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Archive for the 'Reading the Screen' Category

Mon, July 8th, 2013
Reading the Screen: American Sniper
Posted by: David Pitt

This looks promising: Steven Spielberg has announced (see this story at the Guardian’s website) that he’ll be directing a movie based on Chris Kyle’s 2011 memoir, American Sniper. Kyle, you might remember, was the Navy SEAL and sniper who was shot to death, by a fellow combat veteran, at a gun range in February 2013. Bradley Cooper’s […]

Thu, June 20th, 2013
Reading the Screen: The Shining News
Posted by: David Pitt

You probably know that Stephen King, author of The Shining (1977), strongly dislikes Stanley Kubrick’s film version (1980). I’m not going to get into the whole is-he-right-or-is-he-wrong debate — although I do have an opinion — but it’ll be interesting to see what King has to say when he’s seen the prequel, being written by […]

Mon, June 10th, 2013
Reading the Screen: 11/22/63
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at, Bad Robot, the company run by J.J. Abrams (TV’s Alias and Lost; the films Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek), is working on a deal to option Stephen King’s excellent 2011 novel 11/22/63 for television. If you haven’t read the novel, you really ought to. King’s take on the […]

Tue, May 28th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Doc Savage
Posted by: David Pitt

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Reading the Screen: Ringworld
Posted by: David Pitt

Most science fiction fans have a favorite book they wish somebody would make into a movie. Mine is Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, but for a lot of SF fans that book is Larry Niven’s classic 1970 novel Ringworld, in which a group of human and alien explorers try to uncover the secrets of an […]

Tue, May 7th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Len Deighton’s Bernard Samson
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s a spot of good news for Len Deighton fans: Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay, is working on an 18-part television series based on Deighton’s Bernard Samson novels. I found out about it at The Hollywood Reporter. Samson is, of course, the British SIS operative who starred in three […]

Tue, February 26th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Hannibal trailer
Posted by: David Pitt

Months and months ago I talked about the forthcoming NBC series, Hannibal, based on the characters created by Thomas Harris. The series takes place before the events in Red Dragon, the first of the novels featuring Hannibal Lecter, and the only one featuring Will Graham, the FBI profiler who’s the star of the NBC series. […]

Fri, January 18th, 2013
Reading the Screen: 2013 Oscar Nominations
Posted by: David Pitt

I don’t know if this means anything, but five of this year’s nine Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award are based on books. They are: Silver Linings Playbook, based on Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel of the same name. Argo, based on Antonio Mendez’s 1999 memoir The Master of Disguise (written with Malcolm McConnell). Mendez is […]

Wed, November 28th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher: Good Title or Bad?
Posted by: David Pitt

I haven’t seen the movie yet, of course, but here’s my thinking on the title-change from One Shot to Jack Reacher: It’s a bad idea. Here’s why. One Shot, Lee Child’s title for the 2005 novel, is a great title for a thriller; that, plus Tom Cruise, plus some good ads, should be enough to lure people […]

Wed, October 31st, 2012
Q & A: David Moody
Posted by: David Pitt

David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]

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