All of the UK & US October Books to Film Releases!
JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby (2009, Riverhead Books) Adapted by Evgenia Peretz, Jim Taylor, and Tamara Jenkins.
Directed by Jesse Peretz. Starring Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, and Kitty O’Beirne.
Produced by Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF), Rocket Science, Bona Fide Productions Apatow Productions, Turnlet Films, and Ingenious Media.
Summary: Annie is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan – an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe. When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
Released 2nd November (UK)
THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS by E.T.A. Hoffmann (1814) Adapted by Ashleigh Powell.
Directed by Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston. Starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley, and Morgan Freeman.
Produced by The Mark Gordon Company and Walt Disney Pictures.
Summary: All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key-which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip, a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers, and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger, to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.
Released 2nd November (UK)
Directed by Joel Edgerton. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Joel Edgerton.
Produced by Anonymous Content, Blue-Tongue Film, Focus Features, and Perfect World Pictures.
Summary: The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small-town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.
Released 2nd November (US)
WIDOWS by Lynda La Plante (1994, Time Warner). Adapted by Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen.
Directed by Steve McQueen. Starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Liam Neeson.
Produced by Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, and New Regency Pictures.
Summary: “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica, Alice, Linda, and Belle take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Released 6th November (UK) 16th November (US)
THE GRINCH by Dr. Suess (1957, Harpercollins). Adapted by Michael LeSieur & Tommy Swerdlow.
Directed by Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, and Angela Lansbury
Produced by Universal Pictures, Illumination Entertainment, and Perfect World Pictures.
Summary: The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas and the indomitable power of optimism. Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous Grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbors in Whoville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter, and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch …
Released 9th November (US/UK)
WILDLIFE by Richard Ford (1990, Vintage) Adapted by Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan.
Directed by Paul Dano. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, and Ed Oxenbould.
Produced June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, and Sight Unseen Pictures.
Summary: When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing and transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of ‘Rock Springs’. Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic.
Released 9th November (UK)
THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz & Stieg Larsson. (2015, Knopf). Adapted by Jay Basu, Fede Alvarez, and Steven Knight.
Directed by Fede Alvarez. Starring Claire Foy, Sylvia Hoeks, and Lakeith Stanfield.
Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Regency Pictures, Pascal Pictures
Scott Rudin Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Cantillon Company, and Yellow Bird.
Summary: Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker—a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it . . .
Released 21st November (UK) 9th November (US)
THE FRONT RUNNER (org. title All The Truth Is Out) by Matt Bai (2014, Knopf). Adapted by Matt Bai, Jay Carson, and Jason Reitman.
Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons.
Produced by BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and Right of Way Films.
Summary: American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.
Released 21st November (US)
IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin (Dial Press, 1974). Adapted by Barry Jenkins.
Directed by Barry Jenkins. Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.
Produced by Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, and Plan B Entertainment.
Summary: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.
Released 30th November 2018 (US)