Literature inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theaters soon. Check out this blog to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in the theaters, plus checking out the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library.
Gangster Squad (Jan. 11)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & Josh Brolin
Based On: Tales from the Gangster Squad by: Paul Lieberman
Summary: This crime flick will give you a strong lineup of familiar actors tackling the roles of LAPD detectives attempting to keep LA free of gangsters during the 1940s and '50s. Being put out by Warner Bros., and with a production budget of $75 million, the trailers are looking very good for this all-star film. So try it out for yourselves if mobster crime films are your thing, and then look for the book we have on order at your Abilene Public Library.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)
Starring: Jeremy Renner & Gemma Arterton
Based On: Grimm Fairy Tales
Summary: In what will certainly be a popular action/fantasy film, this story picks up 15 years after Hansel and Gretel escaped the clutches of their former witch captor. Now, as adults, they have taken on the task of becoming bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. With their sights set on a new coven, led by actor Famke Janssen, they'll have to work as the ultimate team to come out on top. With a $60 million production budget, and Jeremy Renner being a rising bankable actor, this just might be an updated fantasy flick you'll want to go out an enjoy.
Parker (Jan. 25)
Starring: Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez
Based On: Flashfire by: Donald E. Westlake (Writing as Richard Stark)
Summary: Parker is a professional thief who only has one rule: not to steal from the poor and to not hurt innocent people. Everything changes when the people he thought he could trust leaves him for dead. Now, Parker follows them to Florida fro some much needed revenge, having disguised himself as a wealthy Texan, while enlisting the help of Leslie to steal his former crew's planned heist. Coming from a modest production budget of $30 million, we'll see if these actors can draw in a paying audience. If you end up liking the plot behind the film, don't hesitate to checkout Westlake's novels at your library to keep the fun going through literature.
And there you have it, your look at January's Book-to-Film Adaptations to be on the lookout for. Don't miss them, and if they sound of interest to you, also look out for the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library.