LONDON BOULEVARD, Stick with the Book

The long-shelved movie, London Boulevard, based on the book by Ken Bruen, starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightly and Ray Winstone, has finally been schedule for a limited release on Nov. 18, to be preceded by a cable video-on-demand release on October 5,

Why, with all that star power, isn’t the movie getting a major release? Unfortunately, its U.K. debut in February brought mostly terrible reviews and did poorly at the box office.

The book, however, fared much better. When London Boulevard was published 2009, the NYT BR crime columnist Marilyn Stasio called it an “unnervingly clever reworking of Sunset Boulevard.” Clearly a fan, she has reviewed several of the author’s titles, saying, “Ken Bruen is hard to resist, with his aching Irish heart, silvery tongue, and bleak noir sensibility.”

The trailer is below and on YouTube

Bruen’s next book, the ninth in his Jack Taylor series, Headstone  is on the debut list from the newly relaunched Mysterious Press imprint, which Otto Penzler, who founded it in 1975, recently bought back and is now publishing in conjunction with Grove Atlantic.

Headstone (Jack Taylor)
Ken Bruen
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Mysterious Press – (2011-10-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0802126006 / 9780802126009

Coincidentally, another movie based on a Bruen title, Blitz (St. Martins, 2004), has just gone directly to DVD. It stars Jason Stratham.

One Response to “LONDON BOULEVARD, Stick with the Book”

  1. Kay Says:

    HEADSTONE is also coming out on audio (9781611745986-simultaneous release), under the Mysterious Press-HighBridge Audio imprint (more on that: