Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fiction to Film: 2013

In yesterday's post, I cited that 3 of the 9 Oscar nominated films from 2012 came from film adaptations of novels (and 28.1% over Oscar nominees for the 10 years prior to that, are based on Novels)

Whether it's classic literature, best sellers, or lesser known stories, I've captured a list here of all the 2013 films based on novels I could find, in part to search for 2013 books worth reading (before the film comes out), and to ponder, whether a couple of these will follow suit and be a part of this next year's Oscar race for best picture.

Happy Reading.


One of the first adaptations of the year, Richard LaGravanese directs the fantasy drama based on Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's book Beautiful Creatures.

Also an early in the year horror romance coming to movie theaters is the adaptation of Isaac Marion's Warm Bodies.

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence co-star (again) in the 1930s depression era film based on Ron Rash's Serena.

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd star in the comedy Admission based on the book by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

The second installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy returns with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug based on J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit.

Also in the second-installment-club Jennifer Lawrence returns to the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire based on the book by Suzanne Collins.

This year also will bring the highly anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, staring Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan.

This summer, we'll see Marc Forster direct Brad Pitt in the film adaptation of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.

Lasse Hallstrom directs an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven.

Liam Hemsworth and Gary Oldman star in a dramatic thriller based on Joseph Finder's Paranoia.

Lily Collins stars in the fantasy film adaptation of The Mortal Instrumens: City of Bones based on the novel by Cassandra Clare.
Kimberly Pierce directs a new adaptation of Steven King's Carrie staring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.

Emmy Rossum and Hilary Swank star in an adaptation about a terminally ill woman called You're Not You based on the book by Michelle Wildgen.

Gavin Hood directs Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.

Of course, this year has the spring blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, a retelling of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

James McAvoy and Jamie Bell star in an adaptation of Irvine Walsh's Filth.

Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas gets a big screen adaptation with Willem Dafoe, Patton Oswalt, and Anton Yelchin staring.

Twilight fans might flock to see an adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host later this year.
Joseph Delaney's Spook's Apprentice is the source material for the fantasy adventure film The Seventh Son. The film features Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.
Javier Bardem plays lead role in Spanish language romance/thriller in the adaptation of Carlos Bardem's Alacran Enamorado.

Robert Redford directs an adaptation of The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon, a film about a Weather Underground activist on the run from a journalist. The film features Anna Kendrick, Shai LeBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon.

John Crowley is set to direct an adaptation of the same-sex love story The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (written under the pseudonym Claire Morgan), the film is called Carol and set to star Cate Blanchett. 

David E. Talbert's book Baggage Claim is adapted and directed by the author. It will star Paula Patton and Taye Diggs.

In the young adults adaptation category you also have Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan being adapted.

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