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15 Books to Read Before the Film Release

Some people love to read the book before the film release. Others will read the book once they’ve seen the film. Either way, here’s a selection of films coming out his year (and next) that are based on books. Film trailers are posted if available. Happy reading and/or viewing! Stay tuned for more….

One of my all-time favorite books:

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (film is titled “Victor Frankenstein”)

Starring Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy

Film Release Date November 25, 2015

Synopsis Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

 

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Film Release Date April 15, 2016

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong’o. Directed by Jon Favreau.

Synopsis Accounts of a courageous youngster and formidable creatures of the Indian jungle abound in this series of 14 imaginative tales. Mowgli, a boy raised by a wolf pack, learns the lore of the jungle from its inhabitants; Rikki-tikki-tavi, a brave mongoose, defeats a deadly cobra and more.

 

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Film Release Date February 5, 2016

Starring Lily James, Matt Smith

Synopsis Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England is faced with a new challenge — an army of undead zombies.

 

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Silence by Shusaku Endo

Film Release Date month unknown, 2016

Starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson. Directed by Martin Scorsese.

Synopsis In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

 

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Paper Towns by John Green

Film Release Date July 24, 2015

Starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne

Synopsis Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…

 

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Film Release Date October 2, 2015

Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain

Synopsis Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.

 

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (film is titled “Everest”)

Film Release Date September 18, 2015

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright

Synopsis  Jon Krakauer, an accomplished climber, joined a commercial expedition run by guides for paying clients, many of whom had little or no climbing experience. In Into Thin Air he gives a thorough and chilling account of the ill-fated climb and reveals the complex web of decisions and circumstances that left a group of amateurs fighting for their lives in the thin air and sub-zero cold above 26,000 feet – a place climbers call ‘The Death Zone’. Into Thin Air reveals the harsh realities of mountaineering and echoes with frantic calls of climbers lost high on the mountain and way beyond help.

 

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Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

Film Release Date September 18, 2015

Starring Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis John Connoly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the mid 1970’s, they would meet again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI’s Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened next — a dirty deal to being down the Italian mob in exchange for protection for Bulger — would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, the biggest informant scandal in the history of the FBI.

 

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A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Film Release Date November 25, 2015

Starring Tom Hanks

Synopsis A struggling businessman heads to Saudi Arabia for a fight to save his finances, hoping to steer clear of foreclosure and pay his daughter’s college tuition.

 

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Film Release Date September 2, 2015

Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman

Synopsis The humorous memoir follows an Iowa-born man who returns to America after 20 years in England to walk the Appalachian Trail.

 

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Film Release Date August 7, 2015

Starring Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Hoult

Synopsis From the author of the bestselling novel, Gone Girl, comes another thriller telling the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family’s farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother, Ben, to prison for life, and 25 years later, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened.

 

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The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Film Release Date November 27, 2015

Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

Synopsis The story of real-life artist Einar Wegener, who was one of the first people to have transgender surgery.

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Film Release Date March 6, 2016

Starring Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Allison Janney, Judi Dench, Chris O’Dowd, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp. Directed by Tim Burton

Synopsis In this YA novel, a teenager named Jacob explores the ruins of a strange house on an island near Wales, UK.

 

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The Revenant by Michael Punke

Film Release Date December 25, 2015

Starring Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lukas Haas. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Synopsis After a 19th-century fur trapper gets mauled by a bear and then left for dead by thieves, he embarks on a journey for revenge.

 

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In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

Film Release Date December 11, 2015

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy. Directed by Ron Howard

Synopsis The book tells the story of the Essex, a ship that was sunk by a whale in 1819, leaving the crew at sea for more than 90 days.

Let us know which of these or another book to film adaptation you’re looking forward to.

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