10 Book-To-Film Adaptations To Look Out For In 2012

March 20th, 2012 11:00am EDT

Being Flynn still 2012 is shaping up to be a very literate year in motion pictures. Over 30 films on the release schedule are based on books, short stories or comic books. Below are 10 of the most notable.


Based on: Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn

Basic plot: A guy who works at a homeless shelter finds his estranged, alcoholic, deadbeat dad wandering in one night.

Starring: Robert DeNiro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore

Director: Paul Weitz

Why it’ll make you thankful: I’m guessing your father isn’t in a homeless shelter…

Release date: March


Based on: Suzanne Collins’ bestseller

Basic plot: Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her little sister’s place in the Hunger Games, an annual to-the-death competition between teens of dystopic country Panem.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

Director: Gary Ross of “Seabiscuit” fame

Why it’ll be disappointing: No one could possibly make all those fans happy!

Release date: March


Based on: The popular birth manual

Basic plot: The lives of five couples intertwine before, during and after childbirth.

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew Morrison

Director: Kirk Jones

Why it’ll be better than you think: The opportunity to see some of Hollywood’s hottest ladies in maternity pants instead of skinny jeans should be well-worth the price of admission.

Release date: May


Based on: The fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm

Basic plot: A twist on the traditional narrative, in this version, Snow White is transformed into a butt-kicking machine by the huntsman hired to kill her.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

Director: Rupert Sanders

Why it’ll be WAY better than the similar “Mirror, Mirror”: Look no further than the evil queen smackdown: the ultra-scary Charlize Theron vs. a pathetically daft Julia Roberts.

Release date: June


Based on: Book by Seth Grahame-Smithe

Basic plot: Our 16th president faces down vampires (Confederate and otherwise) while climbing the American political ranks.

Starring: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper

Director: Timur Bekmambetov

Why it’ll be fun: Seeing Honest Abe deliver some honest kick-ass may be the highlight of this election year. Also, the director made “Wanted.”

Release date: June


Based on: The novel The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant

Basic plot: Three brothers struggle through the Great Depression by hocking moonshine.

Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce

Director: John Hillcoat

Why it’ll be terrific: Great cast, intriguing story, hot Australian director – this movie’s got it all.

Release date: August


Based on: Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”

Basic plot: After a construction worker opts to have a “virtual vacation” implanted in his memory, he begins to doubt his sanity and the world around him. (Yes, it’s a remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.)

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel

Director: Len Wiseman

Why it’ll be yummy eye candy: Check out that cast!

Release date: August


Based on: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Basic plot: Hobbit Bilbo Baggins sets out to reclaim a treasure stolen by the dragon Smaug, assisted by a band of dwarves.

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Cate Blanchett

Director: Peter Jackson

Why it’ll be good, but uninspired: The movie looks like “The Lord of the Rings.” EXACTLY like “The Lord of the Rings.” (Suggestion: Rewatch “The Lord of the Rings.”)

Release date: Mid-December


Based on: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

Basic plot: A United Nations agent gathers first-person stories of a worldwide Zombie outbreak that spiraled out of control.

Starring: Brad Pitt, David Morse, Mirielle Enos

Director: Marc Forster

Why it’ll be AWESOME: Brad Pitt’s doing a Zombie movie!

Release Date: Christmas


Based on: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic

Basic plot: Nick Carraway encounters the mysterious Jay Gatsby while visiting vapid cousin Daisy on the North Shore of Long Island. Drama, tragedy and brilliance ensue.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Why it won’t be as good as it should be: Adaptations of this particular novel never are.

Release date: Christmas

Katie Fetting-Schlerf is a freelance writer from Seattle, WA. When not downing popcorn at her local movie theater, she blogs on a variety of topics, including literature, dating and jeans.

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