FYI from Books and Publishing
FYI from Books and Publishing
This from Random House this month :
“We’re so excited to see this mesmerising novel come to the big screen for a few different reasons. Firstly, we loved this book. It is one of those always being mentioned around the Random House office because it’s one we all love to recommend. Secondly, it’s set in Australia. And finally, Derek Cianfrance, who has worked on films like Beyond The Pines and Blue Valentine, is directing the film – so we feel confident he will suitably and subtly explore the fragility of Tom and Isabel Sherbourne coming from different ends of the morality scale. So far, Michael Fassbender is rumoured to play Tom and it’s a possibility that Rachel Weisz may have a role in the film as the baby’s mother. This isn’t a book you need to go and read because it’s becoming a movie, this is just a book you need go and read.”
Came across this article in The Hollywood Reporter which says our current read, What Alice Forgot is going to be made into a film.
Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson are set to topline Fox 2000’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s best-selling novel The Book Thief. Read the full article here.
And watch a trailer. Click in the corner of the box with the red text in it to get rid of it before you watch the film clip.
Then I read the article properly :
“Hugh Grant has signed up to star alongside Halle Berry and Tom Hanks in the big-screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas.
The film, out next year, is based on British author David Mitchell’s best-selling 2004 novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
The unconventionally-structured novel of interlinking narratives charts the story of one soul across the centuries.
Oscar-winners Halle and Tom have already been announced as stars of the film, which also features British actors Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess and The Hour’s Ben Whishaw.
The movie is being directed by the Wachowski brothers, who directed and wrote the Matrix trilogy, and Tom Tykwer, who directed Perfume.
Filming begins this month and is expected to take place in Glasgow – the recent location for Brad Pitt movie World War Z – Spain and Germany. It has not been announced which role Hugh, who last appeared in the comedy Did You Hear About The Morgans? with Sarah Jessica Parker, will be playing.” [The Press Association]
Tom Tykwer made an awful rendition of Perfume, a fabulous book, which had me in tears of frustration and disappointment.
From the Guardian
“Baz Luhrmann will be the fourth director to try to film F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel and fail. It can’t be done . . .
Gatsby has been filmed three times before; a silent version from 1926, now lost, received mixed reviews on its release – but then so did the novel a year earlier (LP Hartley began his 1926 review, “Mr Scott Fitzgerald deserves a good shaking […] The Great Gatsby is an absurd story”). But Fitzgerald himself explained: “Of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one has the slightest idea what the book was about.”
Wish I’d known about old LP Hartley’s assessment when I was ‘doing’ GG at school – one in the eye to Mrs Loathian (Lothian).
Also from the article: The novel is full of pointedly vague characters
The Wake of the Flood, a feature documentary on Canadian author, poet, critic, feminist and environmental campaigner Margaret Atwood, will have its world premiere at Possible Worlds, Sydney’s 5th Canadian Film Festival.
The film will screen Wednesday 4th August at Gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe followed by a live video conversation with Margaret Atwood in Toronto.
Directed by acclaimed director Ron Mann, the film follows the author’s unique carbon-neutral world tour which accompanied the release of her recent bestseller The Year of the Flood. Each event along the tour was designed with environmental sustainability in mind, each a fundraiser for a local green charity. The documentary follows the author as she travelled around the world, taking part in locally hosted theatre and choir performances inspired by the novel.
“I’m so pleased that In The Wake of the Flood will be screening at Possible Worlds, Sydney’s 5th Canadian Film Festival in Australia”, says Atwood. “This festival is bringing together relevant films from Canada engaging work on an international stage. Ron Mann and I are thrilled that In The Wake of the Flood will be a part of it.”
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada’s most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize with the latter winning in 2000. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages.
For more details about the festival visit the website: http://www.possibleworlds.net.au/
I”ll be reading this book later in the year with my other book group.