Now that the dust of the recent 84th Oscar awards has settled, we move goers are turning to what might be appearing next on the silver screen. I am sharing a few fascinating books that will be adapted into movies for the 2012- 2013 film season. Crack open a book before going to see these “book adapted into” films. Head to your library to browse the shelves…no doubt there are other books we have enjoyed which are being produced by Hollywood as we speak.
Headhunters, by Joe Nesbo
Directed by Morten Tyldum; starring Aksel Hennie, Synnove Macody Lund, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
The award-winning author of The Snowman has created a funny, dark, and twisted caper. Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter who dabbles in art theft. One night he meets a man who owns a priceless painting, but the answer to Brown’s problems may be the worst thing that ever happened to him.
Cogan’s Trade, by George V. Higgins
Directed by Andrew Dominik; starring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Sam Rockwell, James Gandolfini, and Bella Heathcote
A hard-hitting, tour-de force tale of the mob by an American master of crime. Jackie Cogan is an enforcer for the New England mob. When hoodlums heist a high-stakes card game, Cogan is called in to “handle” the problem.
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant.
In this imaginative mind-bending novel, Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre, and time, as six stories set in different periods and places become intricately related to each other and destinies are changed in ways great and small.
Life of Pi, by Yaan Martel
Directed by Ang Lee; starring Tobey Maguire, Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Gerard Depardieu
In this transformative Booker Prize-winning novel, we meet an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
World War Z, by Max Brooks
Directed by Marc Forster; starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, and Matthew Fox
This is the ultimate Zombie Apocalypse tale, in which a journalist, racing against time and fate and driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors, travels the world documenting the zombie pandemonium erupting around him.
Lay the Favorite, by Beth Raymer
Directed by Stephen Frears; starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Vince Vaughn
In this unexpected coming-of-age story, Beth Raymer reveals all about her years in the high-stakes, high-anxiety world of sports betting. Raymer rises through the ranks of men who lie, cheat, steal, and run, until she is the last man standing.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, by Deborah Moggach
Directed by John Madden. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.
Ravi Kapoor has a difficult father-in-law, so he is thrilled when a cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create English elegance. The retirees find their new life lacks luxury, but it’s plentiful in adventure, beauty, and unexpected love.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Kenneth Branagh will direct the movie and Kate Winslet will star in it. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is the true story of a serial killer at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. Leonardo DiCaprio is play the killer, HH Holmes. The book also follows the architect of the fair.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith turns the life of one of America’s most respected presidents into a Gothic nightmare. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. Staring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper.
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Directed by Baz Luhrmann; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Tobey Maguire
Set in the 1920s on Long Island, this classic is about Nick Carraway, a man intrigued by the mysterious past and grand lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Carraway is drawn into Gatsby’s circle of friends, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
Twilight : Breaking Dawn – Part 2 by Stephanie Myers After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
The Wettest County in the World, by Matt Bondurant
Directed by John Hillcoat; starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Guy Pearce
Based on a true story, this is the fascinating account of the Bondurant Boys, a group of Virginia brothers who ran moonshine during the Great Depression, and the authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo
Directed by David Cronenberg; starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, and Juliette Binoche.
DeLillo’s thirteenth novel is a vivid and moving account of an incredible downfall. It follows a young billionaire asset manager on a twenty-four-hour odyssey in a limo across Manhattan in search of a haircut.
On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
Directed by Walter Salles; starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart
Don’t miss this classic novel of the Beat Generation. Dean and Sal are friends making a series of cross-country trips, searching for as much experience and as many spiritual highs as possible. Their relationship is one of the finest portrayed in American literature.