If you’re playing along with my 2017 Reading Challenge, one of the prompts is ‘a book that has been turned into a movie’. And if you know me at all, you will know that I always advocate for reading the book before you see the movie. So if you want to tick off a prompt from the reading challenge and read a book for a movie that is due to come out in 2017, then take your pick of these 17 books that are becoming movies in 2017.
When: 19 January
What: Saroo Brierley became separated from his family in India at age 5, surviving on the streets of Kolkata before being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, Saroo used Google Earth to find landmarks that matched his memory of his childhood home in India and set out to find his birth family.
Who: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
When: 26 January
What: Set in the Prohibition Era (the Roaring 20s), Joe Coughlin is the son of a prominent Boston Police captain who turns his back on his upbringing and joins the ranks of the mob and organised crime.
Who: Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Todd
When: 16 February
What: This nonfiction book documents the story of three female African-American mathematicians who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and Apollo 11 and helped America catch up in the Space Race.
Who: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae
When: 23 February (or 27 July depending on which list you look at)
What: The Dark Tower is actually a series of eight dark fantasy novels that follows the quest of Roland Deschain, the last member of a knightly order called the gunslingers, to find the fabled Dark Tower. The film is more of a sequel to the books rather than a straight adaption.
Who: Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey
When: 3 March (US date)
What: Mack Phillips spirals into depression after his daughter is murdered on a camping trip. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to return to the shack where her body was found.
Who: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer
When: 6 April
What: This book follows a dog over several lifetimes as he is reincarnated and looks for his purpose through each of his lives.
Who: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson
When: 7 April (US date)
What: Auggie is a 10 year old boy with a facial deformity who deals with the issues of starting school and making friends with other kids for the first time after having been homeschooled by his mother and being in and out of hospital. It’s an interesting look at dealing with difference and friendship.
Who: Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson
When: 13 April
What: The novel begins with the death of the main character, Samantha, in a car accident. She then relives the day of her death everyday for a week, making changes to her actions to try to change her fate, reevaluate what is important in her ‘mean girls’ existence and to try and understand why this is happening to her.
Who: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals
When: 4 May
What: The true story of how Antonina Żabińska and her husband, director of the Warsaw Zoo, became involved in the Polish underground resistance and saved the lives of 300 Jews who had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Who: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh
When: 25 May
What: A science-fiction thriller – Mae Holland lands a job at ‘The Circle’ a powerful internet company, which starts out as an interesting experience as she quickly climbs the ranks in the company. But the more involved she gets, the more things start to fall apart.
Who: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega
(coming out as ‘Ascendant’, the second half of Allegiant)
When: 9 June
What: This is the final instalment of the Divergent trilogy (the final book (Allegiant) has been split into two films) where Tris fights to end the Bureau of Genetic Welfare’s authoritarian rule. I hear this has been changed to a straight to TV movie as the series didn’t perform as well as expected, but the books are still worth a read!
Who: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort
When: 14 July (US date)
What: A young Englishman seeks revenge against his beautiful cousin but soon falls under the spell of her mysterious charm.
Who: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin
When: 12 October
What: Part of Nesbø’s ‘Harry Hole’ series, Norwegian detective Harry Hole investigates several murders and believes them to be the work of a serial killer.
Who: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg
When: 19 October
What: Classified as a ‘romance-disaster’ novel (who knew that was a genre?), the story focuses on doctor Ben Payne and writer Ashley Knox who are both injured in a plane crash in the High Uintas Wilderness and fight to survive.
Who: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet
When: 9 November
What: A Russian intelligence officer struggles to survive in the modern post-Soviet bureaucratic world. Ordered to become a ‘sparrow’, a trained seductress, Dominika Egorova is assigned to a CIA agent resulting in a clash of spy craft, double agents and espionage (one review I read referred to it as ’sexpionage’… I’m not sure how I feel about that!)
Who: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons
When: 23 November
What: Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American as he is travelling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world.
Who: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz
When: TBC 2017
What: An artist in 17th century Amsterdam falls in love with a young married noblewoman whose portrait he has been commissioned to paint. She switches identities with her maid to escape the wealthy merchant she married and they raise money to support themselves by investing in the high-stakes tulip market
Who: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan
(The dates listed for each of the films is the Australian release date unless otherwise stated)
And I couldn’t help but sneak one little extra in… Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is being made into a HBO miniseries this year with Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love for this book here before – it’s definitely one you should read!
So there you have 17 books being made into movies in 2017 to choose from for my reading challenge if you want to pick a recent film, otherwise add these books to your ‘to be read’ pile before you check out these films!
Have you read any of these books? Looking forward to any of these movies?
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