Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book to Movies coming in 2015

There have been some amazing movies this last year, and credit goes to the brilliant authors who penned the stories first.  My world has shifted a little at a time as I watch pages come to life on the big screen.  Some stories have left me a different person.  A better person.

Here today to introduce some of 2015 highlights is guest writer Spencer Blohm.  These are his words...

Film Adaptations of Books 2015
For years, books have been one of the main inspirations in the world of film making. With 2014 leading the way for movies such as The Maze Runner, Gone Girl and The Hobbit it is no surprise that this tradition will continue into 2015 with some highly anticipated titles.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – part 2: November 20, 2015

The finale of the Hollywood hit series The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth lead the way to Katniss Everdeen's final fight as “The Mockingjay.” Actors such as Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci and recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman also return in this final film. Author  Suzanne Collins worked closely with the director as well as actors in order to make the movie true to her original vision. The last three films have proven to stay true to the original story, so it will be no surprise that the final film will follow in their footsteps.

Insurgent: March 20, 2015

While the first movie in the series, Divergent, paled in success next to The Hunger Games series, fans are still anticipating the next installation. With names such as Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer in supporting roles, and actors Shailene Woodley and Theo James taking the lead to fight against the powerful alliance that threatens their society, as well as their own inner demons, the film is sure to be exciting. The author, Veronica Roth, is involved very little with any decision making in the films, though she does visit the set in order to watch it all unfold. Fans were disappointed by some of the changes made in the first film, however the main storyline has so far stayed true to the novels.

Pan: July 24, 2015

Fans will see Hugh Jackman as they have never seen him before as he plays the fearsome pirate Blackbeard in this new adaptation of Peter Pan. The film explores a side of the story that was never told of young Peter and his first arrival into Neverland. As the film unfolds viewers will see the classic story by J.M. Barrie in a whole new light. While several characters from the original story will return, this version will not follow the same storyline. In fact, other than the characters, the trailer reveals very little in common with the original story...

The Jungle Book: October 5, 2015

The beloved story, written by Rudyard Kipling, hits the big screen once again. While the Disney version of The Jungle Book proved to be a true classic (it’s still a popular streaming choice sites like Direct TV and Amazon), several film adaptations have come forth since. The trailer for this adaptation has not yet been released, but reviews prove that the original story will be the main focus for the film. Live action and CGI technology are sure to give characters Kaa, Shere Khan, Bagheera, Baloo and King Louie a whole new visual appearance on screen. Also, incredible actors such as Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken will all join the team for this classic story.

Paper Towns: June 5, 2015

After the book The Fault in Our Stars by author John Green hit the big screen in 2014, Hollywood was quick to snap up the rights to another of his novels, this time Paper Towns. Fans of the book cannot wait to join teenage Quentin on an adventurous road trip to find the mysterious Margo. With several fresh faces in the cast, including Cara Delevingne (who also makes an appearance in Pan) it is anybody's guess as to whether the movie will be a success. While John Green has plenty of faith that the film will remain true to his original work, he has stated that he will have little involvement with the filmmaking process.