Films based on books to catch this year

23 February 2017

Even the most dedicated bookworm needs to get out occasionally and, if we're not curled up with a good book, there’s nowhere we’d rather be on a chilly evening than in a cinema.

Here’s the upcoming book-to-movie adaptations that we’re most excited about.

Arrival

When mysterious spacecraft appear across the globe, an elite team is brought together to investigate. Amy Adams stars as a linguist reaching out to extra-terrestrial visitors whose language challenges our very perception of time and reality in this adaptation of Ted Chiang’s high-concept short story.

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Nocturnal Animals

Based loosely on Austin Wright’s brilliant but neglected novel, Tony and Susan, fashion designer turned to filmmaker Tom Ford’s stunning noir is one of the most anticipated films of 2016. When a successful but unfilled gallery manager receives the manuscript of her ex-husband’s debut novel she’s forced to confront the mistakes she’s made.

 

American Pastoral

Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut is the second Philip Roth adaptation of 2016, after the well-received Indignation. In Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel a hardworking man, who's been a staple in his community for years, watches his seemingly perfect middle class life fall apart when his daughter commits a savage act of political terrorism which plunges the family into the political mayhem of sixties America.

 

Silence

The film adaptation of Shusaku Endo's story of an idealistic Jesuit priest's journey to Japan, and into the hands of those who would crush his faith has been a passion project of Martin Scorsese’s for years. There’s already talk of award nominations, and we can’t wait to see how the film, which stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, measures up to Endo’s astonishing exploration of faith and suffering.

 

A Monster Calls

The movie adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel promises to be a treat for the eyes. 12-year-old Conor, played by the wonderful Lewis MacDougall, attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales.

  

 

Hidden Figures

The film adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly's bestselling book stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle MonĂ¡e, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and is nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these women used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

 

Lion

Based on Saroo Brierley's heartbreaking true story of the lost little boy who found his way home twenty-five years later Lion starring Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara is nominated for six Academy Awards.

 

The Circle

Emma Watson will star alongside Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers' dystopian novel, which imagines a world where a technology company strives to rule the planet by invading people’s privacy.

 

The Bell Jar

Kirsten Dunst is set make her directorial debut with this adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s novel about a young woman struggling with mental illness. Dakota Fanning is lined up to play the lead role of Esther Greenwood. 

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