All of the UK/US August Books to Film Releases!
THE DARKEST MIND by Alexandra Bracken (2012, Disney Hyperion) Adapted by Chad Hodge.
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Starring Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, and Amandla Stenberg.
Produced by 21 Laps Entertainment.
Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.
Released 3rd August (USA) 10th August (UK)
SICILIAN GHOST STORY (org. We Won’t Be Confused Forever) by Marco Mancassola (2011, Einaudi Coralli) Adapted and Directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.
Produced by Cristaldi Pictures, Indigo Film, MACT Productions, JPG Films, Ventura Film, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, and SRG – SSR. Starring Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez and Corinne Musallari.
Summary: In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.
Released 3rd August (UK)
DAMASCUS COVER by Howard Kaplan (Kaplan Inc, 2014). Adapted by Daniel Zelik Berk and Samantha Newton
Directed by Daniel Zelik Berk. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, Jürgen Prochnow, Igal Naor, Navid Negahban and John Hurt.
Produced by Huw Penallt Jones, Hannah Leader, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Joe Thomas.
Summary: In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed out agent Ari Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago, to smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or so he thinks. In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The operation is only hours away and everything seems awry. Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life.
Released 3rd August (UK)
THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES by Benjamin Renner (First Second, 2017). Adapted by Benjamin Renner and Jean Regnaud.
Directed by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert. Starring Guillaume Darnault, Damien Witecka, Kamel Abdessadok, Antoine Schoumsky, and Céline Ronté.
Produced by Folivari, Panique, StudioCanal, RTBF, and BE TV.
Summary: The fox dreams of being the terror of the barnyard. But no one is intimidated by him, least of all the hens. When he picks a fight with one, he always ends up on the losing end. Even the wolf, the most fearsome beast of the forest, can’t teach him how to be a proper predator. It looks like the fox will have to spend the rest of his life eating turnips. But then the wolf comes up with the perfect scheme. If the fox steals some eggs, he could hatch the chicks himself and raise them to be a plump, juicy chicken dinner. Unfortunately, this plan falls apart when three adorable chicks hatch and call the fox Mommy.
Released 3rd August (UK)
THE MEG by Steve Atlan (2005, Tsunami Books) Adapted by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Starring Jason Statham, Binbing Li, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Page Kennedy, Jessica McNamee, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Robert Taylor, Cliff Curtis, Sophia Shuya Cai and Masi Oka.
Produced Apelles Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures, Flagship Entertainment Group, Gravity Pictures, and Maeday Productions.
Summary: On a top-secret dive into the Pacific Ocean’s deepest canyon, Jonas Taylor found himself face-to-face with the largest and most ferocious predator in the history of the animal kingdom. The sole survivor of the mission, Taylor is haunted by what he’s sure he saw but still can’t prove exists – Carcharodon megalodon, the massive mother of the great white shark. The average prehistoric Meg weighs in at twenty tons and could tear apart a Tyrannosaurus rex in seconds. Taylor spends years theorizing, lecturing, and writing about the possibility that Meg still feeds at the deepest levels of the sea. But it takes an old friend in need to get him to return to the water, and a hotshot female submarine pilot to dare him back into a high-tech miniature sub. Diving deeper than he ever has before, Taylor will face terror like he’s never imagined.
Released August 10th (UK & US)
CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday, 2013). Adapted by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.
Directed by Jon M. Chu. Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.
Produced by Color Force, SK Global and Warner Bros.
Summary: Crazy Rich Asians is about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
Released 15th August (US)
JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Book, 2009). Adapted by Tamara Jenkins, Evgenia Peretz, Phil Alden Robinson, and Jim Taylor.
Directed by Jesse Peretz. Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd.
Produced by Apatow Productions and Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF).
Summary: Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.
Released 17th August (US)
THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2014). Adapted by Ian McEwan.
Directed by Richard Eyre. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.
Produced by FilmNation Entertainment and BBC Films.
Summary: Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.
Released 24th August (UK)
Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth (2014, Police and Fire Publishing) Adapted by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmot, and Spike Lee.
Directed by Spike Lee. Starring Ron Stallworth, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, and Topher Grace.
Produced by Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield for QC Entertainment, Blum for Blumhouse, Peele for Monkeypaw, as well as Lee, and Shaun Redick.
Summary: In 1978 the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a growth of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership. One man dared to challenge their effort and thwart attempts to take over the city, Police Detective Ron Stallworth. He launched an undercover investigation into the Klan, gained membership into the organization, briefly served as Duke’s bodyguard, and was eventually asked to be the leader of the Colorado Springs chapter. The irony of this investigation was that Stallworth is… A Black man. In the process he battled internal departmental politics to successfully pull off this “sting.” Black Klansman explains how he overcame these obstacles and accomplished this almost unbelievable unique achievement.
Released 10th August (US) 24th August (UK)
YARDIE by Victor Headley (The X Press, 1992). Adapted by Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman.
Directed by Idris Elba. Starring Amal Ameen, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Calvin Demba, and Mark Rhino Smith.
Produced by Warp Films and BFI Film Fund.
Summary: D, a courier carrying cocaine from Jamaica to London, decides to go it alone and disappears into the mean streets of Hackney carrying a kilo of white powder that his erstwhile friends are anxious to recover. But D’s treachery will never be forgotten – or forgiven.
Released 31st August (UK)
THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Books, 2009). Adapted by Lucinda Coxon.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Charlotte Rampling.
Produced by Potboiler Productions, Element Pictures, Anguille Productions and Film4.
Summary: One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?
Released 31st August (US)