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17 Eagerly Anticipated Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Posted by Cybil on December 14, 2016


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.


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Silence
December 23

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.



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A Monster Calls
December 23

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.




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Fences
December 25

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.



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Live By Night
December 25

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.



JANUARY RELEASES
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Hidden Figures
January 6

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.



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A Dog's Purpose
January 27

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.




FEBRUARY RELEASES
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I Am Not Your Negro
February 3

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.



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Fifty Shades Darker
February 10

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.



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Tulip Fever
February 24

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.



MARCH RELEASES
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Before I Fall
March 3

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.



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T2: Trainspotting
March 3

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



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Wilson
March 24

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.



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Beauty and the Beast
March 17

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



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Ghost in the Shell
March 31

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.



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The Zookeeper's Wife
March 31

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.



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Wonder
April 7

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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The Circle
April 28

Based on the book by Dave Eggers, this thriller follows a young woman who goes to work at the world's most powerful internet company. It stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.




Which films are you looking forward to? Discover more at our Books to Film page.

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message 1: by Roberta (new)

Roberta This would be a good time to get the Prozac refilled.


message 2: by Ev (new)

Ev Skiles Roberta wrote: "This would be a good time to get the Prozac refilled."

And not to watch any of those movies until the books are read. :)


message 3: by Anshita (new)

Anshita Makwana Yes! More books to read and more movies to watch!


message 4: by Bill (new)

Bill Ev wrote: "Roberta wrote: "This would be a good time to get the Prozac refilled."

And not to watch any of those movies until the books are read. :)"


Precisely!!!


message 5: by Ev (new)

Ev Skiles The movie is never adequate enough to take the place of the book. The written word is more powerful, in my opinion.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Wow, I didn't even know they were making a movie from Before I Fall!! I need to watch that,


message 7: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Also premiering in February is HBO's "limited dramatic series" of Big Little Lies. It's based on the book by Liane Moriarty.


message 8: by Trang (new)

Trang Duong I cried so hard watching A Monster Calls, really good movie (the book's still better though).
I really look forward to Wonder and A Dog's Purpose. And also Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events.


message 9: by Karen (new)

Karen Not listed, but incredibly excited for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale too!!


message 10: by Darius (new)

Darius American Gods and The Kingkiller Chronicle are coming out too, the former as a tv show.


message 11: by Effie (new)

Effie Also The Dark Tower, but I expect it to be really bad. sadly


message 12: by Brooke (new)

Brooke Karen wrote: "Not listed, but incredibly excited for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale too!!"

Oh, I may have to get Hulu just to watch this!


message 13: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Just read the Blake Crouch's Dark Matter is being made into a movie also. AWESOME book. Nothing in it that can't be translated to film...


message 14: by Hayley (new)

Hayley There's at least 5 movies on the list that I can't wait to see! I'll have to read the books too!


message 15: by Dave (new)

Dave Townley I believe the only book to movie that I thought was even/better was The Shawshank Redemption....otherwise...


message 16: by Aiyana (new)

Aiyana I'm looking forward to The Beauty and The Beast!
I might add a couple of these to my TR list. I like reading the book before watching the movie... Even though it usually ruins the movie for me.....

I heard that Ready Player One by Ernest Cline might be made into a movie. Does anyone know if that's true? I might be mistaken.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Aiyana wrote: "I'm looking forward to The Beauty and The Beast!
I might add a couple of these to my TR list. I like reading the book before watching the movie... Even though it usually ruins the movie for me......."


I've heard rumors about that too, but I don't think anything's confirmed yet. If it ever is confirmed though, I would love to see that movie as well. The book was great.


message 18: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Werlich And what about American Pastoral or The Glass Castle? :)


message 19: by Anne (new)

Anne Karen wrote: "Not listed, but incredibly excited for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale too!!"

I loved that book, found it very hard to put down! Wasn't it made into a movie before?


message 20: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Watkins Anne wrote: "Karen wrote: "Not listed, but incredibly excited for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale too!!"

I loved that book, found it very hard to put down! Wasn't it made into a movie before?"


There's a 1990 movie - I really liked it, haven't read the book yet but I have it and I'll have to read before I see the remake.


message 21: by Pam (new)

Pam Dave wrote: "I believe the only book to movie that I thought was even/better was The Shawshank Redemption....otherwise..."

So agree with you Dave


message 22: by Pam (new)

Pam The first movie of 50 shades was done so well - NOT. I am not looking forward to the next movie.


message 23: by MacBudgie (new)

MacBudgie I can't wait for the cosmere books to come out as movies: apparently they're planning to make the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive books sometime.
That'll certainly be a while, though.


message 24: by Melissa (new)

Melissa This is an awesome list!!!! The question "Book or Movie?" In the blog opening, did make me laugh though, lol. The book first, always, but books and movies are two of my favorite things :) and now I've added 6 more books to my forever long wishlist. Ironically, I 'just' learned to play "Beauty and the Beast" on the piano two days ago! Silly comment, but cool to have seen the description with the first words of the song and picturing which notes on the piano are played for them.

Anyway, lol, I just added....

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Fences (The Century Cycle #6) by August Wilson

Beauty and the Beast

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver have this book, but haven't read it yet.

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story

And....

Wonder


message 25: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Karen wrote: "Not listed, but incredibly excited for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale too!!"

OMG I did not know about this so thanks for getting me hype :)

Darius wrote: "American Gods and The Kingkiller Chronicle are coming out too, the former as a tv show."

I'm excited about the American Gods series even though I haven't read the book yet - it's a brilliant premise with great actors and I trust Gaiman.

Andrew wrote: "Just read the Blake Crouch's Dark Matter is being made into a movie also. AWESOME book. Nothing in it that can't be translated to film..."

I agree! Dark Matter is excellent. Hopefully it all comes together and they go into production soon - they've got the producers lined up and just announced the director.


message 26: by Gokulnath (new)

Gokulnath Ammanathil Wow. Thanks a bunch.

What about VEERAM - Macbeth from india?


message 27: by Caroline (last edited Dec 16, 2016 06:12AM) (new)

Caroline Ev wrote: "The movie is never adequate enough to take the place of the book. The written word is more powerful, in my opinion."

I agree Ev, the book is usually better than the film adaptation
There are a few exceptions!!


message 28: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Rapti Not listed
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo


message 29: by Aline (new)

Aline Brooke wrote: "Also premiering in February is HBO's "limited dramatic series" of Big Little Lies. It's based on the book by Liane Moriarty."

That's awesome! I didn't knew it's going to get turned into a tv show, I really liked the book.


message 30: by Del (new)

Del Johnstone Aiyana wrote: "I heard that Ready Player One by Ernest Cline might be made into a movie. Does anyone know if that's true? I might be mistaken."

It's being made at the moment - according to IMDb, it's actually in post-production, although it doesn't appear to be coming out until 2018. And the director? One S. Spielberg...


message 31: by Del (last edited Dec 16, 2016 04:45AM) (new)

Del Johnstone Speaking in generalities, the novel is usually better than the film. The Shawshank Redmption, as someone else has already said, is a rare exception where the movie is more satisfying than the story it's based on (although I'm sure there are others - off the top of my head, The Godfather and Jaws come to mind). Having said that, there are some books I've read, and not enjoyed, but thought while reading them that they would be great on the big screen - Justin Cronin's 'The Passage' is one I'm very much looking forward to seeing at the cinema. One novel I thought was brilliant, that I would LOVE to see getting a big screen adap, is Emily St John Mandel's 'Station Eleven'.


message 32: by Idamus (new)

Idamus Books, any day, but none from the list above.


message 33: by Gabriel (new)

Gabriel Wonder is so beautiful. If you haven't read it, do it now.


message 34: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Blevins Trang wrote: "I cried so hard watching A Monster Calls, really good movie (the book's still better though).
I really look forward to Wonder and A Dog's Purpose. And also Netflix's adaptation of A Series of Unfor..."


Yes! When I saw the Netflix trailer for A Series of Unfortunate Events I was so happy. :D


message 35: by Noirfifre (new)

Noirfifre Oh my look at the line up for The Circle. The book left me with a erhhhh feeling but I suspect the movie may deliver.


message 36: by Deanne (new)

Deanne Gabriel wrote: "Wonder is so beautiful. If you haven't read it, do it now."

Gokulnath wrote: "Wow. Thanks a bunch.

What about VEERAM - Macbeth from india?"


I was so pleasantly surprised by Wonder. Scared the movie will ruin it.


message 37: by Laureen (new)

Laureen Ev wrote: "The movie is never adequate enough to take the place of the book. The written word is more powerful, in my opinion."
Couldn't agree more Ev


message 38: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Hawkins A Gift From The Stars would ve a great addition to the list. It is an extremely visual book. Whoever has read the book will testify to its claims to be a natural for film.


message 39: by John (new)

John Turner The old soldier and warrior in me (a Vietnam veteran) wants to see "Matterhorn" by Karl Marlantes on the big screen. The only movie about the Vietnam War that I found authentic was "We Were Soldiers, Once and Young." Most others were too "Hollywood fantasy" for me to consider real. Matterhorn is the most authentic of books about the war that I have read, which I would estimate at about 50. Matterhorn put me right back in the oppressive heat, slimy mud and darkest jungle, listening to the bullets zipping and buzzing all around, smacking into tree trunks, palm leaves and human flesh.


message 40: by Pete (new)

Pete Keay Ev wrote: "The movie is never adequate enough to take the place of the book. The written word is more powerful, in my opinion."
Disagree. "The Cruel Sea", "The Day Of The Jackal" and...although it's a tv series/movie..."Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" [the original, starring an insanely talented cast led by Sir Alec Guinness]. The characters in the latter were the characters in the book.


message 41: by Suzi Evelyn (new)

Suzi Evelyn I'm so excited for Wonder. I didn't even know that was going to be a movie until recently and I was extremely excited upon finding out because Wonder is one of my favorites of all time. And then I found out that Daveed Diggs was going to be in it and I could barely even contain my excitement.


message 42: by Katsuro (last edited Dec 16, 2016 06:57PM) (new)

Katsuro Ricksand For Pete's sake... His name isn't "Shusaku Endoby". It's Shusaku Endō.


message 43: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey 'Ghost in the Shell''s going to be white-washing trash. Everyone's better off watching the original animation, or any of the other numerous adaptations.


message 44: by Joyce (new)

Joyce I'm watching Fences, reading the book and watching Hidden Figures and watching Beauty and the Beast.


message 45: by TheBookLover (new)

TheBookLover Sooo excited for

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness

This is also not listed but i the release date is unknown...
Just hurry up already! I'm dying for this film to come out


message 46: by Per (last edited Dec 17, 2016 01:49AM) (new)

Per Stagis I'd like to see James Herbert's "The Dark", made for the silver screen :)
James Herbert


message 47: by Yumecosmos (new)

Yumecosmos Aubrey wrote: "'Ghost in the Shell''s going to be white-washing trash. Everyone's better off watching the original animation, or any of the other numerous adaptations."

Agreed. So disappointed to see that on this list, I thought Goodreads was better than that.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Yumecosmos wrote: "Aubrey wrote: "'Ghost in the Shell''s going to be white-washing trash. Everyone's better off watching the original animation, or any of the other numerous adaptations."

Agreed. So disappointed to ..."


A lot of Japanese people actually don't care about the main character's casting, they said it was good since she looked like the part. Most anime characters are designed to have ambiguous races, that's why they are often blonde and stuff.

But you know, whatever.


message 49: by Yumecosmos (new)

Yumecosmos Elizabeth, I used to think the same way. Here's why I now believe it's a problem.

Japanese people in Japan don't have quite the same perspective on racism and cultural appropriation because they aren't a racial minority where they live. That's not to say they don't experience the negative effects of racism and white-centric standards of beauty, but they aren't constantly subjected to the erasure of their culture the way that minorities in America are.

To point to the opinions of people in Japan as if they trump the opinions of Japanese Americans implies that the people in Japan people are the "real" Asians and Japanese Americans' ethnicity/culture is somehow less valid. Further, if these "real" Japanese people can then speak on behalf of Japanese Americans about American issues, then that implies that Japanese Americans still "belong" to Japan on some level and are not in fact Americans.

This was the thinking that gave us the WW2 internment camps.

Maybe it's true that the third or fourth generation children of immigrants start to lose touch with their Asian heritage. But that's exactly the erasure I'm talking about. Because why is white treated as the one true American culture? Why are other cultures encouraged to assimilate, which basically means learning to act white?

Asian Americans are not half Asian and half American. The United States does not belong only to white people. Maybe you're thinking, "I didn't say that!" But that is the message of whitewashing in Hollywood.

Re: "anime characters are designed to have ambiguous races," this is an oft-repeated myth. More here, if you'd like an essay: https://thesocietypages.org/socimages... But to sum it up, the "default" image of a human being in western cultures tends to be a white person, so when we see a highly stylized character--i.e. anime--we tend to assume they look white. It's a projection, not the intention of the creators.


message 50: by Aisling (new)

Aisling Eagerly awaiting beauty and the beast and the circle. Which I have just realised both have emma watson yet my excitment has nothing to do with emma watson...


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