This bookworm and film buff is incredibly excited about the many movie versions of beloved books coming out over the next few months! Of course, the movie rarely compares to the book, but it is always exciting to see favorite characters and exciting storylines come to life on the big screen.
Scroll down through a list of coming attractions, click here to access one or all of these books in our online catalog.
Cloud Atlas (In Theaters Now) This fast-paced, complex thriller directed by the creators of The Matrix trilogy is adapted from the critically acclaimed 2004 novel by David Mitchell and explores the themes of love and freedom through six interrelated and interwoven stories. Fun Fact: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry play six different characters in the film.
Anna Karenina (November 16) Certainly not the first movie version of the classic Russian novel, this retelling stars Keira Knightly as the title character and Jude Law as Alexi Karenin. Fun Fact: Most of the film was shot entirely in a dilapidated theatre.
Lincoln (November 16) Based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the former president in his last months of office. Fun Fact: The screenplay was written by playwright Tony Kushner (Pulitzer Prize winner for Angels In America).
Breaking Dawn Part II (November 16) The final movie installment of the wildly popular Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Fun Fact: The first four films have grossed over $2 billion dollars worldwide.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14) Peter Jackson returns to direct another J. R. R. Tolkien trilogy, this time based on the beloved hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Fun Fact: The second and third installments will be called The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Look for these to be released December 2013 and July 2014 respectively.
Life of Pi (December 21) This 3D-movie version of the 2001 novel by Yann Martel is directed by Ang Lee and tells the story of a lone survivor of a shipwreck who shares a lifeboat with a menagerie of wild animals. Fun Fact: A large part of this movie was shot in the world’s largest self-generating wave tank (with a capacity of 1.7 million gallons).
On the Road (December 21) This film version of the cult classic by Jack Kerouac has been a long time in the making. The story is based on Kerouac’s travels across the U.S. in the 1940s and stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Sam Riley, Amy Adams and Viggo Mortensen. Fun Fact: Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy) bought the rights to make this movie in 1979.
Les Misérables (December 25) This film, based on the stage musical version of the classic Victor Hugo novel, has a blockbuster cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and more! Fun Fact: This is the first movie musical to have the film’s vocals recorded live on set.