16. Lt. Ramsey’s War
> Genre: Action, Biography, war
> Starring: N/A
> Based on: “Lieutenant Ramsey’s War: From Horse Soldier to Guerrilla Commander” (1990) by Edwin Price Ramsey, Stephen J. Rivele
The nonfiction autobiographical book tells the story of a lieutenant who must command tens of thousands of guerilla troops against the Japanese. The novel discusses the lieutenant’s internal struggles to stay sane amidst his involvement with the horrific war around him. In 2016, the book was also made into a documentary titled “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story.”
17. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
> Genre: Family, fantasy, musical
> Starring: Javier Bardem, Constance Wu
> Based on: “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” (1987) by Bernard Waber
This children’s book was published in 1965 and tells the story of Lyle, a crocodile living in New York City. While most people love the friendly reptile, his grumpy neighbor causes him trouble. The movie will be an animated musical comedy directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon.
18. Mrs Harris Goes to Paris
> Genre: Drama
> Starring: Jason Isaacs, Lesley Manville, Rose Williams
> Based on: “Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris” (1989) by Paul Gallico
The 1989 novel takes readers on a journey of Mrs. Harris, a cleaning lady for the rich who seeks to find her own financial freedom. This period drama was made into a film in 1992, as well as a musical play called “Flowers for Mrs Harris” (2016), which received wide acclaim.
19. Operation Mincemeat
> Genre: Drama, war
> Starring: Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton
> Based on: “Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory” (2010) by Ben Macintyre
This book is an autobiographical account of a successful ploy to trick the Nazis into thinking the Allies are going to attack Greece or Sardinia as opposed to Sicily, using a corpse and false papers. The war drama film has a release date of Jan. 7, 2022.
20. Our Top Story
> Genre: Drama
> Starring: Paul Wilson
> Based on: “Our Top Story: How Ted Bundy Changed Us Forever” (2021) by John Wilson, Tony Panaccio, Paul Wilson
When notorious serial killer Ted Bundy was put to death at Florida State Prison in 1989, newspaper reporter Tony Panaccio and veteran TV news anchor John Wilson were among the witnesses to the execution. Wilson’s son Paul, a junior at Florida State University and a reporter for its radio station, was across the street, waiting to interview those who had witnessed the scene. Another local anchorman, Reginald Roundtee, subsequently interviewed the three men for a joint oral history about how the event affected their lives. The resulting book is slated to become a motion picture.
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