More than a flicker of interest in turning books into movies


More than a flicker of interest in turning books into movies

These are the adaptations to look out for, some of them serious Oscar contenders

Tymon Smith

Buzz for contenders for next year’s Oscars has started and several of the possible gold statue winners are book adaptations. In anticipation of their releases here’s a list to help you brush up before they arrive. See how the films match up to the books.
Directed by La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, this biopic of the first man to walk on the moon stars Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. Adapted from James R Hanson’s extensive biography of the astronaut, which was completed while Armstrong was still alive and included interviews with him and his family, the film has already stirred controversy. Earlier this year outraged Republicans complained about its failure to include a scene of Armstrong planting a US flag on the moon. Critics however have been generally impressed.
Releases October 26
Starring last year’s best supporting actor nominee Timothée Chalet (Call Me By Your Name) and Steve Carrell, this film is adapted from a pair of memoirs by father and son David and Nic Sheff. Nic’s book Tweak told of his struggle with drug addiction while David’s Beautiful Boy related his perspective as a father attempting to rescue his son.
Releases January 4 2019
Cannes golden boy French director Jacques Audiard makes his English language debut with this adaptation of a novel by Patrick deWitt. It’s a comic Western adventure story starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C Reilly as hitmen brothers on a journey across the US in search of a mystery man. The supporting cast includes Riz Ahmed and Jake Gyllenhall.
Releases January 18 2019
Written and directed by actor Joel Edgerton, there’s plenty of buzz being generated around this adaption of Garrard Conley’s memoir of his experiences in a gay conversion therapy programme. Lucas Hedges stars as Conley and Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe star as his conflicted church-devoted parents.
Releases February 23 2019
Following his best picture win for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins brings to screen the first ever James Baldwin adaptation of this lesser known novel about a family in 1970s Harlem who must deal with police pressure and the strains it places on their personal relationships. Starring Kiki Layne and Stephan James, the film has yet to receive a South African release date.
Lee Israel’s memoir of her journey from struggling celebrity biography ghostwriter to forger of letters by famous authors gives Melissa McCarthy a shot at Oscar glory for her portrayal of Israel. There’s also lots of acclaim for Richard E Grant who plays her dubious bestie. No word on when we can expect to see it here yet.

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