Books Into Movies News Roundup, March 26, 2010

The Help and One for the Money

There are a lot of movies based on books in the works right now, which is really exciting news for us book lovers. Yes, movie adaptations frequently miss the mark, however, I still think there is something exciting about seeing a beloved book being brought to life on the big screen. Here’s a rundown of movie news I think you’ll be interested in:

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I’m probably most excited about the movie version of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help and the fact that Steven Speilberg is producing it. People magazine recently offered up some casting suggestions: Claire Danes as Skeeter, Oprah Winfrey as Aibileen, Mo’Nique as Minny, and Anne Hathaway as Hilly. The Anne Hathaway suggestion is out of left field, but I like their other picks. Filming may begin this summer.

 

 

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Also in the news is the movie version of One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. Katherine Heigl will play Evanovich’s popular bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. According to Us Weekly, Heigl has recently been seen with brown hair because the film will soon be in pre-production. I’m only vaguely familiar with the Stephanie Plum series, but I pictured someone like Sandra Bullock or Lauren Graham in the role. The movie version of the series has been a long time coming, so I bet fans are probably just happy that it’s finally getting made.

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games movie is only in very early stages as the author herself, Suzanne Collins, is currently writing the screenplay. Recently, the Los Angeles Times asked, “The Hunger Games in Hollywood — who will play Katniss?” Some of their suggestions: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, and Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones). I absolutely love The Hunger Games, but I admit I have some reservations about the movie. This article (What’s Wrong With a Hunger Games Movie?) echoes my feelings. Although I do find that the fact that Collins herself is heavily involved in the movie to be reassuring.

 

Odds and Ends:
Daemon’s Movies has the trailer for the movie based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. It stars Julia Roberts and hits theaters on August 16th.

In Twilight news, Ashley Greene talks to MTV about the possibility that Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies.

CNN interviews Seth Grahame-Smith about the movie versions of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Diablo Cody talks to New York Magazine about adapting the Sweet Valley High series.

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