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 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 Return of the King” (2003)
Wood returns for the Academy Award-winning conclusion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
“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