We are really excited about some new books and comic books being adapted for the big screen this year. Below, you’ll find some of the most-anticipated book to movie adaptations of 2012, along with some brief info, the current release date, and the trailer (if available).
Movies are listed in order of release date:
In theaters: January 20th
This movie has already gotten some buzz thanks to a limited release — but is expected to go into wide release this month. It stars Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in a dramatic, contemporary adaptation of the classic play by William Shakespeare.
In theaters: February 3rd
Daniel Radcliffe is no stranger to book adaptations, after eight Harry Potter films. But his role in The Woman in Black is decidedly different. The film is based on the atmospheric horror novel by Susan Hill. It follows a young lawyer who travels to a small English town to attend the funeral of a widow — and discovers her ghost is terrorizing the locals.
The Secret World of Arietty
In theaters: February 17th
This animated feature from Walt Disney Studios and the acclaimed director of Spirited Away and Ponyo offers a new twist on the beloved book, The Borrowers by Mary Norton.
Dr. Seuss’The Lorax
In theaters: March 2nd
Another animated feature adaptation from the collection of Dr. Seuss. Personally, I prefer the older cartoon version to what I’ve seen of this movie in the trailer — but The Lorax is as pertinent today as it was when it was first published. Be sure to curl up with this classic picture book before heading to the movie theater.
In theaters: March 9th
Based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel John Carter of Mars (part of an 11-book series), in which a Civil War soldier is transported to Mars. Disney is betting on this becoming its newest blockbuster franchise — and from the looks of things, John Carter has lots of potential: a great cast, stunning visuals, and literary source material.I’m also excited because, besides starring Taylor Kitsch, John Carter also reunites three of my favorite cast members from HBO’s Rome series: James Purefoy, Ciaran Hinds, and Polly Walker.
In theaters: March 9th
Though not strictly based on a book, The Raven is all about Edgar Allan Poe. The movie offers a dramatized and fictionalized account of the author’s final days, in which he pursues a serial killer whose crimes mimic accounts from Poe’s work. John Cusack stars as Poe himself — a surprising casting choice, in my opinion, but one that I’m totally okay with. He can “Say Anything” in character as Poe, and I’ll listen. (See what I did there?)
In theaters: March 16th
The first of two Snow White adaptations coming out in 2012, Mirror Mirror promises to be the sillier of the two — and certainly the more kid-friendly version. It stars Lily Collins as Snow White, with Julia Roberts as a cartoonish evil queen and Armie Hammer as the hapless prince.
The Hunger Games
In theaters: March 23rd
Based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games holds the potential to be one of 2012’s biggest movies. The film has already generated massive fan fervor, as readers follow their favorite book’s journey from page to screen. It stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale. Collins herself helped write the screenplay with director Gary Ross.
In theaters: May 4th
Paramount’s Marvel universe collides in this Joss Whedon-directed blockbuster, which unites superheroes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and the Hulk. If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to watch Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America before heading to theaters for The Avengers. These movies all lay the groundwork for The Avengers … also, they’re just awesome.
Snow White & the Huntsman
In theaters: June 1st
And here we have the second Snow White adaptation of 2012 — one which seems to hold much more promise than Mirror Mirror. Snow White & the Huntsman stars Charlize Theron as the beautiful and terrifying evil queen, who sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to retrieve the heart of Snow White (Kristen Stewart). The trailer shows this will be a much more dramatic, adult version of the classic fairy tale — with a Snow White brave enough to don armor and wield a sword.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
In theaters: June 22nd
Seth Grahame-Smith’s campy twist on history comes to the big screen, with Benjamin Walker as President Lincoln — who sets out to slay vampires (and their slave-owning supporters) after his mother is killed by one of the supernatural creatures. The novel is one of several recent smash hits from specialty publisher Quirk Books (they also brought us Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and last year’s hit, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).
A trailer for the movie has not been released yet, but you can see how well it will translate based on this trailer for the book:
The Amazing Spider-Man
In theaters: July 3rd
The Spider-Man franchise gets a reboot in this new version starring Andrew Garfield as the webbed hero. We get a new, seemingly darker version of Spider-Man’s origin story. Emma Stone co-stars as Spidey’s love interest, Gwen Stacey.
The Dark Knight Rises
In theaters: July 20th
The third and final movie in director Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is easily one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2012. I confess, I’ll be sad to see this franchise go — Nolan has done incredible things for this superhero — but I’m excited to see how he’ll wrap up his interpretation of the Batman mythology. Christian Bale returns for his final performance as the caped crusader, and is joined by new cast members Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hardy.
The Bourne Legacy
In theaters: August 3rd
The franchise based on Robert Ludlum’s best-selling books continues despite Matt Damon’s departure.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
In theaters: August 3rd
The third movie in the franchise based on Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Zachary Gordon returns as Greg Heffley, the titular “Wimpy Kid,” along with other cast members from the first two movies.
In theaters: August 10th
Starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, this movie is based on the quirky, charming and literary zombie love story Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Zombies may be all the rage these days — but Warm Bodies is definitely a different sort of zombie story, and no doubt the movie version will also make its mark on this cultural phenomenon.
In theaters: November 9th
Finally, James Bond returns to the big screen! Daniel Craig is back as 007 in Skyfall based on the iconic character created by author Ian Fleming. Judi Dench also returns as M, 007’s boss. Javier Bardem joins the cast as the rumored Bond villain.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
In theaters: November 16th
This is the fifth and final movie in The Twilight Saga franchise. It picks up where Part 1 left off, and sees Bella adapt to her new life as a vampire — and all the complications that were set up in the first part. Expect lots of baby!vamp, Volturi vampires and shirtless werewolves.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
In theaters: December 14th
Part 1 of the highly anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings finally comes to theaters. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan and other cast members from the original trilogy return for the prequel, which recounts the story of Bilbo Baggins.
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