countryside and reinvents herself as a femme fatale. Arterton is perhaps best known for her role as Strawberry Fields in the most recent James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace." Earlier this year, she also starred in the "Clash of the Titans" remake, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" and "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."
Roger Allam, Bill Camp, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans, Tamsin Greig and Jessica Barden also star in the film. And although the trailer doesn't specifically mention that the film was based on a comic strip, the comic book style fonts throughout seem to hint at its origins.
Simmonds' "Tamara Drewe" was originally serialized in "The Guardian" back in 2005 before it was collected into a single edition in 2007. The story was loosely based on Thomas Hardy's novel, "Far From The Madding Crowd;" which was published back in the nineteenth century.
In addition to "Tamara Drewe," Simmonds has released several children’s books and graphic novels, including "Gemma Bovery," "Pick of Posy," "Literary Life," "The Chocolate Wedding" and "Mr. Frost."
"Tamara Drewe" will storm into U.S. theaters on October 8.
What are your impressions of the "Tamara Drewe" trailer? Is this the ideal comic book date movie? And can stories like "Tamara Drewe" help bring more female readers to comics? Let us know what you're thinking in the comment section or on Twitter!