Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Books, Books, Books, More and More Books Coming to the Big Screen


Thanks to friend and fellow blogger Louise at A Strong Belief in Wicker! Louise knows I'm obsessed with the book to movie process — what began as an interest has taken over my life — and sent me a link to a long list of books bound for the screen. I'm proud to say I knew most of them already, you'll find many of them on my Books to Read Before You See the Movie/2015 BUT I'm more than excited to learn about the following books en route to the movie screen. They're not all quite ready for prime time but keep your eyes on the coming attractions; if they don't make it to the movie theater this year, watch for them in 2016.

First up:

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: June 12th

Two awkward high schoolers, Greg and Earl, befriend a terminally ill girl, Rachel.

Olivia Cooke stars as Rachel, with Thomas Mann as Greg and RJ Cyler as Earl. Connie Britton and Nick Offerman play Greg's parents.





The Driftless Area: April 18th

Presumably this has opened already? Maybe in small theaters? I've not heard hide nor hair of it. 

A bartender, Pierre, played by Anton Yelchin, comes back to his hometown after his parents die, and finds himself in a dangerous situation involving a mysterious woman (Stella, played by Zooey Deschanel) and a violent criminal. 






The World Made Straight:  January 9th

Here's another one that must have come and gone. No one, no one talked about this at all. Have you seen this movie poster?


It might be because the movie based on Ron Rash's Serena bombed. You can find both of them on video.

A young man, Travis (Jeremy Irvine), gets wrapped up in the drug dealings of his town after stumbling upon a marijuana farm in 1970s North Carolina. Noah Wyle and Minka Kelly co-star.





Victor Frankenstein:  October 2

I should be more excited bout Frankenstein but hohum, just not.
Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.

Daniel Radcliffe stars as Igor, the hunchback assistant to Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy).






Into the Forest: TBD

This one hasn't been cemented in with a release date but it's been shot and is in post production so it's coming!

In the not too distant future, two young women, sisters, who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the brink of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood play the sisters, with Max Minghella co-starring.





A Book of Common Prayer: Stuck in development hell?

An American woman travels to Central America to reunite with her fugitive daughter. The country is on the brink of a violent revolution, and she is anything but prepared for what she sees.
Christina Hendricks has signed on to headline the film with Allison Janney also attached. Campbell Scott is set to direct. Apart from that the project is currently listed as being in development. I don't see how it could still happen this year, but it might. I'll certainly be on the look out for it because, Joan Didian, Christina Hendricks, Allison Janney? Oh yeah!






The Ninth Life of Louis Drax: TBD

This one is in post-production too, not sure what they're waiting for. A psychologist who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

This sci-fi thriller stars Aaron Paul as Peter with Jamie Dornan as Dr. Pascal. Sarah Gadon also stars.

So that's it, the latest books I'll add to the list of books to read BEFORE they hit the movie screen ... when I return from vacation. Which ones have you read and how excited are you that they're making their way—slowly, but surely—to the big screen?

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