Books into Movies, Released in March 2011

The Adjustment Bureau
Cast: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp
Director: George Nolfi
Distributor: Universal Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 4th (wide)
Based on: The short story "The Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas --- a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself --- the men of The Adjustment Bureau --- who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Beastly
Cast: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, Erik Knudsen, Dakota Johnson, LisaGay Hamilton, Peter Krause
Director: Daniel Barnz
Distributor: CBS Films
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 4th (wide)
Based on: BEASTLY by Alex Finn

 

Jane Eyre
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins, Holliday Grainger, Tamzin Merchant, Imogen Poots, Amelia Clarkson, Romy Settbon Moore, Freya Parks, Judi Dench,
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Distributor: Focus Features
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 11th (limited)
Based on: JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender star in the romantic drama based on Charlotte Brontë's classic novel, from acclaimed director Cary Joji Fukunaga. In the story, Jane Eyre flees Thornfield Hall, where she works as a governess for wealthy Edward Rochester. As she reflects upon the people and emotions that have defined her, it is clear that the isolated and imposing residence --- and Mr. Rochester's coldness --- have sorely tested the young woman's resilience, forged years earlier when she was orphaned. She must now act decisively to secure her own future and come to terms with the past that haunts her --- and the terrible secret that Mr. Rochester is hiding and that she has uncovered.

Kill the Irishman
Cast: Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Linda Cardellini, Robert Davi, Vinnie Jones, Tony Lo Bianco, Steven R. Schirripa, Paul Sorvino, Mike Starr
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: March 11th (limited)
Based on: TO KILL THE IRISHMAN: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porrello

Over the summer of 1976, 36 bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Green and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Green's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns and allying himself with gangster John Nardi, Green stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Green's infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn't kill.

Mars Needs Moms
Cast: Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Breckin Meyer, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Ryan Ochoa
Director: Simon Wells
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Distribution
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: March 11th (wide)
Based on: MARS NEEDS MOMS! by Berkeley Breathed

Take out the trash, eat your broccoli --- who needs moms anyway? Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she's nabbed by Martians who plan to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Produced by the team behind Disney's A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, Mars Needs Moms showcases Milo's quest to save his mom --- a wild adventure in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX 3D that involves stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet, and taking on the alien nation and their leader. With the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble and a rebel Martian girl called Ki, Milo just might find his way back to his mom --- in more ways than one.

Red Riding Hood
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virgina Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 11th (wide)
Based on: The fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood"
Movie Tie-In: RED RIDING HOOD by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright and David Leslie Johnson

Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.

Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter Father Solomon to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast --- one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.

Desert Flower
Cast: Liya Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Craig Parkinson, Anthony Mackie, Meera Syal
Director: Sherry Hormann
Distributor: National Geographic Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: March 18th (limited)
Based on: DESERT FLOWER: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad by Waris Dirie with Cathleen Miller

Like in a fairy tale, Somalian-born Waris Dirie became one of the world's most sought-after top models. Born into a family of goat-herding nomads, Waris's fascinating path would take her from the Northeast African deserts to the world's most prestigious fashion runways and magazines. At 13, Waris fled forced marriage and crossed days of desert alone before reaching the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Relatives soon shipped her off to London to work as a servant in the Somali embassy, where she spent the rest of her adolescent years in illiteracy.

When faced with the threat of returning to war-torn Somalia, Waris finds herself homeless and illegal. Spunky shopgirl Marilyn takes Waris in and becomes a trusted friend. While working in a fast food restaurant, Waris is discovered by star photographer Terry Donaldson, and ambitious agent Lucinda guides her transformation into a working model. But behind the glamorous façade of Waris's new life lies a deeply heart-stirring fate. Despite her success, Waris remains burdened by a violent childhood secret. At the height of her career, Waris reveals to the world that she was a victim of female genital mutilation. Her story unleashes a wave of sympathy and controversy, and Waris decides to dedicate her life to fighting this barbaric tradition.

Limitless
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard
Director: Neil Burger
Distributor: Relativity Media/Rogue Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: March 18th (wide)
Based on: THE DARK FIELDS by Alan Glynn

Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro star in Limitless, a paranoia-fueled action thriller about an unsuccessful writer whose life is transformed by a top-secret "smart drug" that allows him to use 100% of his brain and become a perfect version of himself. His enhanced abilities soon attract shadowy forces that threaten his new life in this darkly comic and provocative film.

The Lincoln Lawyer
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Lucas, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Frances Fisher, Bryan Cranston, William H. Macy
Director: Brad Furman
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: March 18th (wide)
Based on: THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly

Michael "Mick" Haller is a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental Sedan. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills playboy who is accused of attempted murder. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money payoff swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Cast: Zachary Gordon, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris
Director: David Bowers
Distributor: Fox 2000
MPAA Rating: PG
Release Date: March 25th (wide)
Based on: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES by Jeff Kinney

In this sequel to 2010's surprise hit, Greg Heffley, the kid who made wimpy "cool," is back in an all-new family comedy based on the bestselling follow-up novel by Jeff Kinney. (Kinney's Wimpy Kid series has thus far sold 42 million books.) As he begins seventh grade, Greg and his older brother --- and chief tormenter --- Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

Miral
Cast: Hiam Abbass, Freida Pinto, Makram J. Khoury, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave
Director: Julian Schnabel
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating: R
Release Date: March 25th (limited)
Based on: MIRAL by Rula Jebreal

Spanning the years 1948-1994, Miral revolves around the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and real-life Palestinian woman Hind Husseini, who started the Dar Al-Tifl orphanage in Jerusalem in the wake of the 1948 partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel.