This week, Book Flap (your every-other-Friday book news column) has all the latest news about upcoming books, books becoming movies, and more! It’s all part of our first Summer on the Splot!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie & Series Update
Back in February, we brought you the news that Jeff Kinney’s best selling series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, was being made into a movie. Well now I’ve got one better—the stars of the movie!
The main character and diary-keeper, Greg Heffley, will be played by Zachary Gordon, who’s previously acted in movies like National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and played the voice of Baby Melman in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Rachel Harris will play Greg’s mom.
But you don’t need to wait for the movie to get your next Diary of a Wimpy Kid fix. The fourth book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, comes out October 12th. To get ready for the book’s release while everyone is still enjoying the dog days of summer, there will be a Diary of a Wimpy Kid-themed Ice Cream Truck visiting libraries across the country in the Summer Reading Coast-to-Coast Ice Cream Truck Tour.
Rats of NIMH Scurrying to the Movies
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH might be the next classic children’s book to make its way to Hollywood. Paramount is in development of a movie based on Robert C. O’Brien’s 1971 book. The book tells the story of Mrs. Frisby, a mouse who works to save her home in the field from being destroyed by a plowing farmer, with help from escaped laboratory rats. The story was already adapted to film in 1982 as an animated movie called The Secret of NIMH. But there’s no word yet about what the new movie will be like.
What would you rather see—animation or live action?
He Speaks for the Trees on the Big Screen
Dr. Seuss fans know it’s the Lorax that speaks for the trees in the environmentally minded book The Lorax. And now the Lorax is taking his message to the movies. Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the people who brought you the Horton Hears a Who movie, are making The Lorax adaptation, with plans for it to hit theaters March 2, 2012. Why that date? It would have been Dr. Seuss’s 108th birthday!
Twilight Cast Change
No Book Flap would be complete without an update on what is happening in Twilight World. Planning for the third movie is underway. Eclipse, based on the third book in the series for ages 12 and up by Stephenie Meyer, brings with it a cast change for Victoria, the nomadic vampire with a grudge against Bella. Rachelle Lefevre who played Victoria in Twilight and New Moon will be replaced by Bryce Dallas Howard in Eclipse.
Check back on August 14th for another edition of Book Flap!
—Carly H., STACKS Staffer