A slew of highly anticipated book-to-film adaptations are set to hit the big-screen in 2017. Several notable novel inspired projects, like the long-awaited The Dark Tower film and the upcoming It remake, are scheduled to hit theaters over the coming months. Can’t decide which ones are worth checking out? Here are 18 popular books being made into movies in 2017.
1. Live by Night, premiered January 13
Ben Affleck writes, directs, and stars in the upcoming crime film that is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel of the same name. Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story follows Joe Coughlin, the prodigal son of a Boston police captain. After moving to the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., he becomes a bootlegger and a rum-runner and later, a notorious gangster.
Affleck will play Coughlin, while Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, and Max Casella will co-star. The movie is scheduled for a limited release on December 25, before a wide release on January 13.
2. A Dog’s Purpose, premiered January 27
Based on the bestselling 2010 novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose centers on a devoted pup who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he loves by teaching them to laugh and love. Directed by Lasse Hallström, the movie co-stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Britt Robertson alongside K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, and Pooch Hall.
3. Fifty Shades Darker, February 10
The sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey is based on E.L. James’s novel of the same name. Directed by James Foley, the upcoming erotic romantic drama follows Anastasia “Ana” Steele as she tries to move on from her relationship with Christian Grey. But a wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana’s conditions. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprise their lead roles, while Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Eric Johnson, and Bella Heathcote co-star.
4. The Shack, March 3
The faith-based drama, based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young, stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter is kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from “Papa” — which is his wife’s nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter’s bloodied clothes were found. There, he experiences a spiritual epiphany. Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, and Tim McGraw co-star.
5. The Zookeeper’s Wife, March 31
The war drama, based on Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book, chronicles the true story of Warsaw zoo keepers, Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved many human and animal lives during World War II by hiding them in animal cages. Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Daniel Brühl star in the film, which is directed by Niki Caro.
6. Before I Fall, April 7
Zoey Deutch will star as Sam, a young woman who has it all, including good looks, a lot of friends, and a popular boyfriend. One day in her charmed life starts out like any other — until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death. Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, and Jennifer Beals round out the cast. Ry Russo-Young directs the film, which is based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.
7. The Lost City of Z, April 21
The upcoming chronological film chronicles the real story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon — only to disappear alongside his son during his search in 1952. Charlie Hunnam stars as Fawcett, while Robert Pattinson plays fellow explorer Henry Costin and Sienna Miller portrays his wife, Nina Fawcett. James Gray directs the movie, which is based on the 2009 book of the same name by David Grann.
8. The Circle, April 28
Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel of the same name will serve as the basis for the upcoming sci-fi drama adaptation, starring Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton. The book centers on tech worker Mae Holland (Watson) as she joins a powerful internet company, which starts out as an incredibly rewarding experience but soon starts to fall apart.
9. Everything, Everything, May 19
Nicola Yoon’s hit YA drama will hit the big screen this year. The story follows two teens who fall in love and are determined to be together, despite that one of them suffers from a rare disease that makes her allergic to nearly everything. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson will take on the two lead roles in the film adaptation. Ana de la Res guera, Anika None Rose, and Taylor Hickson will round out the supporting cast.
10. My Cousin Rachel, July 14
Based on the 1951 novel of the same name, this upcoming drama will star Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz as a man and his mysterious cousin, who may or may not be guilty of murdering another of his relatives. Roger Michell directs the film, which will co-star Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, Andrew Knott, and Poppy Lee Frair.
11. The Dark Tower, July 28
Based on a series of Stephen King novels, the upcoming sci-fi Western flick stars Tom Taylor as 11-year-old Jake Chambers, a young adventure seeker who follows clues to another dimension called Mid-World. Once there, he encounters frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (played by Idris Elba), who’s on a quest to reach the Dark Tower in hopes of saving the dimension from extinction. On their quest, the duo must outrun various monsters and a vicious sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey).
12. It, September 8
Adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 iconic novel, the upcoming horror drama tells the story of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous clown being, who exploits the fears and phobias of his victims. Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise the Clown, while Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, and Jack Dylan Grazer round out the cast. Andres Muschietti directs the feature film.
13. The Mountain Between Us, October 20
The forthcoming romance-disaster film stars Idris Elba and Kate Winslet as surgeon Max Payne and writer Rachel Knox who both survive a plane crash, but are left stranded in the wilderness with injuries and harsh weather conditions. Hany Abu-Assad directs the film, which is based on Charles Martin’s novel of the same name.
14. Red Sparrow, November 10
Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is re-teaming with Jennifer Lawrence for his latest directorial effort, based on Jason Matthews’s novel of the same name. Set in modern-day Russia, the book follows a young woman who is drafted against her will to become a “sparrow,” a trained seductress in the service. When she’s assigned to operate against a CIA officer, the two agents get caught up in an atmosphere of deception and attraction that threatens their careers. Joel Egerton will star opposite Lawrence, while Jeremy Irons and Matthias Schoenaerts will round out the cast.
15. Wonder, November 17
The upcoming drama, adapted from R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of Jacob Tremblay, who plays Auggie, a young boy struggling to overcome a facial deformity. The movie also features Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Millie Davis, Ali Liebert, and Daveed Diggs. Stephen Chbosky directs the film.
16. Murder on the Orient Express, November 22
Based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, this Kenneth Branagh-directed remake follows detective Poirot as he becomes stranded on the famous train during a terrible snowstorm. When a fellow passenger is murdered, Poirot discovers a great number of other passengers could be the culprit. Branagh will also star in the film as Poirot alongside a killer ensemble cast that includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, and Penelope Cruz.
17. Let It Snow, November 2017
Adapted from beloved short story collection penned by John Green (The Fault In Our Stars), Maureen Johnson (13 Little Blue Envelopes) and Lauren Myracle (Internet Girls series), Let It Snow will follow three unexpected romances that take place over the course of one Christmas Eve. Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber (The Spectacular Now) penned the most recent version of the screenplay, which was originally drafted by Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect). Casting for the project is still underway, although Luke Snellin is already set to direct.
18. Thank You for Your Service
Based on David Finkel’s non-fiction book of the same name, this war drama chronicles the post-traumatic stress disorder that many soldiers face as they attempt to adjust to civilian life after returning to the United States from Iraq. The movie will feature a star-studded cast, including Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, and Amy Schumer. Jason Hall will make his directorial debut with the film, which is expected to hit theaters sometime later this year. An exact premiere date is still TBD.
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