Now publisher Little Brown has announced that Angelina Jolie will play the part of Cleopatra in an upcoming film adaptation (produced by Scott Rudin).
This is the second literary adaptation this year for Jolie, who will also play Patricia Cornwell's M.E. Kay Scarpetta in an upcoming feature film. What do you think of the casting choice?
Novelist and filmmaker Peter Hedges will adapt his latest novel, The Heights, for the big screen—and serve as producer and director. This is the first time Hedges has adapted his own work for film since What's Eating Gilbert Grape? was released in 1993, though he has written original screenplays and was nominated for an Academy Award for his adaptation of Nick Hornby's About a Boy.
As prescient BookPage contributor Stephenie Harrison says in her review, "Given past precedence, it wouldn’t be surprising if The Heights one day graces a theater near you, but this is definitely one book you’ll want to read before seeing the movie."
No casting decisions have yet been made, of course—any readers care to weigh in?
Arthur Phillips, author of Prague, The Egyptologist and Angelica, had another hit last year with his fourth novel, The Song Is You (read our review here). Out in paperback today, the book was one of our April picks for reading groups—and now it's also on track to be a major motion picture.
According to Deadline New York, Bill Condon and Larry Mark—who worked together on Dreamgirls—have optioned the novel and envision it as a musical. "The chance to tell a story through song is the thing that really turns me on," Condon explains. “The book is a story told through music, but there’s a whole other dimension we can bring through film."
Keep an eye out for more news on this exciting adaptation.