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Tom Cruise May Star in ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ Adaptation

Author and director Guillermo del Toro will adapt H.P. Lovecraft‘s horror classic, “At the Mountains of Madness.”

According to i09, the movie will be produced by  Don Murphy (Transformers)  and James Cameron (Avatar). Here’s more from the dramatic post: “Murphy told us that the movie is ‘supposed to shoot in June’ and Tom Cruise is set to star in it, as recently rumored. And he added that the script is very close to the H.P. Lovecraft source material.”

UPDATE: del Toro has left the project and Murphy has retracted his comments listed above.

Read a free version online here. Earlier this year, journalist Daniel Zalewski explored Del Toro’s creative process in a long New Yorker profile. Follow this link to see a glimpse of the surreal and epic adaptation at the magazine’s website.

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Henry Holt Stops Production of Charles Pellegrino Book

pelligrino.jpgToday the AP reported that Henry Holt and Company has ceased publication of The Last Train From Hiroshima, a nonfiction book by Charles Pellegrino that Avatar director James Cameron had considered turning into a film.

A Holt spokesperson told the AP that publisher could not find two sources mentioned in the book and Pellegrino (pictured, via) “was not able to answer” some of the publisher’s questions about the title, a journalistic look at the bombing of Hiroshima. Last week, the NY Times uncovered a few other problems with the book.

Here’s more from the AP report: “The publisher ‘will issue full credit to wholesalers and retailers who wish to return the book. Consumers who seek a refund should return to the retailer from whom they purchased the book.’”

At Pellegrino’s website, the author has collected both good and bad reviews of his books–an odd counterpoint to the story. According to his website, Stephen King once wrote: “This guy really scares me.” More reviews follow after the jump.

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The Writers Guild of America Celebrates Adaptation of “Up In The Air”

upintheair.jpgDespite the fact that James Cameron intends to write an Avatar novel, the Writers Guild of America gave its top honors to The Hurt Locker and Up in the Air over the weekend. At the same time, Up in the Air author Walter Kirn hinted at writing a “Hollywood novel.”

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won best adapted screenplay for their adaptation of Kirn’s Up in the Air at the Guild awards. In addition, screenwriter Mark Boal won best original screenplay for The Hurt Locker.

Last week, Kirn complained on Twitter that he hadn’t been invited to the Oscars. However, the NY Post reports he finally managed to score a ticket. Recently, Kirn tweeted: “is ready to take his big whack at the pinata known as the hollywood novel, even though the same cheap candy always ends up spilling out.”

James Cameron to Write Avatar Novel

9780061896750.jpgDirector James Cameron will write a novel based on the world of his box office record-breaking film, Avatar.

Producer Jon Landau told MTV News: “Jim is going to write a novel himself … Not a novelization–and there is a distinction. A novelization basically retells the story of the movie. Jim wants to write a novel that is a big, epic story that fills in a lot of things.”

The book isn’t a bad bet. Earlier this year, we reported on how HarperCollins’ It Books imprint had released the the tie-in book, Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora (pictured). It currently holds the second place spot on the Amazon.com Bestsellers in Movie Tie-Ins and first place on the Bestsellers in Genre Films list. (Via Blake Gernstetter)

Cormac McCarthy and James Cameron’s Avatar Lead Tie-In Sales

9780061896750.jpgIn Amazon.com rankings for tie-in books, Cormac McCarthy‘s recently adapted novel, “The Road” and a tie-in book for James Cameron‘s Avatar currently lead the field.

Produced by HarperCollins’ It Books imprint, the new book, “Avatar: A Confidential Report on the Biological and Social History of Pandora,” is meant to supplement the film–an original screenplay written by the director.

It was a blockbuster weekend for Avatar. During its opening weekend and a massive east coast storm, the film still earned about $73 million, according to Box Office Mojo estimates. That was the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a film that wasn’t directly adapted from a book or comic book.

Interestingly enough, seven of the ten films on the highest grossing opening weekend list originated as books or comic books. The blockbuster list includes: Shrek sequels, two Spider-Man films, The Dark Knight, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post miscounted the blockbuster list.