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The next best: Books turned flicks

books Updated: Jul 11, 2011 09:49 IST

Monisha Dhingra, Hindustan Times
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After enthralling millions with their engrossing words, these books are ready to enchant you as they work their magic on screen this year. Dig in for the most-awaited films which've been inspired by books.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (July 15 , 2011)

Providing a magical and much hyped start to my list, This much awaited movie is based on the later half of the last book of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series ending a decade long saga with Harry Potter craze at its peak. In this movie the teenage wizard finally comes face to face with Lord Voldermote for the last time after carrying out a strenuous hunt for the seven Horcruxes , made even better with 3D effects, Just hold your breath for this battle between good and evil, love and hatred , courage and fear this July.

Movie Director - David Yates

Cowboy and Aliens (July 29 2011)

Here's a science fiction with drama on the side  - Cowboys verses Aliens -  a combination made even better with a late 19th century time set . The United states is yet again attacked by an alien space ship but this time there are only cow boys of Arizona against them, egos clash and enemies unite to put up fight against a troupe of highly scientific aliens. Based on a 2006 graphic novel by ScottMitchell Rosenberg , Loaded with an excellent cast consisting of Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, this movie promises action packed sequences topped with the cowboy charm .

Movie Director: Jon Favreau

The Help (August 12 2011)

Based on the sensational book by Kathryn Stocket , this movie deals with dynamics between the white mistresses and the black maids,  who raise the white children but aren't allowed to use the same toilet as them . Set in 1960 Mississippi, this movie centres around three women who develop an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. Starring Emma stone as Skeeters, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as MinI, the story of these three women intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help", with complex relations of power, money, emotion, and intimacy tying together the white and black families of Jackson.

Movie director: Tate Taylor

The Three Musketeers (October 14 , 2011 )

Based on the classic by Alexandre Dumas , this movie brings you the historic adventure like never before. Set in Victorian Europe the three musketeers - Mathew Macfadyen as Athos, Ray Stevenson as Porthos, Luke Evans as Aramis join the hot headed  D'Artagnan (Logan Lerman ) to protect the French throne from villainous forces. Laced with acrobatic sword duels and action packed fighting sequences, and sexy Milla Jovovich as double agent Millady De Winters, this version of the Three Musketeers beats all and leaves one desperately waiting for the movie.

Movie Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

The thing  (october14,2011)

A prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, based on Campbell's Who Goes There?,  this science fiction horror film promises to give you the creeps. Centred on an Antartica based research centre, the plot opens on the discovery of an extra terrestrial space ship and an evil creature with powers to mimic any life form it absorbs through digestion. High on gore and survival sequences, this movie would make you want to run for your life.

Movie Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr

Breaking Dawn  (november18,2011)

Based on the vampire series by Stephanie Meyers, Breaking Dawn 1 is the first part of the last book. The film captures a bizarre series of events - Bella and Edward's wedding, the steamy sex, and the unexpected pregnancy. The trailers have already sent the fans in a frenzy, the movie is sure to satiate their appetite for vampire love stories.

Movie Director: Bill Condon

Sherlock Holmes - A Game Of Shadows  (December16,2011)

A sequel to the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie and an adaptation of Arthur Canon Doyle's original series, this movie sees the protagonist Sherlock  Holmes ( Robert Downey  Jr. ) and his partner Doctor Watson ( Jude Law ) join forces to outwit their most cunning adversary Professor Moriarty. In the current movie, Holmes will be seen in a lot more disguises, power packed with duelling sequences iced with his notorious wit sprinkled with his British charm to go with. Talk about irresistible!

Movie Director: Guy Ritchie

The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo  (December 21, 2011)

Based on the first book of Stieg Larrson's phenomenal -Millennium trilogy, this crime thriller promises to bring the suspense and mystery of the dark and engrossing book alive on screen. with Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Lisabeth Slander - the plot centres around an investigative journalist and his gifted partner-hacker as they investigate a 40 year old disappearance of a girl.

Movie Director: David Fincher

The Adventures of Tintin: The secret of the Unicorn  (December 23 2011)

This year in a movie directed by Steven Spielberg (a die hard Tintin fan himself ) we will see the much loved comic book series come alive on the celluloid. Bringing a welcome surprise for any one who has spent his/her childhood solving mysteries with Tintin, this is bound to be an animated adventure with an excellent star cast of Jamie bell , Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig .

Movie Director: Steven Spielberg