18 book-to-film adaptations coming in 2017
While lucrative summer blockbusters are rapidly dwindling with the heat, the fall film schedule promises to bring a plethora of adaptations for our viewing pleasure – literary adaptations, that is. In short, Hollywood executives apparently spent a day at the Strand to get inspiration from their 2017 lineup. Whether you have a preference for big-budget repeats of popular novels (This, Murder on the Orient Express) or more meditative stories derived from fiction (Call me by your name, Tulip fever), browse below the 18 book-film releases to plan for the rest of the year.
Movie: Tulip fever (directed by Justin Chadwick)
Source: Tulip fever by Deborah Moggach (1999)
A sexy piece of historical fiction, Tulip fever takes place in the 1690s in Amsterdam, when “tulipomania” was all the rage. Everyone implored bulbs, but the focus here is primarily on a love triangle between a woman and two men. A talented artist is hired by a wealthy merchant to paint a portrait of his young wife, which leads to an affair between the artist and his subject behind the husband’s back. Will their meeting lead to something permanent? Will their investment in the tulip market lead to even greater prosperity? Will the film ever be released?
Movie: This (directed by Andrés Muschietti)
Source: This by Stephen King (1986)
A terrifying shape-shifting entity decides to hunt down and torture a group of young people in a town in Maine, as Stephen King’s horror classic continues to instill fear of clowns in the public consciousness decades after its release . Bill Skarsgård has the honor to play Pennywise the Clown this time around.
Movie: Rebel in the rye (directed by Danny Strong)
Source: JD Salinger: a life by Kenneth Slawenski (2012)
This biopic highlights American writer JD Salinger, from his privileged early years as an enthusiastic student to the release of his 1951 novel. The catcher in the rye. As Salinger was a notoriously private man, A life became a national bestseller by including new interviews, public records and correspondence never before seen by the public. British actor Nicholas Hoult will direct the film.
Movie: American assassin (directed by Michael Cuesta)
Source: American assassin by Vince Flynn (2010)
Prior to Vince Flynn’s death in 2013, he wrote over a dozen best-selling books following protagonist Mitch Rapp (played here by Dylan O’Brien, in what could be a franchise opportunity) which is a Undercover CIA counterterrorism agent. American assassin was Mitch’s origin story, telling us that his motivation for joining the agency was the death of his girlfriend in a terrorist attack. Along with other agents who operate “outside the law,” Rapp is tasked with preventing what could be another world war in the Middle East.
Movie: Victoria & Abdel (directed by Stephen Frears)
Source: Victoria & Abdul: the true story of the queen’s closest confidant by Shrabani Basu (2011)
Dramatic alert from the British period. While Queen Victoria’s reign has been featured frequently in film and television in recent years (most recently in PBS Victoria), Victoria & Abdel eschews the typical ‘coming of age’ narrative in favor of an older Victoria who has developed a close friendship with her Indian servant, Abdul Karim. The mother-son bond that develops between them ends up being one of the strongest in Victoria’s life, although some members of the royal family have actively attempted to sabotage it due to Abdul’s “inferior” background.
Movie: Stronger (directed by David Gordon Green)
Source: Stronger by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter (2014)
Jeff Bauman, originally from Boston, was cheering on his girlfriend at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the 2013 bombings took place. He wrote his memoirs, Stronger, to recount the aftermath of his devastating ordeal, detailing what he witnessed that afternoon, his emergency amputation of both legs and helping the FBI as a key witness locate Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Movie: The mountain between us (directed by Hany Abu-Assad)
Source: The mountain between us by Charles Martin (2011)
Suspected of causing increased aviophobia, The mountain between us is a more romantic version of Lost – two strangers, played in the film by Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, decide to share a charter plane as their flights are canceled due to inclement weather. But when their pilot suffers a heart attack during the flight, the plane crashes and the duo are forced to stay alive in Utah’s vast, remote, sub-zero desert, while facing serious injuries and in realizing that no help will come to save them. .
Movie: The foreigner (directed by Martin Campbell)
Source: The Chinese by Stephen Cuir (1992)
Jackie Chan makes his long-awaited return to Western cinema with this action thriller, the story of a modest London store owner with a buried murderer’s past. However, when his daughter is murdered in an act of terrorism, he comes out of retirement to avenge her death and wreak havoc on the British government.
Movie: The Snowman (directed by Tomas Alfredson)
Source: The Snowman by Jo Nesbø (2007)
The Snowman is the seventh book in the hugely popular Harry Hole series by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. In the film, Michael Fassbender plays a lead detective who links the brutal beheading of a woman to other murders that occurred during the first snowfall of the year in the past decade. It turns out that this winter-loving serial killer is one of the most twisted criminals to ever set foot in the Greater Oslo area.
Movie: Same kind of different as me (directed by Michael Carney)
Source: Same kind of different as me: a modern day slave, an international art dealer and the unlikely woman who bound them together by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent (2006)
The true story of how three adults from different backgrounds became connected to each other. A wealthy and hapless southerner dreams of a “wise man,” and when she and her husband volunteer at a soup kitchen soon after, she realizes that one of the homeless in the kitchen was the man of her dream. A journey and a meditation in faith follows.
Movie: Thank you for your service (directed by Jason Hall)
Source: Thank you for your service by David Finkel (2013)
The documentary account chronicles a group of soldiers who served in the grueling 2-16 Infantry Battalion in Baghdad, as they adjust to their return home after lengthy overseas deployments. But while they are happy to be reunited with family and friends, PTSD is rampant in their respective rehabilitations, threatening their sanity as they can’t seem to shake what they left on the battlefield.
Movie: Murder on the Orient Express (directed by Kenneth Branagh)
Source: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (1934)
Perhaps the most memorable detective story of all time, the classic Agatha Christie mystery brings together 13 strangers who find themselves suspected of murder when one of their night train mates is suspiciously killed. (Bad) luck for them, the best detective in the world, Hercule Poirot, is on the train and is immediately hired to investigate what happened, although the case turns out to be more complex than previously thought. .
Movie: Wonder (directed by Stephen Chbosky)
Source: Wonder by RJ Palacio (2012)
A boy with a facial deformity is finally given the chance by his protective parents to attend a public school after a life of homeschooling. Her adjustment period shows the best and the worst of how children (and even adults) can react when a “different” person is put in their lives.
Movie: Call me by your name (directed by Luca Guadagnino)
Source: Call me by your name by André Aciman (2007)
Already attracting the Oscars buzz, Call me by your name follows a teenager living in the Italian countryside of the 1980s with his Jewish parents who each summer welcome a visiting researcher to their villa. The one-year-old academic happens to be a very dashing man in his twenties, and the duo soon embark on a passionate romance that spans the summer – and the ensuing consequences over two. decades.
Movie: The artist of disaster (directed by James Franco)
Source: The artist of disaster by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (2013)
File this one under “this is so bad, this is good”. Tommy Wiseau’s cult film in 2003 Bedroom is often considered one of the worst films ever to be made. A supporting actor in the romantic drama, Greg Sestero, co-wrote a memoir about the complete and utter dysfunction of his creation and the odd relationship he shared with Wiseau. James Franco as a crazy, shaggy-haired “author” makes sense.
Movie: Ferdinand (directed by Carlos Saldanha)
Source: Ferdinand’s story by Munro Leaf (1936)
This charming children’s tale, about a Spanish fighting bull who prefers to relax in the pastures than mess around with matadors, finally gets the animation treatment on the big screen. When Ferdinand is accidentally mistaken for another tougher and captured bull, he must do everything in his power to reunite with his family, even if that means doing the one thing he hates – fight.
Movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (directed by Jake Kasdan)
Source: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)
Based on the beloved picture book, Welcome to the jungle serves as a continuation of the 1995 film. Flash-forward 20 years, a group of high school kids serving time in a basement are unwittingly sucked into a video game version of Jumanji, where they adopt very different avatar versions of themselves. (Read: A gangly nerd becomes Dwayne Johnson.) The only way out of the game is to work together, which can be difficult for these jaded teens. It’s like The breakfast club in the digital age!