A year doesn’t seem to go by without Hollywood adapting or being inspired by a popular fiction or non-fiction book. Some works are widely known and will inevitably spur conversations of “book vs. movie: which was better.” A few examples that spring to mind are the Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings series, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Other books may not have reached their full audience potential and are ripe for more readers. Looking ahead in 2017, we’ve compiled a list of some book-to-film adaptations that are set to open this year. Perfect for readers who like to “read it” before they “see it”!
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Adult Nonfiction)
Summary: Published in 2006, Jeannette Walls’ fascinating memoir covers her dysfunctional and impoverished childhood living with her alcoholic father who had a hard time landing and keeping a job, her artist mother who self-described as an “excitement addict,” and her three siblings. Walls’ book will grab you by the brain and the heart; however, be warned: some of the content can be hard to handle.
Film notes: The film does not have a solid release date but is expected to come out in late 2017. Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson all star in this anticipated motion picture.
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Adult Non-Fiction)
Summary: Shetterly’s book is an account of the previously unheralded contributions of NASA’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their successes.
Film Notes: Based on the incredible true stories within Shetterly’s book, the Hidden Figures film releases on January 6th, 2017, and it stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Adult Fiction)
Summary: Possibly one of Christie’s most famous books, this 1934 detective novel features famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. For this particular case, Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, a very famous train in Europe. Who among the thirteen other passengers is the murderer? You’ll have to read and find out.
Film Notes: This film has an estimated November 2017 release date but could very well be pushed to next year. The cast includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Michael Peña, and Leslie Odom Jr.
- The Shack by William P. Young (Adult Fiction)
Amazon Description: Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.
Film Notes: The cinematic version of The Shack arrives in theaters on March 3, 2017. It stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Graham Green, Tim McCraw, and Avraham Aviv Alush.
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Juvenile Fiction)
Summary: Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Film Notes: The film version is expected to release in April 2017. Staring Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, the film also features Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs.
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (Juvenile Fiction)
Summary: The first book in Dav Pilkey’s long-running series kicks off all the adventures of Captain Underpants and Jerome Horwitz Elementary School students George and Harold. As the story unfolds, George and Harold (in a bout of mischief) hypnotize their principal into thinking he is the superhero Captain Underpants, and before they know it, the boys are led to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper. Captain Underpants and the boys must defeat Dr. Diaper and his robot minions before they can realize Diaper’s plan to take over the world.
Film Notes: Long anticipated by fans of this popular book series, the animated film is set to come out in theaters during Summer 2017. George and Harold will be voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch respectively, and Mr. Krupp/Captain Underpants will be voiced by Ed Helms.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Young Adult Fiction)
Summary: This book revolves around the story of Maddy, a teenage girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance with Olly that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
Film Notes: The movie adaption is currently set for a release month of May 2017. Amandla Stenberg stars as Maddy, and Nick Robinson stars as Olly.
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Young Adult Fiction)
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill—an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss.
Film Notes: The film version of A Monster Calls will arrive in theaters on January 6th, 2017. It stars Lewis MacDougall as Conor, Felicity Jones as his mother, and Sigourney Weaver as his grandma.
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