★What to Read Before You Watch: Book to Movie Adaptations Coming in 2015!★
In the past we’ve seen many best-seller novels go from the pages to the big-screen and become instant sensations. An adaptation can be a hit-or-miss when it shifts from a books audience to the movie viewers. But this is the risk worth taking when a great book is made into a film. Lately, we’ve witnessed many amazing book to movie adaptations that have given fans, fandoms and newcomers a chance to enjoy a visual of many fascinating stories. Below is a list I’ve compiled with some of the adaptations that will be coming to a theater near you in 2015. Maybe you’ll see one you like on the list below. The fun thing about book to movie adaptations is that you have a chance to read the books before the movie comes out. Which one will you be reading before it hits the big screen this year?
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ADAPTATIONS LISTED IN ORDER BY RELEASE DATES:
1. LOVE, ROSIE
DIRECTOR: Christian Ditter. CAST: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin.
Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other – but is it just friendship, or something more? Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, LOVE, ROSIE is a heart-warming, modern comedy-of-errors posing the ultimate question: do we really only get one shot at true love?
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ehern
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: February 6th, 2015
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2. FIFTY SHADES OF GREY
DIRECTOR: Sam Taylor-Johnson. CAST: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan.
Literature student Anastasia Steele is both innocent and naive. When she goes to cover an interview with Billionaire Christian Grey as a favor for her best friend Kate Kavanaugh, she feels both intimidated yet attracted to him. Christian is intelligent, attractive, and an intriguing man. Despite his perfections, he has a dark past and a tormented soul. With an attraction that is hard to ignore, Christian pursues Anastasia and she can’t deny that she feels it too. When Anastasia gets to know more about Christian’s singular tastes and his need for control, she must decide of she will give in or get out before she falls for him completely.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: Fifty Shades Of Grey by E. L. James
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: February 13th, 2015
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3. THE DUFF
DIRECTOR: Ari Sandel. CAST: Allison Janney, Romany Malco, Mae Whitman, Ken Jeong, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Skyler Samuels, Nick Eversman.
Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The DUFF’ (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier, more popular friends (Skyler Samuels & Bianca Santos). Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher (Ken Jeong), she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby (Nick Eversman), and enlists Wesley (Robbie Amell), a slick but charming jock, to help reinvent herself. To save her senior year from turning into a total disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow the school’s ruthless label maker Madison (Bella Thorne) and remind everyone that no matter what people look or act like, we are all someone’s DUFF.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: February 20th, 2015
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4. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA
DIRECTOR: Ron Howard. CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Riley, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw, Jordi Molla, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland.
“In the Heart of the Sea” stars Chris Hemsworth (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Rush”) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (“Skyfall”) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville’s Moby-Dick. But that told only half the story. “In the Heart of the Sea” reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down. The film also stars Tom Holland (“The Impossible”) as young seaman Tom Nickerson, and Brendan Gleeson (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà (“Riddick”) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: IN THE HEART OF THE SEA by NATHANIEL PHILBRICK
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: MARCH 13th, 2015
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5. INSURGENT (DIVERGENT SERIES #2)
DIRECTOR: Robert Schwentke. CAST: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Zoe Kravitz, Jai Courtney, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson.
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: INSURGENT by Veronica Roth
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: MARCH 20th, 2015
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DIRECTOR: Susanne Bier. CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans, Toby Jones, Sean Harris.
North Carolina mountains at the end of the 1920s – George and Serena Pemberton, love-struck newly-weds, begin to build a timber empire. Serena soon proves herself to be equal to any man: overseeing loggers, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving a man’s life in the wilderness. With power and influence now in their hands, the Pembertons refuse to let anyone stand in the way of their inflated love and ambitions. However, once Serena discovers George’s hidden past and faces an unchangeable fate of her own, the Pembertons’ passionate marriage begins to unravel leading toward a dramatic reckoning.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: SERENA by RON RASH
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: MARCH 27th, 2015
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7. THE LONGEST RIDE
DIRECTOR: George Tillman Jr. CAST: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin.
Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, “The Longest Ride” centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, “The Longest Ride” explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: THE LONGEST RIDE by NICHOLAS SPARKS
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: APRIL 10th, 2015
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8. CHILD 44
DIRECTOR: Daniel Espinosa. CAST: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke.
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, “Child 44” chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasil (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: CHILD 44 by TOM ROB SMITH
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: APRIL 17th, 2015
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9. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
DIRECTOR: Joss Whedon. CAST: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Thomas Kretschmann, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Cobie Smulders, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
BASED ON THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: Age Of Ultron: Book 1
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: MAY 1st, 2015
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10. PAPER TOWNS
DIRECTOR: Jake Schreier. CAST: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Cara Buono.
Based on John Green’s “Paper Towns.” Published in 2008, the novel is officially described as follows: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back 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 of the girl he thought he knew.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: PAPER TOWNS by JOHN GREEN
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: JULY 24th, 2015
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11. ME BEFORE YOU
DIRECTOR: Thea Sharrock. CAST: Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke.
A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But,the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: ME BEFORE YOU by JOJO MOYES
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 21st, 2015
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12. BLACK MASS
DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper. CAST: Sienna Miller, Adam Scott, Johnny Depp, Juno Temple, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson.
(Based on a True Story) The project is based on the book “Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal,” by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Originally called “Black Mass,” the project is currently untitled. The film tells the story of James “Whitey” Bulger, an Irish street punk in Boston with a penchant for rape and robbery, who spent much of his early life incarcerated. When released from Alcatraz, Whitey returned to his thug lifestyle and rose to power in organized crime by using his FBI informant status to bring down the Italian mafia in New England. He and his fellow hood Steve Flemmi, fed incriminating information on the Italian mob to FBI agents John J. Connolly Jr. and Dick Morris, allowing them to make highly publicized arrests while Bulger filled the void in the upper echelon of Boston organized crime. Whitey Bulger reigned as crime boss into the 1990’s until a corruption investigation disgraced Morris, who admitted to taking bribes from Bulger and, with Connolly’s alleged assistance, aided and abetted criminal activities involving narcotics, extortion, and murder. Bulger escaped arrest and was on the run for more than a decade, before being apprehended in Santa Monica, CA in 2012.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI and a Devil’s Deal by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18th, 2015
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13. MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS
DIRECTOR: Wes Ball. CAST: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Will Poulter, Aidan Gillen, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar.
The sequel to “The Maze Runner” and the adaptation of James Dashner’s second book in the series, following Thomas and the other Gladers. For two years, the Gladers held on to the hope that solving the maze meant that they would get to go home. But after their escape, they quickly discover that they couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out that the maze was just the beginning, and life outside the maze is dramatically different than they imagined in their foggy, wiped memories. Now the Gladers must cross the Scorch–a vast wasteland filled with Flare victims and treacherous conditions–in two weeks, or die trying.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18th, 2015
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14. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY Part 2
DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence. CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) now fully realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival, they are for the future. With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss Everdeen confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off mission, using the unit from District 13 – and risking their lives – to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow increasingly obsessed with destroying her, the mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: MOCKINGJAY by SUZANNE COLLINS
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 20th, 2015
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15. THE REVENANT
DIRECTOR: Alejandro González Iñárritu. CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson.
Deep in the uncharted American wilderness, trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is severely injured and left for dead by a traitorous member of his team, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). With sheer will as his only weapon, Glass must navigate a hostile environment, a brutal winter, and warring Native American tribes in relentless quest to survive and exact vengeance on Fitzgerald. Based on a true story, “The Revenant” is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman,” “Babel”).
BASED ON THIS NOVEL/BY THIS AUTHOR: THE REVENANT by MICHAEL PUNKE
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 25th, 2015
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