All of the UK & US April Books to Film Releases!
PET SEMATARY by Stephen King (1983, Doubleday). Adapted by Matt Greenberg & Jeff Buhler.
Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz
Produced by Alphaville Films, Di Bonaventura Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
Summary: When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better…
Released April 4th (UK) / April 5th (USA)
THE SISTERS BROTHERS by Patrick DeWitt (2012, Harpercollins). Adapted by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain.
Directed by Jacques Audiard. Starring John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Produced by Why Not Productions, Page 114, Annapurna Pictures, France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Union Générale Cinématographique, KNM, Michael De Luca Productions, Top Drawer Entertainment, Apache Films, Mobra Films and Les Films du Fleuve.
Summary: Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn’t share his brother’s appetite for whiskey and killing, he’s never known anything else. But their prey isn’t an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm’s gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for.
Released April 5th (UK)
THE BEST OF ENEMIES by Osha Gray Davidson (2007, North Carolina University Press). Adapted by Robin Bissell.
Directed by Robin Bissell. Starring Alyssa Marie Stilwell, Sam Rockwell, and Taraji P. Henson.
Produced by Astute Films and Material Pictures.
Summary: C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section of Durham, North Carolina, and as a young man joined the Ku Klux Klan. Ann Atwater, a single mother from the poor black part of town, quit her job as a household domestic to join the civil rights fight. During the 1960s, as the country struggled with the explosive issue of race, Atwater and Ellis met on opposite sides of the public school integration issue. Their encounters were charged with hatred and suspicion. In an amazing set of transformations, however, each of them came to see how the other had been exploited by the South’s rigid power structure, and they forged a friendship that flourished against a backdrop of unrelenting bigotry.
Released April 5th (USA)
NATIVE SON by Richard Wright (1940, Harper & Brothers). Adapted by Suzan-Lori Parks.
Directed by Rashid Johnson. Starring Margaret Qualley, Nick Robinson, and KiKi Layne.
Produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment
Summary: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.
Released April 6th (USA/HBO)
HELLBOY by Mike Mignola (2010, Dark Horse Comics) Adapted by Andrew Cosby .
Directed by Neil Marshall. Starring David Harbour, Ian McShane, and Milla Jovovich.
Produced by Summit Entertainment, Millennium Films, Nu Boyana FX, Campbell Grobman Films, Dark Horse Entertainment and Lawrence Gordon Productions.
Summary: When ancient giants begin to reawaken in the British Isles, Hellboy is invited to join an ancient band of fellow monster hunters called the Wild Hunt and help bring them down. But an unexpected betrayal sends Hellboy after a quarry far more deadly: the Queen of Blood, first seen in 2007’s best-selling Hellboy: Darkness Calls. This newly reborn evil has her murderous sights set on all of humanity, and the only way Hellboy can stop her is to finally confront the truth about his own dark heritage.
Released April 11th (UK) April 12th (USA)
AFTER by Anna Todd (2014, Wattpad). Adapted by Susan McMartin.
Directed by Jenny Gage. Starring Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Selma Blair, and Josephine Langford.
Produced by CalMaple, Wattpad, Diamond Film Productions, Voltage Pictures, and Offspring Entertainment.
Summary: AFTER follows Tessa, a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott, a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.
Released April 12th (USA)
THE SILENCE by Tim Lebbon (2015, Titan Books). Adapted by Carey & Shane Van Dyke
Directed by John R. Leonetti. Starring Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, and Miranda Otto.
Produced by Constantin Film.
Summary: In the darkness of a vast cave system, cut off from the world for millennia, blind creatures hunt by sound. Then there is light, there are voices, and they feed… Swarming from their prison, they multiply and thrive. To scream, even to whisper, is to summon death. Deaf for many years, Ally knows how to live in silence. Now, it is her family’s only chance of survival. To leave their home, to shun others, to find a remote haven where they can sit out the plague.
Released April 12th (Netflix)
BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett (2001, Harper Perennial). Adapted by Paul Weitz and Anthony Weintraub.
Directed by Paul Weitz. Starring Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken Watanabe.
Produced by Priority Pictures, A-Line Pictures and Depth of Field.
Summary: In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.
Released 26th April (UK)
THE WHITE CROW (org. Rudolf Nureyev: The Life) by Julie Kavanagh (2019, Penguin). Adapted by David Hare.
Directed by Ralph Fiennes. Starring Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, and Louis Hofmann.
Produced by BBC Films, Magnolia Mae Films, Metalwork Pictures, Montebello Productions
and Work in Progress.
Summary: Born on a train in Stalin’s Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet’s first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement – both on and off stage.
Released April 26th (US)