Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Where Do Movies Come From?

Survey Says? Books!
Between now and spring 2011, a number of great books will have been adapted and readied for viewing on the big or small screen. Read ahead of the film release dates for best experience since as we all know... the books are usually better.

The film is based on the memory-bending thriller, Out of my Head, a 2003 novel by French author Didier van Cauwelaert. The movie stars Liam Neeson and is due for big screen release in February.

The Sunset Limited
Tommy Lee Jones directs the HBO film, based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy. The story has only two characters, played by Tommy Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. The film premieres February 11.

Any Human Heart
This PBS Masterpiece Classic entry is based on William Boyd's 2002 novel, in turn based on the journals of British writer/spy Logan Mountstuart.

Jane Eyre
This latest treatment of Charlotte Bronte's 1847 suspenseful romantic classic stars Mia Wasikowska as Jane. The movie's due out in March.

Artist Julian Schnabel directs this film about the Palestinian struggle, based on the novel by Rula Jebreal.

Mildred Pierce
Kate Winslet takes on the role that won diva Joan "No wire hangers, ever!" Crawford an Oscar in 1945. This five-part miniseries premieres on HBO in March. Should be interesting to see how Cain's 1941 novel, considered scandalous in its day, receives modern day treatment...

Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen's novel about a veterinary student who drops out of school to join the circus graced bestseller lists for close to two years and is still a local book club favorite. Due for big screen release in April, the movie sports a very interesting cast...

Game of Thrones
First in a series of epic fantasy books by George R.R. Martin, this huge HBO endeavor hits the small screen in April 2011. Plenty 'o buzz (and controversy) about how quickly the author has been churning out his prose.

This post is based on "Springtime Screen Time", an article that appeared in the December 13th issue of Publisher's Weekly