The Book-To-Movie Adaptations We’re So Excited About

Carolyn L. Todd

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.

Brain on Fire
Out 2017

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




Brain on Fire
Release date TBD 2017

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 MossPhoto: Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures.

All The Bright Places
Release date TBD 2017

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 FanningPhoto: Courtesy of Knopf Publishing Group.

The November Criminals
Release date TBD 2017

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 KeenerPhoto: Courtesy of Anchor.

The Circle
Out April 28, 2017

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 BoyegaPhoto: Courtesy of McSweeney's.

Wonder
Out April 7, 2017

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 WilsonPhoto: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The Lost City of Z
Out April 21, 2017

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 MillerPhoto: Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street.

The Dark Tower
Out 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 ElbaPhoto: Courtesy of Signet.

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American Pastoral
Released October 2016

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

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