‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ Gets a Reheat with a Film Adaptation
Like the puzzling “adaptation” of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ long-running inspirational book series ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ will now also become a film (and possible TV series), for all the moms out there who are looking for a new, unoffensive and wholesome movie to cry at.
According to Variety, ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul,’ the series of inspirational books created in 1993 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, has just been plucked from the dusty bargain bin of your local used bookstore and given the cinematic kiss of life from Alcon Entertainment, the folks behind ‘The Blind Side.’ Brandon Camp, writer of ‘Love Happens,’ will script the film adaptation, while Alcon also looks to possibly transform the books into a television series.
The ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series — which includes titles like ‘Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul,’ ‘Adopted Soul,’ ‘Jewish Soul,’ and ‘Scrapbooker’s Soul’ — is 20 years old this year, and has sold over 100 million copies of over 250 titles (and has its own line of comfort foods, obviously), making it a veritable treasure trove of spin-offs and providing neverending story possibilities.
The books are presented as a collection of inspiring true stories, submitted from readers in the hopes that other readers will find “nourishment” from their tales. Presumably — and contrary to its obvious nature — the title is referencing the taste of your tears as you read about your fellow man (or woman)’s struggles and triumphs. How does it taste? Salty, just like chicken soup — but, you know, for the soul.