As obsessive readers and fans of dismissing quality movies as inferior to their literary counterparts, it's important for us to know which books will head to the big screen ahead of time. How else will we know how Wild Reese will be, or what is going to happen to Peeta? Be reasonable. We've decided to use our research for the good of society and share the adaptations coming soon that we are most excited for.
1. The Spook's Apprentice - Joseph Delaney (Seventh Son)
Thomas Ward (Ben Barnes) is the seventh son of the seventh son, which gives him the ability to see things that others cannot: ghosts, ghasts, boggarts, and the like. He becomes an apprentice to John Gregory, the Spook (Jeff Bridges). Julianne Moore is set to play Mother Malkin, one of the most sinister witches who uses blood magic, luring young runaway women into care before sucking their blood to maintain her youth, who was then imprisoned by the Spook. Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou also star.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, in case you somehow didn't know, are stepping into the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey for the adaptation of the incredibly successful erotic novel. Steele, a literature student, interviews Grey as a favor to her roommate, but quickly becomes entranced by this brilliant and handsome man who is unable to resist her. He admits his desire, but on his own terms; this is a man with a need to control everything. This is also probably going to be the movie with a bunch of heavy-breathing sweaty middle-aged women trying to control themselves in the theater. You've been warned.
3. In the Heart of the Sea - Nathaniel Philbrick
The last time Ron Howard and Chris Hemsworth teamed up, they brought us one of the best films of 2013, Rush. Now, they're at it again (along with Cillian Murphy and Benjamin Walker) with this story of a whaleship attacked by one angry whale, leaving the crew shipwrecked and stranded for 90 days, thousands of miles from land. The true story inspired a little book by Herman Melville (played in the movie by our favorite, Ben Whishaw) entitled Moby-Dick.
4. The Price of Salt - Patricia Highsmith (Carol)
W. W. Norton & Company
Patricia Highsmith, author of successful novels-turned-movies like Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (we're choosing to ignore the recent The Two Faces of January here), wrote The Price of Salt, which will be released as 'Carol.' The novel itself, controversial for its lesbian content and unprecedented gay happy ending, is said to have inspired Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Sarah Paulson, with Far From Heaven and I'm Not There director Todd Haynes helming.
5. Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Shaye Areheart Books
Gone Girl author brings us yet another chilling thriller. A young girl is the sole survivor of a massacre that leaves both of her sisters and her mother dead in an apparent Satanic cult ritual. She testifies against her brother, but 25 years later, she begins to investigate the actual events. Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, and Christina Hendricks star.
6. A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants director Ken Kwapis is set to direct Bryson's memoir, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. The hilarious book describes Bryson's attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. Emma Thompson and Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman will also star.
7. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
As conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows, a war looms for Divergent's post-apocalyptic Chicago. In this sequel, we're still following Shailene Woodley and Theo James' Tris and Four as they try to understand the reasons for Erudite's insurrection and obtain information the Abnegation are trying to protect. Kate Winslet, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller return in their supporting roles, and are joined by some all-star names: Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, and Suki Waterhouse.
8. Serena - Ron Rash
The dynamic duo of mega-nominated movies Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle are back at it! Bradley Cooper plays a man trying to maintain his timber empire during the Depression, while Jennifer Lawrence plays his wife who discovers she can't have children. For some reason, we're a little terrified of JLaw in this movie from the trailer.
9. Silence - Shusako Endo
Taplinger Publishing Company
This 1966 novel about a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan where he endures persecution is set to be adapted by Martin Scorsese. It will also have an all star cast of Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, and Adam Driver.
10. The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks
The producers of The Fault in Our Stars, the author of The Notebook, and the hottest Hollywood son around, this movie already has us in love with it. Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson play two lovers and there's a rodeo or something; we don't really know, we were just thinking about how much this movie will make us cry. Time to read the book.
11. Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg tackles Thomas Hardy's novel. Carey Mulligan stars as Bathsheba Everdene, a woman who has too many men in love with her and of course rejects them all until she falls for one. Three men, played by Michael Sheen, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone), and Tom Sturridge (On The Road), all after this woman: who will she end up with? We actually just read the plot description and had everything spoiled and somehow still gasped and cried at those three paragraphs. Why didn't we know about this book before?!
12. Paper Towns - John Green
The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's next book to be adapted by the same team who adapted TFIOS (Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber). Margo and her adventures are legendary at her high school, and Quentin ("Q") has always loved her for it. Margo climbs through his window and demands he take an all night road trip of revenge, but when she goes missing the next day, Q realizes she's left clues for him and promptly hits the road again in search of her. Cara Delevingne will play Margo and TFIOS' Nat Wolff will play Q.
13. The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge - Michael Punke
Carroll & Graf Publishers
Academy Award-nominated Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman, 21 Grams, Biutiful) is set to direct Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in this adaptation. Partially based on the life of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Leo will play Glass, who is mauled by a bear, then later robbed and left for dead by his companions. He survives and sets out for revenge against those same men.
14. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
Faber and Faber
A one-hundred-year-old woman, Roseanne McNulty, in a mental hospital for about 50 years decides to retrace her history. As the hospital faces demolition and he must choose which of his patients should be transferred and which should rejoin the community, Dr. Grene also tries to discover her history. What they find is very different, though there are some consistencies. Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara will play Roseanne McNulty, Eric Bana will play Grene, with Theo James also starring.
15. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
An oft-adapted novel, Mary Shelley's classic is to be turned into yet another film, this time directed by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push). The updated version, titled Victor Frankenstein, will be told from the perspective of the doctor's assistant, Igor. The film will explain how the doctor became the man who created the legendary monster. Daniel Radcliffe will play Igor and James McAvoy will play Victor Frankenstein.
16. The Martian - Andy Weir
Crown Publishing Group
Described as Cast Away meets Apollo 13, the novel follows an astronaut stranded on Mars, fighting to survive (which also sounds mildly like Gravity to us, no?). Ridley Scott is set to direct a pretty stellar (no pun intended) cast here: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Donald Glover, Kate Mara, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This sounds like a great movie already, but we'll have to wait until November to see it.
17. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Walt Disney Pictures is working on this live-action/CGI mash-up of the classic book, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), with a mind-bogglingly incredible cast. Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito will provide voices, while newcomer Neel Sethi will play Mowgli.
YouTube/Fifty Shades of Grey, Focus Features
Anastasia Steele may be a timeless literary hero. She may be a beacon of female agency in the realm of modern sexuality. She may be a vessel for the release of personal frustrations for readers the world over. She may be any and all of these things. But a good interviewer she is not. At least that's what we've gleaned from the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey:
We're not claiming to have all the answers behind a seamless interview, but we do know a few basic rules. Rules that Dakota Johnson, as the spiritually lukewarm Miss Steele, so callously breaks in this first look at the film. Steele pays a visit to the nauseatingly sleek office building of one Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) in order to conduct "an interview for the newspaper," as she so facelessly introduces. What's to follow is an onslaught of cardinal sins and groan-worthy slip-ups on the part of the would-be reporter.
Always look your subject in the eye.Nerves are understandable, but keep your nose out of your notebook. Steele's face barely reaches sea level.
Keep the discussion going.Any conversation is bound to hit a few lulls, but Steele allows for a pause so diabolically long and piercing that it's sure to kill any momentum in what otherwise might be an engaging back-and-forth.
YouTube/Fifty Shades of Grey, Focus Features
Don't make yourself the focus.While it's not a crime to inject a personal reflection here or there in the interest of forging an empathy and connection with your subject, Steele allows the chat to switch gears entirely and begins lamenting her own meaningless life. If you do insist on talking about yourself, keep it upbeat!
You probably shouldn't go and have sex with the person you interviewed.Although this one has its detractors.
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Actress Dakota Johnson has taken on an active role in helping producers find the perfect star to portray her onscreen lover in the Fifty Shades Of Grey film following Charlie Hunnam's recent departure. The Sons of Anarchy star pulled out of playing Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of writer E.L. James' erotic novel earlier this month (Oct13), leaving Universal Pictures bosses scrambling to recast his role.
However, producer Michael De Luca reveals they've been receiving a helping hand from Johnson, the daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, as they search for a suitable replacement to appear opposite her Anastasia Steele.
He tells Eonline.com, "She's the best partner a producer could have... She's helping us look through the candidates to see which chemistry kind of captures our attention."
Hunnam recently revealed his hectic TV schedule forced him to walk away from the project, and while De Luca admits losing their original leading man was a big blow, he insists production is "on track" as they are close to revealing their new Christian Grey "in a couple weeks".
British actor Jamie Dornan and Alexander Skarsgard have emerged as frontrunners, while Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer remain fan favourites for the role.
Usually, when discussing costars and upcoming projects, actors tend to keep the conversation pretty tame: they're always excited to be working with people so talented, happy to share vague recollections of the fun and positive energy shared on set. But when your next big title is Fifty Shades of Grey, you've pretty much got to go for broke. Charlie Hunnam, recently cast as male lead Christian Grey in the developing novel adaptation, recently let loose some intriguingly candid commentary regarding the movie and his costar Dakota Johnson. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter about the provocative picture, Hunnam delved into the "tangible chemistry" he already feels with Johnson, who plays submissive heroine Anastasia Steele.
Although Hunnam has been deemed an odd choice for the role (and it for him), he boasts a certainty in his decision that stems from his initial meeting with Ben and Kate star Johnson. "As soon as we got in the room and started reading with Dakota, I knew that I definitely wanted to do it," Hunnam says, "because there was a tangible chemistry between us. It felt kind of exciting and fun and weird and compelling, and so that was it."
Those familiar with E.L. James' original text are likely anticipating a sexual charge in the Fifty Shades movie that puts to shame even the steamiest scenes in Ghost (oh, Ghost... You changed us all). And Hunnam's profession of onscreen chemistry is a good sign of what's to come.
While there are challenges in a role that demands such intimacy between two relative strangers, Hunnam cites his experience on the early 2000s drama series Queer as Folk as preparation for this new title. "My first job was on a Channel 4 miniseries called Queer as Folk." Hunnam explains that he performed "incredibly explicit sexual scenes with a man," saying, "I'm 16- and 17-years wiser now. So if I could do it when I was 18 with a guy, I can certainly do it at 33 with a lady."
So does this put all you skeptics any more firmly in the Hunnam/Johnson camp for Fifty Shades?
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Upon hearing that Charlie Hunnam has been cast as the titular sado-masochist in the upcoming film adaptation of EL James' novel Fifty Shades of Grey (the news reported by Deadline), fans of the story have been chiming in with their approval — or lack thereof — of the choice. But looking at it from another angle, is Fifty Shades the right choice for Hunnam at this point in his career? Ever since the polarizing Pacific Rim, Hunnam has been on thin ice with some critics and moviegoers. Working with occasionally abject dialogue, Hunnam gave a performance that has been called out as the worst part of Guillermo del Toro's film. So will something like James' pseudo-porn from the screenwriter behind the groan-worthy Terra Nova be a detriment to Hunnam at this sensitive crossroads?
If he were just another well-sculpted frontman whose career had promise only to marshal action-heavy blockbusters and sultry romances, then we might not even bother with the question of whether or not this is the right time for Hunnam to sign onto Fifty Shades. But the man has talent, and fandom to boot. His Sons of Anarchy role, Jax Teller, has earned him critical praise and public celebration. He proved comically adept as the uncurably suave Lloyd on Judd Apatow's goofy college comedy Undeclared, impressed in a handful of acclaimed dramas, with Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men a standout.
In short, Hunnam has the goods. He can handle real material, not just kaijus and sex dens. And we're afraid that so soon after an unfavorable Pac Rim reaction, Hunnam's assignment to Christian Grey might label him forever a flat actor who juggles lackluster scripts.
Then again, maybe we shouldn't discount Fifty Shades entirely. Maybe Hunnam and newly cast costar Dakota Johnson will derive some provocative chemistry from the story. Maybe screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who is also handling this year's anticipated picture Saving Mr. Banks, has more up her sleeve than a few "Oh my God! A dinosaur!" exclamations. Maybe director Sam Taylor-Johnson will conjure up her Nowhere Boy magic and instill this new project with a hefty dose of character and charm. If all things go as such, this might not be such a bad choice for Hunnam after all.
But try convincing the Fifty Shades fans that he's not a bad choice for the movie...
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Melanie Griffith is a proud mum after learning her daughter Dakota Johnson has landed the lead in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' scandalous novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. James herself announced the casting on Monday (02Sep13), revealing Charlie Hunnam would be playing Christian Grey opposite Johnson's Anastasia Steele, and Griffith jumped on Twitter to celebrate.
She wrote, "My beautiful child Dakota has been chosen to play Anna Steele in 50 Shades. Look out world! Here she comes!!! #proudmama."
Meanwhile, producer Michael De Luca has revealed the pairing of Hunnam and Johnson was easy to pick as there was "incredible chemistry" between them.
He says, "Auditions were stunning."
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie will open next summer (Aug14).
British moviemaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has been chosen to direct the Hollywood adaptation of erotic bestseller 50 Shades Of Grey. The Nowhere Boy filmmaker, formerly known as Sam Taylor-Wood, will adapt the E.L. James book for Focus Features, whose bosses have acquired the rights to the raunchy read.
A statement released by producer Michael De Luca reads: "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life.
"E.L. James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit."
Anna Karenina's Joe Wright had previously been considered a favourite to take on the film adaptation.
The appointment of Taylor-Johnson is the first major step for the film - they have yet to cast the lead roles of masochistic billionaire Christian Grey and adventurous college student Anastasia Steele.
Canadian TV star Stephen Amell recently ruled himself out of the running to play Grey after meeting with film producers, while Emma Watson previously insisted she had no interest in portraying Steele after leaked studio documents suggested she was moviemakers' top choice for the job.
In a new interview with Playboy magazine, The Social Network star Armie Hammer revealed he had to tell his agent not to pursue the project: "No one actually offered me the movie, but while I was working on Lone Ranger my agent brought it up, and I said 'Nope.' I mean, come on - it's just mommy porn."
Fifty Shades of Grey fans, grasp on tightly to your blindfolds, chains, and metal balls, because we're that much closer to whipping the exceedingly anticipated film-adaption into production. The kinky adaption from Focus Features and Universal Pictures already scored Kelly Marcel as screen writer, and now the inevitablely risqué flick has found itself a director: Sam Taylor-Johnson.The filmmaker, wife of Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is best known for her directorial debut Nowhere Boy, which chronicled the origins of John Lennon's life (and helped to launch her husband's acting career). The British director will venture into the Red Room of Pain, setting Anastasia Steele under the command of the domineering, jaw-droppingly gorgeous Christian Grey.
Michael De Luca, producer of the hot and steamy project, shared how Taylor-Johnson snagged the coveted role as director. According to Deadline, De Luca stated, "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion, and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life. EL James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit." Bravo, Sam!
And for all the obedient Christian Grey submissives worried about the film leaning on the side of caution, don't fret: the eroticism and S&M scenes will not be dulled down. It will be rated NC-17, so we're expecting to practically watch porn on the big screen pretty much. Follow Cori on Twitter @gimmegimmeCOR | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_comMore:'Fifty Shades of Grey' Screenwriter May Adapt 'The Little Mermaid'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Finds a Writer'Fifty Shades of Grey' Will Be Rated NC-17
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Rasputin — he's a bad guy, right? High school global history class pretty much swept over that chapter to devote enough time to World War I, so all we really have to go by is Anastasia, in which the historical figure was embodied by a tall, deplorable, Jafar-ian villain. So naturally, when you think Rasputin, you think Leonardo DiCaprio.
Unsatisfied with Calvin Candie as the identifying "going beyond type" role, DiCaprio is going for the role of Rasputin in a developing biopic about the Russian Imperial Family's turn-of-the-20th-century advisor. Laden with a mysterious life story (and an even more mysterious death story), Rasputin should make for a pretty interesting central figure in a script to be crafted by American Sniper writer Jason Hall.
Deadline reports that the Warner Bros. project will be headlined by DiCaprio, who will either have to do some serious Christian Bale-style ugly-getting for this role, or will turn Rasputin into a newly alluring figure.
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