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5 Book to Movie Adaptions We Can’t Wait For

The year is almost halfway through, but thankfully there are so many exciting adaptations happening the second half of 2019! Here are the one’s we are most excited for:


1. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer


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Judi Dench and Josh Gad are set to star in the adaptation of Artemis Fowl. Set over the course of eight books, the first features our hero Artemis after he kidnaps an elf-fairy and holds her for a hefty, hefty ransom to help build back his family’s fortune. His dad, who is also a criminal, has been missing for quite some time as well. This sci-fi, fantasy tale was first published in 2001, and it was a hit amongst middle grade and young adult readers. It is astounding that it took this long to get the movie, but we can’t wait for this one to come out August 9th!


2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


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Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett are set to star in this adaptation when it hits the big screen on August 9th! The story is that of an anxiety-plagued mother, who hates everyone and everything until one day she caves from the pressure and suddenly packs up and leaves. Everyone, including her fifteen-year-old daughter, are left trying to figure out where she went and why she left. The book was originally published in 2013, and it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.


3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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When this book came out in 2013, it was impossible to not see someone reading it on the train or overhear someone else talking about it. The book was an instant success, taking home the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson are both set to star in the feature film this coming October. The story takes place over a decade, focusing on the coming of age of a young man whose mother dies from a terrorist attack in an art museum. This paves the way to a series of unfortunate events in his life, including moving in with his alcoholic father and stealing prized artwork. What I’m saying is if you haven’t read this one yet, make sure you get to it before this hits the big screen! It is a doozy.



4. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell


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This is the closest we will get, for now anyway, to a female James Bond! After her entire family dies in a plane crash, a woman discovers that this was no accident, but a premeditated terrorist attack. She decides to leave her life of prostitution behind and become part of the Intelligence Agency. She becomes the assassin she needs to be in order to avenge her family’s death and take out every last person involved with the attack. Blake Lively is to star alongside Jude Law in this juicy thriller, set to hit the big screen November 22nd!


5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


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You may be in the camp that says we don’t need another Little Women adaptation, but what if I told you Emma Watson was set to star alongside Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep? The star-studded cast is sure to make for a great film on its own. Add in the truly beautiful story Alcott penned in 1868 and it becomes irresistible. Taking place during the Civil War, it tells the story of four sisters, Mary, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they make their way through childhood and into the next stages of their lives, dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is one of the most heartwarming tales, and I can’t wait to see what these beautiful women do with the story!


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Check Out The Debut Trailer For ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch is a story about loss. The main character, Theodore “Theo” Decker loses his mother when a bomb explodes while the pair are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art; one of the reasons they were there was to see one of her favorite paintings, The Goldfinch.  Theo is able to escape the rubble, with the pricelessDutch painting in hand. It becomes the single most important object in Tartt’s narrative. Her whirlwind coming-of-age tale navigates themes like fate, survival, confusion and what it means to let go.


The coming-of-age drama "The Goldfinch" brings Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the big screen. Ansel Elgort stars as Theo Decker, who continues to be haunted by the tragic death of his mother when he was 13.
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In 2013 Tartt’s novel took the world by storm—spending over thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list even with a handful of mixed reviews at its back. Now (if you didn’t already know) the 2013 bestseller has been made into a film starring Ansel Elgort as its protagonist. Yesterday, USA Today displayed various first look images from the production and today they premiered its first trailer, featured below:



With a theatrical release date of September 13th, Elgort predicts that audiences will engage that film in much the same way as its source material—he had this to say to USA Today:

“It’s a very powerful and emotional coming-of-age story told from a personal point of view,” Elgort says. “It touches on the themes we all experience at one time or another – everything from loss, guilt, deception and betrayal to love, hope, friendship, and redemption.”

Mrs. Barbour (Nicole Kidman, right) and her husband (Boyd Gaines) take in Theo (Oakes Fegley) when his mom is killed. "She becomes a mother figure and one of the strongest relationships in his life," Ansel Elgort says.
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The film has been directed by John Crowley and also stars Nicole Kidman (Theo’s surrogate mother, Mrs. Barbour), Oakes Fegley (young Theo), Jeffery Wright (the antique collector Hobie), Luke Wilson (Theo’s deadbeat dad Larry) and Sarah Paulson (as his dad’s new girlfriend Xandra). In preparation for her role, Nicole Kidman had this to say of her initial reading experience:

“really an experience of letting go, giving in to the storytelling current as it unfolds like bends in a river. It was a rare and immersive pleasure and partly what made the Odyssey, both the book and the film, so extraordinary.”

Hobie (Jeffrey Wright) is a kind owner of a bohemian antiques shop who's the first person who helps young Theo (Oakes Fegley) deal with the death of his mother.
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The adaptation will take a nonlinear storytelling approach; it will focus on two time periods in Theo’s life:

“We move around a lot more impressionistically to suggest that the man that you meet at the start of the story is not in a very good place,” Director John Crowley says. “It’s a very interesting study in how an individual’s relationship to his own past and his sense of his past can shift.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios have also released a first look at the poster for the film which you can see below.


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Ansel Elgort Promises Faithful Adaptation of ‘The Goldfinch’

Here’s a colloquialism that’s just as blatantly trite as it is profoundly inaccurate: “no news is good news.” In fact, only GOOD news is good news, and no news is hell when you’re waiting for updates on your favorite adaptations. We need more Donna Tartt, and not even the whopping 800 pages of The Goldfinch can sate us. Fortunately, it won’t have to: the film will be released on September 19, 2019. Less fortunately, the trailer hasn’t dropped yet. But limited CinemaCon audiences got a sneak preview this past Tuesday, and the news is definitely killer—this ambitious bildungsroman appears to be a faithful adaptation of its Pulitzer Prize-winning source material.


Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch,' ft. Donna Tartt


Given that Tartt has written three books over her thirty-year career, this adaptation may well have to sate us for at least five more years. Donna Tartt knows how to take her time: The Goldfinch was an eleven-year venture long enough that, at its staggering 784 pages, might take some of us eleven years to read. Of course, this bad news is also the good news: Tartt’s level of involvement with her work means that, although the wait time for the next novel is significant, the novel itself is to die for. On the subject of dying: plenty of her characters do. And that brings us right back to The Goldfinch, a literary epic that opens as, let’s just say, explosively as it concludes.

For those of us not familiar with this dark, sweeping, and frequently Dickensian tale of art, tragedy, and drug-related shenanigans, I have two points. Point 1—acquaint yourself. Point 2—directly related to point one. The novel’s blurb is below:

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

The film will star a slew of household names: Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard, and Sarah Paulson. The film itself is sure to become one, rife with the grit and intrigue inherent in all its settings—New York, Las Vegas, Amsterdam.


'The Goldfinch' most prominent cast members, including Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson


After the trailer debut, lead actor Ansel Elgort said what fans were thinking (that is, what they were thinking besides holy shit). With “John Crowley directing it and Roger Deakins who had just won the Oscar for Blade Runner,” he emphasized, “[he] knew they would be able to capture Donna Tartt’s tone, and that was so important.” The film has exceeded Elgort’s own expectations. Reflecting on the work as a whole, he says that while he hopes “whatever drew all those people to that book will also draw them to the movie, [he thinks] they will… because [the directors] did a pretty great job capturing that tone and telling this epic story.”

It would be pretty great if we could get a look at this film soon! Until then, we’ll wait for the official trailer.


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I Heart Donna Tartt: 10 Facts About Mysterious Author of ‘The Goldfinch’

Donna Tartt has written three books in her thirty-year writing career—each intricate, fascinating, and hugely different from one another. She broke out in 1992 with her debut The Secret History, a tale of ritual, murder, and intrigue among an insular, intense group of college students at a small college in Vermont. She followed this almost a decade later with The Little Friend, a divisive tale of childhood and revenge which asked more questions than it answered. Her third novel, The Goldfinch, won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, and is now being adapted for the big screen. Tartt is without question one of my favorite authors. Her style is enough to intrigue anyone, but she herself is also intriguing, and, for someone so famed and enormously well-respected, we know very little about her.


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1. She memorized insane amounts of poetry as a small child.


Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1963, and grew up in a literary home which featured, along with her book-loving parents, several eccentric aunts and cats. As a child, Tartt would memorize long poems, starting with A.A. Milne, “then I went through a Kipling phase. I could say ‘Gunga Din’ for you. Then I went into sort of a Shakespeare phase, when I was about in sixth grade. In high school, I loved loved loved Edgar Allan Poe. Still love him. I could say ‘Annabel Lee’ for you now. I used to know even some of the shorter stories by heart. ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’—I used to be able to say that.” Tartt stated that she began composing her own poetry at the age of eight, and had her first poem published at thirteen.


2. She didn’t quite fit in at cheerleading camp.


Once, at cheerleading camp, which took place in a sorority house, Tartt filled the Sunshine Box “—which her fellow Kappas would fill with sayings on scraps of paper, epigrams dear to their hopeful hearts, apothegms of uplift, treasured most about life and lemons and lemonade—with vile sayings by Nietzsche and Sartre. ‘God is dead. . . . And we have killed him’ and ‘Hell is other people.'” The other girls knew it was her and demanded she confess. But she refused.


3. Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and Peter Pan make their way into all of her books.


At thirteen, she read Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which, she says, has made its way into all of her books, as has Peter Pan. “There’s something of Peter Pan in every single thing I’ve written. It’s there in everything, very, very deeply. Peter Pan was the first book I loved that I read to myself. It was a drug, an altered state of consciousness. You weren’t at your school. You were really somewhere else.”


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4. Charles Dickens is her favorite writer.


Charles Dickens was her first love. She told the Irish Independent that “Oliver Twist was the first book I read with real blood and death in it. I would worry about Oliver all day at school.” She still cites Dickens as her favorite author and the one who inspired the complex plots of her own works. On Dickens’ influence in The Goldfinch, she commented “Theo’s setup is Dickensian. I love Dickens a lot and just kind of internalize him.”


5. She maybe dated Bret Easton Ellis.


She started out attending the University of Mississippi. Barry Hannah, who admitted her to his graduate course on the short story when she was just eighteen, said,  “she was deeply literary. Just a rare genius, really. A literary star.” Tartt later transferred to Bennington College, Vermont in 1982, where she befriended fellow student Bret Easton Ellis, with whom it is thought she had a relationship while they worked on their respective novels The Secret History and Less Than Zero.


6. Apects of her first novel closely mirror her time at Bennington.


While at Bennington, at age nineteen, Tartt began writing The Secret History, whose location and characters mirrored closely small, liberal arts college Bennington and the students Tartt knew there. Tartt was a member of a select class of students who were taught Greek literature by famed professor Claude Fredericks. Her first novel follows a group of insular, alluring classics students taught by an eccentric professor Julian Morrow, who have murdered one of their own. She told Salon, “I went to a very small, very insular college. I think that’s just how the world naturally arranges itself around me. Even when I come to the biggest cities in the world, everything is a series of small rooms.”


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7. She dresses extremely well.


She has impeccable personal style, for which she is famous. During her rare public appearances, Tartt usually wears tailored suits, colored cravats and and has her hair cut in a sharp, distictive bob. She always pays close attention to what her characters wear, meticulously describing their clothing.


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8. Her writing process is intense.


Her writing process is long and intricate. She writes all the time, “like a pianist with scales or an artist with a sketch book,” and takes up to ten years per novel, writing first by hand, “making notes in red and blue pencil, stapling note cards to the pages and when the notebooks start to fall apart she prints out drafts, and each new draft is printed on a corresponding shade of paper.” She first got the idea for The Goldfinch when she saw Fabritius’s painting in Holland while on tour for The Secret History. The painting was hung above her eyeline, compelling her to “gaze up, yearningly.”


9. On her alleged reclusiveness, Tartt told The Irish Independent:


[Book tours are] just distracting. It’s better for me to be at home and getting on with my work than standing up and talking about a book. It’s very counterproductive. I’d go mad if I had to go on a book tour every two years. I’d go completely berserk. I can just about handle it once every decade… Just because you don’t go to a lot of literary galas and things doesn’t make you reclusive…Joan Didion writes a beautiful essay about Howard Hughes who was a lonely recluse but also a kind of weird American hero who built the whole city of Las Vegas and Joan Didion said, ‘he’s the last private man, the dream we no longer admit’.


10. Her answering machine message is T.S. Eliot, reading from “The Waste Land.”


I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.

Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,

Tell her I bring the horoscope myself:

One must be so careful these days.”


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‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation Grows Its Cast!

With each casting announcement I grow equal parts more apprehensive and excited for the upcoming adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. 


First, Ansel Elgort was named the protagonist, Theodore Decker, a young man who, as a child, survives a terrorist attack on an art museum, which kills his mother. His life subsequently takes many wild turns, leading him from New York to Las Vegas where he lives with his very dodgy dad, and then back to the East Coast where he becomes involved in art forgeries and the criminal underworld. It’s a trip. After Elgort, Dunkirk‘s Aneurin Barnard was cast as Boris, followed by none other than Sarah Paulson as Theo’s trashy stepmother Xandra (How good? So good). And now it’s been announced Willa Fitzgerald will play Kitsey Barbour.


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Image Via Twitter, Glamour, Willa Fitzgerald and Click Ittefaq


So why apprehensive, you ask? Why not just excited? Because you can never count on the adaptation of your favorite book being good enough or on-point enough or well-cast enough or anything enough to satisfy your ferociously specific and obsessive bookworm needs.


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But I digress. I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the cast so far. Elgort really proved himself this year in Baby Driver, Bernard looks exactly how I imagined Boris, Paulson can do no wrong, and Fitzgerald looks fairly Kitsey-like. And on top of that, she is playing Meg in the upcoming mini-series adaptation of Little Women, about which I am also very excited and apprehensive, but that’s a story for another article. The Goldfinch will be Fitzgerald’s biggest role to date, having starred in MTV’s Scream, and Alpha House.


Variety reports that Amazon Studios will co-finance The Goldfinch, and it will begin production in early 2018, and Warner Bros. will distribute the film. 


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