Whether you’re hoping to read them before the movie comes to theaters or you’re getting ready to say, “the book was so much better!” check out these 6 must-see book to film adaptations in 2017!
Limited Release – December 2016 | Full Release – January 2017
It may come as a surprise that this movie almost didn’t make the list—but that’s only because we’d assumed everyone had already seen it! With three Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture of the Year, Hidden Figures is an important film and an instant classic. If you’ve already seen the movie, be sure to read the book!
Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book by the same name, Hidden Figures follows the true story of the brilliant African American women who worked for NASA during the 1960s space race. The film stars Taraji P. Hensen, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe.
Released April 28, 2017
Ok, so “must-see” may be a little bit of an exaggeration for this one. Full disclosure: this film currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But hey, sometimes that’s all the more reason to watch a movie! And, as every book lover knows, it’s often difficult to translate page to screen.
The Circle is based on a 2013 book by Dave Eggers, the founder of McSweeney’s and author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000). He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film with James Ponsoldt. Eggers has previously collaborated on some wonderful scripts for Away We Go (2009), which he co-wrote with his wife, Vendela Vida, and Where the Wild Things Are (2009), co-written with Spike Jonze. If nothing else, The Circle offers an intriguing dystopian premise with an all-star cast: Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Tom Hanks (don’t miss Hanks’s performance in the 2016 adaptation of Eggers’ novel, A Hologram for the King)!
In Theaters June 2, 2017
Based on what might be the most formative reading material for millennial children, the film adaptation of Captain Underpants introduces Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters to a new generation. The movie tells the story of an elementary school principal who becomes the titular superhero after being hypnotized by two of his trouble making students.
In the same vein as The Peanuts Movie (2015), which blended a classic cartoon style with 3D animation, Captain Underpants looks to be another blockbuster hit for DreamWorks. The film stars Ed Helms (as Captain Underpants), Kevin Hart (as George), and Thomas Middleditch (as Harold).
In Theaters July 21st, 2017
There’s no shortage of comic book adaptations in 2017—Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and The Justice League: Dawn of Justice. However, for something outside of the typical DC/Marvel fare, Valerian looks spectacular. Adapted from the 1960s/70s French comics Valérian & Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, the film is directed by Luc Besson. It seems like a match made in heaven, considering Mézières drew some of the original concept art for Bessen’s most famous film, The Fifth Element.
If the trailer is any indication, Valerian will be bold, beautiful, and lots of fun. The cast includes Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna.
The Dark Tower In Theaters August 4, 2017 | IT In Theaters September 8, 2017
Stephen King is no stranger to film and TV adaptations. Still, there has been such an enormous amount of buzz surrounding both movies, King gets his own spot in this list. By now, you’ve probably already seen the trailers, but in case you haven’t, you can watch The Dark Tower trailer here. Also, be sure to check out our previous blog post where we talk about the teaser trailer for IT!
But there’s another reason these two films share a spot on our list. According to Screen Rant, fans are already speculating whether the two films might actually be set in the same universe. After all, The Dark Tower series includes characters and connections from other King novels, including Salem’s Lot (1975), The Stand (1978) and Insomnia (1994). We can’t wait to find out.
In Theaters November 17, 2017
Based on the young adult novel by R. J. Palacio, Wonder is the story of a boy with a rare facial deformity who enters a private school after having been homeschooled by his mother. The film is directed by Stephen Chbosky and stars Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson.
Wonder has recently seen some media attention after its original April release was pushed back to November. However, according to CinemaBlend, the decision to stall the movie’s release is even more of a reason to be excited. Apparently, the movie has been doing so well with test screenings that the studio decided to push its release to the fall, a time when family movies tend to perform better at the box office. If these early test audiences are any indication, Wonder might just be one of the rare book to film adaptations that actually turns out to be, well, wonderful.
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