More Fall Movies Based on Books

Previews of the fall movie season are on their way; Entertainment Weekly‘s arrives on stands and the Web tomorrow (with New Moon on the cover, of course).


This upcoming season features even more major movies based on books than last year. We’re tracking 27 titles based on books, graphic novels, or, in one case, a short story, arriving in theaters between September and Christmas.

Links to the available trailers are on the right (under “Books to Movies — Trailers”).

We’ve also added two new listings:

  • In Production — titles that are currently filming (such as Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Roberts, which is currently tying up traffic in my Brooklyn neighborhood) or scheduled for filming.
  • Announced — titles that are in development. It includes some that may be “Lost in Production,” reminding us that the journey from buying rights to a film appearing in theaters is often incomplete.

Below are titles we’ve added recently to the fall list (for complete list, check Scheduled — with Tie-ins):

You’ve got to check out the trailer for The Informant; here’s hoping the movie lives up to it.

Sept 18, 2009

Movie Title: The Informant

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey

Based on: The Informant by Kurt Eichenwald

Movie Tie-In:

The Informant (Movie Tie-in Edition): A True Story
Kurt Eichenwald
Retail Price: $17.00
Paperback: 656 pages
Publisher: Broadway – (2009-08-11)
ISBN / EAN: 0767931254 / 9780767931250


Sept 25, 2009: Limited

Oct 16, 2009: Wide

Movie Title: I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

Director: Bob Gosse

Starring: Traci Lords, Jess Bradford, Matt Czuchry

Based on : I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell (movie tie-in): with 16 page photo insert
Tucker Max
Retail Price: $16.95
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Citadel – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0806532254 / 9780806532257


The trailer for Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It, has been flying around the Web this week.

OCT 16, 2009

Movie Title: Whip It

Director: Drew Barrymore

Starring: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Zoe Bell, Alia Shawkat

Based on: Derby Girl by Shauna Cross


Whip It
Shauna Cross
Retail Price: $8.99
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Square Fish – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0312535996 / 9780312535995


The Road was rescheduled so many times that the tie-in came out last fall with no movie to tie-in to. No matter, it became a bestseller, leaving you to wonder if it’s the movie that sells the book or just that fact that the book is rejacketed and displayed front of stores.

OCT 16, 2009

Movie Title: The Road

Director: John Hilcoat

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Garret Billahunt

Based on: The Road by Cormac McCarthy


The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008 of the 2006 publication)
Cormac McCarthy
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2008-11-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0307472124 / 9780307472120


Nov 6, 2009

Movie Title: The Men Who Stare at Goats

Director: Grant Heslof

Starring: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor

Based on: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) by Jon Ronson


The Men Who Stare at Goats
Jon Ronson
Retail Price:
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Picador – (2009-10-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0330507702 / 9780330507707


NOV 20, 2009

Movie Title: The Blind Side

Director: John Lee Hancock

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Kathy Bates, Rhoda Griffis, Tim McGraw

Based on: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Michael Lewis

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Michael Lewis
Retail Price: $13.95
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-10-12)
ISBN / EAN: 039333838X / 9780393338386


Dec 12, 2009

Movie Title: Black Mass

Director: Jim Sheridan

Based on: Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

No tie-in listed yet.

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