Books to screen and the Read It 1st project
Hank Green, co-founder of Nerfighteria, has started a website called Read It 1st, a project designed to encourage people to read books before they see movies adapted from books. You can make a pledge and sign up to receive a free e-newsletter about movies being released that are based on books. The first two newsletters have already come out, and I’ve really enjoyed them! I highly recommend this site.
And while we’re on the subject, here are some books that are going to make it or have recently made it to the big screen:
- Contagion by Robin Cook. I haven’t read it, but the movie looks great. As per my pledge on Read It 1st, I’m going to try to read this one before I see the movie.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. I’ve never read this one either, but I’m pretty sure that this movie adaption bears little resemblance to the novel. Unless it had Orlando Bloom jumping through explosions, which I highly doubt. While I’d still like to read this book at some point, I’ll probably see the movie first because it won’t really spoil anything for me. The basic premise has already been spoiled by the 1993 Disney version of The Three Musketeers with Charlie Sheen and Kiefer Sutherland, a movie which I absolutely loved as a kid.
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The Swedish movie adaptation came out in 2009, but the American version starring Daniel Craig will be released December 21st of this year. I have this book sitting on my shelf, and I fully intend to read it before I see the movie.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. This is one of favorite books of all time! No casting has been done yet, but the movie adaption is scheduled to be released March 15, 2013.
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I’d heard about a possible movie adaption a while back, but now it looks like these books are going to be adapted into an HBO mini series. This sounds like good news since all the reviews I’ve read say that HBO has done an amazing job with Game of Thrones, the screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s epic Song of Fire and Ice series. I’ve read the first Dark Tower book, The Gunsligner, but I’d like to catch up on the rest of the series before the show begins.
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. I already talked about this in another post, but here it is again. My beloved Stephanie Plum series will be coming to the big screen January 27th. I’m definitely going to see it; I just hope it does the book justice.
The Hunger Games official trailer
Awesome, isn’t it?! Comes out March 23, 2012.
Two Snow White movies in 2012
This confuses me. I’d heard rumors that Emma Watson was going to be starring in an upcoming Snow White movie, but apparently that’s bogus. Now there’s not one, but two Snow white movies coming out in 2012, neither one starring Watson. Weird and slightly disappointing. Anyway, here’s the scoop on the two movies:
Mirror Mirror, a happy, funny, cute Snow White story starring Julia Roberts
Snow White and the Huntsman, a dark, creepy Snow White story starring Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron
A Doctor Who movie?
There’s been talk about the possibility of a Doctor Who movie, but don’t get overly excited yet, Whovians. There’s not even a script yet, let alone a cast or crew. However, Harry Potter director David Yates has been giving the project some serious thought. He wants the movie to be a complete reboot of Doctor Who, totally separate from the TV series, and he wants to spend several years getting it right. Who knows (no pun intended) if this will actually happen, but wouldn’t it be cool?!