A great story is priceless. And in an age when Hollywood is reticent to make wholly original movies (see: the
four dozen superhero movies released in the last decade), great books are as good as gold. The number of literary adaptations we see on the big screen seems to get bigger every year. Why? For studios, they're a safer bet, with built-in audiences and plots ready to go. But perhaps more importantly, there's the fact that literary writers are some of the most imaginative storytellers there are — they're talented at fusing rich characters, intricate plots, and resonant themes into masterful page-turners. And with the right people behind and in front of the camera, a great novel can be become a fantastic film. Here are some of the most notable in the past few years. Released February 22, 2017 Brain on Fire Based On: The memoir by Susannah Cahalan What It's About: A woman battles a month of mysteriously and rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss More Released February 2017 Brain on Fire Based On: The memoir by Susannah Cahalan What It's About: A woman battles a month of mysteriously, rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia. Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss Photo: Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures. More Release date TBD 2017 All The Bright Places Based On: The YA novel by Jennifer Niven What It's About: Two depressed teens in a small town in Indiana find romance after a dark first encounter and working on a joint school project. Starring: Elle Fanning Photo: Courtesy of Knopf Publishing Group. More Release date TBD 2017 The November Criminals Based On: The novel by Sam Munson What It's About: An ambitious high school grad living in D.C. investigates the senseless murder of one of his classmates. Starring: Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener Photo: Courtesy of Anchor. More Released April 28, 2017 The Circle Based On: The dystopian technology thriller by Dave Eggers What It's About: A new employee at a powerful technology company loves her new job, until she starts uncovering the dark realities of her firm's omnipotent operating system. Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega Photo: Courtesy of McSweeney's. More Released April 7, 2017 Wonder Based On: The novel by Raquel Jaramillo, pen name R.J. Palacio What It's About: A young boy with a facial deformity and a big heart struggles to fit in. Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate. More Released April 21, 2017 The Lost City of Z Based On: The historical nonfiction book by David Grann What It's About: An early-20th-century British explorer ventures into the Amazon to find a mythical civilization — and is never seen again. Starring: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street. More The Dark Tower Released July 28, 2017 Based On: The sci-fi fantasy series by Stephen King What It's About: A young boy enters an alternate dimension where he joins a lone Knight on a quest to save his strange universe from demise. Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba Photo: Courtesy of Signet. More
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More Released October 2016 American Pastoral Based On: The novel by Philip Roth What It's About: In postwar America, a succesful Jewish businessman from New Jersey sees his life and family threatened by his daughter's new political dalliances. Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Ewan McGregor, Uzo Aduba More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?