You know you're a huge nerd when news of George Eliot's Middlemarch being made into a movie (by a competent director) makes you shiver with excitement. Holy crap! So awesome. Except if they get Keira Knightley to play Dorothea, which would break my heart. Sorry, Keira, I do buy you as smart and spunky, but there's something missing -- a sense of refinement, perhaps? or maybe quietly yearning self-awareness? -- in your characterization of nineteenth century female heroines.
Speaking of Sam Mendes, he's also directing wife Kate Winslet and her old co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in a film adaptation of Revolutionary Road. I've never read it, but it comes highly recommended by several folks and I just got a copy of it. If I ever finish The Brothers Karamazov (my noble summer reading project), Rev Road comes next.