The Great Gatsby- follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (out, but limited release) — This story of a Pakistani Wall Streeter is based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Liev Shrieber.
Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) — I hesitate to include this — it’s a black-and-white modern-day adaptation of the Shakespeare play helmed by Joss Whedon, of The Avengers fame. Huh?
Tiger Eyes (June 7) —Lawrence Blume adapted his mother Judy’s 1981 novel about a teen coping with her father’s death in a car accident.
World War Z (June 21) — Perhaps, other than Gatsby, the most-anticipated bookish film of the summer. Brad Pitt stars in this $170 million zombie thriller, based on the super-popular novel by Max Brooks.
Copperhead (June 28) — For you Civil War buffs, this story of how the war destroyed a family is based on the novel by the late 19th century novelist Harold Frederic (also penned The Damnation of Theron Ware)). The movie is directed by the same director, Ronald Maxwell, who brought Jeff Shaara’s novel Gods and Generals to the screen.
R.I.P.D. (July 19) — Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges star in this film based on the graphic novel by Peter Lenkov. Entertainment Weekly describes the plot as like a “lost dream sequence from the stoner classic The Big Lebowski.”
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 7) — The second movie based on Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” young adult fantasy novels, the movie stars Logan Lerman as Percy. Stanley Tucci also makes an appearance as Dionysus.
Austenland (Aug. 16) — About a group of women at a Jane Austen fan camp, the movie, based on the novel by Shannon Hale, stars Keri Russell. Stephenie Meyer, oddly enough, is a producer on the film. What?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Aug 23.) —Movies based on young adult fantasy series are certainly hot this year (Remember, Catching Fire is out Nov. 22). This movie is based on the first book of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Protagonist Clary Fray is played by British actress Lily Collins
So check them out (especially Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!!!!!!) before or after you read the book. You guys have fun reading and watching the movie. Don't forget to check out my novels as well, read the excerpts first and tell others that might like my stories as well. Remember to spend your summer wisely as well as blissfully.