Earlier this year I wrote a post on 9 books becoming movies in 2015 and it’s been one of my most popular posts of the year! Clearly you guys love to read (or love to watch movies based on books)!
So I thought now that we are hitting the halfway point for the year, I would give you 9 more books becoming movies in 2015! As always, I encourage reading the books before seeing the movies because the book is almost always better than the movie!
1. The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
Based on the true story of Lili Elbe (born Einar Wegener), a transgender woman and one of the first people to have gender reassignment surgery. Directed by Tom Hooper (who also directed The King’s Speech and Les Miserables) and starring Eddie Redmayne as Einar/Lili, who recently embodied Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything, it should be a thought provoking film.
Release: TBC, probably early 2016
2. Room by Emma Donaghue
Room is told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, who grows up in a single room with his Ma. His mother reveals to him that there is a world beyond the Room and they are being held captive. It will be interesting to see how they adapt this book. Starring Brie Larson (United States of Tara and 21 Jump Street) as Ma and William H. Macy (Shameless and Fargo) as Old Nick.
3. Paper Towns by John Green
John Green also wrote The Fault in Our Stars so you know this is going to be good. Paper Towns follows the story of ‘Q’ and his friends as they search for Q’s childhood neighbour and love interest, Margo. Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff (who also starred in The Fault in Our Stars) star as Margo and Q.
Release: 31 July 2015
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Louisa (played by Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) forms a bond with Will, the recently-paralysed man she has been employed to help. It’s apparently quite the tear-jerker (I’m yet to read it)! Will is being played by Sam Claflin (from The Hunger Games trilogy and Love, Rosie) who seems to be racking up the roles in book-to-film adaptions!
Release: TBC, likely to be early 2016 at this stage
5. Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
This is quite the star-studded film! Johnny Depp stars as infamous (and real life) mobster Whitey Bulger who goes on to become an FBI informant. If you’re into crime (especially true crime), this is a book and movie pairing for you! The film also stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon and Dakota Fanning.
Release: 15 October 2015
6. The Adderall Diaries by Stephen Elliott
Another ‘true-crime’ story, The Adderall Diaries is based on the sort-of memoir of Stephen Elliot. It’s a mixture the true-crime account of the murder of Nina Reiser, the story of Elliot’s addiction and how he comes to terms with the truth (or his own lies) of his own childhood and complicated relationship with his father. Starring James Franco, Ed Harris and Amber Heard.
Release: 16 April 2015 (not sure when it’s coming to Australia though)
7. Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Adapted from Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel, the story follows Bathsheba Everdene as she deals with three very different suitors. This is the fourth time this book has been adapted to film and stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba and Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge and Michael Sheen as her suitors.
Release: 25 June 2015 (it was released on 1 May overseas)
8. The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri
This is an English language remake of the original Argentine film which won the the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010. From what I can tell they’ve changed a fair bit in the adaption (relocating it from Argentina to America for a start), but both are crime/thrillers which interweave an unsolved murder from the past with current day relationships and revelations. This remake stars Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman.
Release: 29 October 2015
9. The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
The book’s main protagonist is Roseanne, a 100-year-old patient in a mental institution, who begins writing her life story and uncovers some troubling memories. The book is co-narrated with a doctor at the institution who has been given the task of deciding which patients should be transferred to another facility and which patients should be ‘released’ given the pending closure of the institution. It should be interesting to see how they adapt the co-narration to a film. The film stars Vanessa Redgrave and Rooney Mara as the old and young versions of Roseanne and Eric Bana as the doctor.
Which book to movie adaption are you looking forward to?
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