Is it just me, or are there a lot of great-looking book-related movies coming out soon? Here are a few that I’ll be lining up to see:
“Cheerful Weather for the Wedding,” based on the novel by Julia Strachey, looks like sheer delight for those of us who love period pieces! The U.K. release date is early 2013, but I can’t seem to find a U.S. release date anywhere (alas!). However, it is available to rent on Comcast On Demand if you feel like spending $10. I plan to sit tight and hope for a theater release, but it does look tempting!
I’m so excited that Baz Luhrmann’s doing “The Great Gatsby”! I read the book a couple times in school and didn’t particularly love it. (I didn’t hate it either; it just didn’t make a huge impression on me.) But with Luhrmann directing, the movie is sure to be gorgeous. The cast also seems great, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. U.S. release date is May 10, 2013.
And then of course there’s Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: Part One.” (About that…are three movies really necessary, Mr. Jackson? Don’t you have enough money already?) Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite books, so obviously I can’t miss this! Martin Freeman is a great choice for Bilbo — and after “North and South,” I’ll watch Richard Armitage do anything, even with a giant dwarf beard! U.S. release date is December 14.