Despite the first adaptation of the novel being anything but well received overall, FOX has decided to press forward on development of a TV series adaptation of Alex Garland's 1996 novel The Beach.
The Beach was of course famously adapted into a Danny Boyle directed theatrical film in 2000, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Robert Carlyle, and Tilda Swinton. The movie was produced on an estimated budget of 50 million dollars, and was actually somewhat of a hit worldwide, where it grossed over 100 million. The problem is that FOX is an American network, and its show primarily target an American audience. The Beach grossed a paltry 40 million in the US, and with marketing costs, a film needs to roughly double its budget to be profitable. If not for the foreign box office saving it, the movie would have been a financial bomb.
The film's box-office underperformance was nothing compared to the absolute critical ravaging it took. The film currently sits at a staggeringly low 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, with this consensus - "Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though." And that was really the only positive that critics afforded the film, that the photography was done well.
Anyway, I digress, maybe domestic audiences will react more positively to a new interpretation of the admittedly well reviewed novel, but it's certainly a risk by FOX in my view. The pilot will be written by Andrew Miller, who wrote the original script for the CW's "The Secret Circle", and served as co-showrunner alongside Kevin Williamson until the show was axed. Miller describes the plot as such - "It’s about a group of young people feeling disconnected and disenchanted from society who try to start over in paradise but discover that while creating the perfect world is hard, protecting it is even harder." It appears that the series will stick pretty closely to the novel, here's hoping producers do a better job of adapting it this time than they did back in 2000.
Are you up for another trip to The Beach? Or should Garland's utopian island remain a secret?