Book to Movie News: Upcoming 2011 Releases

2011 is going to be a GREAT year for book adaptations! 
Here are a few that I am anticipating:

Water for Elephants based on the novel by Sara Gruen
When Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson), recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford. Source IMDB

Double dose of Pattinson for 2011

We all know that WFE will not be Pattinson's "hit" of the year... Breaking Dawn: Part 1 will be released this November. I think this movie gets enough hype so I don't feel the need to elaborate other than BRING IT ON Isle of Esmee!

Red Riding Hood
Coming in March
Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. Source: IMDB

The Help based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett           
Emma Stone as Skeeter

Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Emma Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a small Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Viola Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times. Source: IMDB

I don't read comic books but I am a sucker for the movies! 

Captain America: The First Avenger
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.
Coming in July
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Source: IMDB
Coming in May
I loved the end of Iron Man 2 when they discover Thor's ax! And Samuel L. Jackson will appear in both Captain America and Thor as Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.LD

And what's going on with...
It seems like we get our hopes up when film rights are acquired and then we wait and wait and wait... so I am wondering what is the latest news on:

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Shiver by Maggie Stievfater

We would love any updates!


  1. I'm so excited about so many of these! I'm having problems getting a copy of water for elephants though,as i've just made a pact with myself not to buy any more books this year and the library don't have it...ah well!
    I know it's a different kinda genre,but i'm also really anticipating the remake of brighton rock :-)

  2. I'm actually listening to Water for Elephants on audio right now to prepare for the movie! I read the book so long ago that I needed a refresher. It's as awesome as I remember!

  3. Read water and loved that book. Hoping that movie is as good as book.
    Excited for Thor, green lantern Movies too. red riding hood looks good too.

  4. Don't forget I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore... movie is coming out on Feb 18th with Alex Pettyfer!

  5. Excited for _Water for Elephants_ - really enjoyed the story. Seeing the contrast of the grit behind the scenes and the sequins in color-saturated film will be great!!

  6. I can not wait for Water for Elephants. I need to finish it asap.

    Everyone keeps recommending the Help so I really can't wait to see that one either.

    Great post :)

  7. I have Water For Elephants and Little Red Riding Hood on my TBR list and am pushing to read them before I see the movies! Looks like some great adaptations. Lets hope they live up to their literary counterparts.

  8. I'm so excited for Red Riding Hood, if nothing else, the cinematography looks gorgeous and I can't wait to go see it:) I don't read comic books either, but I love comic book movies, so I'm excited for all the ones on your list as well! Thanks for sharing all this info Natalie!

  9. I am looking forward to Water for Elephants and Breaking Dawn 1!!!

  10. I am absolutely DYING to see Thor and Water for Elephants...ok...AND Captain America haha

    Great feature! Gahhhh I want to see all these!

  11. I bought the Red Riding Hood just for its cover and can't wait to see the movie next.

    I hope Edward will bring justice to Water for Elephants.

    love these posts on books to movies :)

  12. I cannot wait to see The Help!!! It better be as good as the book!


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