Category: Book to Box Office

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...

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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 story into a film entitled The Drop.  After...

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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 potential – scary monsters, action sequences, a male protagonist, kids versus THE WORLD – but the writing is distractingly unpolished while the characters lack the depth of thought and emotion that I believe teenagers are capable of. A good screenwriter could fix both issues, and a good director will guide his actors so that we assume the interior lives of the characters are complicated and nuanced. I have hopes that both of these ends will be accomplished. The setting of this film is also working in its favor. Dystopian films are in vogue, lately, and The Maze and The Glade are of a scale that they will be frightening and thrilling in theaters, and should...

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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...

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