21 Books to Read Before They Become 2017's Biggest Adaptations
Bookworms and movie buffs, unite: 2017 may just be your year. In the coming months, book-to-screen adaptations will bring the works of Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Gillian Flynn—among many others—to the big and small screen.
In addition to the list below, we're still eagerly awaiting the 2017 release dates for movie versions of Jeannette Walls' memoir, The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson, and Jeff VanderMeer's science fiction thriller, Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman. And in the TV world, HBO has announced it's airing a series based on Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.
Check out the upcoming book-to-screen adaptations below and tell us which movies you're excited about—and the ones for which you still need to read the book!
The White Princess (Starz)
Adapted from Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel, this new TV series on Starz follows Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, and her turbulent marriage to England's King Henry VII. It stars Jodie Comer and Jacob Collins-Levy.
The Lost City of Z
Craving a bit of true-life drama? Travel deep into the 1920s Amazon on an ill-fated expedition in this film, based on the book by David Grann. It stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (HBO)
Based on Rebecca Skloot's true story of an African American woman who posthumously becomes an unwitting medical pioneer—and her family's fight for justice. It stars Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne, and Courtney B. Vance.
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu)
Based on Margaret Atwood's classic feminist dystopian novel, this ten-episode series stars Elisabeth Moss, Alexis Bledel, Jordana Blake, and O.T. Fagbenle.
Dave Eggers' thriller follows the dark turns that occur when a young woman goes to work at the world's most powerful internet company. It stars Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega.
American Gods (Starz)
Neil Gaiman's fantasy that follows gods who immigrate to America premieres on Starz with an eight-episode season. It stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, and Emily Browning.
Just how far will parents go to protect their children? Far enough to earn an R rating! Based on the disturbing book by Herman Koch, the film stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, and Steve Coogan.
This Netflix series is based on the whimsical and charming childhood classic Anne of Green Gables and stars newcomer Amybeth McNulty, who beat out 1,800 young actresses to score the part.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
We love a good folktale retelling. This film is based on Le Morte d'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory. Well, loosely based. It's directed by king-of-the-cool-action-movie Guy Ritchie and stars Charlie Hunnam and Hermione Corfield.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Jeff Kinney's beloved children's series focuses on Greg Heffley navigating his way through the world of middle school. The movie version stars Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott, and Alexa Blair Robertson.
This movie is based on Nicola Yoon's young adult novel about a girl who's allergic to the world. Then one day a boy moves next door and everything changes. It stars Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose.
Twin Peaks (Showtime)
Here's a tricky one: 25 years ago this was a TV show, which inspired a book, which is now returning as a Showtime series. Got that? Check out Mark Frost's secret history of the town with damn good coffee. It stars Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, and Sheryl Lee.
Dav Pilkey's underdressed superhero has been amusing kids for years. Now he's making his big-screen debut. The film stars Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, and Kevin Hart.
My Cousin Rachel
Daphne du Maurier's romantic mystery follows a young man who seeks revenge on his cousin's beautiful widow. It stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, and Holliday Grainger.
Midnight, Texas (NBC)
Want to sink your teeth into some paranormal TV? Charlaine Harris, whose work inspired HBO's True Blood, returns to TV with this series on the NBC network. It stars François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, and Arielle Kebbel.
The Dark Tower
We know, we know: This is the one many of you have been eagerly or anxiously anticipating. Stephen King's epic fantasy will star Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, and Katheryn Winnick.
But wait! There's even more Stephen King headed to theaters this year! The reason you're afraid of clowns will star Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and Javier Botet.
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.
The Mountain Between Us
Charles Martin's story of a couple who survive a plane crash in the mountains and their struggle to survive will star Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, and Dermot Mulroney.
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 and Julia Roberts.
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, will star Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, and Daisy Ridley.
Which films are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments!
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