January 27th, 2014

First Comes the Book, Then Comes the Movie…

divergent movie posterCongratulate yourself if you read, buy, or talk about books. You are directly responsible for a lot of the world’s big screen entertainment!

Movie companies recognize the potential to make big money with popular books. Readers of the book present a powerful fan base for the movie-to-come. In 2012, for example, about 50 films were based on books or novels. Recent book-to-movie adaptations include Oscar winners like “The Road,” “No Country For Old Men,” “The Reader,” “The Blind Side,” “Schindler’s List” and “Shawshank Redemption.” This trend is not a modern phenomenon either; Hollywood bank accounts have depended on great novels as movie fodder for over a century, beginning with silent black-and-white films like “Alice in Wonderland” (1903), “Oliver Twist” (1907) and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1923). While special effects and film methodologies continue to evolve, a good story still has to come first.  What better place to find it than in a great book?

The book-to-move trend is so entrenched nowadays that you can expect the film version of a popular read to appear in five years or less.  (Think “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” and “Hunger Games.”)  This year promises several sure-to-be hits like “Divergent,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and—gasp—even “Fifty Shades of Grey.” At least six Young Adult book-based movies are coming out soon, with over twenty more in development, including “Vampire Academy,” “The Forest of Hands and Teeth,” and “The Maze Runner.”

If you’re looking for more adult fare, keep your eyes open for these upcoming novel adaptations that have caught the interest of a few sizable directors and actors: Joe Hill’s “Horns” starring Daniel Radcliffe; Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” directed by David Fincher and starring Amy Dunne and Ben Affleck; and Mark Zusak’s “The Book Thief” starring Geoffrey Rush.

So keep reading and consider this – your readership is a vote for the next potential hit movie!

What upcoming book-based movie are you most excited about seeing?




1 COMMENT

  • David H Posted January 28th, 2014

    Great post, Matt. One successful book-to-movie conversion lately was “Ender’s Game.” For those who missed it in the theater, the DVD should be out soon. For those who missed the book, it’s a great read!