Film adaptations coming in the second half of 2010

It’s been a while since we looked at some upcoming films that started life as books, so with the hectic September school holiday movie season almost upon us, let’s have a look at the movies, their trailers and the film tie-in book editions that are heading our way.

Roman Polanski’s latest directing effort is The Ghost Writer - based on the Robert Harris novel of 2007 The Ghost. The novel is a memorandum written by a ghost writer writing the biography of a fictional former British PM who closely resembles Tony Blair. Polanski and author Robert Harris wrote the screenplay together and already the film is getting lots of good reviews and currently has a favourable aggregated score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Ghost Writer is out next week and has advance screenings this weekend.

Up first is Scott Pilgrim Vs The World. Based on Bryan Lee O'Malley’s series of graphic novels about a boy who has to battle the seven evil ex-boyfriends of Ramona - the girl of his dreams - in order to date her. The film stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim and Scott Pilgrim fever will crescendo when the sixth and final volume of the series comes out on September 7. It’s called Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour.

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is out next week.

The Killer Inside Me is director Michael Winterbottom’s interpretation of US crime fiction writer Jim Thompson’s 1952 novel The Killer Inside Me. The novel has already been made into an (unremarkable) film in 1976 and Winterbottom’s version looks the better by far.

The Killer Inside Me is out August 26.

The movie adaptation of John Marsden’s Tomorrow, When The War Began is hugely anticipated and if only partially as successful as the books in the Tomorrow series will be a smash hit.

Tomorrow When The War Began is out September 2.

Film number two of book number two of Stieg Larrson’s Millenium trilogy is The Girl Who Played With Fire. This Swedish production follows on from the solid first film which was released earlier this year.

The Girl Who Played With Fire is out September 23 .

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie hits DVD in the US before it hits cinemas here in Australia in September, but that won’t mean kids won’t be flocking to it upon release. Jeff Kinney was one of Time magazine’s top 100 infleuntial people of 2009 and with the movie and book number five The Ugly Truth out in November he looks set to continue as king of the kids for a while longer.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is released September 23.

It seems like Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love has been on bestseller lists for at least a decade now - that’s just how popular the book has been. First released in 2006 the memoir of Gilbert’s post-divorce travels around the world has been adapted for the silver screen by director Ryan Murphy (one of the co-creators of Glee). This one will be massive. Oh yeah, and Erin Brokovich plays Elizabeth Gilbert.

Eat Pray Love is released October 7.

Let Me In is the US movie adaptation of Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let The Right One In about an introverted and bullied young boy caled Oskar and his friendship with a vampire girl. The progression from book to screen has already taken place in Sweden where the film took the same name as the book in 2008. It will be interesting to see if the American version is as scary as the Swedish version.

Let Me In is released October 14.

And there’s a small movie franchise called Harry Potter that begins its theatrical conclusion in November with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part One. The second installment is scheduled for release in July 2011. You might hear more about these two movies in the coming months. Maybe.