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Book to Box Office: Prince of Cats  Based on: Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly Expected Release Date: N/A Directed by: N/A Summary: Prince of Cats is a retelling of Romeo & Juliet from the point of view of Tybalt, Juliet’s cousin and the titular prince of cats. The action starts before the...

B2BO: The Handmaid&#...

Book to Box Office: The Handmaid’s Tale Based on: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985 Expected Release Date: April 26, 2017 Created by: Bruce Miller Summary: From the publisher: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander...

Book to Box Office: We Have Always Lived in the Ca...

Book to Box Office: We Have Always Lived in the Castle Based On: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Expected Release Date: TBA 2017 Director: Stacie Passon Summary: Merricat Blackwood lives with her older sister Constance and wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian in isolation from their village after several members of their family died from arsenic poisoning. For years, Merricat’s magic has seemingly protected their family from harm, but the arrival of Cousin Charles threatens their small family and the dark secret they’ve been hiding. Working For It: Shirley Jackson is widely considered to be one of the masters of literary...

Book to Box Office: YOU

Book to Box Office: YOU Based On: YOU by Caroline Kepnes Expected Release Date: N/A Director: N/A Summary: When Brown University student Guinevere Beck purchases books from Joe Goldberg at a local shop, it’s a casual encounter to her, but to him it’s even more than a meet cute, it’s destiny. Joe uses her credit card and public social media pages to insert himself into her life, becoming continuously more obsessed the less interested she seems. When others in her life become skeptical over his affection for her, his courtship takes a much more deadly turn. Working for It: To put quite simply, Joe is both the best and worst...

Book to Box Office: My Best Friend’s Exorcis...

Book to Box Office: My Best Friend’s Exorcism Based on: My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix Expected Release Date: N/A Directed by: N/A Summary: From Quirk Publishing: Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. Through the years, they have bonded over E.T., roller-skating, and a shared love for pop music. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. As the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let...

Book to Box Office: Harry Potter and the Cursed Ch...

“They were great men with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.” Book to Box Office: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Based On: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Throne, John Tiffany, and J. K. Rowling Expected Release Date: Currently a stage production at the Palace Theater in London Director: Jack Thorne Summary: We return to the Wizarding World 19 years after the conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where Harry and Ginny’s son Albus is struggling with flourishing under the pressure of his father’s legacy at Hogwarts. His only friend turns out to be...

Book to Box Office: The Dark Tower

Book to Box Office: The Dark Tower Based On: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Expected Release Date: February 17, 2017 Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel Summary: The Dark Tower series follows Roland Deschain of Gilead, the eponymous Gunslinger, on an at first solitary quest through a desolate world of desert in endless pursuit of an evil being known as the “Man in Black,” an evil being in possession of supernatural abilities. Working For It: We still have a ways to go before the movie’s release next year, and since we have not seen any footage, let us focus on the concrete details that we know will work out. At this stage the big selling point is...

Book to Box Office: The Girl on the Train

“I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.” Book to Box Office: The Girl on the Train Based on: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Expected Release Date: October 7th, 2016 Directed by: Tate Taylor Summary: Recently divorced alcoholic Rachel Watson finds herself embedded in a murder mystery when the woman whose life she peers into from the window of her daily train ride turns up dead. Rachel quickly finds herself grasping for her sanity as the loosely held life she thought she knew further unravels. Working For It: Emily Blunt. That name is really all this film needs to sell it. Sure, The Girl on the Train is a...

Book to Box Office: The Ocean at the End of the La...

Book to Box Office: The Ocean at the End of the Lane Based on: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013) Expected release date (US): TBA Directed by: Joe Wright Summary: A man returns to his childhood home after a funeral and finds himself remembering an adventure he had when he was seven years old with Lettie Hempstock, the girl who lived at the end of the lane and who claimed her pond was an ocean. Working For It: The Ocean is full of imaginative ideas, vivid visuals, likable characters, and a strong story. For a filmmaker it’s a logistical dream as there are only a handful of characters and the whole thing is set in two...

Is Blood Meridian Re...

The phrase “unfilmable” gets thrown around often when the discussion of adapting great novels for the screen is brought to the table. This is because what makes so many great novels characteristically great is their multiplicity. So much goes on in the confines of a novel’s pages. So much...

Book to Box Office: Annihilation

“Desolation Tries to colonize you.” Book to Box Office: Annihilation Based On: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer Expected Release Date (US): TBA 2017 Directed by: Alex Garland with screenplay by Alex Garland Summary: An expedition team consisting of a biologist, a surveyor, an anthropologist, and a psychologist journey to the mysterious Area X and discover an underground tower that completely changes what they thought they knew about the world and their very selves. Working For It: VanderMeer’s novel is a wonderfully engaging mystery that doesn’t provide much in the way of clear answers, partly because it’s book one in the...

Book To Box Office: Ben Wheatley/Amy Jump’s ...

J.G. Ballard’s novel High Rise has struggled to find its way to the big screen since its release in 1975. Producer Jeremy Thomas tried to get an adaptation going for years, with Nicolas Roeg set to direct at one point. David Cronenberg may have been a good choice, seeing as he adapted Ballard’s Crash in 1996 and has shown in his films similar themes and ideas to the author. It may have been too familiar, as Cronenberg’s Shivers also explored an outbreak of violence and hedonism in an apartment building, a film that oddly enough was released the same year as Ballard’s book. Jeremy Thomas saw Ben Wheatley’s 2013 film Sightseers, another film...

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Book to Box Office: The Girl with All the Gifts Based on: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (2014) Expected release date (US): TBA Directed by: Colm McCarthy with screenplay by M.R. Carey Summary: A scientist, a teacher, and two soldiers find themselves embarking on a journey for...

B2BO: The Little Prince

Book to Box Office: The Little Prince Based On: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, published 1943 Expected Release Date: March 18, 2016 (U.S.) Directed by: Mark Osborne Summary: Stranded in the Sahara Desert, an aviator learns the universe’s lessons of most import from a young fellow from an extraordinary little planet. Years later, the same, now elderly aviator, shares his story of the little prince with an equally extraordinary little girl. Working For It: Global praise in its literary form. In the different synopses printed on the back of The Little Prince books, one word remains constant: beloved. Having different versions...

Book to Box Office: Ready Player One

Book to Box Office: Ready Player One Based on: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2011) Expected release date (US): 15 December 2017 Directed by: Steven Spielberg with screenplay by Zak Penn Summary: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenager Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when...

B2BO: 11.22.63

Book to Box Office: 11.22.63 – A Hulu eight-part miniseries Based on: 11/22/63 by Stephen King Expected release date: February 15th, 2015 Directed by: Kevin Macdonald Summary: 11/22/63 is a science-fiction adventure romance about Jake Epping (James Franco), a high school English teacher, who...

B2BO: Paper Towns

Book to Box Office: Paper Towns Based on: Paper Towns by John Green (2008) Expected release date (US): July 24, 2015 Directed by: Jake Schreier with screenplay by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber Summary: Teen boy Quentin Jacobsen’s beautiful and mysterious next door neighbor Margo leads him on one night of adventure and mischief before disappearing entirely… entirely, that is, except for clues she has left behind, meant for Quentin alone. Historically a rule-follower, Quentin finds himself shirking responsibility and curfew to follow Margo’s trail. Working for it: Okay, to start I need to confess something: I have neither read nor...

B2BO: Far from the Madding Crowd

Will It Make a Good Film: Far from the Madding Crowd Expected Release Date: May 1, 2015 Director: Thomas Vinterburg Based on: Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, published 1874 Overview: Farmer Gabriel Oak spies newcomer Bathsheba Everdene during a moment of vanity (admiring herself in a mirror) when she first rides into town, but nonetheless pays the twopence she needs to pass the turnpike. He later becomes her admirer when he sees her, oblivious to his presence, recline on horseback to ride beneath some low boughs. An independent young woman, Bathsheba spurns Gabriel’s advances, but their paths cross again and again over the...

B2BO: Child 44

Film: Child 44 Release Date: April 17, 2015 Based On: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith Director: Daniel Espinosa Overview: Under Stalin’s rule, the Soviet Union thrives on the lie that it is a utopia devoid of crime. It is under this principle that MGB Agent Leo Demidov must operate. But in the aftermath of Stalin’s death, Leo and his wife are disgraced and exiled from Moscow. His worldview quickly disintegrates, leaving him staring at the bleak reality of a country plagued by poverty, starvation, and sickness. When a child is murdered, Leo begins a private investigation in an attempt to redeem himself. But nearly every move he makes is observed...

10 More Literary Adaptations That Need to Happen

You know that book you love that you wish you could see on screen? Yeah, we do, too, and we clearly think about it a lot, because here are ten more literary adaptations that need to happen. 1. Apples by Richard Milward (suggested by Natalie Stendall) Richard Milward’s debut novel, Apples, would make a fantastic low budget, British indie flick. It’s the kind of book that would do well in the hands of Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Wuthering Heights) or Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant). Set on a Middlesborough housing estate, it follows naive and reclusive teenager Adam whose cliched fantasies about falling in love with the promiscuous...

B2BO: Fifty Shades of Grey

Film: Fifty Shades of Grey Release Date: February 15, 2015 Based On: Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Overview: 22 year old Anastasia Steele is about to graduate college. When Ana’s roommate/best friend can’t make an interview with a young billionaire, Christian Grey, Ana fills in her shoes. What she discovers is both erotic and terrifying. Mostly terrifying. Not so much to Ana but to this reader. This was a very odd read for me. Working in its Favor: In the traditional Box Office sense, I’m not sure this movie will make its money back. The book garnered commercial success, but critics were open to dismiss...

B2BO: Seventh Son (The Spook’s Apprentice)

WIMAGF: Seventh Son Expected Release Date: February 6, 2015 Director: Sergei Bodrov Based on: The Spook’s Apprentice (The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch in U.S.) published in 2004 Overview: The seventh son of a farmer has few options when it comes to career, and so Tom Ward finds himself apprenticed to the County spook, who protects the local people from ghasts, ghosts, boggarts, and witches. A few rookie mistakes lead him to inadvertently free a dangerous witch, thus putting himself and his family in danger. Working in its favor: The story is simple, and has some of the whimsy that makes Harry Potter so special (a temperamental...

B2BO: Mortdecai

Film: Mortdecai Release Date: January 23, 2015 Based On: The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bongfiglioli, originally published from 1973-1979 Director: David Koepp   Overview: After a priceless Goya painting is stolen, British law enforcement seek the aid of an aristocratic art dealer, Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp).  The painting is believed to be linked to a vault enclosing Nazi gold. Unbeknownst to authorities, Mortdecai is looking at a depleting bank account and the entire Goya charade is a plot to secure Mortedcai’s financial status, plotted by the art connoisseur himself. With the aid of his muscle, Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany),...

B2BO: All You Zombies (Predestination)

Film: Predestination Release Date: January 9, 2015 Based On: All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein, 1959 Director: The Spierig brothers I want to preface this feature by saying that regardless of what I say about the potential success or non-success of this particular film, I’m so fracking glad it’s being made. Description: A paradoxical time travel sci-fi trip. I can say no more without spoiling the whole thing. Um:If you take some time to read reviews of the short story online (titled All You Zombies), you’ll find a vocal contingent that is very upset that this Heinlein short includes no zombies whatsoever. Apparently, zombie enthusiasts...

B2BO: Wild

WIMAGF: Wild Expected Release Date: December 5, 2014 Director: Jean-Marc Vallee Based on: Wild by Cheryl Strayed, published 2012 Overview: Set adrift by the sudden loss of her mother, a woman finds her bearings by leaving everything behind and hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Working for it: This is a really good book. It’s wonderfully written, poignant, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting–and a well-written book can be a good place to start if you want to make a good movie. This particular book has some dramatic scenes and a narrative that could give a film version the satisfying upside-down checkmark plot structure that audiences...

B2BO: The Imitation Game

Will It Make A Good Film?: The Imitation Game Expected Release Date: November 28th Director: Morten Tyldum Based On: Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges Overview: Alan Turing, a mathematician, logician, philosopher, and cryptanalyst, was one of the premier minds of the 20th century. His code breaking methods and development of computer science proved pivotal to the Allies winning WWII. The ever curious Turing was a man who was as much interested in science as he was the human spirit. But his brilliant career was cut short when prosecution for his homosexuality led to his suicide. For decades Turing existed as little more than a...

B2BO: Before I Go To Sleep

Will It Make A Good Film:  Before I Go To Sleep Expected Release Date: October 31, 2014 Director: Rowan Joffé Based On: Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson, published  in 2011 Overview:   As the result of a mysterious accident, Christine Lucas wakes up every morning with no memory of the last 20 years of her life.  Her husband Ben caters to her every need, providing carefully selected photograph reminders and scrapbooks to refresh her memory each day.  But as she secretly begins to visit a doctor to attempt a new kind of treatment for her amnesia, the daily diary she is directed to keep starts to trigger memories and flashbacks that...

B2BO: Left Behind

WIMAGF: Left Behind Expected Release Date: October 3, 2014 Director: Vic Armstrong Based on: Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, published 1995 Overview: People all over the world disappear in an instant, leaving behind empty clothes and confusion. Chaos ensues as Captain Rayford Steele lands his plane and tries to reunite with his daughter Chloe, a firm skeptic who is not as sure as her dad that God’s people have been raptured and they have been Left Behind. Working in its favor: First of all, it’s a pretty cool “what if” scenario, so that’s working for it. Even if the movie is terrible, which seems likely, it will have people...

B2BO: Gone Girl

Will It Make A Good Film (WIMAGF)?:  Gone Girl Expected Nationwide Release Date:  October 3, 2014 Director: David Fincher Based on:  Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Crown Publishing Group) SPOILER WARNING.   There is no way to speculate about this adaptation without touching upon important plot details.  So, to start:  If you haven’t read the book, stop reading this article.  And go read the book. Overview:  In the novel, Nick Dunne discovers his house ransacked and his wife Amy missing on the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary.  The subsequent investigation uncovers evidence that implicates Nick and it is revealed that the Dunne...

B2BO: A Walk Among The Tombstones

Will It Make A Good Film?: A Walk Among The Tombstones Release Date: September 19, 2014 Director: Scott Frank Based On: A Walk Among The Tombstones, by Lawrence Block, published 1992 Overview:  Private Investigator Matt Scudder, a recovering alcoholic who now toes the line of the law he once upheld, is hired to investigate the brutal murder of the wife of a known drug dealer.  This book is the tenth in a series featuring Scudder as the central character that function as modern hardboiled detective novels. Working In Its Favor:  When I first saw the preview for this film, I thought great, just what we need, another Liam Neeson movie about a...

B2BO: The Drop

Will It Make A Good Film?: The Drop Release Date:  September 12, 2014 Director: Michael R. Roskam Based On: Animal Rescue by Dennis Lehane, published in 2009. Overview: Brooklyn bartender Bob Saginowski finds his largely boring life interrupted by the scrutiny of a robbery, an enigmatic woman, and an abused puppy. A Unique Adaptation:  The Drop isn’t your average literary adaptation.  Dennis Lehane published Animal Rescue back in 2009 as part of a short story collection called Boston Noir, which includes several other noir stories that take place in various neighborhoods around Boston.  Later, Lehane was approached to expand this...

B2BO: The Maze Runner

Will it Make a Good Film: The Maze Runner Expected Release Date: September 19, 2014 Director: Wes Ball Based on: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, published 2009 Overview: In a dystopian future, adolescent boys are placed in a maze with monsters as part of some unexplained experiment. Yet another YA sci-fi film, which will have to work hard to differentiate itself from The Hunger Games and Divergent. Working in its favor: The best thing this film has going for it is that it’s not the book, and James Dashner did not write the script. I commend him for a thrilling plot, but his prose leaves much to be desired. The story has blockbuster...

B2BO: The Giver

Will It Make A Good Film?:  A New Regular Feature For this new feature, I’ll be reading the books that are being made into films, and predicting whether they will translate well to the big screen, taking into account factors like the director and cast, if that information is available. These short features will show up a couple weeks before the release date, allowing you plenty of time to read the book and form your own opinion, if you would rather not trust mine. If you find you disagree with my verdict, or have anything to add to my prediction, please do so in the comments! WIMAGF: The Giver Expected Release Date: August 15, 2014...