Salinger has given Efron his blessing after watching a marathon screening of all the High School Musical films — and has even decided to write a karaoke scene where Holden serenades the female prostitute.
Finally — maybe this is what it will take to get the book read by actual teenagers. Let's just hope that Efron can make Caulfield seem believable and not so phony.
"After Pearl Harbor, I can only think of one other WWII story that demands to be translated to the screen," Bay told Daily Variety, "and that's the story of Tyrone Slothrop's sexual encounters with the V-2 rocket."
Bruce Willis is in talks to portray the erection-prone US Army lieutenant.
Former Good Morning America exec producer Ben Sherwood wrote the book, about a caretaker at a cemetery who manages to have weekly meetings with a younger brother whose accidental death he feels was his fault.
"[O]ne of the most magical love stories I've ever read," raves Sue Monk Kidd, while Nicholas Sparks calls it, "touching, wise, and full of hope, everything a wonderful novel should be."
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Speaking of Nicholas Sparks -- his most recent novel, The Lucky One, is being set up as a feature film at Warner Bros.
[T]he romantic drama, which tells the story of a marine in Iraq who, for good luck, carries the photograph of a woman he has never met, then unearths a raft of secrets when he returns to the U.S. and sets out to find her.
"Romance fans will consider themselves more than fortunate ...
Pic is based on a Ben Macintyre book that tells the story of Edward Arnold Chapman, a career criminal who was trained by the Nazis to be a spy during WWII. On a mission to sabotage an airplane factory in England, he contacted the Brits and began a life as a double agent.
"One of the most extraordinary stories of the Second World War," cheers The Sunday Telegraph.
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Former conman Craig Glazer will get to see his memoir The King of Sting adapted as a feature length film.
The project centers on Craig Glazer, a colorful criminal who crisscrossed the U.S. for decades posing as an undercover cop and conducting drug stings, pocketing the money and drugs netted from his illegal operations.
Glazer and partner Don Woodbeck were so successful in their faux stings that they were hired by the Kansas attorney general. Their exploits ended abruptly when Woodbeck was killed in an attempt to
Fire will be released theatrically in Sweden in the beginning of September, Hornest's Nest in November.
"We will now go directly to all foreign distributors who bought the first film for cinema release and start negotiations for films numbers two and three," producer Soren Staermose told Variety. The TV deals are not affected.
The three books by author Stieg Larsson, who died before the first one had been released, are worldwide bestsellers. Production company Yellow Bird bought the rights before the books, known as the Millennium trilogy, had been published, and Swedish Television (SvT) signed on as one of the co-producers.
In just three weeks, Dragon Tattoo has totalled more than 1.5 million admissions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, with a combined gross of $21 million.
"Just when I was thinking there wasn't anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson....I was completely absorbed," raves Michael Connelly.
Story takes place on the eve of a seaside wedding celebration. Seven close friends convene to watch two of their pals get married. Laura (Tyler) is the maid of honor, but she and the bride have had a long rivalry over the groom.
"As Ms. Niederhoffer clearly knows, the fun in such stories comes from quick, withering observations rather than plot mechanics," posits Janet Maslin in the New York Times. ...
If I Stay will be based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, due to be published this spring by Dutton Children's Books. Story centers on a gifted classical musician and her indie rockstar boyfriend who's forced to choose between life and death when she's in a car accident with her family.
"[T]he novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living," declares Publishers Weekly.
Story follows a Seattle teen who inherits responsibility for a house filled with demons. When the youth finally breaks free of his charges to go on a date, he returns to discover that kids have broken into the house, unleashing its most vicious demon, the Beast,
The book takes the form of a Sotheby's-like estate auction catalog, with 325 entries and photographs depicting items that reveal the private moments and the rise and fall of a four-year relationship between the fictitious couple Hal Morris (a 40ish photographer) and Lenore Doolan (a New York Times food columnist in her late 20s).
The project will be developed as a romantic comedy to star Pitt and Portman.
[Author Leann] Shapton, an illustrator and art director of the Times' op-ed page, uses items that range from clothes to notes, emails and heirlooms to convey the excitement, hopes, dreams and, ultimately, the heartache of a love affair that runs its course.
Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry received praise from The Very Short List: "Yes, breaking up is hard to do, but reading about it has never been so pleasurable."
"The Hunger Games is an incredible property, and it is a thrill to bring it home to Lionsgate," [producer Alli] Shearmur said. "This is the exactly the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: youthful, exciting, smart and edgy."
The Scholastic novel, which is the first in a planned trilogy, imagines a dystopian future (is there any other kind?) where North America has been divided into 12 oppressed districts, each of which is forced to send tribute in the form of a boy and a girl to compete in a televised battle to the death once a year. Released last year, the book had gained modest popularity until Stephen King and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer publicly gave it kudos, propelling it onto best-seller lists.
The five-volume series by James Patterson chronicles six teens, known as the Flock, who are genetically altered so that they are part human and part bird. Learning to fly, they escape the laboratory where they have been housed and are pursued by a pack of creatures called the Erasers that are part human and part wolf.
USA Today surmises why the story is a success: "The short chapters appeal to the limited attention span of many of today's teens. The writing is visual and cinematic — things that kids expect from their video games, TV cartoon shows and action movies. And the ending leaves plenty of wiggle room for a sequel."
What do you think? Will Patterson's books become the next big film franchise — or fizzle out?
Pic will follow the fateful events as Britain's Lord Mountbatten, with glamorous wife Edwina in tow, is sent to oversee the handover of power in the summer of 1947 to Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.
"[A] highly readable popular history," cheers the Los Angeles Times, while the San Francisco Chronicle declares, "To have turned an era of such significance and continuing relevance into a page-turner, to both entertain and educate, is an admirable accomplishment."
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