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Book-to-Movie News of the Day: Die a Little and The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Book-to-Movie News of the Day: Die a Little and The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Another day, another couple film projects based on books. First, there's Die a Little, a crime thriller based on Megan Abbott's novel. The movie will star Jessica Biel and "explores how the lives of a schoolteacher and her LAPD detective brother are turned upside down by a mysterious woman." The story is set in 1954 but the movie will take place in present day.

I haven't read that one, but I have read The Memory Keeper's Daughter, a weepy dramatic book by Kim Edwards. This project, which will star Emily Watson and Dermot Mulroney, won't make it to the big screen, but will be a TV movie made for Lifetime. In the telepic, "Mulroney plays a doctor who delivers his own twin babies — one with Down's syndrome. In order to spare his wife heartache, he tells her the child with Down's died at birth. The doctor tells his nurse, played by Watson, to put the girl in an institution, but instead she raises the baby as her own."

Reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter, I could easily envision it turning into a film and figured it was just a matter of time. Now that they have Emily Watson on board, too, I'm intrigued to see this heartstrings-yanker brought to life.

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Corina2354425 Corina2354425 5 years
Im so disappointed that die a little won't be set in 1954. That's what Megan Abbott is known for and that is all part of the charm that makes die a little so great!!!! What a huge let down that anyone would even consider setting it in modern day
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I liked The Memory Keeper's Daughter, too. I would def watch it on TV.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
MNDempseyLover and I share the same feelings about the book; a made for tv movie on Lifetime seems like a good outlet, but with Emily Watson on board, I, too, think the project could be a successful as an independent film. Die a Little sounds like an interesting film as well.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
*will BE turned to a movie...
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" I knew it! It was just a matter of time that the book will turn to a movie, but on lifetime? i can see it being like a small independant movie if directed and acted out great, plus they have emily watson on board...WHY not turn it to a small film?
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i haven't read either of them but anything with emily watson in it is a winner, i think!
shafiii shafiii 9 years
Ive read the Memory's Keeper's Daughter and I personally didn't like it but I defiantly envisioned it as a movie. It should be a good movie, I can't wait to see how it turns out
MNDempseyLover MNDempseyLover 9 years
I have read Memory Keeper's Daughter-it is perfectly placed on Lifetime. It's a good read, but not terrifc one. Sad and good ideas, but it's as if they didn't know how to end the book-hopefully someone will exercise their "poetic license" and change the ending. The first 3/4 of the book was outstanding, but then....... I think I'll give the movie a try.
emalove emalove 9 years
I would watch both of these films...haven't read either book yet, but I'm dying to read "The Memory Keeper's Daughter". It sounds so heart-wrenching though.
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