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Archive for the 'Reading the Screen' Category

Tue, August 16th, 2011
Reading the Screen: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Posted by: David Pitt

It’s come to my attention that David Fincher, director of such excellent films as The Social Network, Zodiac, and Se7en, is going to be making a movie out of Jules Verne’s 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This won’t be the first movie, of course. In fact it won’t be the fifth. There  have […]

Tue, August 2nd, 2011
Reading the Screen: Bag of Bones
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this article at the Hollywood Reporter’s website, A&E is going to air a four-part miniseries based on Stephen King’s 1998 novel Bag of Bones, to be directed by King veteran Mick Garris (The Stand, Desperation, Riding the Bullet, the quite bad television version of The Shining). Pierce Brosnan, my third favorite James Bond, […]

Fri, July 22nd, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Firm
Posted by: David Pitt

I’ve always considered 1991′s The Firm to be, in terms of its story if not its writing (the author has markedly improved as a storyteller over the years), to be one of John Grisham’s better early novels. I didn’t much like the 1993 Sydney Pollack movie, with Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere, the law school […]

Fri, July 8th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Tinker Trailer Soldier Spy
Posted by: David Pitt

Just about a year ago (right here, in fact) I let you know that there was going to be a new movie version of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The trailer is now online. It looks real good. Check it out:

Tue, June 14th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Jack Reacher Casting Rumor a Real Stretch
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise “has an offer in hand” to star as Jack Reacher in the movie adaptation of Lee Child’s One Shot. With all due respect to Mr Cruise, this certainly seems to be an unusual casting choice. Reacher is six-foot-five, about 250 pounds, and Tom Cruise is, um, not. […]

Thu, June 9th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Carrie Remake?
Posted by: David Pitt

You might have read that Carrie, Brian De Palma’s excellent 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s first novel, is being remade…or rebooted…resomethinged, anyway. (See this Hollywood Reporter story, for example.) Do we need it? Sure, De Palma’s movie isn’t exactly 100% faithful to the book, but it’s chilling and memorable. It also has the best […]

Fri, May 6th, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Finder pilot episode
Posted by: David Pitt

I mentioned a while ago (here, in fact) that Bones was going to be spun off into a new series, The Finder, based on the Locator novels by Richard Greener. A couple of weeks ago the “backdoor pilot” aired as an episode of Bones. Brennan and Booth needed help finding a stolen treasure map, and they […]

Sun, May 1st, 2011
Reading the Screen: Donald E. Westlake’s Parker
Posted by: David Pitt

May is Mystery Month here at Booklist, and what better way to celebrate than to announce that Donald E. Westlake’s Parker novels are getting the big-screen treatment again, this time with Jason Statham (star of the Transporter and Crank movies) in the lead role. According to this article at, this will be the first […]

Mon, April 18th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Repo Men
Posted by: David Pitt

Well, I finally had a chance to see Repo Men, the movie based on Eric Garcia’s novel The Repossession Mambo. I talked about the book here, calling it “a gritty near-future thriller with comic overtones [and] a Blade Runnerish feel to it,” and the movie is exactly the same. The performances by Jude Law, Forest […]

Fri, March 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Timeline
Posted by: David Pitt

In Michael Crichton’s Timeline (1999), a trio of graduate students travel back in time to medieval France to bring back their professor, who’s stranded in the year 1357. It’s not Crichton’s best novel — he has to work uncharacteristically hard to sell the scientific premise of the story — but it’s exciting, well written, and, as usual, […]

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