Upcoming Remakes For January 2012

In the month of January and the beginning of the new year sees a ton of new book adaptations. It seems like everywhere you look a new book is being remade into a movie (or a show) and you might not always hear about them, even the good ones. So because every month there are new and exciting remakes of books into movies and television, we will try to keep you updated.

You can see their release dates as well trailers for all the new upcoming remakes for January 2012. 

Norwegian Wood

In theaters: January 6th

Toru Watanabe is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s Tokyo whose personal life is in tumult, having lost his best friend Kizuki after he inexplicably commits suicide. Seeking an escape, Toru enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, during a walk in a park, Toru meets Kizuki’s ex-girlfriend Naoko, and they grow close. Naoko is devastated by the loss of Kizuki, however, and spirals into a deep depression.

Beauty and the Beast 3D

In Theaters: January 13th

Based on the classic French fairy tale, it tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman scorned by her townspeople for being a bookworm, weary of fighting off the advances of the arrogant Gaston and dreaming of escape. When her father gets lost in the woods and captured by the forbidding Beast, a once-handsome prince turned into a monster by a witch, Belle goes off to rescue him. Taken with her, the Beast agrees to release Belle’s father if she agrees to stay with him forever. Initially repulsed, Belle soon finds much to appreciate in the Beast’s hidden, tender nature. The Beast’s servants — a clock, a teapot, and a candlestick — see Belle as their salvation: if the Beast and a woman fall in love before his 21st birthday, he will be free from the curse.


In theaters: January 20th

This movie has already gotten some buzz thanks to a limited release — but is expected to go into wide release this month. It stars Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler in a dramatic, contemporary adaptation of the classic play by William Shakespeare.

One for the Money

In theaters: January 27th

Stephanie Plum out of work and out of cash, turns in desperation to her disreputable cousin Vinnie, of Vinnie’s Bail Bonds, for work. Despite having no equipment, training or particular skill she becomes a bail enforcement agent , chasing after Vinnie’s highest stakes bail jumper: Joe Morelli, a former vice cop who is wanted for murder, who also happened to seduce and dump Stephanie back in high school.

Albert Nobbs

In theaters: January 27th

Glenn Close plays a woman passing as a man in order to work and survive in 19th century Ireland. Some thirty years after donning men’s clothing, he finds himself trapped in a prison of his own making.

We Need To Talk About Kevin

In theaters: January 27th

 Teenager Kevin Katchadourian is in prison after committing a massacre at his high school and killing his father and little sister using a high tech bow and arrow set. His mother, Eva, a once-succesful travel writer, lives alone in a run-down house and works in a mall travel agency in a town near the prison where she visits Kevin. She looks back at her memories of him growing up as she tries to cope with the anger and hostility of her neighbors, who know her to be Kevin’s mother. Her memories are shown in flashbacks.

The Wicker Tree

In theaters: January 27th

Based on Hardy’s own 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, the film focuses on Texas pop star turned gospel singer, Beth and her cowboy boyfriend, Steve, both devout evangelical Christians from the church Cowboys for Christ, sent on a mission to spread the word of God to the people of Scotland.

The Theatre Bizarre

In theaters: January 27th

The film contain six stories, each inspired by Paris’ legendary Grand Guignol theatre.

You can view the trailer below. Note: for mature audiences only



Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC)

Premieres: Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 8:30/7:30c

The “vodka” part may have been dropped from the title, but have no fear, there will be alcohol flowing aplenty since Chelsea (Laura Prepon) works at a bar and drinks away its profits. Her exploits are based on Chelsea Handler’s wild 20s, which she documented in her best-selling book. Handler won’t be staying behind the scenes for this, though: She plays Sloane, Chelsea’s pregnant older sister.

The Finder (Fox)

Premieres: Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c

Though its title and premise sound like it belongs in CBS’ lineup, The Finder is a Bones spin-off and an adaptation of The Locator book series about Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults), a former military policeman with the ability to find anything. The backdoor pilot premiered in April, but not everything, or everyone, will carry over: Saffron Burrows, who played Sherman’s sidekick, is out. She is replaced by two ladies, Mercedes Masohn and Maddie Hasson, as a deputy U.S. Marshal and a second-generation criminal who helps Walter and Leo (Michael Clark Duncan) in their investigations.

The Firm (NBC)

Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9/8c

Based on John Grisham’s novel, the series takes place 10 years after the events of the 1993 film with Josh Lucas succeeding Tom Cruise as attorney Mitch McDeere, who starts a new life in Washington, D.C., with wife Abby (Molly Parker). Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie co-star as Mitch’s receptionist and brother who have been hooking up.


Premieres: Sunday, March 4 at 10/9c

There’s nothing like good ol’ Southern-spun melodrama! Bad girl-gone-good Amanda (Leslie Bibb) returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal, hoping for a second chance with those she tormented in high school, including Darlene (Kristin Chenoweth), who don’t buy that she’s reformed.

House of Lies (Showtime)

Premieres: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 10/9c

The people behind the people in power finally get their due! Based on the tell-all book, How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Tell You the Time, the show marks the TV series debut of Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a slick management consultant in the corporate world who doesn’t play by the rules.

I Just Want My Pants Back (MTV)

Premieres: Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11/10c

Score one for titles that tell you exactly what the show is about. In this case, we also have David J. Rosen, who wrote the novel on which the show is based. Jason Strider (Peter Vack) is a 20-something college grad partying and hooking up in New York until a one-night stand steals his pants, setting him off on a quest to get them — and the girl — back.

Leave a Reply