Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ was on telly over Christmas, originally set in Cornwall but transposed to Bodega Bay Califonia, it is one of many atmospheric stories by Daphne Du Maurier that have been turned into films – Rebecca, Don’t Look Now, and many more.
Of course one of the the very popular Lee Child ‘Jack Reacher’ novels has been adapted for the big screen with Mr Tom Cruise starring as Reacher! If you like reading the book first, here’s a few upcoming films for 2013.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson – A mild-mannered Chicago professor becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany just before the Nazis began to assert an iron grip across Europe. Natalie Prtman and Tom Hanks star. This book is rated 5 start by one reviewer!
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, will star Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson. Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. He thrives on the energy of New York, his work at an elite firm, and his budding relationship. For a time, it seems that nothing will stand in the way of his meteoric rise to success. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his relationship crumbling and his exalted status overturned
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (rated 5 star by 2 reviewers) Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. Film stars Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Baz Luhrman film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer. A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race’s mission of taking over the Earth, “Wanda” (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans. With Saorsie Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons.
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (2 five star ratings) A romantic drama about a woman who must learn to trust again in order to love again, by the bestselling author of ‘The Notebook’, ‘Best of Me’ and ‘The Last Song’. Stars Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel.