Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme from the awesome team at The Broke and The Bookish.
OK, here they are, a handful of book-to-film adaptations that have caught my eye. Some of my favourite books are getting the big screen treatment or have recently made their Hollywood debut, and while I am hopeful that the directors and writers will do justice to these stories, I find myself waiting with baited breath….
In no particular order….
1. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
One of my favourite nonfiction titles, In the Heart of the Sea recounts the story of the whaling ship Essex, which was sunk by a whale, leaving the crew stranded in the middle of the ocean for several months. A harrowing tale, wonderfully written and carefully researched, I fear that this will be yet another “inspired by actual events” kind of film that sacrifices history for entertainment. Still, it’s directed by Ron Howard, so I am cautiously optimistic.
2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
I love Bill Bryson. He’s a fiercely intelligent comedic writer, with a sometimes acerbic sense of humour. I’m really hopeful that this adaptation won’t just devolve into a generic buddy/road trip comedy. Still, Robert Redford as Bill Bryson?! Not sure I can picture that one.
3. Left For Dead by Beck Weathers
Renamed Everest and featuring the all-star cast of Jake Gyllenhall, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin, and Sam Worthington, this adapted account of an ill-fated mountain expedition looks promising. I didn’t find the book as gripping as the classic Into Thin Air, but I still think it would make for an exciting film.
4. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
I’m always delighted to see nonfiction titles adapted for the big screen, but all too often the film becomes but a shadow of the original true story. Still, this is a gripping tale of exploration and madness in the mysterious jungle, so I think it would make for a pretty exciting film even with a bit of Hollywood fact-fudging.
This is one for my inner child – I loved this story growing up. Steven Spielberg will hopefully do my childhood memories justice.
6. Console Wars: SEGA, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris
This book pretty much sums up my childhood. Growing up, the battle between Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog was EPIC, with kids divided between the console camps. I’m really hoping this is made into a documentary, rather than a feature film, as there are a lot of personalities I would love to see interviewed.
7. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I’m really looking forward to seeing Liam Neeson in a film that doesn’t have the word “Taken” in it. I highly respect and admire Patrick Ness, and I’m hopeful that the adaptation of this powerful story will be done with care.
So, have you seen any of these adaptations, or read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know what you think in the comments below!