(NOTE: These are sorted based on release date.)
1. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, to be released August 14th, 2009. (Eric Bana will not be the type of guy you will read about, but what else can we expect from Hollywood casting?)
2. Surrogates by Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele, to be released September 25th, 2009. (Another graphic novel adaptation with Bruce Willis, surprise, plays a cop. No surprises here probably).
3. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane, to be released October 2nd, 2009. (Newest DiCaprio and Scorsese collaboration, excellent cast with a Boston accented DiCaprio. Looks immensely gripping and the book is probably worth a read as Lehane also wrote already adapted novels, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone).
4. The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald, to be released October 9th, 2009. (Another investigative/political thriller for sinking Matt Damon. The book is based on 6 years of investigative reporting by Eichenwald on a true financial informant, probably a snooze fest).
5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, to be released October 16th, 2009. (If you haven’t read this as a child, you’ve already missed out, so come on, catch up)!
6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy, to be released October 16th, 2009 as well. (Much anticipated adaptation with Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce to name a few. McCathy’s All the Pretty Horses and No Country For Old Men have already been adapted on screen. Worth a sit and a read)!
7. The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan , to be released October 23rd, 2009. (Yes, another vampire story…a series in fact, sporting a talented cast, writer/director Paul Weitz and shot on location in my hometown of New Orleans. Previously entitled Cirque du Freake, it’s on my list, and not just because of Patrick Fugit)!
8. The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl, to be released November 13th, 2009. (Strong voice casting in this Wes Anderson animated feature will hopefully due Dahl’s book justice).
9. The Twilight Saga: New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, to be released November 20th, 2009. (Purely up to whether or not you want to try out the Twilight band wagon. Always a good idea to stay in tune with what the tweens are reading as these books/films are already so entrenched into pop culture. Liking Robert Pattinson is not a requirement. Read the first book, if any).
10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebould, to be released December 11th, 2009. (Much delayed and anticipated adaptation. Worth the read no matter when as Sebould is able to construct a gripping story of a molested then murdered child who witnesses her family’s coping from heaven. Hoping this strong cast will pull through for Peter Jackson).