Readers who also love to go to the movies or curl up in front of the TV have several reasons to cheer. Recently there has been a surplus of news about upcoming projects that will adapt favorite reads into movies and TV shows — and in some cases, the process will go in the opposite direction. Find out which of these adaptations are making our TBS (To Be Seen) List and find out which upcoming memoirs-turned-movies have us anxious for more news!
It’s no surprise that the second movie installment of the Hunger Games series is being fast-tracked for production. However, a new director will be helming the movie adaptation of Catching Fire. Director Francis Lawrence will be replacing Gary Ross in order to get the project filmed in an abbreviated time span. (Deadline.com reported that Ross didn’t think he’d be able to work with the window of time that Lionsgate studio had allotted.) The film is in a time-crunch as Jennifer Lawrence, who stars as Katniss, is needed to film the second movie in her other action franchise, X-Men: First Class.
And what can fans expect to see with this new director leading Catching Fire? While Lawrence has not said anything specific about the project, a quick look at his resume gives us some ideas about what he may be bringing to the series. He started his career with flashy music videos for JLo, Britney and Green Day before moving on to the visually impressive Constantine, the spooky I Am Legend and the decidedly low-key Water For Elephants. We know we aren’t the only ones who will be eager to see Lawrence's ideas about the fantastical Capitol — and the slowly suffering outer districts. This may just be a match made in cinematic heaven!
The Francis Lawrence-directed Hunger Games series second is not the only sequel that has us counting the days until we can pre-purchase our movie tickets. Graphic novel fans are in for a treat, as Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are teaming up to create Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. The original 2005 movie, Sin City, was filmed by Rodriguez with a camera shot for each panel from Miller's graphic novel, and the movie remains one of the most celebrated adaptations of the last decade. The new chapter in the series was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, and boasts a screenplay co-written by Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan, who worked on The Departed.
In a press release about the project, Sin City creator, screenwriter and co-director Frank Miller said, “The first Sin City knocked out audiences who had never seen anything like it before. Robert Rodriguez and I are going to shake things up and deliver a ferocious film experience that is going to go even further than the first.“
The release goes on to say that when it comes to favorite characters, you may just be in luck as “many of the original cast [are] expected to return.” (Which means our fingers are crossed for Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Alexis Bledel among others.) Thankfully, we won’t have long to wait for more casting news as the film is expected to begin production early this summer.
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