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Will We Finally See 'The Book of Mormon' on the Big Screen?

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The Latter-Day Saints probably aren't going to be too happy about this one.

"South Park's" dynamic duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone are ready to make movie mischief once again, and this time their target is "The Book of Mormon."

The movie adaptation of the much-applauded musical has been long rumored, but this time it seems a little more legit: Parker and Stone have announced their plans to develop their very own little - big, actually, since they've reportedly got $300 million to play with - Important Studio, and project number one on their list is an adaptation of their satirical smash Broadway musical. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Denver Post

12 Lessons Future Book-to-Film Adaptations Can Learn From 'The Hunger Games'

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"The Hunger Games" movie has done more than just give us the braided badass Katniss Everdeen on-screen: it's also served up a useful "How To" guide for future book-to-film adaptations on a Panem-sized platter.

We've come up with 12 basic lessons to be drawn from "The Hunger Games" by anyone looking to create the next book-based blockbuster, and following these closely might just mean the difference between hitting the mark dead center and, well, being laughed at after a shoot and a miss. Get More »

Is 'Beautiful Creatures' the Next 'Hunger Games?' The Authors Sound Off

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With the massive success of "The Hunger Games," fans, studios and pundits alike are already wondering what will be the next big franchise to follow in its footsteps.

One young adult novel adaptation that's popped up everywhere from The Hollywood Reporter to the Los Angeles Times and gazillions of blogs in between is one we've been covering since our site launched more than a year ago: "Beautiful Creatures," by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

The book follows Southern teen Ethan Wate as he falls in love with the gorgeous and mysterious Lena, who turns out to be a witch-like Caster. The movie – due in theaters next February – has been on a casting tear, tapping the likes of Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Jeremy Irons to play some of the grown-up leads alongside newcomers Alice Englert and Jack O'Connell, who are taking on the roles of Lena and Ethan, respectively.

With all that hype and all that action, we had to hear from the authors what it was like to watch their project be named alongside a movie that's breaking records left, right and center. Get More »

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Susanne Bier Taking the Helm of 'Cutting For Stone' Adaptation


Turning a novel into a movie is challenge enough, but when that novel happens to be more than 600 pages long, you've got a real uphill climb — which is why Susanne Bier, who directed the 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar winner, "In A Better World," has her work cut out for her as the recently appointed director of the film adaptation of "Cutting for Stone."

The best-selling tale, penned by Abraham Verghese, has sold more than a million copies worldwide and has the powers-that-be in Hollywood licking their chops. (Hey, those suits know a sure thing when they see it.) Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Indie Wire

Kat Coiro to Direct 'Here Lies Bridget' Adaptation

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What a difference a year makes!

Back in January, Paige Harbison's debut novel, "Here Lies Bridget," hit bookshelves. (She was only 20-years-old at the time.) In October, it was acquired for the big screen. And now, NextMovie has learned that it has landed a director.

Hey, Hollywood knows a good thing when it sees it.

Kat Coiro, who helmed the Kate Bosworth starrers "L!fe Happens" and "While We Were Here" (out in 2012), has signed on to direct the film adaptation of "Here Lies Bridget." (Unfortunately, Bosworth might be a little too old to play the titular role in this one.) Get More »

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OMG, DreamWorks Makes 'The BFG' Its BFF


In the wild world of acronyms, BFG is an interesting one, so let's be very clear: When TheWrap reports that DreamWorks has just bought the movie rights to "The BFG" they are not, in fact, planning to make a film about a Big F**king Gun. Sorry, gamers.

They are, however, about to make fans of classic children's author Roald Dahl very, very happy.

Dahl, of course, is the twisted mastermind behind such offbeat novels -- and classic film adaptations -- as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach." "The BFG," like those books, has a bit of the darker elements that make his works stand out from the usually safe world of children's literature, as the story revolves around a friendly giant who teams up with a human child to convince the British army to round up and toss all the evil giants in a massive pit where they will be imprisoned for all eternity. Not quite "Ramona Quimby." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: The Wrap

Christian Bale Lands On 'Concrete Island'

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At the Golden Globes last month, Christian Bale was sporting long hair, a beard and a proud state of unemployment. Beyond "The Dark Knight Rises," his plate was surprisingly empty, and Bale seemed to delight in having no upcoming movie news to share.

But Bale always has something interesting in the works, and now we know what will be his next descent into Method acting. According to We Got This Covered, Bale is attached to star in Brad Anderson's "Concrete Island."

"Concrete Island" is based on J.G. Ballard's harrowing and twisted re-imagining of "Robinson Crusoe."

A wealthy man crashes his Jaguar on a man-made concrete "island" in the middle of London. He's stranded there, surviving on what was left in his car and whatever garbage blows in from the nearby road. As he begins to deteriorate in mind and body, he discovers other inhabitants on the island, and decides to stay. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: We Got This Covered

Tom Hardy: Vampire Hunter?

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Despite what Hollywood might tell you, not all vampires sparkle.

Some, it turns out, are still blood-sucking undead monstrosities. And when they are loosed upon the world, only one man can stop them: Abraham Lincoln.

And now, according to indieWire, Honest Abe is going to have a little help in the way of Tom Hardy. The "Inception" star has been offered the key role of Henry Sturgess in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: indieWire

Don't Blame the A.C.! 'Goosebumps' Coming to Theaters


Here's some news that will set "Goosebumps" fans aquiver: "Disturbia" and "Red Eye" screenwriter Carl Ellsworth has been tapped to pen the script for Columbia's live-action version of R.L. Stine's popular children's book series, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The spooky Scholastic horror novels have sold 300 million copies worldwide –- taking second place behind the "Harry Potter" series —and spawned everything from a TV series to video games to made-for-DVD movies. This is the first time "Goosebumps" will get the big-screen treatment.

While it remains a mystery (ha!) whether the plot will be based on one particular book in the series, the story line will likely follow the standard "Goosebumps" formula: a. place kid in peril; b. build suspense; c. end with a surprise twist. Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: THR

Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower:' Just How Much of This Is There?


Stephen King's industrial-sized magnum opus, "The Dark Tower," has so far spanned seven books (with an eighth on the way) and 28 years.

If that's not daunting enough, now it's about to take up even more pop culture space, as Universal has announced an ambitious and unprecedented plan to adapt the series for both film and television… simultaneously.

We know what you're thinking: say what!? But it's true. Universal is planning a trilogy of films, with the first set to be directed by Ron Howard with a script by Akiva Goldsman. Get More »

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