Monday, January 23, 2012

Rainy Days and Mondays and a new movie based on a book coming

Ugh! Monday and it's raining like crazy here in sunny California. That's a double header of pure gloom. A great day to curl up with a book or catch a movie (especially one based on a book) but I'm tied up with work. I am however, looking forward to seeing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close tonight. I am going with my unofficial movie club - a bunch of great women friends who will be completely sympatico if the sobs get too loud!
If you're a Harlan Coben fan then you have things to look forward too. His new book, Stay Close, comes out on March 20th and Deadline reports that Lawrence Kasdan and Coben are teaming up on a script adaptation which Kasdan would direct. Usually a studio acquires a script then hires the screenwriter and director but they're doing it a little differently since so far only one of Coben's best selling novels has actually made it to the screen!  That was Tell No One back in 2006 which was made in France, presumably in French. Ben Affleck has reportedly been attached to direct an English remake for a 2014 release date but so far there's been no action there.
 Here's what Lawrence Kasdan, a master best known for Body Heat and The Big Chill says about it:
“Harlan and I met at a conference organized by Jeff Bezos, and we just hit it off,” Kasdan said. “I’d read a couple of his books, and after asking him why they hadn’t been made into his movies, he told me his tale of woe, of having everything optioned and developed to death. We agreed to look through his stuff, and he said, I just finished a book today, do you want to read it? I think it’s the most adaptable of his books, with a tight plot and strong characters. We’ll have the script ready by March, and at that point we’ll see who salutes. When you boil Harlan’s fiction to its core, it’s intensity, momentum and tension and this will be a medium budget sexy and violent film.”

Take a look at Tell No One. Looks pretty sexy to me. Also frightening...


Reading the description of Stay Close on Barnes and Noble sounds like it could be just as exciting!

Megan is a suburban soccer mom who once upon a time walked on the wild side. Now she's got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at age forty he finds himself in a dead- end job posing as a paparazzo pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Jack is a detective who can't let go of a cold case-a local husband and father disappeared seventeen years ago, and Jack spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man's family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up any moment to step into them.
Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past doesn't recede. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American Dream- the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest facades- they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

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