2013 is full of highly anticipated film adaptations, from literary classics to stories of fantasy and adventure.
Get excited for the following seven book-to-movie adaptations:
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Beautifully audacious actress Jennifer Lawrence, sharply witted Elizabeth Banks and heartthrob Josh Hutcherson return to the big screen in 2013 for Suzanne Collins’ second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. Following Katniss and Peeta’s victorious win at the 74th Hunger Games, the two are forced to compete for a second time against 22 previous victors. Can Katniss and Peeta protect each other and survive the Hunger Games again? (Release date: November 21, 2013)
“On The Road”
Adapted from the epic novel by literary legend Jack Kerouac, “On The Road” chronicles the adventures of three young people who seek freedom on the road. Aspiring writer Sal Paradise meets the free-spirited ex-con Dean Moriarty and his wife Marylou. Together they travel the country searching for more than what they know. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart, “On The Road” brings to life the timeless words of Kerouac: “The only people for me are the mad ones…” (Release date: December 21, 2012)
“The Great Gatsby”
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” tells the classic story of Nick Carraway’s pursuit of the American dream and the deceitful, disillusioned world of the rich. The captivating Jay Gatsby is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, one of Hollywood’s most illustrious actors whose natural talents propelled him into stardom even without an acting degree. Lead by an A-list actor who’s among Hollywood royalty, is it possible for “The Great Gatsby” to be anything less than spectacular? (Release date: May 10, 2013)
Based upon the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel, “Beautiful Creatures” is a love story between a small-town boy Ethan Wate and newcomer Lena Duchannes who possess supernatural powers. Caught up in a romantic love affair with Ethan, Lena’s fate is undetermined. Will the teens’ love survive Lena’s undecided fate of Light or Dark? “Beautiful Creatures” stars up-and-coming Australian actress Alice Englert, daughter of producer and director Colin Englert and “Piano” filmmaker Jane Campion. (Release date: February 16, 2013)
To cope with the conclusion of the Twilight saga, Twi-hards can look forward to “The Host,” a sci-fi Stephenie Meyer novel and forthcoming movie sensation. “The Host” tells the story of parasitic aliens that invade the planet and possess human minds. Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan stars in this film as Melanie who co-exists with the alien Wanderer, and together they get entangled in a love triangle. (Release date: March 29, 2013)
“World War Z”
Are zombies still as trendy as mustaches and the word YOLO? Yes, and Brad Pitt will fight them onscreen for 2013. Based off Max Brooks’ post-apocalyptic novel “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” Pitts’ character is a United Nations worker who travels the world in search of a way to stop a catastrophic zombie outbreak. (Release date: June 20, 2013)
“Oz The Great and Powerful”
“Oz The Great and Powerful” is a fantasy film adapted from the novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. James Franco stars as circus magician Oscar Diggs who is whisked to the effervescent Land of Oz. In Oz, Diggs’ meets three witches, faces good and evil, and uses his powers and ingenuity to become the great and powerful Oz. (Release date: March 8, 2013).
This guest post was written by Brynn Gerrity.