Trailer Watch, Novel Edition

This first trailer is a bit of serendipity for me.

Every year here in East Lansing, Michigan State University does ‘One Book, One Community’ with the goal to get everyone in town talking about the same book. It’s a brilliant idea and has worked extremely well with this being the tenth year. They bring the author to town to speak and this year the book was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

And well, a trailer just dropped for that, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and young Jeopardy winner Thomas Horn. It looks pretty good.

Eleven-year-old Oskar Schell is an exceptional child: amateur inventor, Francophile, pacifist. And after finding a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11, he embarks on an exceptional journey–an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. As Oskar roams the city, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity, who are all survivors in their own ways. Ultimately, Oskar’s journey ends where it began, but with the solace of that most human experience: love.

I would be worried about melodrama here, but with director Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot) behind the lens, we should be ok. It hits theaters on December 25, 2011.

I recently picked up an advance copy of a book I’d had sitting on my shelf for two years. I had been turned off by a poorly written synopsis on the back, but when I started reading I couldn’t put it down.

That novel was internet-published John Dies at the End by David Wong. And now, Don Coscarelli, the director of classics Bubba Ho-Tep and Phantasm, is turning it into a movie.

It’s a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. On the street they call it Soy Sauce, and users drift across time and dimensions. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs. Can these two stop the oncoming horror in time to save humanity? No. No, they can’t.

John Dies at the End opens on March 10, 2012.