Movie Mania

April 26th, 2008 at 9:37 am

Book publishing continues to (de?)volve into a mere feeder industry for Hollywood.

Is this a bad thing? Should books, as an art form, be more independent and self-serving than simply fertilizer for motion pictures? Have books mutated into cattle egrets for the cash cows of Hollywood? With the success and critical acclaim of There Will be Blood and No Country for Old Men, are we just biding our time for the wide release of The Road and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao?

Guillermo del Toro will be directing the two film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Yes two. Go for three, I say. Peter Jackson will executive produce. Children of Hurin is around the corner. Be patient. The robber baron whores will get to it. I promise.

Nora Ephron will be directing the film adaptation of Julie and Julia. Amy Adams is set to play the titular Julie and Meryl Streep will portray Julia Child. I love Amy Adams. Amy Adams and Jenna Fischer are my Marisha Pessl and Zadie Smith of movies and television.

Tucker Max’s bestselling I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell is also due to receive a moving picture interpretation.

Sales of a book always increase after their movie adaptation, which is great for the publishing industry and authors by exposing the work to readers it would have not otherwise been exposed to, but isn’t it a bit sad when a book only acquires a level of legitimacy if it’s made into a movie?

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2 Responses to “Movie Mania”

  1. When do you think think they will make the Phone Book into a movie? That definitely might add some credibility. Oh, oh, oh, the anarchist cookbook!

  2. i, lucifer (an absolutely wonderful book) is also being turned into a movie. i have this weird feeling that it will forever be ruined for me after the new james bond himself plays lucifer.

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