So far this year we have seen the release of Matt Baglio’s The Rite starring Anthony Hopkins, Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Eagle of the Ninth, aka The Eagle starring Channing Tatum, and Phillip K. Dick’s The Adjustment Bureau starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Coming up this month is Michael Connelly’s The Lincoln Lawyer and Alan Glynn’s The Dark Fields aka Limitless. In April we have Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, while in May there’s Emily Giffin’s Something Borrowed.
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Plot: An L.A. criminal defense attorney conducts business out of his Lincoln Town Car. His latest case takes a dark turn when he uncovers a startling secret that could cost him the bar and his life.
Stars Matthew McConaughey Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Josh Lucas and Ryan Phillippe.
Directed by Brad Furman
Screenplay by John Romano
McConaughey returns with a bang in this high intensity legal thriller. The buzz surrounding this has been very positive and Oscar winner Marisa Tomei, who wowed in The Wrestler, definitely looks like she brings the goods here. Add in the always brilliant Macey and this film looks like one hot must see. Author Michael Connelly is apparently pleased with the cast as well. In an interview on Amazon he noted "...the cast is just fantastic. As each was announced, I became more and more excited."
A burned out copy writer discovers a top-secret drug that endows him with super-human intelligence and personality. As his addiction grows, he ignores all the dangerous side effects until his life unravels and he begins to see the terrifying truth behind the drug’s creation.
Stars Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard and Anna Friel.
Directed by Neil Burger
Screenplay by Leslie Dixon
Shia LaBeouf was originally supposed to star, but Cooper replaced him when he injured his arm in a car accident. Early buzz is mixed, but the premise is intriguing. What would you do if, with the help of a little pill, you could use 100% of your brain? The possibilities are endless...
Water for Elephants
Jacob Jankowski is a veterinary student who abandons his studies after his parents are killed. He joins a circus as the animal caretaker and soon finds himself at odds with the cruel head trainer.
Stars Robert Pattinson, Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon along with Hal Holbrook and James Frain.
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Screenplay by Richard LaGravenese
Robert Pattinson is supposed to be stepping up his post-Twilight game, but that remains to be seen. The brutal side of life under the Big Top juxtaposes an improbable love story and with a cast that includes Oscar winners Witherspoon and Waltz, this looks like it just might be a great film.
Rachel White, consummate good girl, is really starting to resent her best friend Darcy. The woman has it all; including a hot fiancé that Rachel is in love with. When Rachel knocks back a few and winds up in bed with said fiancé, the last thing she expects is for him to confess similar feelings for her.
Stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, John Krasinski. Colin Egglesfield
Directed by Luke Greenfield
Screenplay by Jennie Snyder
Kate Hudson just doesn't get tired of rom coms does she? Though this sounds more interesting than her last outings, this film looks to be just okay and more of a vehicle for Ginnifer Goodwin. It's an intriguing twist, though, with cheaters as sympathetic characters.
Other novels coming to life on film later this year include Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, starring Gianna Jun and Hugh Jackman, as well as the 1938 classic, Mr. Popper's Penguins, starring Jim Carrey and Carla Gugino. What novels do you know of coming to the big screen? Do you like seeing a favorite book in a different medium? What novel would you like to see get a film treatment?