And more are on their way. I was looking at Hollywood trade newspaper Variety.com today and saw some cool book-related movie news.
First, after Disney withdrew its support of the Narnia series (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is my favorite childhood book) and Fox signed on for the rest of the series, the next movie being made, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has been given a theatrical release date: Dec. 10, 2010.
Second, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series is being adapted for the big screen and two of the main characters have been cast. Logan Lerman will play Percy, and Brandon T. Jackson will play Percy’s best friend Grover, the satyr. Click here for pics. I’ve read the first two books in the series and recently bought the third (although I’m reading the third Eragon book, so The Titan’s Curse will have to wait for a bit). I really like the series and have recommended it numerous times, especially as a great example of writing in the first person. I think that’s difficult to do well, and Riordan does it well. As for the movie casting, I think Jackson will be great as Grover. His pointy chin is fitting of a satyr. But is it me or is Lerman too pretty for Percy? Of course, neither of them look the right age, but that’s Hollywood.
In other movies from books news in Variety today:
- Transformers babe Megan Fox has been cast to star in the adaptation of comic book Fathom.
- And Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton is getting into the film business by exec producing a movie based on a book, Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima.
Hollywood needs more stories, and its best stories come from books. So, keep writing. One day I could be linking to a story about a movie based on your book. (Of course, the book will always be better.)
What are your favorite movies based on books?