More Movie Adaptations For Book Lovers

Yesterday I shared my thoughts on the upcoming film adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum mystery One For The Money. So today I wanted to share a few more movie projects in the works that every book lover should know about: 

Gideon's Sword - Film release date: 2013

The film rights to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s brainchild Gideon’s Sword were sold well before the book actually hit shelves. This could have been because the thriller features the globetrotting Gideon Crew who makes stops in exotic locals including Hong Kong, Dubai and NYC. Or the draw could have been the threat of total human annihilation by a secret weapon. Or maybe it was just the reputations of the bestselling authors themselves. But most likely Gideon’s Sword appealed to Hollywood’s big shots because of the enormous franchise potential. Child and Preston are planning 11 more books in the series which means if Michael Bay’s big screen version does well when it is released in 2013, then we could be seeing a lot more of Gideon. 

Robopocalypse - Film release date: TBA

Daniel H. Wilson’s summer blockbuster Robopocalypse is not the first book that takes on a robot uprising, but it is perhaps one of the most celebrated. Quickly after its June release, it skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists and it was optioned to be filmed — by none other than Steven Spielberg. Rumors are floating around that we can expect a flavor of Terminator in the futuristic story where humanity is taken over by artificial intelligence.

Les Meserables - Film release date: December 2012

Hugh Jackman? Love him. Russell Crowe? Great actor. Classic French tomes of redemption? Don’t mind if I do. On December 7, 2012 these three things come together in the latest silver screen adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Meserables. Jackman will be playing Jean Valjean; Crowe is Inspector Javert. Need an added incentive to check this movie out? I hear that this version will be based on the play, rather than the novel, which means there will be singing! 

Juliet - Film release date: TBA

When Mercutio muttered perhaps the most famous curse in literature, “A plague a’ both your houses”, I’m not sure that he meant this to last hundreds of years. However, Anne Fortier’s mainstream novel Juliet, inspired by Romeo and Juliet, has protagonist Julie Jacobs, a descendent of the original Juliet, searching for a way to (finally) end her family’s bad luck. Upon first glance, the book’s slow pace makes it seem like an odd choice for filmic adaptation; however, introduce some mysterious family relics and the beautiful Italian countryside and the visuals for this project promise to be stunning. 

Dandelion Wine - Film release date: TBA

Movies based on Ray Bradbury’s works have always fallen flat for me. (Please don’t get me started on the ‘60s version of Fahrenheit 451.) However, when I read this article about the adaptation of Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine, I got very excited. As the author is a good friend of the producer, this can only increase the chance that Bradbury himself will have a hand in crafting the movie, a good thing since Dandelion Wine is semi-autobiographical and details a summer during the author’s midwestern childhood.

These are my five picks for upcoming film adaptations, which are you looking forward to — or did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!