Our superhero summer looks to be almost over as I recently noticed how many classic novels are scheduled to be released as movies in the coming months.
Most of these have already received cinematic treatment, but I guess Hollywood has decided that it's time to give them another go round with fresh faces and some new interpretations.
Wuthering Heights - Release date: October 5th; Director: Andrea Arnold; Book: Emily Bronte; Trailer
Starring mostly newcomers, this was released in the UK last year but will see a limited U.S. release in October.
Anna Karenina - Release date: November 16th; Director: Joe Wright; Book: Leo Tolstoy; Trailer
Keira Knightley joins up once again with the director of Pride & Prejudice and Atonement. Jude Law also stars.
Life of Pi - Release date: November 21st; Director: Ang Lee; Book: Yann Martel; Trailer
I might be stretching the term classic here considering the relatively recent publication date of the novel, but it has all the other markings of one. This one will be released in 3-D and should be visually stunning if the trailer is any indication.
Les Misérables - Release date: December 14th; Director: Tom Hooper; Book: Victor Hugo; Trailer
With the director of The King's Speech and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, this one tops the bunch as far as heavy hitters in Hollywood.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Release date: December 14th; Director: Peter Jackson; Book: J.R.R. Tolkien; Trailer
Bilbo Baggins finally gets his day in the sun in this the first of three Hobbit films. The UK's The Office and Sherlock star, Martin Freeman, will play the lead role but will be joined by some familiar faces from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
On the Road - Release date: December 21st; Director: Walter Salles; Book: Jack Kerouac; Trailer
Legendary for its previous failures, this has finally been made into a film. Francis Ford Coppola has owned the rights since 1979 and 33 years later here it is. The young cast includes Kristen Stewart and Sam Riley.
Great Expectations - Release date: Late 2012/Early 2013; Director: Mike Newell; Book: Charles Dickens
While the Gweneth Paltrow/Ethan Hawke version will always be the "true" adaptation to me, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter star in this version.
The Great Gatsby - Release date: Summer 2013; Director: Baz Luhrmann; Book: F. Scott Fitzgerald; Trailer
Originally planned for release on Christmas, this project has now been pushed back for release next summer. Leonardo Dicaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan star. Why it needs to be 3-D, I have no idea.
If you're a "read-it-before-you-see-it" type, I'd suggest getting started now before the hype reaches its peak. This could also be a great reading list for any book club that likes to read the books then attend the film together.
I'm looking forward to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson; Director Stephen Chobsky, who also happens to be the author of the "classic" YA novel.
Wow, I knew of some of these, but didn't realize the true scope of our upcoming "classic" opportunities. Thanks for the great must-see list, and I'm happy to say I've read them all!