Oct 4 2013 4:45pm

Adaptation of Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday is Coming to a Theater Screen Near You!

The True Meaning of Smekday, Adam Rex, coverDreamworks is adapting Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday! The animated film has been titled Home, and will feature voice talents from Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, and Jim Parsons. Here is the story, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

The movie tells of a friendly alien race that invades Earth and begins to efficiently reorganize the planet. But one resourceful girl (Rihanna) manages to escape and finds herself teamed up with a banished alien named Oh (Parsons). The two fugitives find themselves on a postapocalyptic road trip with intergalactic stakes.

Sounds a bit different from the book, but who knows? We’re always excited for Steve Martin, and Rihanna may have won us over a bit with her performance in Battleship (even if the movie didn’t). The film is set to come out in November of 2014—who’s gonna be there?

Brian Mac
1. Brian Mac
If the movie is set in Philadelphia, as the book cover seems to indicate, then I'd be all over it. I rather doubt that, though.
Brian Mac
2. Dejadrew
I'm hesitant. I love the book, love love LOVE it... but I was made deeply suspicious of the movie by an early article that described the plot as if it were all about the ALIEN character, as if he was the protagonist.

The heroine, narrator, P.O.V character in the book is a biracial girl, half black and half white Italian-American. And the book is one of the smartest, funniest kids books about colonialism and racial oppression I've ever read, using the aliens-as-colonial-invaders-metaphor well but never once sweeping under the rug or ignoring that this is still very much a real thing in the real world that still really happens.

If the article I read was right in implying that the alien was the protagonist... if the filmmakers decided that an EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL would be easier for the audience to sympathize with than a BLACK GIRL... then they have missed the point so hard that they are now currently in a different continent.

I'm hoping that the very early article was misleading, that it was the writers and editors of the magazine who were racist sexist jerks and not the filmmakers, and they just mistakenly assumed that of COURSE the character played by Jim Parsons is the hero and not the character played by Rihanna. But I am nervous. And I will be reading very carefully between the lines of the reviews when it comes out.
3. Maac
I would like to take a moment to exhult and sing and dance that "Smekday" is on EBOOK! Nook and Kindle!

This is personal. It took them a LONG while. Being in a period of heavy travel prevented me from buying the physical book itself for a good three years, and I've been dying to read it. DYING.

Pleased but trepidatious about the film. Dreamworks is responsible for my favorite animated film of all time (How to Train Your Dragon) as well as a couple others almost as dear to my heart, but they can be hit or miss.

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