Movies Based on Books: January to March 2014

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(1. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit  2. I, Frankenstein  3. Labor Day  4. The Monuments Men  5. Vampire Academy  6. Winter’s Tale  7. 300: Rise of An Empire  8. Addicted  9. Divergent

January 17

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Based on characters created by Tom Clancy
Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, and Keira Knightley

January 24

I, Frankenstein
Loosely based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, and Miranda Otto

January 31

Labor Day
Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard
Starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin
Directed by Jason Reitman

February 7

The Monuments Men
Based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter
Starring George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Matt Damon
Directed and adapted by George Clooney

February 14

Vampire Academy
Based on the books by Richelle Mead
Starring Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry

Winter’s Tale
Based on the novel by Mark Helprin
Starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe

March 7

300: Rise of An Empire
Based on the graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller (not yet released)
Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro, and Eva Green

March 14

Addicted
Based on the novel by Zane
Starring Kat Graham, Sharon Leal, and Boris Kodjoe

March 21

Divergent
Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

Release dates and rating subject to change

Movies Based on Books: November to December 2012

(1. Skyfall  2. Lincoln  3. Breaking Dawn Part 2
4. Anna Karenina  5. Silver Linings Playbook  6. Life of Pi
7. Rise of the Guardians  8. Hitchcock  9. The Hobbit
10. Jack Reacher  11. On the Road  12. Les Miserables)

Release dates are nationwide dates when applicable and are subject to change!

November 9

Skyfall
Starring Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, and Javier Bardem
Based on characters created by Ian Fleming
James Bond returns in the third film of the series featuring Daniel Craig

November 16

Lincoln
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and John Hawkes
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based in part on the book Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner
Based on the book by Stephenie Meyer
The final installment in the Twilight film franchise

Anna Karenina
Starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Matthew Macfadyen
Based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
The classic Russian saga gets the big budget treatment with a script adaptation by playwright Tom Stoppard

November 21

Silver Linings Playbook
Starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro
Based on the book by Matthew Quick
A realistic drama about a man just coming home from a mental institution

Life of Pi
Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, and Tabu
Directed by Ang Lee
Based on the book by Yann Martel
A magical story of a boy and a tiger adrift in the Pacific Ocean

Rise of the Guardians
Starring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, and Isla Fisher
Based on the Guardians of Childhood series by William Joyce
An animated fantasy adventure for children

November 23

Hitchock
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson
Based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello
A peek into the romantic life of Alfred Hitchcock during the filming of Psycho

November 30

Killing Them Softly (Rated R)
Starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins
Based on the novel by George V. Higgins
Mob crime thriller about a poker game gone wrong

December 7

Lay the Favorite (Rated R)
Starring Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, and Vince Vaughn
Based on the memoir by Beth Raymer
Comedy about the world of sports gambling in Las Vegas

December 14

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, and Andy Serkis
Directed by Peter Jackson
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien
The first in a trilogy based on The Hobbit and other Tolkien mythology

December 21

Jack Reacher
Starring Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, and Richard Jenkins
Based on the book series by Lee Child
A gritty action thriller about a homicide investigator

On The Road (Rated R)
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart
Based on the book by Jack Kerouac
This iconic 1960s road trip story gets the big screen treatment

December 25

Les Misérables
Starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter
An adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel

Movies Based on Books: June to August 2012

(1. Snow White and the Huntsman  2. Bel Ami  3. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
4. Amazing Spider-Man  5. Savages  6. Trishna
7. The Dark Knight Rises  8. The Bourne Legacy  9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days)

June 1

Snow White and the Huntsman
Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron
Based on the Snow White tale by the Brothers Grimm
An epic fantasy spin on the traditional fairy tale

June 8

Bel Ami (Limited Release) (Rated R)
Starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, and Kristin Scott
Based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant
A 19th-century period drama about a young man who achieves power by manipulating rich women

June 15

The Woman in the Fifth (Rated R)
Starring Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Joanna Kulig
Based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy
About a man in Paris trying to escape his past, only to get caught up in more drama

June 22

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Starring Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Based on the book by Seth Grahame-Smith
Imagines our 16th president as a killer of the undead

July 3

The Amazing Spider-Man
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans
Based on the Marvel Comics character
A darker re-boot of the popular franchise

July 6

Savages
Starring Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Blake Lively
Based on the novel by Don Winslow
An intense crime thriller about a young woman kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel

July 11

Easy Money (Limited) (Rated R)
Starring Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, and Dragomir Mrsic
Based on the novel by Jens Lapidus
A Swedish thriller about the drug trade

Trishna (Limited)
Starring Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, and Anurag Kashyap
Based on Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
An interpretation of the classic story set in contemporary India

July 20

The Dark Knight Rises
Starring Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine
Based on the DC Comics character
The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy

August 3

The Bourne Legacy
Starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton
Centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels.

Total Recall
Starring Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, and Bryan Cranston
Based on the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Devon Bostick, and Rachael Harris
Combines the third and fourth books in Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series

August 29

Lawless
Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, and Guy Pearce
Based on The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
About three brothers running an alcohol ring during prohibition

Movies Based on Books: April to May 2012

(1. The Lucky One  2. Think Like a Man  3. The Moth Diaries
4. The Raven  5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits  6. Headhunters
7. The Avengers  8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  9. What to Expect When You’re Expecting)

April 6

The Hunter (Rated R – Limited Release)
Starring Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, and Morgana Davies
Based on the novel by Julia Leigh
Critically acclaimed Aussie thriller set in the Tasmanian wilderness

April 20

The Lucky One
Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, and Blythe Danner
Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
Another Nicholas Sparks romance, this time featuring a young marine searching for his true love

Think Like a Man
Based on the book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey
Starring Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, and Kevin Hart
Four men turn the tables on their women’s relationship games

The Moth Diaries (Rated R – Limited Release)
Starring Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, and Lily Cole
Based on the novel by Rachel Klein
Horror flick featuring teen girls at a boarding school

April 27

The Raven
Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans
A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Based on Gideon Defoe’s Pirates! series
Starring the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven
Animated, kid-friendly pirate film

Headhunters (Rated R – Limited Release)
Based on the novel by Jo Nesbø
A Swedish thriller

May 4

The Avengers
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner
Based on the Marvel comic books
Directed by Joss Whedon, this blockbuster comic-book movie brings together some of the biggest names in the Marvel universe including Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach
Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith
British retirees, played by some of the biggest names in UK film, vacation in India

May 18

What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison, and Dennis Quaid
Loosely based on the pregnancy books by Heidi Murkoff
An ensemble comedy about the ups and downs of parenthood

Movies Based on Books: January to March 2012

(1. One for the Money 2. The Woman in Black 3. Big Miracle
4. The Secret World of Arrietty 5. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 6. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
7. Mirror Mirror 8. Hunger Games 9. The Pirates! Band of Misfits)

January 20

Coriolanus
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, and Brian Cox
(Limited Release — Rated R)

January 27

The Grey
Based on the short story “Ghost Walker” by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Starring Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, and Frank Grillo

One for the Money
Based on the novel by Janet Evanovich
Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara, and Daniel Sunjata

Albert Nobbs
Based on a short story by George Moore
Starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, and Aaron Johnson
(Rated R)

In Darkness
Based on In the Sewers of Lvov by Robert Marshall
Starring Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, and Agnieszka Grochowska
(Rated R)

February 3

The Woman in Black
Based on the novel by Susan Hill
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, and Ciarán Hinds

Big Miracle
Based on Freeing the Whales by Thomas Rose
Starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski, and Kristen Bell

February 17

The Secret World of Arrietty
Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki
Starring the voices of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, and Will Arnett

March 2

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Starring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Loosely based on the story by the Brothers Grimm
Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, and Peter Stormare

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Based on the novel by Paul Torday
Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Amr Waked
(Limited Release)

March 9

John Carter
Based on the novel John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe

The Raven
A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.
Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Based on the novel by Deborah Moggach
Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith

Think Like a Man
Based on the book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey
Starring Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union, and Kevin Hart

March 16

Mirror Mirror
Loosely based on the Snow White tale by the Brothers Grimm
Starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Armie Hammer

March 23

Hunger Games
Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

March 30

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Based on Gideon Defoe’s Pirates! series
Starring the voices of Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Piven

Movies Based on Books: November to December 2011

Movies Based on Books November/December 2011(1. Breaking Dawn Part 1 2. The Descendants 3. Hugo
4. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows 5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 6. The Adventures of Tintin
7. We Bought a Zoo 8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 9. War Horse)

November 4

My Week With Marilyn
Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, and Kenneth Branagh
Based on the books My Week with Marilyn and The Prince, the Showgirl and Me by Colin Clark
(Limited Release)

November 18

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner
Based on the book by Stephenie Meyer

The Descendants
Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, and Matthew Lillard
Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

November 23

Hugo
Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Christopher Lee
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

A Dangerous Method
Starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen
Based on A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr

December 2

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, and Ezra Miller
Based on the book by Lionel Shriver
(Limited Release)

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, and Tom Hardy
Based on the novel by John le Carré

December 16

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, and Jared Harris
Based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

December 21

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara
Directed by David Fincher
Based on the book by Stieg Larsson

The Adventures of Tintin
Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based on the comic book series by Hergé

December 23

We Bought A Zoo
Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church
Based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee

December 25

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Starring Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, and Sandra Bullock
Based on the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

War Horse
Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo

Movies Based on Books: August to October 2011


1. The Help 2. One Day 3. Conan the Barbarian
4. Drive 5. I Don’t Know How She Does It 6. Moneyball
7. What’s Your Number? 8. Rum Diary 9. Three Musketeers

August 10

The Help
Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer
Based on the book by Kathryn Stockett

August 19

One Day
Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess
Based on the novel by David Nicholls

Conan the Barbarian
Starring Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, and Rose McGowan
Based on the stories by Robert E. Howard

September 16

Drive
Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Bryan Cranston
Based on the book by James Sallis

I Don’t Know How She Does It
Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, and Kelsey Grammer
Based on the book by Allison Pearson

Straw Dogs
Starring James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, and Alexander Skarsgård
Based on the novel The Siege of Trencher’s Farm by Gordon Williams

September 23

Moneyball
Starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, and Jonah Hill
Based on the nonfiction book by Michael Lewis

Killer Elite
Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro
Based on the novel (previously published as The Feather Men) by Ranulph Fiennes

September 30

What’s Your Number?
Starring Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, and Chris Evans
Based on the novel 20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak

October 14

The Thing
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, and Ulrich Thomsen
Based on Who Goes There?, a novella by John W. Campbell, Jr.

The Skin I Live In
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Jan Cornet
Based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet

The Big Year
Starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
Based on the book by Mark Obmascik

October 21

The Three Musketeers
Starring Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, and Ray Stevenson
Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas

October 28

The Rum Diary
Starring Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, and Aaron Eckhart
Based on the book by Hunter S. Thompson

Movies Based on Books: Summer 2011

books to movies summer 2011(1. Something Borrowed 2. Thor 3. Priest 4. X-Men: First Class 5. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer 6. Mr. Popper’s Penguins 7. Monte Carlo 8. One Day 9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 10. Winnie the Pooh 11. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 12. Cowboys & Aliens)

Literary adaptations continue to be hot commodities for the summer movie season. Besides the eagerly awaited conclusion to the Harry Potter movie franchise, there are lots of comic book interpretations, several children’s books coming to the big screen, and a few popular novel adaptations coming out in the next few months. What are you or your library users looking forward to?

May 6

Something Borrowed
Starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, Colin Egglesfield, and John Krasinski
Based on the novel by Emily Giffin

Thor
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, and Natalie Portman
Based on the Marvel comic book character

Everything Must Go (Rated R)
Starring Will Ferrell
Based on the short story “Why Don’t You Dance” by Raymond Carver

May 13

Priest
Starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet, and Maggie Q
Based on the manhwa series by Min-Woo Hyung

June 3

X-Men: First Class
Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence
Based on the Marvel comic book characters

Submarine
Starring Craig Roberts, Sally Hawkins, and Paddy Considine
Based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne

June 10

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Starring Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Jaleel White, and Preston Bailey
Based on the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, who co-wrote the screenplay

June 17

Green Lantern
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Peter Sarsgaard
Based on the DC Comics character

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Starring Jim Carrey
Based on the book by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater

July 1

Monte Carlo
Starring Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy
Based on the novel Headhunters by Jules Bass

July 8

One Day
Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess
Based on the novel by David Nicholls

July 15

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint
Based on the book by J.K. Rowling

Winnie the Pooh
Featuring the voices of Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, and John Cleese
Based on the books by A.A. Milne

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Starring Bingbing Li, Gianna Jun, and Vivian Wu
Based on the book by Lisa See

July 22

Captain America: The First Avenger
Starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, and Samuel L. Jackson
Based on the Marvel comic book character

Sarah’s Key
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas
Based on the novelby Tatiana de Rosnay

July 29

Cowboys & Aliens
Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde
Based on the graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg

Little Red Riding Hood: Book and Movie Adaptations

Amanda Seyfried as Red Riding Hood
With this week’s release of the film Red Riding Hood, a post on literary and film adaptations of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale with teen appeal seemed apt. Coming from oral stories told as early as the 14th century, most modern day retellings are based on the written versions popularized by Charles Perrault in 17th century France and the Grimm Brothers in 19th century Germany. The tale centers on a young girl donning a red cape who must venture into the woods to deliver food to her sick grandmother. A predatory wolf discovers her destination, beats her there, eats the grandmother, and lies in wait for Little Red Riding Hood to arrive. In most versions, the wolf then swallows her whole. A hunter arrives to save her and the grandmother by cutting them out of the wolf’s stomach and then filling him with stones, to his death. Little Red Riding Hood learns to never again take the shortcut through the woods and they all lived happily ever after. Modern-day adaptations and retellings relish in subverting fairy tale tropes and calling out their inherent sexism and didacticism.

Red Riding Hood, starring Amanda Seyfried and helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, combines elements of the traditional tale with the increasingly trendy werewolf mythology. Seyfried’s Valerie had planned to run away with the town woodcutter to escape an arranged marriage, but her plans are cut short when her sister is killed by a werewolf. While her town is ravaged by the threat, Valerie learns she has a unique connection to the wolf that makes her both the target of suspicion from the town and from the wolf himself. The movie opens on nearly 3,000 screens Friday, March 11.

Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and the film’s screenwriter, David Leslie Johnson, wrote a novelization of the movie that is available now, though apparently the final chapter will only be available online after the film’s release. Check out a review over at The Compulsive Reader.
(Poppy, 2011; 329 p.)

sisters redSisters Red by Jackson Pearce tells the story of two sisters, Scarlett and Rose, who hunt down the wolves that killed their grandmother, attacked Scarlett, and continue to prey on young girls, with the help of red cloaks and Silas, the woodsman’s son. Check out reviews at Galleysmith, Steph Su Reads, and Abby the Librarian.
(Little, Brown, 2010; 336 p.)

Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde comprises eight wry versions of the tale, sending up and twisting many fairy tale conventions.
(Marshall Cavendish Children, 2010; 128 p.)

Scarlet-Moon-Debbie-ViguiéIn Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie, Ruth tends to her grandmother, banished to the woods for her supposed witchcraft. It is during this time that she encounters the mysterious William, a noble with cursed wolf blood running through his veins, and must confront her feelings for him.
(Simon Pulse, 2004; 157 p.)

The Rose and The BeastThe Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block, a collection of nine fairy tale retellings, includes “Wolf,” an interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood story. Kirkus Reviews called “Wolf” a “harrowing tale of incest and sorrow.”
(HarperCollins, 2000; 229 p.)

Little Miss Red Little Miss Red by Robin Palmer is a contemporary romance that follows Sophie as she travels to her grandmother’s house in Florida. On her way there, she meets bad-boy Jack, who seems much more appealing than her predictably boyfriend of three years.
(Speak, 2009; 288 p.)

red rider's hoodRed Rider’s Hood by Neal Shusterman gives us a male perspective on the tale. Red Rider visits his grandmother in his red mustang, only to discover she is a wolf-hunter being terrorized by a gang of werewolves. Red joins the gang as a spy at first, but finds his loyalties shifting.
(Dutton Children’s Books, 2005; 181 p.)

Are you intrigued by the upcoming movie adaptation? Do you have any favorite interpretations of the story? Let us know in the comments!

Movies Based on Books: Winter 2011

(1. From Prada to Nada 2. The Eagle 3. I Am Number Four 4. Beastly 5. Jane Eyre 6. Red Riding Hood 7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules 8. Miral 9. Water for Elephants)

January 14

Barney’s Version
Starring Paul Giamatti
Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler

January 21

The Way Back
Starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell
Inspired by The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

January 28

The Rite
Starring Anthony Hopkins
Based on Matt Baglio’s The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist

From Prada to Nada
Starring Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega
Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

February 11

Gnomeo and Juliet
Animated film with the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Maggie Smith
Based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

The Eagle
Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland
Based on The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

February 18

I Am Number Four
Starring Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron
Based on the book by Pittacus Lore (aka Jobie Hughes and James Frey)

Unknown
Starring Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger and January Jones
Based on Out of My Head by Didier Van Cauwelaert

March 4

Beastly
Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer
Based on the novel by Alex Flinn

The Adjustment Bureau
Starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt
Based on the short story “Adjustment Team” by Philip K. Dick

March 11

Jane Eyre
Starring Mia Wasikowska
Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte

Red Riding Hood
Starring Amanda Seyfried and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight)
loosely based on the folk tale Little Red Riding Hood
A novelization of the film by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson is available now

Mars Needs Moms
Animated featuring the voices of Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler
Based on the book by Berkeley Breathed

Kill the Irishman
Based on To Kill the Irishman by Rick Porrello

March 18

Limitless
Starring Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel and Abbie Cornish
Based on the novel by Alan Glynn

The Lincoln Lawyer
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Phillippe
Based on the novel by Michael Connelly

March 25

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
Based on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

Miral
Starring Freida Pinto
Based on the novel by Rula Jebreal

April 15

Soul Surfer
Starring AnnaSophia Robb
Based on the memoir Soul surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board by Bethany Hamilton

April 22

Water for Elephants
Starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz
Based on the novel by Sara Gruen

April 29

What’s Your Number?
Starring Anna Faris, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans
Based on the novel 20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak