Many excellent books are being adapted and released in the coming year. We are so excited about some, and less excited about others. This year brought us some gems: Arrival, starring the flawless Amy Adams, based on Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang, and Me Before You, adapted from Jojo Moyes book, starring another flawless actress, Emilia Clarke. Some were nearly impossible to watch, like The 5th Wave, based on Rick Yancey’s novel. Good effort on Chloë Grace Moretz though.
2017 is just around the corner, and it’s bringing us some adaptations. We’re not gonna lie about how excited we are. Here are the book adaptations we are most anticipated:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
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Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgård, and more!
Why you should be excited: Besides this stellar cast, the book the adaptation is based off of is truly amazing. Each character is so entertaining and they all have such subtle depth. Plus, it’s a series so there will be hours of Big Little Lies to watch.
Coming to HBO February 19th, 2017
The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
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Starring: Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey
Why you should be excited: Well, it’s Stephen King… many of his adaptations have been UH-MAZE-ING! We expect a lot from Mr. Elba and Mr. McConaughey- two weathered actors who both have powerful presences on the screen. Also, Stephen King’s sci-fi is on point (SO GOOD)!
Coming July 28th, 2017
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks,
Why you should be excited: This is dystopian fiction that makes you feel incredibly unsettled- as well as highly entertained. Eggers book outlines a super hi-tech world pretty much controlled by the internet and social media; we expect great visuals and creepy acting. Tom Hanks is perfectly cast as a charismatic, super-intelligent business mogul.
Coming April 28th, 2017
The Dinner by Hermon Koch
Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Steve Coogan
Why you should be excited: This adaptation features yet another stellar cast. Koch’s psychological thriller sprinkled with honest, savage humor, follows two couples over the course of one dinner, at a snazzy restaurant. Both couples are parents to teenage sons who committed a terrible act, that only they know about. It’s one disturbing and innovative plot we are looking forward to seeing, especially with all the fancy food on screen.
Coming May 5th, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh
Why you should be excited: Hands down one of the best Christie mysteries (which is saying a lot because they’re all so good), Murder on the Orient Express is getting a fresh adaptation by director/actor Kenneth Branagh. Famed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot (Branagh, again), is back, investigating a murder on one of the most famous and luxurious trains in the world, and we just cannot wait!
Coming November 22nd, 2017
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin
Why you should be excited: Weisz plays the charming, beautiful Rachel who may or may not be a murderer. Claflin (aka Finnick Odair) stars as her cousin Philip, bent on avenging his guardians murder, believed to be committed by Rachel. Things get sinister when Philip falls for Rachel, who’s intentions are increasingly mysterious.
Coming May 5th, 2017
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Starring: Kate Winslet and Idris Elba
Why you should be excited: This movie is bound to be gorgeous and hear-wrenching. Ashley (Winslet) and Ben (Elba) star as strangers forced to trust one another after their plane goes down. What’s more fascinating than survivors in a mountain, especially played by these two superstars?
Honorable mentions: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malor
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