1. The Bourne Legacy (inspired by Robert Lundlum’s novels). In theaters August 10. Do I need to read these?
2. Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo. In theaters August 17. Lots of buzz on this one, especially as David Cronenberg is directed. I have not read, but still have doubts about Robert Pattinson. Waiting to be impressed.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. In theaters September 14. I know this novel has fans everywhere and I somehow missed in my younger years. Emma Watson outside of her Hermoine character will surely be a treat and we’ll seen if teens show up for films outside of the big franchises. Also, noted that the novel’s writer also wrote the screenplay and directed the film.
4. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. In theaters October 26. Still on my bookshelf to be read!
5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. In theaters November 9. My mother has just bequeathed a copy of this to me. Big hill to climb, but it might be worth it with a Tom Stoppard script and direction by Joe Wright. Cue the sweeping epic music…
6. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2by Stephanie Meyer. In theaters November 16. More comments on this later.
7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. In theaters November 21. Read it now. And I mean NOW.
8. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. In theaters December 14. ENOUGH SAID!
9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In theaters December 25. At this point most of American generations have read this literary milestone as part of required high school reading. This upcoming take my Baz Luhrman will not only prove to be different visually, but could push the story’s boundaries. I am giving it an older me re-read. I suggest you do the same.
10. On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Set to release this year. An American classic, but having recently read it will be interesting to see how they shape the narrative for the screen. The book didn’t move me, hopefully the movie will. I have faith in a slew of the actors, but the blight will probably be Kristen Stewart.