So I thought I would run a poll (see sidebar to the right) about which film adaptation readers are most looking forward to. Here is some more information about the four choices (I advise you to watch the linked trailers, as they'll give you a much better idea of each film than my small blurbs):
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Stieg Larsson)The smash-hit first volume of the worldwide phenomenon ‘Millennium Trilogy’ introduced one of crime fiction’s most unique protagonists, disturbing punk heroine Lisbeth Salander, who along with crusading liberal journalist Mikael Blomkvist, investigates a forty-year old disappearance linked to a series of gruesome murders.
The film adaptation of Larsson's masterpiece stars Michael Nyquist as Blomkvist and Noomi Rapace as the irrepressible Salander, and has already grossed over $100 million at the box office in Europe. It is the most successful local film of all time at the Nordic box office.
You can watch the English-subtitled trailer HERE.
THE LOVELY BONES (Alice Sebold)
The highly-anticipated film version of Alice Sebold’s beloved novel; the heart-wrenching story of teenager Susie Salmon who, after being brutally raped and murdered, comes to terms with her own death as she watches from a personal heaven as her family, friends, and killer try to go on with their lives. An 'emotional thriller' where the chase for the killer isn't the main thrust of the book.
For a time this was thought an 'unfilmable' book; that is until it was placed in the hands of multiple Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (who has already made film history with a superb adaptation of another beloved literary work long believed unfilmable - The Lord of the Rings trilogy). The film has a stellar cast - it stars Saoirse Ronan as Susie, alongside Oscar/Emmy/Golden Globe award-winners and nominees Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Imperioli and Stanley Tucci. Unsurprisingly, it is already getting Oscar buzz.
You can watch the trailer HERE.
SHUTTER ISLAND (Dennis Lehane)
A 1954-set suspense tale where up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels (to be played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital.
Martin Scorcese is in the director's chair, and the rest of the cast is sprinkled with 'names' and solid actors aplenty; Ben Kingsley, Max Von Sydow, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, and Emily Mortimer amongst them
SHUTTER ISLAND is the third Lehane novel to be brought to the big screen, following acclaimed adaptations of MYSTIC RIVER and GONE BABY GONE.
SHERLOCK HOLMES (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)Unlike the other three films, this isn't based on a particular book, rather one of the most famous characters in English literature - the drug-taking, violin-playing, Baker Street-dwelling detective that popularised crime fiction more than a century ago.
Personally, I'm looking forward to all four. It's exciting to see great directors like Jackson and Scorcese involved with the adaptations, as well as some pretty stellar actors.
I would love to read your thoughts on the four above films (or other crime/thriller fiction adaptations past or future) and the books/characters they are based on. Do you have a favourite? Do you think your favourite book may not end up being your favourite film?
What do you think about the filmmakers involved? Do you like watching films adapted from books? Even if you usually don't, do some of the films above pique your interest, giving the quality cast and crew? What other crime/thriller novels or characters would you like to see brought to the big screen?