Not too many big book adaptations coming up this fall; “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the main one that springs to mind. But here’s a few recent news items (along with “Gone Girl” the other day) about some other high-profile book-to-movie projects:
— Looks like Reese Witherspoon really will just produce “Gone Girl” and not star: Fox Searchlight announced today that Witherspoon will star in the screen version of “Wild,” Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. (Latest “Gone Girl” rumor: Rosamund Pike. Hmm.) Witherspoon’s production company will also produce the film, which has a screenplay by Nick Hornby, which means I suddenly got interested in this project. (Hiking memoirs aren’t my thing.)
— Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, who teamed for in “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” have another Dan Brown project in their future: “Inferno,” the screen adaptation of Brown’s latest novel, has been announced by Sony. Howard will direct, Hanks will once again play mulleted symbologist Robert Langdon, and it’ll all be in theaters December 18,. 2015. Mark your calendars.