The Season's Big Book-to-Screen Adaptations
You all know how this works: An adaptation hits the movies or TV, and suddenly everyone is talking about it. But, my fellow readers, we know that you should always read the book first. With that (and your Want to Read shelf) in mind, here are some of the major adaptations headed to the big and small screens through the end of the year.
What can you expect? How about FBI agents hunting serial killers, a man surviving the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, a new Margaret Atwood series on Netflix, and a star-studded Murder on the Orient Express?
Check out the list below. Which ones are you most excited about? And which books do you still need to catch up on?
Bostonian Jeff Bauman was cheering on his girlfriend at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the 2013 bombing attacks occurred. His memoir recounts the aftermath of his ordeal. The movie version of the book stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, and Miranda Richardson.
Blade Runner 2049
The story is based on Philip K. Dick's classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (and a sequel to the classic movie, which is now 30 years old). A young blade runner (Ryan Gosling) discovers a secret that leads him to a former blade runner (Harrison Ford, who reprises his role as Rick Deckard).
The Mountain Between Us
Charles Martin's story of two strangers who survive a plane crash together in the mountains and their struggle to survive stars Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, and Dermot Mulroney.
David Fincher (of House of Cards fame) returns with his second Netflix show, which follows an FBI agent (played by Jonathan Groff) who develops crime-profiling techniques by interviewing serial killers. Be sure to read the true-crime story that inspired the show.
The film is based on Stephen Leather's thriller The Chinaman, in which a businessman with a secret past seeks justice when his daughter is killed. It stars Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan, and Michael McElhatton.
From the international bestseller by Jo Nesbø, detective Harry Hole investigates the mysterious disappearance of a woman. The movie stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and Val Kilmer.
Based on the novel from Brian Selznick, the film features a young boy in the 1970s and a girl in the 1920s who seek the same mysterious connection. The movie stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Williams.
Same Kind of Different as Me
International art dealer Ron Hall befriends a homeless man to save his marriage in this movie adapted from the book of the same name. It stars Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, and Djimon Hounsou.
Thank You for Your Service
Based on David Finkel's nonfiction account of a group of American soldiers serving in Baghdad and their hard homecomings, the movie stars Haley Bennett, Miles Teller, and Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Alias Grace (Netflix)
Margaret Atwood's story is about a poor, young Irish domestic servant in Canada who, along with the stable hand, is imprisoned for the brutal murders of their employer and his housekeeper in 1843. The TV series stars Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcroft, and Zachary Levi.
Murder on the Orient Express
This Agatha Christie classic murder mystery, which follows detective Hercule Poirot's investigation of a wealthy American's death aboard the Orient Express, stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley.
Based on the adored book by R.J. Palacio, Wonder is a heartwarming story of a young boy with a facial deformity who works to convince his new classmates that he's one of them. It stars Room's Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, and Julia Roberts.
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
The story is based on the memoir by Peter Turner, a man who cares for his aging former flame, who is also a movie star. It stars Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, and Julie Walters.
Call Me By Your Name
Based on André Aciman's book of the same name, this coming-of-age story is about a romance between a teen boy and his parent's summer guest. The movie stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
The Disaster Artist
This is the true story behind one of the worst movies ever made. It's based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell's account of the making of The Room and stars Alison Brie, Zac Efron, and James Franco.
The animated adaptation of the children's classic—about a bull who would rather sit and smell flowers than fight—features the voices of Kate McKinnon, David Tennant, and Bobby Cannavale.
Watership Down (Netflix)
The BBC is partnering with Netflix on this new animated miniseries based on the beloved Richard Adams classic. It stars James McAvoy, John Boyega, and Ben Kingsley.
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