Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall 2013: Book-to-Movie Releases

Since autumn will start in a few days, I made a post about some highly anticipated books-to-movies that are coming out this fall from September 23 to December 23.


October 11

Romeo and Juliet
What it's about: Two horny teenagers from enemy families meet, and well, what do you think happens?
Directed by: Carlo Carlei
Written by: Julian Fellowes (screenplay) & William Shakespeare (play)
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damien Lewis, Ed Westwick

Another remake of Romeo and Juliet

This is the sort of classic that pops up in movie-format every decade or so. Unlike the 1990 version  Romeo + Juliet starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, this one is set back in old Verona. 

What I'd look forward to seeing is Ed Westwick's performance, since I enjoyed seeing him as the nostril-flaring Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl

See the trailer of Romeo and Juliet (2013):

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October 18

What it's about: Carrie White, a shy outcast with a super-strict religious mother--unleashes her telekinetic terror on her small town when she's pushed too far by her classmates at the senior prom.
Directed by: Kimberly Peirce 
Written by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (screenplay) & Stephen King (novel)
Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer

This is going to the third film adaptation of the novel Carrie by Stephen King. When finding out about this adaptation, King actually suggested that they cast Lindsay Lohan as Carrie. o_O But they ended up offering the angsty role to Chloë Moretz. 

See the trailer of Carrie (2013):

Whoa, bullies with smartphones. Way to update it to 2013. I haven't read Carrie, but the original novel was published in 1974. The trailer looks awesome so I will see it. 

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12 Years a Slave
What it's about: In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Written by: John Ridley (screenplay) & Solomon Northup (author of the autobiography 12 Years a Slave
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, and Michael Fassbender 

12 Years a Slave was shown at the Toronto Film Festival, where some people walked out in the middle because it was brutally honest about the conditions of slavery. I'm expecting to get queasy and squirmy from the violence, but I've heard amazing things about the performances of the actors. The trailer looks great.

Watch the trailer of 12 Years a Slave (2013):

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November 1

Ender's Game 
What it's about: 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. 
Directed by: Gavin Hood
Written by: Gavin Hood (screenplay) & Orson Scott Card (novel)
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford

Okay, the plot sounds lame, but the story is actually amazing. The best parts of it are probably the military school drama, outsmarting opponents through calculated strategy, and super-smart kids. It's a smart book, but I hope the movie can show some of what Ender's thinking. From what I've seen of the trailers, it looks like an action flick, but my fingers are still crossed. 

 See the trailer of Ender's Game:

Holy crap, Asa Butterfield is going through puberty! Seems like centuries away from when I saw him in Hugo. ;)
The trailer's weird in the way that we only see Ender from the perspective of the old people around him. I hope they'll have character-developing scenes from military school and don't jump straight into the explosions, cool as they are.  

This book was so popular that fake movie trailers were created. If you haven't read it, then READ IT. NOW. Every person that I've recommended the book to ended up enjoying it immensely. 

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November 15

The Wolf of Wall Street
What it's about: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Terence Winter (screenplay) & Jordan Belfort (memoir)
Starring:  Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, and Jon Favreau
My first reaction to the boring movie poster and summary was, "I don't care," but the trailer made me think again.
See the trailer of The Wolf of Wall Street (2013):

*raises eyebrows* What the...? O_O Um, okay. Well, if the tone of the movie is anywhere close to the book, it shows that the memoir is more of a funny story. I'm curious.

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The Book Thief
What it's about: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Directed by: Brian Percival
Written by: Markus Zusack (novel) & Michael Petroni (adaptation)
Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson

I've seen this book on the charts, but haven't gotten around to reading it. 

Watch the trailer of The Book Thief (2013):

Oh my God. I must read this book before the movie comes out. ASAP. 

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November 22

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
What it's about: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Written by: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay), & Suzanne Collins (novel)
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

I am glad that we have a new director for the second Hunger Games movie. Gary Ross's oh-my-gawd-I'm-so-edgy shaky camera style made me so nauseous I cried and almost puked in my seat. Please don't be a shaky camera director, Francis Lawrence. Please don't.

I remember liking the book Catching Fire. This is when things start to get messy. 

See the trailer of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013):

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November 27

What it's about: Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked up into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.
Directed by: Spike Lee
Written by: Mark Protosevich (screenplay), Garon Tsuchiya (manga), & Nobuaki Minegishi (manga)
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson 

This is an American remake of the 2003 Korean film Oldboy by Chan-wook Park. I haven't seen either, but the 2003 version seems to be highly revered. I'm actually interested in seeing the 2003 version first. I do want to see Samuel L. Jackson though. 

See the trailer of Oldboy (2013):

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December 13

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
What it's about: The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), & J.R.R. Tolkien (novel The Hobbit)
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage

If you haven't seen the first Hobbit movie, this is the second movie in a three-part series based on the novel The Hobbit by Peter Jackson. 

Benedict Cumberbatch is going to do the voice of the dragon. :) I loved the first Hobbit movie 

See the trailer of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


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December 18

The Monuments Men
What it's about: In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them.
Directed by: George Clooney
Written by: George Clooney (screenplay), Grant Heslov (screenplay), Robert M. Edsel (book) & Bret Witter (book)
Starring: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon

I saw the trailer in the theaters and it seems like a surprisingly fun adventure. And it's about the saving of art and maybe books. If it's about books then I'll vouch for it. :)

Watch the trailer of The Monuments Men (2013):

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Out of the fall releases, I'm the most excited for Ender's Game, The Book Thief, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Oldboy, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I'll have to read The Book Thief and watch the 2003 Oldboy as soon as I can. 

Which ones are you interested in seeing? Let me know in the comments!


  1. So I feel out of the loop about Ender`s Game. It was a optional read for my AP class but I chose Book Thief.

    Another Romeo and Juliet please shoot me. Freshman year i had to read the play, watch the original then the teacher thought we would relate better to the Leonardo movie so we also got to see that. Uhhh

    I am beyond excited for the Book Thief.

    More Hobbit is needed i wil sit through hours of his stories.

    Looking forward to the dress scene in the Hunger Games.

    1. It's never too late to read Ender's Game for fun. ;) I think Sean would like it too. It's a mind-boggler of a book, and you'll probably rip right through it. If you need a copy, I can hook you up...

      I was shown the Leonardo movie in freshman year too. Didn't quite understand it until my first year in college watching it again with a friend. We came to the conclusion that the reason Romeo and Juliet fell in love so quickly was because Romeo was on drugs...and I don't know about Juliet. Did she take drugs too?

      Me too. I am thrilled about the Hobbit and Catching Fire. :)