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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM

More books-to-movies: “The Help,” “The Life of Pi”

Fresh from making a fairly spectacular vampire-ish leap across a stream in “Eclipse” (see previous entry), Bryce Dallas Howard has another challenge: Deadline.com announced today that she’ll play Hilly Holbrook in “The Help,” a screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel about a journalist writing about the life of African-American maids in pre-civil rights Mississippi. (Anyone read this? I haven’t yet.) Emma Stone and Viola Davis (so great in “Doubt”) have previously been announced for the other lead roles; Tate Taylor, who wrote the screenplay, will direct.
Meanwhile, “The Life of Pi” looks to finally be making its way to the big screen. The 2000 novel by Yann Martel has long been optioned for film, with several directors coming and going (M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuaron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet). Now Ang Lee has come aboard to produce and direct the film, which would be a relatively big-budget 3D fantasy adventure. Should the project get the greenlight (a script is completed, and locations are being scouted), it could be in theaters as soon as 2012.

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