Last night, somewhere between the season finale of Glee and the NBA Finals, I saw a trailer I’d been anticipating for quite some time. The movie is called “Charlie St. Cloud,” based on The Life and Death of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, and concerns a young man so overcome with grief from his younger brother’s death that he takes an evening job in the cemetery just to be near him. Every evening, Charlie plays catch with his brother’s ghost, and they chat. But then Charlie meets a young lady, a beautiful “sailor girl,” and he must make a choice between a promise he made to his brother and a newfound love.
The Movie-Tie-In edition of the book comes out June 22. The movie, starring Zac Efron, is slotted for October 15. Check out the preview below![youtube 7Z6xaM8UX8U]
Also on the rise in the book world and in the works for an Anne Hathaway film is David Nicholls’s One Day, which was a huge hit in the UK and is getting great in-house buzz here. If you have a book club, I suggest you give it a long look. Here’s some praise it’s garnered so far:
“Big, absorbing, smart, fantastically readable . . . brilliant on the details of the last couple of decades of British cultural and political life . . . the perfect beach read for people who are normally repelled by the very idea of beach reads.” —Nick Hornby, from his blog
“A wonderful, wonderful book: wise, funny, perceptive, compassionate and often unbearably sad . . . the best British social novel since Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up!. . . . Nicholls’s witty prose has a transparency that brings Nick Hornby to mind: it melts as you read it so that you don’t notice all the hard work that it’s doing.” —The Times (London)