Friday, February 11, 2011

Fiction to Film: Oscar Nominations in 2011

Recently I previewed the recent trending with Oscar nominations and novels. The connection is not dominant, but 30% of Oscar winners over the past 10 years have come from long-form fiction.
So with that in mind, and a general interest in faction-to-film adapatations, I've created the list of 2011 films based on novels. Feel free to use this as your 2011 reading list.

Martin Scorsese will direct Hugo Cabret based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Asa Butterfield plays the part of Hugo, amongst the co-stars of Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, and Chloe Moretz.

David Cronenberg is to be directing an adaptation of Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis.

Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mark Strong & CiarĂ¡n Hinds star in the adaptation of the thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre.

Steven Spielberg produces and directs a WWI story with the film based on Michael Moprurgo's book War Horse.
Famous Brazilian director Walter Salles bring Jack Kerouac's On The Road to life with Sam Riley in the lead, and a unique set of supporting actors including Amy Adams, Viggo Mortenson, Kristen Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Elisabeth Moss and Steve Buscemi.

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver is being directed and adapted by Lynee Ramsay. The story tells about a mother of a 15 year old son who killed multiple people at his school in Columbine-style massacre, writing letters to her estranged husband. The film will star Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly.

Johnny Depp stars in the adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's The Rum Diary.

Alexander Payne directs and adapts from the novel The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings with a cast of characters that includes George Clooney, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer and Beau Bridges.

A talented cast of women (Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard) star in the adaptation of the best-selling novel Kathryn Stockett's The Help. Although if there is a star people talk about once this film comes out, I expect it might be Octavia Spencer.

Australian Nobel Prize laurete Patrick White will have one of his works The Eye of the Stormadapted with Australian actor Geoffery Rush as the lead.

David Fincher will direct the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson.

Michael C. Hall stars in a film about a man who's begins an affair with a former high school classmate in the adaptation of Douglas Light's East Fifth Bliss.

Cary Fukunga directs the reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and William H. Macy star in the adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly.

Robert Duvall, Lucas Black and Melissa Leo will all perform in the inspirational golf film Seven Days in Utopia based off the inspiration book Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia by Dr. David L Cook.

Helen Mirren, William Hurt, Carey Mulligan, and Sam Reilly will star in Brighton Rock based on the classic Graham Greene. This novel was previously adapted as film in 1947.

There is still talk this will be the year we see Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, but no cast has been announced.

Anna Farris and Chris Evans star in What's Your Number? based on 20 Times a Lady: A Novel by Karyn Bosnak.

Wayne Wang directs with Fox Searchlight Distributing an adaptation of Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

Rod Lurie directs and adapts the screenplay for the film Straw Dogs based on the book The siege of Trencher's Farm by Gordon M. Williams.

The Roman Britian trilogy has an adaptation in the film The Eagle based on Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth.

From the director of Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat, Paul W.S. Anderson directs his own direction of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

Robert De Niro, Jason Stratham and Clive Owen star in a film about a Navy Seal forced out of retirement to save his friend in The Killer Elite based on The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes.

William Hurt, Dallas Roberts and Zach Gilford star in The River Why based on the novel by David James Duncan.

John Madden directs The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel based on the book These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.

David Yates directs the final installment the Harry Potter franchise with part two of J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Similarly, part I of the Twillight Saga's fourth book is released in cinemas as we will see part one of Stephanie Meyer's Breaking Dawn.

Brendan Gleeson directs and stars in an adaptation Flann O'Brein's At Swim-Two-Birds.

On the kid scene, Angelica Huston stars in an adaptation of Fransesca Simon's Horrid Henry, and Jim Carrey stars in an adaptation of Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater.


Walter L. Hollmann said...

AHHHH I didn't realize Best Exotic... was based on These Foolish Things! I almost picked up that book months ago at Borders because I liked the cover, it intrigued me, etc. Then I decided, "Eh, I'll do it later." AND THEN THEY CLOSED BORDERS. Looks like it's down to the B&N... I wonder why they chose to retitle it to something far wordier?

Thanks for this list, of course. I'm almost done with Airport and wondered what was next...

RC said...

@ Walter - "These Foolish Things" does sort of lack something by way of "catchiness" - although you are right....The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is certainly a full title.