Books to Movie News

A documentary on Abu Ghraib, Standard Operating Procedure, by director Errol Morris, (The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, which won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Documentary) is set for release in New York and Los Angeles on April 25th. Morris also co-wrote a book of the same title, with Philip Gourevitch (We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed Along with Our Families, about the war in Rwanda), to be published on May 15. Half the libraries I checked have it on order.

Last week, the New Yorker featured an excerpt from the book. On the Web site, they featured clips from the movie.


  • Hardcover:$25.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Press, (May 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594201323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594201325
  • Audio CD: $34.95 (Abridged)
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio, (May 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143142682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143142683


John Goodman and Joan Cusack recently joined the cast of Confessions of a Shopaholic, based on the book by Sophie Kinsella. Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) is already set to star (Cusack and Goodman will play her parents). The movie is scheduled to release Valentine’s Day, 2009.


A long-rumored remake of a movie based on Frank Herbert’s Dune is coming to fruition. Variety says that Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) has been hired to direct. The producer has “spent the past year obtaining the book rights from the Herbert estate.” An earlier film of the book was made in 1984 by David Lynch. No release date has been mentioned.


As a reminder that all such news should be taken with a salt shaker handy, a previously announced title seems to have disappeared. Friday Night Knitting Club (book by Kate Jacobs; movie starring Julia Roberts), was originally scheduled for June 6th. Ordinarily, a trailer and a Web site would be available at this point, but nothing has appeared, resulting in mournful “What happened?” comments on message boards (and no answers).

Time Traveler’s Wife (book by Audrey Niffenegger; movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams) and Nights in Rodanthe (book by Nicholas Sparks; movie starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane) were also originally scheduled for June 6. It appears they have been rescheduled for November.

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