Thursday, December 6, 2012

Looking Forward

Books Being Made Into Movies In 2013

I'm never quite sure what to think when I see a book is being made into a movie (although, let's face it, more than half of the movies made these days are based on books). There's always a risk in trying to winnow down hundreds of pages into a movie script. But hope springs eternal, so in 2013, I'll be looking forward to seeing:

Devil In The White City by Erik Larson - the book is the twin true stories of the architect of the Chicago's 1893 World's Fair and the serial killer who preyed on its patrons. No word yet on whether or not the script will tackle both story lines. Serial killer HH Holmes is slated to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - This version will also star Leonardo DiCaprio and will be directed by Baz Luhrman. If nothing else, Luhrman is bound to make this version of the movie visually spectacular.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows - I've got high hopes for this one for two reasons, Kenneth Branagh is directing and Kate Winslet is starring. When they're on, these two turn out some great stuff. 

 Oz: The Great and Powerful  - based on the books by L. Frank Baum. Starring James Franco as Oz and Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as witches, the movie tells the story of how a small-time magician is transformed into Oz, The Great and Powerful.

 Not strictly book based, there are two fairy-tale based movies coming out this year, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and Jack the Giant Killer. I haven't been overly happy with most of the fairy tale adaptations made recently, and I'm not holding out much hope for either of these. But Jack the Giant Killer does feature Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor and I do love both of them, so maybe...

I know at lot of you will also be eagerly awaiting Max Brooks' World War Z, Stephanie Mayer's The Host and Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Of course, before we get to 2013, this month we get to see the film adaptations of The Hobbit, Life of Pi and Les Miserable.


  1. Loved Devil in the White City & could see it being a terrific movie - can definitely picture Leo in the role!

  2. Oh man, I can just see it. I am going to be spending quite a lot of time at the movie theater this coming year!

  3. There was a movie on White City right after the book came out. It was made for TV and it was pretty good actually.

  4. Nothing really strikes my fancy, maybe I'll the kiddies to see Jack the Giant Killer. Otherwise - DVDs it is.

  5. I didn't realize half of those books were going to be made into movies. Great Gatsby of course but Devil? Hmm....

    I'll see The Hobbit this year but that's about it.

  6. I love a good book-to-movie adaptation, but I confess that they are beginning to scare me a little. Expectations are SO high, especially for beloved books that most movies just cannot come close to reaching them. That being said, Les Miz looks pretty damn amazing, and Peter Jackson is a shoo-in for The Hobbit.

    The Devil in the White City is an interesting choice for an adaptation. Leo must really like doing book adaptations too!

  7. I feel like I have been hearing about The Devil In The White City with Leo forever. What's taking them so long?

  8. Devil is being made into a movie?! I loved the book but wanted more of the Holmes story. I adored Potato Peel and think it will make a great movie.

    I CANNOT wait for Les Miserables. I have Scott on board to watch it but I know that I'll be a balling sack in the theater so I don't know if I want him to be my date or not. ;)

  9. I didn't realize some of these were being made into movies. I am most excited about The Hobbit and Les Miserables coming out this year. I would love to see them in the theater but don't know if that will be possible.