2009 Hot Books-to-Movie Preview

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The new issue of Entertainment Weekly previews 12 hot movies of the new year; seven of them are based on books.

EarlyWord has reported on all of them, as well as many more (for a full list of upcoming movies based on books, with tie-in editions, check our Upcoming Movies — with tie-ins. Trailers are available at the right). The Entertainment Weekly listing indicates which are likely to be big in the box office (remember, though, box office success does not predict tie-in success — Atonement didn’t do well at the box office, but the tie in went onto bestseller lists).

Watchmen — March 6

The phrase “highly anticipated” has become a cliché, but this movie lives up to the moniker. Entertainment Weekly featured the cast on a cover in July, a full eight months before the movie is scheduled to appear.  The graphic novel, originally published in 12 issues in 1986/7, was compiled onto one volume in 1995; it’s been on USA Today’s bestseller list for 24 weeks, reaching a high of 13 (it’s now at #45). There’s quite a bit of publishing around the movie; we sort it out for you in Upcoming Movies — with tie-ins section.

Angels & Demons — May 15

Entertainment Weekly says that the movie is a sequel, even though Brown wrote the book before The Da Vinci Code. The producers wanted to “keep coninuity in the character of Robert Langdon.” Expect the movie to be very loosely based on the book.

Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 — June 12

This is the remake of the 1972 movie, which was based on the 1973 bestselling book by John Godey. John Travolta plays the hostage taker in the new version. The book is being reprinted.

Public Enemies — July 1

Johnny Depp as John Dillinger? That’s right.

Based on a book by Bryan Burrough, Enemies is a “cat-and-mouse thriller about the early days of the FBI.”

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince — July 17

Originally scheduled for last year. Still to come, the two-part Deathly Hallows (Nov. 2010 and Nov. 2011).

Julie & Julia — Aug 7

Julie Powell, bored with her life, challenges herself to cook all the dishes from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, from beginning to end. Nora Ephron directs this adptation of Powell’s memoir of the experience. Entertainment Weekly gives special attention to Meryl Streep, who plays Julia Child.

Where the Wild  Things Are — Oct 16

Director Spike Jonze directs this movie of his childhood favorite

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