Has director David Fincher found his Nick and Amy? The Hollywood Reporter says yes. British actress Rosamund Pike, most recently seen in Jack Reacher, will play Amy, while American actor and director Ben Affleck will take on the role of Nick.
Reese Witherspoon purchased the screenplay rights and it was originally assumed that she would take on the starring role, but it now seems that she'll remain a producer only.
In our interview with Flynn about the success of Gone Girl, she discussed the challenges involved in reworking such an internal novel into a screenplay.
“I’m trying to find a way to externalize that dialogue,” Flynn says. “I think of Trainspotting, Fight Club and Election—I can’t imagine those without voiceover.”
What do you think of this casting readers? Any ideas about who should play Go and Andie?
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?
Life of Pi by Yann Martel has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. No doubt the Booker Prize-winning novel about a boy named Pi stranded on a lifeboat—with a Bengal tiger!—has moved countless readers. (President Obama famously called the novel "an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling.")
On November 21, you can see Ang Lee's film adaptation of the novel—in 3D. Today, 20th Century Fox debuted the trailer:
What do you think? I have to say that I am so excited. Though it was thrilling to imagine a 16-year-old boy stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean—alone with a 450-pound tiger—it is quite something to see the scenario in color, on the screen. This looks like a book adaptation that may actually leave viewers breathless.
Since being nominated for an Academy Award at the age of 20, Jennifer Lawrence hasn't lacked for work offers. She landed the Hunger Games trilogy and the role of Mystique in the latest X-Men installment; now she's hard at work on Serena, based on Ron Rash's 2008 novel of the same name. (read our review) Though the film shares the same Appalachian setting as The Hunger Games, production has started in Prague, where the below shot of Lawrence and her co-star Bradley Cooper, were taken.
Cooper plays Serena's husband, George Pemberton, a wealthy lumber baron. The two return to their rural North Carolina town as newlyweds, but he soon realizes his beautiful bride has a ruthless side. As our reviewer put it, "the Pembertons do not shy away from violence. Instead, they embrace it and use it to their advantage at every turn."
Should be interesting to see Lawrence play the bad girl instead of the hero. Are you looking forward to seeing Serena on the big screen?
The 84th Annual Academy Awards are on Sunday, and since six out of nine of the Best Picture nominees are based on books . . . I thought we'd do a little book-to-film celebrating!
Keep scrolling for trailers of all nine Best Picture nominees, along with corresponding book tie-in information (when applicable). Which movie are you pulling for? What movie-based-on-a-book got snubbed? (Ahem, We Need to Talk About Kevin.)
Baesd on The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Based on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
THE TREE OF LIFE
Based on War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
I was delighted to see an article in this weekend's NYT Sunday Book Review titled "‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Its Sci-Fi Heroine," about Meg Murray, the wonderful girl who has made such a large impact on so many readers. Beyond an analysis of Meg's character, there are some interesting facts in the article regarding women and science fiction. For example:
Thirty-two percent of adult male book buyers are science-fiction fans compared with only 12 percent of women. When Joanna Russ, one of the few successful female science-fiction writers, died last year, her obituary in The New York Times referred to her as a writer who helped “deliver science fiction into the hands of the most alien creatures the genre had yet seen — women.”
Another reason this article made me a little bit giddy was that it mentioned a forthcoming biography of Madeleine L'Engle by children's literature historian Leonard Marcus. You can go ahead and add that to my personal most-anticipated books of 2012 list!
The Academy Award nominations were announced this week, and you'd have to be living under a rock to miss the fact that many of the movies were based on books. Or, as this blog post from The Guardian puts it: "Oscars' big winners will be books: Literary adaptations look set to sweep the board in Hollywood this year." We'll post more about the year's biggest books-to-film closer to the Academy Awards, but for now tell us: Which was your favorite adaptation?
The final major news item of the week was that the Youth Media Awards were announced, including winners and honorees for the Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Awards. (We interviewed two of the authors here.) Popular children's lit blogger (and librarian) Betsy Bird posted a wonderful "post-game recap" of the awards announcement on her blog, A Fuse #8 Production. One excellent point she makes is that the Newbery win for Jack Gantos was somewhat surprising because it's such a funny book, when previous winners have been much more on the earnest side of things. Read more about Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt on BookPage.com, and continue reading Bird's post here.
Happy Friday, readers! What are you reading this weekend? Do you have any links to share?
We told you this morning that Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts is #10 on our Best Books of 2011 list, but now I have another exciting tidbit to share. The Hollywood Reporter has, well, reported that Universal has optioned the rights to Larson's riveting nonfiction book about the first year of Nazi rule, with Tom Hanks to produce (and possibly star).
BookPage interviewed Larson for our May issue. Here's a sampling from the conversation, about the author's research for the book:
“When you get immersed in this era there’s something so repulsive about it that it can really drag you down,” Larson explains. “No one really studies the very first year of Hitler’s rule. This is about the first dark warnings on the horizon.
“What I found was that when you’re writing a book like this, in territory that has been pretty heavily mined in other ways, you have to read the basics. And there are a lot of basics to read. You just have to read and read and read. That’s what starts to infect you,” he says. “It’s the accumulation of these little bits and pieces of horror. It began to drag me down. And you feel this immense frustration: Why didn’t anybody do anything?”
Though Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck and Isaac’s Storm, has never had a book be turned into a movie—faithful blog readers will know that The Devil in the White City is under development with Leonardo DiCaprio set to star.
By the way, though I'm sure many authors dream of having their books turned into blockbusters and finding themselves on "best of the year" lists, Larson has another distinction. On a downtown walk over the weekend, I stopped by the Legislative Plaza (home of the Southern Festival of Books) to see what was going on with Occupy Nashville. The "People's Library" was stocked with a good number of volumes, mostly old paperbacks. However, I spied one protester deeply engrossed in a hardcover: a copy of In the Garden of Beasts.
What 2011 books would you like to see made into movies?
Literary Review revealed their shortlist for the 2011 Bad Sex in Literature award on Tuesday, and the 12 nominees include 1Q84, 11/22/63 and The Land of Painted Caves. The winner will be announced on December 6. In the meantime, check out the rest of the list as well as some really bad examples via Huffington Post, such as this one from Stephen King:
She was wearing jeans. The fabric whispered under my palm. She leaned back and her head bonked on the door. "Ouch!" I said. "Are you all right?"
Doubleday's Thanksgiving Twitter challenge, Literary Turducken, had some great results that are worthy of a chuckle. The original post said: “The Literary Turducken combines not one, not two, but three classic works into one, in the spirit of the turkey+duck+chicken creole classic.”
2012 will be a big year for Charles Dickens, what with it being his 200th anniversary. Amidst all the celebration will be a bit of a change, however . . . specifically to Great Expectations. A new film adaptation of the classic work comes out in 2012, directed by Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes. This article over at The Telegraph has Newell comparing it to Hannibal Lector and calling it a "thriller." It will also have a new ending.
My opinion: I'm into it. You?
Just in case any readers missed the big reveal on Good Morning America today, here is the official Hunger Games trailer!
Ever since I read The Hunger Games and heard it was being turned into a movie, I've thought that it's one thing to read about teenagers massacring each other—and another thing to see it unfold on a 50-foot tall screen. (Although now that I think about it, I'm not sure which is worse. It's pretty horrifying to have those images come alive in your imagination.)
If you've wondered about the look in Katniss's eyes when she hears Prim's name called during the Reaping, or when she talks to Gale . . . wonder no more, and watch the trailer now.
The movie hits theaters on March 23. Who's excited? (And who's worried that she will have to watch half the movie with covered eyes?)
Generally at the Book Case we try to stay above tabloid gossip. But when one of the biggest literary names around decides to start joking about Kim Kardashian's divorce, it's impossible to resist sharing.
Salman Rushdie also hosts a twitter thread called #LiterarySmackdowns, which pits two classics against each other every Monday. This week, it was American Pastoral vs. Portnoy's Complaint. (To find out who won, you'll have to visit the thread.)
Here at BookPage, we've pretty much been drooling over any Hunger Games movie-related news for at least a year. So, when we heard that Vanity Fair scored a photo shoot with the cast—and posted the photos online—it was music to our ears. Check out the photos here, and don't forget to hover your mouse over the various actors. The shot is interactive, and you can read info about each actor (and their role in the movie).
What literary links have you enjoyed this week?