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Notable Books Being Turned into Movies

Hollywood often mines the literary world for its stories. Here are some books you might want to read before they hit the big screen:

Into the Wild
by Jon Krakauer

This one looks really good. Krakauer is a good story teller so it will be interesting to see what Sean Penn does with this. See for more info. Stars: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook and is directed by Sean Penn.

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A lush epic love story set in early 20th century South America. Another must read by this Nobel Prize winning author. For movie info click here.

The Jane Austen Book Club: A Novel
by Karen Joy Fowler

Five women and one man meet periodically to discuss the work of Jane Austen and realize their lives mirror the stories they read. Stars: Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Maggie Grace, Jimmy Smits.

I am Legend
by Richard Matheson

Awesome book which I hear the film veers away from. No surprises there, so I am not expecting this adaptation to be good. Stars: Will Smith.

by Alessandro Baricco

A steamy historical romance starring Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Michael Pitt and Koji Yakusho.

The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

An unconventional love story between a man who has a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel and his artist wife who must deal with this. The book is a must read, by the way. The film will be directed by Robert Schwentke and stars Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

Other good books being turned into movies include:
  • The Republic of Love by Carol Shields
  • the Coen brothers direct No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini - about an Afghan boy and his friendship with a servant's son
  • Iron Man - the highly-anticipated comic book adaptation, starring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Samuel L. Jackson. Not out till May 08 - watch the trailer
  • The epic anglo-saxon poem, Beowulf, movie screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (out Nov 16)- watch the trailer

Comments (2)

Great list! There is also The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence, it was at TIFF 07 although I've not seen a regular release date yet. The film was excellent.

Funny, but thats the one that got me thinking I should do a list. But I got the name wrong - thinking it was the Stone Diaries - and couldn't find it anywhere. Thanks for reminding me.