As 2011 wraps up, we are looking towards the new year for great new projects. And we are happy to announce that 2012 will have no shortage of fantastic film adaptations of some of our favorite reads. From the serious fiction classics to new reads that make the most out of popular trends, we’re anticipating that 2012 will be the year that we simply invest in season tickets for our local movie theater because we plan on being there so frequently.
Today we’re taking a look at the films coming down the pipe, and we can’t wait for the opening day of two pieces of literature that many of the RT editors read in school.
This year Baz Luhrmann, of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet fame, will be re-making the 1925 classic The Great Gatsby. The book was adapted once before and the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow remains a joy to watch. But today’s audiences will definitely recognize the contemporary actors playing this famous trio. Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring as Jay Gatsby himself. Fresh face (but undeniable talent) Carey Mulligan will bring to life the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. And rounding out the threesome is Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. The movie is slated to be in theaters December 25, 2012 and it couldn’t be soon enough for us. The booklover community lost a fantastic monument back in May 2011, when the Long Island mansion that inspired the story was torn down.
The other classic book soon to be adapted for the big screen? Great Expectations. This Dickens novel will be re-created with Jeremy Irvine and Holliday Grainger and as Pip and Estella, respectively. But it’s really Ralph Fiennes (aka Lord Voldemort) and cult-favorite actress Helena Bonham Carter who we can’t wait to see take up the mantles of Magwitch and Miss Havisham. We bet that this film will be a crowd pleaser in Sophomore English classes for years to come as teachers decide to take two days off and show the film instead.
Another, more modern, classic will also be making its movie debut. Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 tale of life as an outsider has long been passed between teenage friends (and those slightly older) so we were thrilled to learn that The Perks of Being a Wallflower film adaptation potential is finally being recognized. But to make the news even better, the author himself will be directing the movie! And if that weren’t enough to have us already calling the theater for show times (even though no release date has been announced yet), the cast list is positively star-studded. Young actors such as Harry Potter’s Emma Watson, Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman, The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev and Parenthood’s Mae Wittman will all take parts alongside adults Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott and Kate Walsh.
Movie-goers and booklovers will also be getting installments of several popular series. 2012's lineup includes the final chapter in Edward and Bella’s story Twilight Breaking Dawn Part II and the next adventure in the Bourne series based on Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader’s books. The Bourne Legacy is slated to premier on August 3 of the coming year, but don’t expect an appearance by Matt Damon. The star of the first three movies in the franchise has opted to sit this one out. Instead, we will be seeing The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner starring alongside Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz.
And readers can get ready for the start of two much-anticipated series, Hunger Games and One for the Money will both be released this year. Both series have big fan followings but it’s Hunger Games that has everyone here eager for the next piece of news about the project. RT’s Whitney shares, “I’ve already figured out like 90% of the outfit I’m going to wear for opening night as a Capitol citizen. Dressing up isn’t an option with my group of friends — it’s mandatory.”
While this next movie is not quite another chapter in a familiar book, it’s also not a project that readers and film aficionados are completely unfamiliar with. That’s right; Tolkien’s The Hobbit will also be in theaters in 2012.
Other upcoming movies we can’t wait to see in the coming year? Abraham Lincoln the Vampire Hunter, John Carter of Mars and Brad Pitt’s World War Z. And although it's not based on a book, 2012's The Raven makes our list, as the film will follow Edgar Allan Poe through his final days.
Do you have a favorite book that has been adapted into a film? Let us know in the comments along with which of 2012’s movies you are most looking forward to!