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Entertainment'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies

06:40  12 september  2019
06:40  12 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Goldfinch is a novel by the American author Donna Tartt. It won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, among other honors. Published in 2013, it was Tartt's first novel since The Little Friend in 2002.

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It's no secret that many of our favorite books wind up on the big screen (or as prestige TV projects, such as Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman's "Big Little Lies"). Which films heading our way boast plots borrowed from best-sellers? From Blake Lively's next big movie to "Little Women," here's a preview of which novels book-lovers can expect to get the Hollywood treatment.

Kicking it off this weekend, an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 novel "The Goldfinch" hits theaters, starring Kidman and Ansel Elgort. But unfortunately, critics have panned the effort with a 25% rotten rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Goldfinch is a 2019 American drama film directed by John Crowley and written by Peter Straughan, adapted from the 2013 novel of the same name by Donna Tartt.

From Stephen King’s “It" to Louisa May Alcott's " Little Women ," and Maria Semple’s "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," these books are being made into 2019 29 Books to Read Before They're 2019's Most Popular Movies . From two Stephen King novels to Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women .

'The Goldfinch' (in theaters Friday)

'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies© MACALL POLAY Nicole Kidman acts as surrogate mom to Ansel Elgort in "The Goldfinch."

USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt calls the adaptation "a messy jumble of a drama." The story follows 13-year-old Theo Decker, who is essentially orphaned after surviving a deadly explosion at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the years that follow, adult Theo keeps a major secret: He's in possession of “The Goldfinch,” a famous Dutch painting that he retrieved from the ruins of the bombing. In the end, the film "tries hard to be a masterwork like the painting that shares its title, but ends up feeling more like a forgery," Truitt writes.

'It 2' (in theaters now)

Starring Jessica Chastain as a grown-up Bev still spooked by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), “It: Chapter Two,” based on Stephen King's 1986 novel, is "an ambitious, thought-provoking work that aims for more," writes our critic, who said the sequel "tackles themes of memory and childhood trauma, exploring its characters' crippling loss of innocence decades after smacking down a dancing clown." The horror film killed it on opening weekend, raking in $91 million at the domestic box office.

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“ The Goldfinch ” is produced by Nina Jacobson (“The Hunger Games” films, “American Crime Story”) and Brad Simpson (“World War Z,” “American Crime Story”). Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Kevin McCormick, Sue Kroll and Courtenay Valenti are the executive producers.

The book buyer’s suspicions are more justifiable. “ The Goldfinch ” is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the I read it with that mixture of terror and excitement I feel watching a pitcher carry a no-hitter into the late innings.

'The Good Liar' (Nov. 15)

'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies© CHIABELLA JAMES Aging con man Roy (Ian McKellen) woos well-off widow Betty (Helen Mirren) in the thriller "The Good Liar."

Based on the widely acclaimed 2016 book by Nicholas Searle, the Bill Condon-directed "Good Liar" follows career con artist Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen), who can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.

'Cats' (Dec. 20)

T.S. Eliot's 1939  "Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats" inspired Andrew Lloyd Weber to create the musical "Cats," which has in turn inspired director Tom Hooper ("Les Miserables," "The King's Speech") to create ... something filled with movie stars for the silver screen. After the film's first trailer went meme-crazy, it's no doubt going to be a fur-tastic hoot with a new family of Jellicles, populated by Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Taylor Swift as Bombalurina, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Idris Elba as Macavity and James Corden as Bustopher Jones.

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Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869.

John Crowley’s ‘ The Goldfinch ’ tried hard to be a stately Literary Adaptation, but Ansel Elgort and a crushing runtime hold the film back. ‘ The Goldfinch ’: A Miscast Leading Man & A Crushing Runtime Sink This Literary Adaptation [TIFF Review].

'Little Women' (Dec. 25)

Director Greta Gerwig takes on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1868 tale this holiday season. It's quite a cast: Gerwig's "Lady Bird" star Saoirse Ronan plays Jo, and the March sisters are rounded out by Emma Watson as Meg, Florence Pugh as Amy, and Eliza Scanlen as Beth. Meanwhile, Laura Dern stars as Marmee, Meryl Streep plays the sisters' forbidding, rich Aunt March and Timothée Chalamet stars as Laurie, Jo's best friend and closest confidant. Is it Christmas yet?

'The Rhythm Section' (Jan. 31)

'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies© EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION/AP "The Rhythm Section" star Blake Lively is expecting her third child with Ryan Reynolds.

Blake Lively heads back into the spotlight early next year playing a James Bond-like character who leaves a life in prostitution to become an vengeful assassin after learning it was no accident that her family was killed in a plane crash. Jude Law also stars in the adaptation of the 1999 Mark Burnell novel.

'Call of the Wild' (Feb. 21)

Based on the classic 1903 Jack London book, Harrison Ford stars in “Call of the Wild," playing a prospector named John Thornton who braves the Yukon on his quest to find gold. Ford isn't the first movie star to take on the role: Clark Gable played Thornton in 1935, and in 1972, Charlton Heston played the part, too.

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I was less into Finn Wolfhard and Aneurin Barnard as two different versions of Boris, the dynamic All told, The Goldfinch is better than I expected it would be . And yet in clearing that bar, it bares It’s no easy feat, turning a 784-page book into a movie —let alone one full of granular digressions about art

If you’ve been asleep for the past few months, which I completely understand, you may have missed that the Donna Tartt Cinematic Universe is kicking off with The Goldfinch . The film is out September 13 in the U.S., so I hope you’ve cleared your calendar.

'The Woman in the Window' (2020)

'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies© DAN MacMEDAN/USA TODAY Amy Adams' next thriller will debut in 2020.

Amy Adams stars in "The Woman in the Window," based on the 2018 novel by A.J. Finn, playing an agoraphobic child psychologist who witnesses a crime. The thriller was set to open in October, but has been pushed back to 2020.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'The Goldfinch' to 'Little Women': 8 books being turned into movies

'The Goldfinch' is the biggest box-office bomb of the year.
Warner Bros.' adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Goldfinch," crashed and burned in over 2,500 theaters over the weekend.

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