Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief to be adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush

by |February 6, 2013

Huge news today as it was announced Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel The Book Thief will be adapted into a film, starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

Industry sources told Booktopia that filming will start in Berlin on the 25th of February, with a shoot schedule of 58 days.

The book focuses on Liesel Meminger and her younger brother, who are taken by their mother to live with a foster family outside Munich at the beginning of World War II.  With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, Liesel learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

Rumours of a film adaptation have been swirling around since the book’s immediate international success.

The Book Thief came in at 3rd place in Booktopia’s Must Read Australian Novels Poll, behind Cloudstreet and Picnic At Hanging Rock.

Markus Zusak also came 8th in Booktopia’s Australia’s Favourite Novelist Poll in January of this year, which was taken out by Brisbane-based author Kate Morton.


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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • Cherie Ashton

    February 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Loved the book, exciting news about the movie, can’t wait!

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