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They’ve made a film of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. It has all kinds of fabulous voice talent to boot. I’m definitely going to see this one. Check out the trailer!

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Have you seen the new Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince trailer? Well, if you liked the last one, this one is liable to give you goosebumps. I would also like to note here that last I heard, the film will be opening two days early.

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It seems like there are more books being made into films all the time. Here are a few more book adaptation projects on the horizon.

The Thirteenth Hour by Richard Doetsch, which isn’t even coming out until December 2009, is a time travel thriller. It is currently “in development” with a release date sometime in 2011.

They’re calling it “the next Twilight.” Beastly, by Alex Flinn, tells the story of Beauty and the Beast from a more modern context, and from the Beast’s point of view. The Beast, in this case, being a Manhattan Private school student. The film is currently in pre-production and due out in 2010.

Alex Proyas (Dark City) has stated his interest in bringing Robert Heinlein’s The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag to the big screen. The director was surprised to discover, upon re-reading the book for the first time in twenty years, how much it has influenced his work. The film is currently listed as “in development” with a stated release date in 2011.

What else is Alex Proyas up to? Well, he’s working on adapting John Christopher’s Tripods books into films. “The Tripods” will be the film adaptation of The White Mountains, the first book in the trilogy. He hopes to make all three books into films, but the first will be shot independently, just in case that isn’t possible. “The Tripods” is currently listed as “in development” and has a stated release date of 2012.

Chris Gall’s book, Dinotrux, is coming out in April, and already DreamWorks has optioned it for the purposes of making an animated film. The IMDB does not yet have a listing for the project, so if you would like more information check out this article over on SciFiWire.

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman is headed for the big screen, according to SciFi Wire. Henry Selick of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fame is directing, and will be using the same techiques. Dakota Fanning, who will be voicing the main character, has seen a bit of the unfinished film and called it “fantastic.” I don’t doubt it. Coraline is due in theaters on Feb. 9, 2009.

Terry Brooks’ Magic Kingdom for Sale is another book currently in development for the transition to the big screen. Apparently they have a good script and the folks involved are very commited to the project. As it would be a very expensive film to make, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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Here is the March update on the current status of the “books to film” projects that have been mentioned here (and some that I haven’t mentioned here yet) to this point. I will try to do this once a month in order to follow each film until it reaches DVD. Please remember that release dates are subject to change, and that sometimes “Announced” films never get made.

If you have any news about an upcoming book to film adaptation, please comment and let us know.

The current “books to film” list:

Angels & Demons: In pre-production and due in US theaters on 15 may 2009.

Atlas Shrugged: Announced. Now listed as: “Back in development with Vadim Perelman.” Release 2008?

Atonement: Out on DVD on 18 March 2008.

Beowulf: Now on DVD. (Place a Hold)

The Boggart: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Born to Rock: Announced with a release date sometime in 2009.

The Butterfly Tattoo: In post-production with a release date sometime in 2008.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: In post-production. Due in US theaters on 16 May 2008.

The City of Ember: In post-production. Due in US theaters on 10 October 2008.

The Cry of the Icemark: In development. Release date sometime in 2008.

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising: Out on DVD on 18 March 2008.

Deal Breaker: Announced with a release date sometime in 2008.

The Doubtful Guest: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

The Giver: In pre-production with a 2011 release date.

The Golden Compass: Out on DVD on 29 April 2008.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Currently filming with a US release date of 21 November 2008.

The Hobbit: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2010.

Horton Hears a Who: Due in US theaters on 14 March 2008.

Inkheart: Due in US theaters on 30 April 2008.

Jumper: Currently in theaters.

The Kite Runner: Out on DVD on 25 March 2008.

The Lovely Bones: In post production. Due in US theaters on 13 March 2009.

Monster Blood Tattoo: In Development. US theatrical release sometime in 2010.

Nancy Drew: Out on DVD on 11 March 2008.

Nim’s Island: Due in US theaters on 4 April 2008.

The Other Boleyn Girl: Currently in theaters.

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief: In development. US theatrical release sometime in 2009.

Shantaram: In pre-production and due in US theaters sometime in 2009.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: In post-production. Due in US Theaters on 8 August 2008

A Spell for Chameleon: In development with a theoretical release date of 2008.

The Spiderwick Chronicles: Currently in theaters.

Stargirl: Announced with a theoretical release date in 2008.

The Subtle Knife: Announced with a theoretical release date sometime in 2009.

The Tale of Despereaux: In post-production. Due in US theaters on 19 December 2008.

Teen Idol: Announced with a release date sometime in 2008.

Tintin: Announced. US theatrical release sometime in 2009. (Check out the writing and directing staff on this one.)

Twilight: Filming and due in US theaters on 12 December 2008.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep: Out on DVD on 8 April 2008.

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