A few interesting movie adaptations of books are either newly released, out on video, or coming soon.
Youth without Youth
For the first time in ten years, Francis Ford Coppola is directing a movie. He has adapted the novella by Romanian philosopher Mircea Eliade. From the sound of the NY Times review it may be a tad on the baffling side, if wonderful visually.
Then She Found Me
First optioned 19 years ago, this book is just now making it to the screen. Helen Hunt, who directs and stars, has been involved with the project for ten years. Elinor Lipman assures her fans that, despite changes to the story, she’s thrilled with the result.
This memoir by Steve Lopez, columnist for the LA Times, describes the friendship that developed between him and Nathaniel Ayers, a schizophrenic former Juilliard music student who was living on the streets at the time Lopez met him. Initially drawn to violin music wafting towards him as he was walking back to his office, Lopez wrote a column about him and became involved in trying to help him get off Skid Row. A movie version is now in post-production, set to be released in November, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice), and starring Robert Downey, Jr. as Lopez, and Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel.