With all of the remakes and sequels in Hollwood right now, you would think that every last good book had been tapped already for a movie script. If you are an avid reader you know that is not true and you have also sat around dreaming about what book you’d like to see on the big screen. Check out my top 3 book to movie desires below and see what you think!
(3) “Alicia: My Story” by Alicia Appleman-Jurman– With all of the movies produced about World War II and the Holocaust it is shocking that this book has fallen through the cracks. The true story of a young girl, Alicia, persevering through losing family members, living on the run, helping to rescue other Jews, and ultimately surviving the war and aftermath will change anyone’s life who sees it. It is an incredible story that changed my life with each page. She made it through shooting sqauds, prison, the ghetto and made it to America. With the young female face of the Holocaust being Anne Frank, Alicia has gotten lost in the Hollywood shuffle.
DIRECTOR: Stephen Spielberg seems to be the World War II man of choice
DREAM CAST: Natalie Portman as Alicia because she could seamlessly play the role from early teen to adulthood. Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon as Alicia’s parents. It would be nice for most of the supporting roles that Alicia moves through during her survival to be played by relatively unknown actors so that the story is center stage. This would surely be Natalie Portman’s first Oscar if she played this role.
(2) “Bitter is the New Black” by Jen Lancaster– A sarcastic and honest story about how a snotty, rich woman could go from a fancy job to being evicted. With all the chicklit being made into movies these days, it is surprising that this hasn’t been a vehicle for a female star yet. It’s hilarious, touching, and makes you route for a person who is at times quite nasty, and at other moments heart breaking. It’s the kind of story that makes you wonder if you are following the protagonist and the antagonist and realize that we aren’t any better than Jen. She manages to be an every woman in this tragedy of hubris, and you wish you could run into her this weekend at a bar.
DIRECTOR: I’d love for it to be someone who helms comedies more than dramas, perhaps the Judd Apatow crew!
DREAM CAST: Kate Winslet as Jen is a must! It has to be someone who can pull off being a royal bitch and still have us fall in love with her. Paul Rudd as Fletch. Then throw the whole Apatow crew, including his wife, into all the other roles!
(1) “Makes Me Wanna Holler” by Nathan McCall With the success of “Precious,” Hollywood might be ready to tackle another book dealing with the tough issues of continuing social injustice on our country. This book helps the average person understand just how deep racism and injustice go, while also making it clear that no matter what we all have choices. Nathan isn’t a hero and by the end of the book and movie, some of the audience might not even find a way to like him. From gang violence, running “trains” on women, jail, guns, and making the decisions that change the rest of your life. A powerful story, the movie would be riveting and would provide some amazing acting roles for an extremely diverse cast. Hollywood could ALWAYS use more diversity.
DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels did fantastic with “Precious,” and deserves an Oscar. This could definitely be the script to do it.
DREAM CAST: Another situation where it would be great for the same actor to play young to old, but we might need an unknown teen with Common taking on his biggest role to date as Nathan McCall
With so many books to choose from, it was difficult to choose just three. Let’s hope Hollywood listens to the avid readers before making Shrek 5!!!