Category: Book to Box Office

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...

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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 travels back in time to prevent President John F. Kennedy from being shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Epping learns that the past doesn’t want to be changed, and because his time traveling portal doesn’t allow him to choose exactly when he travels back to, Epping must wait in the past for his time to act...

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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...

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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 course of many years and many tragedies, which teach them each the value of the other. Working for it: Yet another 19th-century novel centered on a woman’s choice of husband, Far from the Madding Crowd sets itself apart with its humor, tragedy, scandal, and perspective — that of a poor shepherd. These elements make for a good story that audiences outside of the Jane Austen demographic should enjoy (though Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen seem to have shared the same dry wit). There are some fantastic dialogues in this book, but it also contains some scenes that would translate well to the screen due to the intensity of their action. Gabriel’s flock of sheep running over a cliff due to an inexperienced young...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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),...

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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...

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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 enjoy. Working against it: The writing is a large part of the appeal of this novel. Cheryl Strayed knows language, and when she waxes poetic it is lyrical, genuine, and lovely to read. I doubt this could be translated to film, and if you take away the beautiful things Cheryl says about her experience, you’re left with a foolish and troubled twenty-something who, having never backpacked before, decides to backpack alone along the Pacific Crest Trail. Perhaps, if Cheryl’s voice as narrator is incorporated, some of the beauty of the writing could be transferred to the screen, but it would be a tricky thing to accomplish. “Wild” Card: For me, the wild card is a toss-up between the director and Reese Witherspoon. I’ll explain… The director,...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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