17 Eagerly Anticipated Book-to-Movie Adaptations
Book or movie? You'll be asking that question a lot over the next few months as Hollywood again turns to one of its favorite muses—books—for more film adaptations. From Martin Scorsese's passion project based on a Shusaku Endoby book, to the Oscar-buzz worthy adaption of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Fences, to a film version of the beloved book Wonder, the next few months feature plenty of fodder for book worms who love popcorn. Check out our list below and tell us which movies you're excited—or perhaps dreading—this season.
Based on Shusaku Endoby's 1966 novel, this Martin Scorsese film tells the story of two Christian missionaries who travel to Japan in search of their lost mentor. It stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, and Liam Neeson.
A Monster Calls
A monster movie that's actually about grief, this film based on the book by Patrick Ness focuses on a 12-year-old boy dealing with his mother's illness. It stars newcomer Conor O'Malley, as well as Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson.
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-Winning play by August Wilson, this film is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for its two leads. It's the story of a former baseball player who struggles to provide for his family and come to terms with his life. It stars Denzel Washington (who also directs) and Viola Davis.
Live By Night
Based on the sprawling crime novel by Dennis Lehane, this film centers on the son of a prominent police chief and his fall into a life of crime. It stars Ben Affleck (who also wrote and produced the movie), Elle Fanning, Brendan Gleeson, Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Cooper.
Based on the true story chronicled in Margot Lee Shetterly's
book of the same name, this movie looks at the amazing contributions of African-American women working at NASA during the Space Race. It stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, and Kevin Costner.
A Dog's Purpose
Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron, this movie follows a dog through several lives as he searches for his purpose. It stars Bradley Cooper, Britt Robertson, and Dennis Quaid.
I Am Not Your Negro
Based on James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, this documentary by Raoul Peck delves into the legacy of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers and examines question of what it means to be black in America. It's narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.
Fifty Shades Darker
Based on the bestselling sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James returns to Anastasia and Christian. The movie stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Tyler Hoechlin, and Kim Basinger.
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, this romance features lovers who gamble on the booming (or blooming) tulip market. Based on the book by Deborah Moggach, it stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Dane DeHaan, and Cara Delevingne.
Before I Fall
Based on popular YA author Lauren Oliver's debut, this story relives the last day of a young woman's life as she works to figure out the mystery of her death. It stars Zooey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Jennifer Beals.
Twenty years after the first Trainspotting, this movie, based on the book Porno by Irvine Welsh, follows Trainspotting's original characters. It stars Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and Johnny Lee Miller
Based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes (who also brought us Ghost World), Wilson is about an opinionated middled-aged loner and his quest for human connection. It stars Woody Harrelson, Judy Greer, and Laura Dern.
Beauty and the Beast
It's a tale as old as time. Or, it's Disney's live-action re-telling of the animated classic originally based on the story from Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. It stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens
Ghost in the Shell
This movie is based on the internally acclaimed popular manga and anime franchise by Masamune Shirow. In this futuristic tale, a cyborg policewoman works to track down an infamous hacker. It stars Scarlett Johansson and Michael Pitt.
The Zookeeper's Wife
Based on the bestseller by Diane Ackerman, the film tells the true story of Polish zookeepers who helped save hundreds of people during the Nazi invasion. It stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl.
Based on beloved 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 he's one of them. It stars Room's Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts
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