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Sunday Snippets: News in the Movies Based on Book World

In Los Angeles, I've just started seeing commercials again for Sarah's Key, the film starring Kristin Scott Thomas based on Tatiana de Rosnay's moving and important and important book about the V'el D'Hiv. The film, which was never in wide release, isn't playing anywhere but will be out on dvd in November. And it looks like the studio is making an Oscar pitch. If you didn't read this disturbing story - a fictionalized telling of the actual - and shocking - round up of the Jews in Paris during World War II - get a copy now, before you rent the film. De Rosnay does a beautiful job giving us a story both suspenseful and heartbreaking. Then see the film in which Kristin Scott Thomas doesn't disappoint as Julia. The young French actress Melusine Mayance is Sarah.

Maybe the guy on the left
should play Jack Reacher?

Fans of Lee Child's Reacher novels are a tad upset that Tom Cruise is playing Jack Reacher in One Shot,  due out in 2013. In the books, Reacher is a hulking 6'5" and Tom, well, Tom is much more diminuative at 5 foot 7!  In this month's Empire magazine, Child himself addresses the issue. You can read what he had to say here. OR go right to the source and see what Lee has to say on his own site's forum. He's quite surprised there's so much controversy about it and compares the situation to the casting of James Bond. As you may know, Ian Fleming HATED Sean Connery and wanted the much more genteel James Mason as his 007. Child notes how that casting worked out. Join the conversation at Lee Child's forum

I empathize, by the way; I'm just as miffed that Tom Hanks is playing Thomas Schell in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!

Over at TG, a disgruntled CB Droege has a thing or two to say about Syfy Films upcoming adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Anthology, Wild Cards. You can read what CB has to say here. The problem Droege says, is that while it's understandable to want anything that the Game of Thrones writer has done, the stories in Wild Cards are over twenty years old and thus dated in terms of the science and tekkie features.

Producer, Brian Grazer tells the Playlist that Dark Tower still has a solid chance of being made after a rewrite for the initial pricey ending. “We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending,” Grazer said. “In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn’t quite as satisfying. Now, we’ve got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It’s gonna get made.” Javier Bardem is reportedly still on board to star.
Dark Tower is still listed on, the release date is followed by a series of question marks?????????? which is pretty hilarious but you might find the Dark Tower message boards interesting!

Update: Oh my! So many changes. Idris Elba starred in The Dark Tower when it was released this summer of 2017 costarring Matthew McConaughey. The film ended up coming in at about $60 million and grossed about $50 million so not a huge hit.