If you love books about cinema, then here’s a calendar of upcoming movie book releases, that are currently up for preorder.
We love a good book about the movies around these parts, and keep an ever-expanding list of titles we recommend. You can find that here. But one thing we’ve struggled to find is a regularly-updated list of what film books are on the horizon over the next year or two. Given that books tend to be announced or at least put up for preorder up to a year or two in advance, there’s no shortage of them on the way.
This, then, is us trying to do something about that. We’ve organised this list by month, as release dates do tend to fluctuate a week or two it seems. We’ve included links to find out more about the titles concerned. Please note that these are affiliate links, that help with the running of our independent website, but we want to be transparent that there is a small benefit to us in you clicking them. That said, that’s not what this calendar is about.
Instead, it’s a celebration of the reading ahead of us. We’ve avoided overtly academic texts that are selling for sky high prices. Likewise, making-of books for upcoming movies tend to bubble up without any push from us. This lot, though, will hopefully be of interest…
Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema
The late, great Ray Harryhausen’s work is explored in this new book, written by his daughter and digging into his archive.
Chasing The Light: How I Fought My Way Into Hollywood – From The 1960s To Platoon
Books have been written about writer and director Oliver Stone before, but this one’s his official memoir, covering his time in Vietnam, his addictions, and his break into the movies.
Murder And The Movies
Film historian Thomson’s latest book looks at the link between what we see on the big screen and what we do in real life.
The Art Of Screen Adaptations
This looks fascinating: a book interviewing screenwriters about adapting other work for the screen. A long list of intriguing interviewees too…
A Kind of Magic: Making the Original Highlander
Melville already has a book to his name tracing the story behind the original Tremors movie, and now he’s point his nerdy tentacles at the original Highlander film too.
But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Lessons from a Life Behind the Camera
Kwapis, director of films such as The Sisterhood Of The Travelling Pants and Dunstan Checks In, on top of a whole host of TV shows, will be laying bare his stories of directing. It’s described as “Ken Kwapis’s take on William Goldman’s classic Adventures in the Screen Trade, but from the Director’s point of view”.
Tainted Glory: Travels With Oscar
The third volume of Everett’s memoirs. The first two were excellent, and this time, he’s covering the period where he stepped into movie directing…
Practically Perfect: Life Lessons from Mary Poppins
Following her excellent book about Dirty Dancing, the brilliant Katy Brand now turns her attention to another classic. She looks at how to turn what the film teaches us into things we can use in everyday life…
Gene Kelly: The Making of a Creative Legend
Earl Hess and Pratibha A Dabholkar
A book that promises to give us a full picture of the life and times of the late Gene Kelly, illustrated with plenty of photographs too.
Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise
Film historian Eyman has penned what’s being billed as the definitive biography of Cary Grant, from being haunted by his past to his movie career and beyond.
Flash Gordon: The Official Story Of The Film
I’ve tended to leave contemporary movie tie-in books out of this list, but who can resist what’s said to be the definitive telling of the story behind 1980’s Flash Gordon? Includes new interviews with the likes of Sam Jones, Brian Blessed and Mike Hodges.
Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview
A collection of conversations with the late Monroe, including – as the title suggests – her final interview.
Wes Anderson: The Iconic Filmmaker And His Work
Empire’s Ian Nathan has put together the first book to bring together the films of Wes Anderson in one tome, up to and including The French Dispatch.
No Time Like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality
Michael J Fox
The latest volume of Michael J Fox’s memoirs, following on from the excellent Lucky Man and Always Looking Up.
Stanley Kubrick Produces
A look at the films of Stanley Kubrick, but just the ones where he acted as producer rather than director. Promises to go through lots of lost Kubrick projects too…
Suddenly Something Clicked
Editor, writer, director and sound designer Walter Murch appears to have written his memoir. Can’t find any further details about the book at the moment, but worth keeping an eye out for.
Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation and the Making Of A Dark Classic
Award-winning author Frankel has previously penned acclaimed books about The Searchers and High Noon – and now he turns his attention to a 60s classic.
Women vs Hollywood: The Fall and Rise of Women in Film
The terrific Empire scribe Helen O’Hara tells the story of how women’s roles in cinema have changed over the decades, and the new generation of women telling their stories on screen.
Camera Man: Buster Keaton, The Dawn Of Cinema, And The Invention Of The Twentieth Century
The chief film critic of Slate tells the story of Buston Keaton’ film life, with it the transition of cinema from the ‘silent’ era to the talkies.
Guillermo del Toro: Studies In The Horror Film
Guillermo del Toro
An updated version of del Toro’s previous collection of essays and interviews, this one exploring the films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone.
Tom Selleck’s memoir
Thus far untitled, the owner of one of the most-loved moustaches of the 1980s will be telling his life story in his autobiography, his film career included. The date for this one may shift to the autumn of 2021.
del Toro on del Toro
Jason Wood and Guillermo del Toro
The excellent Faber & Faber series of filmmakers discussing their work arrives at the door of the brilliant, Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro. It’s a 384 page journey through del Toro’s career we’re set to get.
Mike Leigh On Mike Leigh
Amy Raphael and Mike Leigh
A fully-updated and revised edition of the Faber & Faber tome, which will see Leigh discussing his career up to and including his latest films.
Christopher Nolan: A Retrospective: The Movies, Marvels and Mysteries of Christopher Nolan
Film journalist Tom Shone obtained substantical access to filmmaker Christopher Nolan for what promises to be a fascinating journey through Nolan’s career.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years: The Definitive Story Behind the Blockbuster Studio
Tara Bennett and Paul Terry
Pretty much as it sounds, this one. A two volume official set covering the Marvel cinematic universe, with over a hundred new interview from the stars and creatives involved. A panic-inducing £115 price tag, though
Creating Back to the Future: The Art and Production Design of the Movie Trilogy
The blurb for this one reads: “This book takes readers through the creative process from visualizing the characters and costumes, through to vehicles and sets. With concept art, storyboards and set designs, and commentary by Back to the Future authorities Joe Walser, Michael Klastorin and Rob Klein.”
We’ll keep updating this list as we discover more…
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