2013’s most anticipated movie adaptations


“OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL” James Franco, left; Finley (voiced by Zach Braff), right ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

By Kevin Bartelt

The beginning of the year generally is not the best time for movies. However, three classic books are in the process of becoming memorable films in 2013.

“The Great Gatsby”

Eighty-eight years after publication, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is becoming a film.


There have been several movie versions of this timeless book, but hopefully the 2013 version raises the bar.

The movie has a powerful lineup with actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. With its flashy colors and classy attire, the trailer depicts an emphasis on art and style.

However, it is possible that this modern version could be a huge mistake. Sometimes when recreating a classic, the “vision” of the producer is not approved by the viewer.

Take for example “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Like, what happened? Classic Tim Burton.

The trailer for “The Great Gatsby” opens with Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “No Church in The Wild.” Because when I think Fitzgerald, I think of Kanye?

Not even a little bit.

Cross your fingers with me that the guy from “Inception” and the real Peter Parker can make this movie a hit.

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

Speaking of Spider-Man references, what has James Franco been doing lately? Besides watching reruns of “Freaks and Geeks,” Franco has been rehearsing as Oscar Diggs, also known as The Wizard of Oz.

That’s right, Disney is remaking L. Frank Baum’s 113-year-old “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Sam Raimi, who was also the director of the Spider-Man films, is directing “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Mila Kunis will play the Wicked Witch of the West. At first I thought to myself, “Jackie from ‘That ’70s Show’ will be playing the Wicked Witch of the West? Yeah, right!”

Then I saw her in “Black Swan.” Now I have faith in her.

I am excited to see the dark characters portrayed in “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”


Another movie with a seriously dark character is Stephen King’s “Carrie.” This 1976 classic is in the process of becoming an unforgettable horror film.

Chloë Grace Moretz plays Carrie, a timid high school student who recently discovers her kinetic powers. Unfortunately, she uses the powers to seek revenge on people who teased her.

The one-minute trailer is frustrating because it does not give you too much information to comprehend. However, it was enough of a trailer to strike an interest to millions on YouTube.

Give King the respect he deserves and watch it.