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Sat, July 21st, 2012
Reading the Screen: A Lincoln Lawyer TV Series
Posted by: David Pitt

  I’m not sure how I missed this, but according to this 2011 article at Variety’s website, Michael Connelly is bringing The Lincoln Lawyer, his 2005 novel, to the small screen. It was already made into a very good movie starring Matthew McConaughey, and now the character will anchor a weekly ABC series (the pilot being written […]


Sat, July 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Jack Reacher Movie Trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

  I watched, and re-watched, the trailer for Jack Reacher, the forthcoming movie starring Tom Cruise as Lee Child’s Reacher (the movie was formerly titled One Shot, since it’s based on that novel). We’ve talked about the casting of Cruise before — here and here — and a lot of people have very strong opinions about the […]


Mon, July 9th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Real Steel
Posted by: David Pitt

Real Steel, the 2011 movie directed with uncharacteristic style and energy by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night), is loosely based  on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, “Steel.” The story had already been adapted twice for the small screen, as a 1962 Twilight Zone episode and — surprisingly faithfully […]


Thu, June 28th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Adaptation Anticipation
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Consider this BTT a call to pre-”Read the Screen”: trailers have recently been released for film versions of beloved novels. Neither is due in theaters until later this year, giving faithful re-readers reason to pick them up anew and new readers plenty of time to find out where it all began. While this is certainly […]


Tue, June 5th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The New Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

A while ago I mentioned NBC was working on a television series based on the characters Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham (who appeared in the books and movies Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal). It’s going to be set before the first Lecter novel, Red Dragon. British actor Hugh Dancy had been […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Hannibal
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t heard, NBC has ordered thirteen episodes of Hannibal, a new crime drama from Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller — which means, at the very least, we can probably expect something offbeat and weird. The pilot will be directed by David Slade, who gave us the wonderfully dark […]


Tue, May 8th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Richard Stark’s Parker
Posted by: David Pitt

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Parker, the forthcoming film starring Jason Statham, will be the first time Richard Stark’s professional criminal will appear on the big screen under his own name. (He’s been called Porter, Walker, Macklin, and Stone, but never, I think, Parker.) Richard Stark was, of course, one of Donald E. Westlake’s many pseudonyms. […]


Fri, May 4th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Donnie Brasco
Posted by: David Pitt

Donnie Brasco, the 1997 gangster flick starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp,was based on the 1987 memoir of former FBI agent Joseph D. Pistone, who spent more than half a decade inside one of the most notorious of New York’s famous Five Families, the Bonanno family. As “Donnie Brasco” he rose through the ranks, ultimately […]


Thu, April 5th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Do you breathe oxygen? Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Watch this cinematically styled book trailer for National Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains and let us know if you are, to borrow phrasing from our reviewer Michael Cart, either “affronted or enchanted.” “I always knew I was gonna kill a bunch of teenagers, […]


Sat, March 31st, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
Posted by: David Pitt

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]





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