Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Thursday Thirteen 299: Upcoming Books to Film

Since the dawn of cinema, directors, producers and screenwriters have been adapting books for stage and screen. Some have faithfully captured the essence of a book, while others have completely misssed, and many have been mediocre at best. Some books have been adapted to screen more than once, as has one of the titles below. Here are thirteen books that will soon be hitting the big screen. I have linked to info about the books (click on title), as well as movie trailers where available.

1. Paranoia by Joseph Finder
Stars: Stars:Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Harrison Ford
Movie release date: Aug 16, 2013 (Trailer)

2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jemima West
Movie release date: Aug. 21, 2013 (Trailer)

3. Serena by Ron Rash
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
Movie release date: Sept. 27, 2013

4. Horns by Joe Hill
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, James Remar
Movie release date: Oct. 11, 2013

5. Romeo and Juliet (2013) by William Shakespeare
Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Ed Westwick, Damian Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård
Movie release date: Oct. 11, 2013 (Trailer)

6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Stars: Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Ben Kingsley, Abigail Breslin
Movie release date: Nov. 1, 2013 (Trailer)

7. The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike Jonze, Jon Favreau
Movie release date: Nov. 15, 2013 (Trailer)

8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse
Movie release date: Nov. 15, 2014 (Trailer)

9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Part 2 of 3) by Suzanne Collins
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Movie release date: Nov 22, 2013 (Trailer)

10. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Part 2 of 3) by JRR Tolkien
Stars: Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman, Elijah Wood
Movie release date: Dec. 13, 2013 (Trailer)

11. The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
Stars: Matt Damon, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman
Movie release date: Dec. 18, 2013 (Trailer)

12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Stars: Will Poulter, Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario
Movie release date: Feb. 14, 2014 (I couldn't find a movie trailer, but here is a really good Book Trailer.)

13. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd
Movie release date: March 21, 2014

Of the books listed, I have read five — 2, 5, 8, 9, and 10 — and there are a few others I would like to read. Number 4, Horns, was the only one that did not interest me at all, book or movie (I don't do horror, no matter who might be in it).

Which books have you read? Are there any movies on this list you would especially like to see?

Thursday Thirteen


Rekaya Gibson said...

I read #5 and I would like to see #10. I saw the first one already. Good list. Thank you for sharing.

Scriptor Senex said...

I have only read number 8 but I thought it was super. I don't watch many films and I tend to avoid any that I've read the book of - I like to see the characters as my own imagination developed them rather than as some Director has done.

Heather said...

Rekaya: I'm looking forward to #10 as well. Would love to see the first one again first, just to refresh my memory as to where it left off.

Heather said...

Scriptor Senex: I loved The Book Thief (#8), one of the best books ever. I was wary about a movie based on it, but judging from the trailer, I think they've done an excellent job bringing it to life. Now to see which of my friends wants to see it as well...

sandyland said...

I just did Ender's Game with a student

Shelley Munro said...

I can't wait to see Divergent. I love that series.

Ron. said...

Always a sucker for Shakespeare, I'll probably check it out, hoping not to be (as I so often am) disappointed.

colleen said...

I've heard of more of these than your other books list because I saw quite a few of them as movies. I'm looking forward to seeing The Monuments Men.

Paige Tyler said...

The Hobbit! Yes!


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Heather said...

Sandy: How fun, I hope your student enjoyed reading it!

Heather said...

Shelley: Divergent is one I'm going to have to read before the movie comes out. I have a feeling one of the K's is going to want to see it. *G*

Heather said...

Ron: I have avoided the last couple film versions of R&J simply based on how much I was turned off by the trailers. This one, however, looks to be almost as good as Zeffirelli's (1968).

Heather said...

Colleen: I hope you mean you've seen quite a few of the movie trailers, because only two of these are currently in theaters, though one has been done at least five times previously. The Monuments Men looks really good.

Heather said...

Paige: LOL...I should have known you'd pick up on The Hobbit. *VBG*

Alice Audrey said...

I haven't read any of these. The last book to movie that I did both was Hunger Games. I spent the entire movie reliving the book.

Heather said...

Thanks, Natasha! The tiger was much more cooperative than our male lion, who was hiding behind foliage instead of sunning himself in the open (though we did hear him roar once or twice).

Rachel said...

I started reading Ender's Game but couldn't get into it. I haven't read the others on the list. Well, I read Romeo and Juliet in high school!

Good list, I might check out some of the books before I see the movies!


Hazel Ceej said...

Great! I'll be among the first in the cinema for 8, 10 and 5. Yesterday I rang my fave bookshop for The Book Thief after watching the trailer. Love your list. Thanks Heather.


Heather said...

Rachel: I'm sorry to hear you didn't like Ender's Game. I've never read it, but have considered doing so before the movie is out, even though it's a genre I don't usually read.

Heather said...

Hazel: I hope you enjoy The Book Thief as much as I did. It's one of my favorite books.