That's what ABC executives seem to think, anyway—they've picked up Sisterland for their network's lineup.
The show will be written and produced by Fake Empire, a company headed by the creators of "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl," and they've pulled in TV veteran Rina Mimoun ("Everwood," "Privileged," "Mistresses") to adapt the book and co-produce.
ABC is billing the show as a "paranormal drama," so we can expect the psychic talents of sisters Vi and Kate to take center stage alongside their family dramas.
No air date has been announced, so you have plenty of time to read the book. For more, read our review of Sisterland.
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?
With the film version of Shannon Hale's 2007 novel Austenland now in wide release, fans of Austen pastiches and homages may wonder what's next.
No worries; as we've noted before the steady stream of adaptations shows no sign of slowing down. Here's a look ahead at some of the more notable titles soon to hit shelves:
Longbourn by Jo Baker (Knopf, October). In her story of the Bennet servants, British novelist Baker has succeeded in creating a world that stands on its own, even as it builds on the "Austenverse" that fans have come to know and love. (read more)
Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (Harper, November). The best-selling British author takes on the task of modernizing this Austen classic, which finds Elinor, Marianne and Margaret disinherited not for being female, but because their carefree mother didn't marry their father. The book is reported to be first in a series of "reimagined" Austen novels commissioned by HarperUK publishing director Louisa Joyner, although no other book/author matches have been announced.
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson, November). This debut novel is told in epistolary format by a young woman who has recently aged out of foster care. Sam gets a scholarship to journalism school, provided she sends written updates to her benefactor, whom she knows only as "Mr. Knightley."
The Pursuit of Miss Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle (Morrow, December). Perhaps the most conventionally adapted of the novels, this continuation of Pride and Prejudice puts the most difficult Bennet sister, Mary, in the spotlight. Will she find love with quiet widower Henry Walsh? How are the married Bennet sisters faring with their husbands? Following in the footsteps of authors like Joan Aiken and P.D. James, Mingle answers these questions and more.
What's your favorite Austen homage? Have you seen Austenland yet?
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?
These days, all the best book adaptations seem to happen on TV. Whether it's HBO or PBS, there's just something about miniseries that give books the space they need for a successful transition from page to screen. So the news that Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell will become a BBC miniseries sounds exactly right. Where else could an 800-page, footnoted tome about Napoleonic-era wizards get the proper treatment?
The director of "Sherlock," Toby Haynes, is taking on the project, which will be adapted by Peter Harness into a a 7-part series. Casting news has yet to break, but we'll be sure to keep you posted.
What's your favorite book-turned-miniseries? I recently watched and really liked The Crimson Petal and the White.
Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day. For fans of the Castor Chronicles, today has little to with real love and much more to do with paranormal YA romance Beautiful Creatures. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Southern Gothic series were blockbuster novels in their own right, but today, Beautiful Creatures heads to the big screen.
Reviews of the film are already rolling in, with plenty of comparisons to Twilight (both good and bad). EW calls it "'Twilight' with the sexes reversed," and Variety calls it "a tween-friendly 'True Blood.'"
However, the film's faithfulness to the book may not be what fans hoped for. According to the Boston Globe, "Sometimes it doesn’t pay to read the book. Based on the whimpers of the young women coming out of a preview screening, 'Beautiful Creatures,' the movie, isn’t nearly faithful enough to 'Beautiful Creatures,' the novel."
Oh, well. Emma Thompson's in it. That must count for something.
Will you spend your Valentine's Day cozied up in a theater with this all-star cast?
Actress Angelina Jolie is the latest big name to be associated with the film version of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestseller, Unbroken. She's in talks with Universal to direct the compelling life story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete-turned-POW and all-around survivor.
Like everyone else who's read Hillenbrand's powerful tale of Zamperini's stranger-than-fiction life, Jolie was moved by it, saying that she found him to be “a true hero and a man of immense humanity, faith and courage. I am deeply honored to have the chance to tell his inspiring story.” Jolie's first film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, an independent project, was also about the legacy of war. The film version of Unbroken would be her directorial debut with a major studio.
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?
My favorite time to go to the movies is in the fall and winter, when it's so cozy to sit in a dark movie theater and watch a story unfold. Now that it's September, I thought I'd preview some of the biggest book-inspired fall movies, from blockbusters, to foreign films, to indie flicks that you may have to wait and catch on Netflix, depending on where you live. There's a lot to look forward to . . .
Based on: Cross by James Patterson (2006)
Release: October 19
In a nutshell: Morgan Freeman may have played Patterson's D.C. detective-psychologist in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, but Tyler Perry is Alex Cross in the latest adaptation.
Based on: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1877)
Release: November 16
In a nutshell: Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in the newest adaptation of Tolstoy's classic. Director Joe Wright is no stranger to literary adaptations (or working with Knightly); he directed Pride & Prejudice and Atonement.
Based on: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (2004)
Release: October 26
In a nutshell: It's hard to imagine a film version of Mitchell's novel, described in BookPage as "a tour de force." Our reviewer wrote, "The novel crosses continents and decades with six completely distinct but equally entrancing narrative voices." However, the movie—with a large cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and many others—received a long standing ovation at its Toronto Film Festival premier. Could it be an Oscar contender?
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Based on: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
Release: December 14
In a nutshell: Were you sad when Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series concluded? Never fear—his upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit is only part one of three! Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins.
Based on: One Shot by Lee Child (2005)
Release: December 21
In a nutshell: Tom Cruise plays Lee Child's iconic character—a military-investigator-turned-drifter. Word on the street is that Reacher fans have mixed feelings about this casting, especially because Child's hero is 6'5!
Based on: Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1862) . . . and a little musical you may have seen on Broadway.
Release: December 14
In a nutshell: What is there to say about Les Mis? This musical drama stars Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Inspector Javert. The all-star cast also includes Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter.
Life of Pi
Based on: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2001)
Release: November 21
In a nutshell: Yann Martel's beloved allegory/adventure tale comes to life in 3D, as directed by Ang Lee. I know I'm not the only one who can't wait to see Pi Patel and a Bengal tiger face off on a lifeboat.
On the Road
Based on: On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957)
Release: December 21
In a nutshell: It's a right of passage to read On the Road as a teenager; who among us hasn't scrawled the famous "the only people for me are the mad ones" quote in a notebook while plotting an escape from high school? But will the movie adaptation—which stars Twilight alum Kristen Stewart—live up to expectations? Early reviews have been mixed, although Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty is rumored to be a highlight.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Based on: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999)
Release: September 20
In a nutshell: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller star in an adaptation of Stephen Chbosky's well-loved coming-of-age story. Chbosky also directs.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2:
Based on: Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (2008)
Release: November 16
In a nutshell: Director Bill Condon completes the blockbuster movie adaptation of the Twilight saga. Most readers will fall strongly into one of two camps: You wouldn't be paid to see this movie, or you will have a heart attack if you don't see it on opening day!
British author and Nobel Laureate Patrick White's 1973 novel The Eye of the Storm is now a movie of the same title, directed by Australian director Fred Schepisi. About a dying matriarch, the film is now in limited release.
Brad Pitt stars in an adaptation of Cogan's Trade by George V. Higgins, a crime novel published in 1974. Called Killing Them Softly, the movie is about a heist that takes place during a mob-protected poker game. It hits theaters on October 19.
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence star in an adaptation of David O. Russell's The Silver Linings Playbook, which will be released on November 21. The story is about a hapless man who is released from a mental institution then tries to win back his wife.
Peter Cameron's novel Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You gets the big-screen treatment in a film of the same name. Though it stars big names like Marcia Gay Harden and Lucy Liu, the movie—a coming of age story compared to The Catcher in the Rye—will have a limited release in October.
British filmmaker Andrea Arnold adapts Emily Brontë's beloved Wuthering Heights. Released in the UK a year ago, The Guardian called Heathcliff as played by James Howson "a puzzle, a tornado of resentment whirling destructively across the bleak and intimidating landscape." Look for it in the U.S. in October (limited release).
Whew! That's a lot of book-inspired movies for one season, huh? Which are you most excited about? Are any of these movie releases inspiring you to read the book first?
As lovers of UK programming know, despite the lack of a language barrier it can take an unconscionably long time for British shows to wash up on American shores—if they ever do. Still, ever since blogging about the Crimson Petal and the White adaptation last year, I have kept an eye out for a US air date.
Just when I'd lost hope it'd ever happen—the miniseries was shown in the UK in April 2011, for heaven's sake!—Encore announced they had picked up the series and will be showing the first episode tonight at 8 p.m. as part of their "Big Miniseries Showcase," which will also include adaptations of Moby Dick and Shogun. Check out a trailer below. I'm really curious to see Chris O'Dowd in a non-comic role.
Related in BookPage: Our interview with Michel Faber about The Crimson Petal and the White.