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Books to Film: August & September

abstract:Had enough of summer blockbusters based on comic books? As summer draws to a close, look for these literary films coming to a theater near you.


July 31, 2003
— Some long-awaited film adaptations based on a wide-range of books, from award-winning and genre fiction to contemporary non-fiction and young adult, are set to premiere beginning in early August.


Mary Roger's classic, young adult novel Freaky Friday was first made into a film starring Jodie Foster as the young girl in 1977. Now the mother/daughter body-swap, madcap, comic tale has been re-made, and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon. The film opens on August 6. It's a welcome antidote to all those high-testosterone, action-packed summer movies. Take your daughter—or mother!


The award-winning team of Merchant & Ivory have tackled a 21st century subject with their adaptation of Diane Johnson's bestselling novel Le Divorce. The acclaimed novel was nominated for the National Book Award in 1997, and has an accompanying Reading Group Guide. You can read more about the book on and there is an interview with the author at The New York Times Online. Kate Hudson and Naomi Watts star in this tale of tangled relationships set in Paris, which is coming to a cinema near you on August 8.


Nicolas Cage is starring in Ridley Scott's adaptation of Eric Garcia's new novel, Matchstick Men. It's a crime caper story that Random House has just published to coincide with the movie that opens on September 12. Garcia is best known for his Anonymous Rex novels about how dinosaurs operate in contemporary society.


Frances Mayes' memoir Under the Tuscan Sun provides the basis of a movie of the same name starring Diane Lane and Lindsay Duncan. By all accounts, the movie is somewhat different with a whole new romance being written in, so it will be interesting to read the book to see where it all began! The film opens on September 26.


The Human Stain is the third novel in Philip Roth's American Trilogy (the first two books are American Pastoral and I Married a Communist), but it's the first of the triology to be made into a movie. Anthony Hopkins stars with Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise in this twisted tale of academia, race and, of course, sex.  The film opens on September 26.



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