Books to Movies: 2017 and Beyond

Want to catch up on must-reads books before they become movies? Are you excited to see – or dreading to watch – your favorite characters come to life? Here are some of the most anticipated adaptations coming to a screen near you. Check out the books now, while there’s still time!


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Lupita Nyong’o portrays a Nigerian woman adapting to life in America. With David Oyelowo.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh star as four women who visit an alien invasion site that claimed the lives of eleven previous expeditions.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Kirsten Dunst directs and Dakota Fanning stars as a young woman who struggles with mental illness in this adaptation of Plath’s classic novel.

A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion. Alison Janney and Christian Hendricks portray two women who find themselves in a Central American country on the brink.

The Circle by Dave Eggers. A woman’s job at a powerful tech company takes on a very public life of its own. Starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King. Idris Elba is Roland the Gunslinger in search of the tower that will save mankind.

It by Stephen King. The epic, 1,000+ page novel is adapted again for the screen, this time from director Andrés Muschietti of Mama. 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. You’ll have to wait until 2018 for Steven’s Spielberg’s adaptation of this sci-fi novel about the search for clues to a fortune in a virtual reality game. With Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews. Jennifer Lawrence is a Russian spy and Joel Edgerton is a CIA agent whose attraction for each other threatens their missions.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple. This funny novel about a Seattle woman who goes missing will be brought to life by Cate Blanchett as the star and Richard Linklater in the director’s chair.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Alden Ehrenreich and Tye Sheridan are soldiers trying to survive the Iraq War. With Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette.


Brain on Fire by Susannah Callahan. The author’s rapid descent into mental illness is brought to life by Chloë Grace Moretz in this adaptation of the bestselling memoir.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Brie Larson portrays the author as a young woman growing up in poverty and eccentricity with her parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson).

It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario. Steven Spielberg directs Jennifer Lawrence as a wartime photographer, notably held captive in Lybia in 2011.

The Lost City of Z by David Grann. Charlie Hunnam is Percival Fawcett, a British colonel who disappeared while searching for an ancient civilization in the Amazon in 1925.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. The true story of keepers at the Warsaw Zoo, who saved hundreds of animals and people from the Nazis. With Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl. 


Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. A boy struggling with his mother’s terminal illness is helped by a monster that takes the shape of a tree. Starring Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio. A disfigured boy seeks acceptance at a new school. Starring Jacob Tremblay of Room, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

~posted by Frank

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