is a 2007 fantasy film loosely based on the novel The Dark Is Rising
by Susan Cooper
. It was released as The Dark is Rising
in the UK, and in some other markets as The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
This film provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: The Black Rider (played by Christopher Eccleston) pretends to be the village doctor.
- Captain Ersatz: The Stantons are now the Weasleys. Prankster twins, Aloof Big Brother, traitorous big brother, annoying sister... Check check check check!
- Cultural Translation: The film doesn't go the whole hog and transfer the story to America (where it wouldn't have worked), but Will and his family do become Americans.
- Deus ex Machina: The skeleton. Granted, he was an Old One, but aren't they immortal, anyway?
- Hormone-Addled Teenager: What's one of the first things Will wants to do with his powers? Get a girl. His brother's girlfriend, no less. In the books, he was a Chaste Hero with no thoughts about dating whatsoever; he didn't even notice that Jane was pretty until Bran mentioned it, and it was still inconsequential.
- In Name Only: And in the US, not even the name is the same. According to the screenwriter, he considered the source material a "slog", and didn't even finish reading it in the first place.
- Market-Based Title: The film was entirely retitled to plain The Seeker in the USA, arguably fittingly in light of its large divergence from the source material. In the UK, where the books are perhaps best known, the title remained The Dark Is Rising. Canada got the compound of the two. Other markets got more 'descriptive' titles, e.g. Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries used ones that translate to The Six Signs of the Light.