Category: Book to Box Office

B2BO: We3

Book to Box Office: We3 Based On: We3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely Expected Release Date: None. Instead, we’re considering how a film version might work. Director: None, though we have a suggestion. Summary: From the publisher: With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 (WE3) have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the program’s prototypes, and now that their testing is complete, they’re slated to be permanently “decommissioned,” causing them to seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom. Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team...

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Book to Box Office: Gerald’s Game

Book to Box Office: Gerald’s Game Based On: Gerald’s Game by Stephen King Expected Release Date: Netflix TBA 2017 Director: Mike Flanagan Summary: When Jessie’s husband, Gerald, dies in the midst of their sex games, she’s left handcuffed to a bed in a cabin in the woods where she must struggle to survive while confronting the horrors of her past and a stranger who comes by moonlight. Working For It: By now you’ve heard us praise Mike Flanagan time and time again. He’s displayed his ability to handle interesting and character driven stories with narrative twists and neat visual...

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Book to Box Office: Prince of Cats

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 play and we get to see what happened in Tybalt’s life to make him the angry and violent young man of the original play. Also, the whole book is set in 1983 Brooklyn, mostly written in iambic pentameter, infused with ’80s hip hop style, and written and drawn by design...

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B2BO: The Handmaid’s Tale

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 and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the...

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Book to Box Office: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

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...

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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...

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Book to Box Office: My Best Friend’s Exorcism

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...

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Book to Box Office: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

“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 Scorpius,...

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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...

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Book to Box Office: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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...

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Is Blood Meridian Really Unfilmable?

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 that it often cannot be fit into a reasonable running time. Additionally, much of the goings on in great novels just often doesn’t seem to be what one would call cinematic. A significant portion of Moby Dick consists of Melville’s ruminations on the concept of whaling itself, along with lengthy...

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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...

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

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....

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Book to Box Office: The Girl with All the Gifts

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 survival accompanied by Melanie, a young girl with some terrifying gifts. Working For It: Carey’s novel is a fresh take on the zombie genre, full of ingenious tweaks and new ideas. Rather than being simply a story about a group of mismatched individuals lost in a dangerous wasteland, Carey’s book...

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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:...

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