Actor, writer and onetime Oscar host James Franco has been tapped to star in TV streaming service Hulu's adaptation of 11/22/63 by Stephen King. Franco will play Jake Epping, an unassuming high school teacher who travels back in time to kill Lee Harvey Oswald.
King has an executive producer credit for the adaptation, which was optioned by J.J. Abrams' production company and will air as a nine-part "limited series." This is the highest profile original program to date for Hulu, which has yet to have a breakout hit like Netflix's "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black." Though previous adaptations of King's work are definitely hit or miss, they're always high profile, and the hook of 11/22/63 is an attention-grabber. Will you watch it?
Though Jason Mott's second novel won't hit shelves until September 30, the film rights were snapped up earlier this month by Lionsgate. The Wonder of All Things (MIRA) tells the story of a young girl whose miraculous healing powers are discovered by the media after a horrible accident. (read more)
Though the novel isn't YA, its teenaged heroine makes the film likely to appeal to fans of recent book-to-film blockbusters like The Hunger Games or the upcoming The Giver, and Lionsgate also cites films with a supernatural twist, like The Green Mile.
Mott's first novel, The Returned, was adapted into a popular ABC-TV series.
Any ideas about who should be cast as 13-year-old Ava?
You heard it here first, folks: The film version of Tom Rob Smith's gripping thriller, Child 44, will be hitting theaters in October. We got the news from the author himself, at Grand Central's BEA party last week.
Set in Stalin's Russia, the book is a nail-biting, gasp inducing thriller of the first order about a civil servant, Leo Demidov, who is investigating a serial killer. Problem is, in Stalin's perfect society, serial killers aren't supposed to exist.
With novelist Richard Price writing the screenplay and actors like Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Gary Oldham (aka Sirius Black), this is one book-to-film adaptation that I have high hopes for. Smith told us that he visited the set in Prague (filming in Russia being sort of tricky these days) and met with the cast—turns out Gary Oldman had read not only the book in question, but the entire series.
What book-to-film adapatations are you looking forward to this fall?
The movie adaption of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit hits theaters December 14, and critics and fans are already raving about it. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of Peter Jackson's planned trilogy chronicling Bilbo Baggins' unexpected journey through Middle-earth to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
A prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey retains the films' larger-than-life atmosphere as, once again, the fate of Middle-earth rests in the hands of a hobbit. For J.R.R. Tolkien's loyal readers, it is another chance to see one of his epic adventures up on the big screen. While you wait for the big day, check out the movie tie-ins being published for children and adult readers alike.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide contains exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and principal cast and filmmakers, and is filled with behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the movie.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Visual Companion is richly illustrated with more than 100 color photos from the film and features two brand new fold-out maps that give readers a sneak peek of the film before its release.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Storybook recreates Tolkien's story with vivid pictures from the upcoming movie. This book is a great sneak peek at the upcoming film for younger audiences and will be a way for them to relive the action long after you leave the theater.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey—The World of Hobbits, with pictures from the film, serves as a sort of field guide to hobbits. Children will learn all they want to know about hobbits, from their appearance and appetite to their friends and foes.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Activity Book features facts, pictures and activities from the film. This activity book will keep children entertained and learning about one of their favorite subjects: the Hobbit!
Also, check out a new edition of The Hobbit with a movie tie-in cover (Mariner Books) along with a boxed set of all three of The Lord of the Rings books plus The Hobbit (Del Rey).
To further illustrate why we are so excited for The Hobbit in theaters, check out the movie trailer:
Will you watch The Hobbit in theaters? For Tolkien readers, are you excited about the adaption?
Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon will lead an all-star cast in the film adaptation of David Mitchell's 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas. This era-spanning book, a novel told in six voices that our reviewer described as "complex literary origami" would be as daunting a task for filmmakers as it must have been for the writer. But the producers taking this one on are none other than the Wachowski siblings, who became famous with the Matrix trilogy. If anyone can cover mind-bending time-travel, historical and future settings, and possible reincarnation in one movie, they're the ones to do it. The Wachowskis will be working in tandem with Tom Twyker (Perfume, Run Lola Run, etc), who, rumor has it, will be filming the historical scenes with a separate crew.
Before my showing of Midnight in Paris last week, they screened the trailer for the adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings' The Descendants (read our review of the book here), which was filmed last year in Hawaii.
It looks about as faithful to the book as a movie can be, and the lush Hawaiian scenery alone might be worth a visit to the theater. The film will be released on November 23—will you see it?
Everyone's favorite rugged sleuth now has a face: Tom Cruise will play Jack Reacher in a film based on Lee Child's One Shot. From the actor's official website: "[We are] excited to confirm that Tom Cruise will play the rugged Jack Reacher in the movie ‘One Shot,’ adapted from the 2005 Lee Child novel."
Not everyone is so excited. Most are citing Cruise's short stature and everyman persona as traits that make him exactly wrong to play Reacher. "[I]f you’re casting Jack Reacher, a French/American ex-military cop who stands 6’5? and often breezes into any given burg looking like a giant disheveled blond bum, then Tom Cruise is the opposite of the man you should be looking for," states slashfilm in a post that doesn't mince words.
EW's Popwatch is more enthusiastic. "Reacher is like a grittier, real-world version of Ethan Hunt from the Mission: Impossible series — he drifts from town to town with no luggage, pitching in to help crime victims, and using his military training and resourcefulness to get out of jams." Lee Child also approves. "Reacher's size in the books is a metaphor for an unstoppable force, which Cruise portrays in his own way," the author told Deadline.
Cruise was pretty good in the MI movies, so maybe he's got a shot here. The film starts shooting September 27 in Philadelphia—which, coincidentally, is the day the 16th Reacher novel, The Affair, will be published by Delacorte.
Just one question remains: where does Cruise as Reacher lie on the scale of book-to-film casting nightmares?* Weigh in in the comments!
We just heard that his 1978 novel, The Stand, will be adapted for the big screen in a joint production by CBS and Warner Bros. Apparently the book-to-film treatment has been a long time coming, though the last drive ended with a punt to a 1994 TV miniseries starring Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald that got mixed reviews.
No word yet on who will write the script, or who will star in the iconic roles of Stu Redman, Frannie Goldsmith or Randall Flagg. Though The Stand is certainly cinematic, I'm not sure that a two—or even three—hour film can cover this 1,000-page (in the 1990 uncut version, anyway) behemoth, which features dozens of characters and epic, converging storylines.That said, I'll probably see it anyway. What do you think?
In case you missed it yesterday–a second trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I has been released. The movies just keep getting better; does this new glimpse have you looking forward to November 19?
Last weekend I saw Winter's Bone, a film based on a 2006 novel by Daniel Woodrell. An almost mythic story, excellent performances and a setting—the Missouri Ozarks—seldom seen on the silver screen combined to make this one of the best movies I've watched this year. Independent filmmakers agree; the movie won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
The success of Winter's Bone has inspired interest in Woodrell's backlist. Little Brown's Mullholland Books imprint will publish a collection of three of Woodrell's other novels as The Bayou Trilogy in Spring 2011. Two of his other novels, Tomato Red and The Death of Sweet Mister, are being reprinted by Busted Flush Press.
Have you ever found an author through a movie adaptation of their work?