According to The Hollywood Reporter, Herman Koch's best-selling novel The Dinner is being adapted for a film, with none other than actress Cate Blanchett on board to make her directorial debut. Our reviewer deemed the book to be mesmerizing, disturbing, fast-paced and addictive—which certainly sound like the makings of a smashing movie.
No word on a release date. Will you be seeing the movie? Do you have any thoughts on whom you'd like to see in the cast?
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?
Yesterday, a long trailer for the new adaptation of Jane Eyre was released. It promises plenty of Gothic chills and thrills to offset the legendary practicality of its heroine, played by Mia Wasikowska (aka Alice in Wonderland). Love that she is actually plain-looking. The casting all around is terrific: X-Men villain Michael Fassbender looks like the best Mr. Rochester since Timothy Dalton, and Judi Dench plays the housekeeper (and dons a Yorkshire accent).
Director Cary Fukunaga doesn't hold back on the darker aspects of the story, portraying Jane's lonely, abusive upbringing in graphic detail.
What do you think of the trailer? Will you see the movie when it comes out in March?