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'Beautiful Disaster': Jamie McGuire Book to Become a Movie? + 'Anna Karenina' Poster

Beautiful DisasterBeautiful Disaster acquired by Warner Bros. The film rights to Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, (initially) a self-published novel, has been acquired by Warner Bros. McGuire's story has been described as a tamer variation of the online literary hit Fifty Shades of Grey.

Beautiful Disaster synopsis

Beautiful Disaster follows a goody-goody college student (with a dark past), Abby Abernathy, who becomes the target of tattooed bad boy Travis Maddox. Unable to get dear Abby into his bed, car seat, or bathtub, Travis makes a bet with the young woman: If she wins, he can't have sex for a month (how Abby is going to monitor his abstinence is unclear and could theoretically lead to all sorts of kinky possibilities); if she loses, she must live with him for a month, which one assumes implies lots of sex for Abby during that period (and theoretically another whole array of kinky possibilities).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Donald De Line is attached to the project. Among De Line's credits are Michael Bay / Mark Wahlberg / Dwayne Johnson's Pain and Gain, Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern, and Cher / Christina Aguilera's Burlesque.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Twilight Saga Inspiration

E.L. James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has been acquired by Focus Features. The online sensation was itself inspired by the Masters of the Universe fan fiction stories, themselves based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga novels. Summit Entertainment turned the four bestsellers into five movies featuring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner: Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008), Chris Weitz's New Moon, David Slade's Eclipse, and Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the upcoming Breaking Dawn - Part 2.

Casting for Beautiful Disaster – at least among online and various social websites – has surely already begun. Alex Pettyfer and Emma Watson? Daniel Radcliffe and Ashley Greene? Meryl Streep and Robert Redford? Channing Tatum and Pee-wee Herman? Take your pick.

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'Anna Karenina' 2012 Movie Clip & Poster

Anna Karenina 2012 movie clip / poster. Based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel, Joe Wright's Anna Karenina movie adaptation marks the director's third collaboration with actress Keira Knightley. Their previous two films, Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007), have a couple more things in common: both are based on literary works and both earned much awards-season attention. Knightley, for one, was a Best Actress Academy Award nominee for Pride & Prejudice; Atonement earned seven Oscar and fourteen BAFTA nods, including Best Picture / Best Film.

Anna Karenina movie awards season contender

Will Wright / Knightley's Anna Karenina be as popular with the various academies, critics groups and assorted awards-giving organizations? It's certainly possible. As you can see in the clip below (please scroll down), the cinematography (Seamus McGarvey), costumes (Jacqueline Durran), production design (Sarah Greenwood), and music (Dario Marianelli) are impressive. Now, whether or not Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard's approach to Tolstoy's novel will be well received remains to be seen.

Shot in what Joe Wright describes as a “dilapidated theater,” the 2012 Anna Karenina – if this six-minute clip is any indication – is a highly stylized effort, almost humorous in its theatricality. The one moment of gravity in the proceedings is when an almost unrecognizable Jude Law (as Karenin) tells his wife that people have noticed her demeanor toward the young Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson / Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Anna Karenina movies

One thing is for certain, Wright and Stoppard's Anna Karenina “2012 style” will have very little in common – in terms of atmosphere and narrative form – with previous (straightforward) film and television adaptations. Three that come to mind are Clarence Brown's very serious 1935 movie starring Greta Garbo and Fredric March; Julien Duvivier's underrated 1948 British-made version, with a superb Vivien Leigh and Kieron Moore; and Simon Langton's 1985 TV movie starring Jacqueline Bisset and Christopher Reeve.

Focus Features will be releasing Joe Wright's Anna Karenina movie on Nov. 9 in the United States. In addition to the aforementioned Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, and Jude Law, the Anna Karenina cast includes Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Holliday Grainger, Emily Watson, Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Skarsgård, Olivia Williams, and Michelle Dockery.


         
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7 Comments to 'Beautiful Disaster': Jamie McGuire Book to Become a Movie? + 'Anna Karenina' Poster

  1. Cynthia

    The casting directors need to get a character that fits the role of being a bad ass but can still be sensitive and break down in moments of weekness. I'm not sure who should play Travis bit think Nina Dobrev with a red highlight to her hair would fit the part of Abby would work.

  2. E.

    Lily Collins should be Abby, she looks really good for the part, but she doesn't have red hair…

    Harry Styles should be Travis <3 because when I read the book, Travis reminded me of Harry.

  3. Devin Saur

    sean faris for the part of travis. and then maybe elizabeth olsen for abby?

  4. Tristan

    I absolutely loved this book!!! I can't wait for the movie!!! I think he guy to play Travis should be more muscular than Alex pettyfer.. He should have a body like Channing Tatum definitely if they don't cast him..

  5. Paul

    I hated this book! I really do hope it's not made into a movie. :(

  6. A.

    great news! I loved this book very much! I don't think is anything like 50shades though.

  7. jobs2testers

    Mery streep!! r u kidding :)
    May be Ryan Gosling (in case he loses fifty shades) and Emma Stone. Love Emma and Ryan!