Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations
Vanessa Di Gregorio
Today marks the day that yet another movie based on a (fantastic!) book hits the big screen - The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on the coming of age novel of the same name written by Stephen Chbosky. And since I, for one, am looking forward to seeing this book-to-movie adaptation, I thought I'd make a list of all the other ones I'm also excited about!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (September 21, 2012 - today!)
Why I'm Excited: I LOVED this novel. A lot. So of course I jumped up and down the very first time I laid eyes on the trailer! Plus, I'm super pumped to see Emma Watson on screen again! She might always have a place in my heart as Hermione, but I'm really looking forward to seeing her portrayal of Sam. Oh, my little wizard is all grown up!
Cloud Atlas (October 26, 2012)
Why I'm Excited: Based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the story consists of six interwoven tales that take place over different periods of time, from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future. And the best part? The movie is co-written and co-directed by the Wachowskis (you might remember them from a movie way back when called The Matrix...). And with a stellar cast (Tom Hanks! Halle Berry! Hugh Grant!) all portraying up to six different people in the movie, it looks like what sounds confusing might actually be cinematic gold.
To watch the (super amazing!) extended version of the Cloud Atlas trailer, click here.
Life of Pi (Nov. 21, 2012)
Why I'm Excited: It's not a secret that The Life of Pi by Yann Martel is one of my all-time favourite books - EVER. Honestly, Pi Patel and that Bengal tiger have some of the best interactions in any story I've read. Considering how a big chunk of the book takes place with Pi all alone and stranded at sea (albeit with a number of animals - Bengal tiger included!), I'm interested to see just how this very internal story is shown to us visually. And if the movie is just as amazing as that trailer, then I will be one happy little fan girl!
The Hobbit (Dec. 14, 2012)
Why I'm Excited: OF COURSE I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS! Who isn't? While I'm still not 100% sold on this being 3 movies (3! I was already iffy about 2!), I am nevertheless jumping and screaming and DYING of anticipation for this movie. Watching the trailer gives me goosebumps. Just hearing, "The Hobbit", or seeing the words, gets my heart racing. If there was an author from my childhood that fostered my love of reading, it was J.R.R. Tolkien.
Les Misérables (December 25, 2012)
Why I'm Excited: I'm not going to lie - Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman are a HUGE part of why I'm excited about this. These two are amazing actors, and I'm looking forward to hearing their fantastic voices singing! The only thing: I'm debating whether I want to watch this in theaters and bawl like a baby in public, or wait for it to come out so I can watch it in the comfort of my own home (and not worry about being a total and complete mess!). But most likely I'll be red eyed in a movie theater with others crying just as much as me!
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (January 11, 2013)
Why I'm Excited: JEREMY RENNER. Do I really need to say anything else? Yes, this looks kinda campy, but it also looks like a kick-butt action flick that happens to be a wild retelling of the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. I mean, when you think about it, these gun-totting siblings are much more believable than Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter. Right? (But if you don't agree, then forget I said all that and go back to my first point: Jeremy Renner. Swoon!).
Beautiful Creatures (Feb. 13, 2013)
Why I'm Excited: Okay - so I might not have read the books, but I am excited that another YA series is winding up on the big screen - plus, I've heard some pretty fantastic things about this series! Highschool romance? Check! Dark secrets? Check! A trailer that has a super awesome Florence + the Machine song? CHECK!
The Great Gatsby (May 10, 2013)
Why I'm Excited: Steller book, with a stellar cast for the movie adaptation. And Leonardo DiCaprio is MADE for this role, don't you think? This movie looks amazing, and I just can't wait! I'm a little sad they pushed it back to a 2013 release, but I can wait!
Ender's Game (Nov. 1, 2013)
Why I'm Excited: No trailer for this movie - YET! But I don't even need to see one to know that I want to see this movie! Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is one of my favourite books, so I am just DYING for this movie to hit the big screen! Plus, Harrsion Ford (my childhood love, aka Han Solo & Indiana Jones) will be in it.
Which book to film adaptation are you most excited about? Did I leave out any that you can't wait for?
Vanessa Di Gregorio works in publishing as a sales rep at Ampersand, a book and gift sales agency. She is also a former literary agency intern. When she isn't out selling books and talking to bookstores, Vanessa can be found over at Something Geeky, Goodreads, Twitter, or writing for Paper Droids.