The Book-To-Movie Adaptations We’re So Excited About

A great story is priceless. And in an age when Hollywood is reticent to make wholly original movies (see: the four dozen superhero movies released in the last decade), great books are as good as gold.

The number of literary adaptations we see on the big screen seems to get bigger every year. Why? For studios, they're a safer bet, with built-in audiences and plots ready to go. But perhaps more importantly, there's the fact that literary writers are some of the most imaginative storytellers there are — they're talented at fusing rich characters, intricate plots, and resonant themes into masterful page-turners. And with the right people behind and in front of the camera, a great novel can be become a fantastic film.

Here are some of the most notable in the past few years.

<em><strong><h2>Brain on Fire</h2></strong></em>Released February 22, 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The memoir by Susannah Cahalan<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> A woman battles a month of mysteriously and rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia. <br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss

Brain on Fire

Released February 22, 2017

Based On: The memoir by Susannah Cahalan

What It's About: A woman battles a month of mysteriously and rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia.

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss
<em><strong><h2>Brain on Fire</h2></strong></em>Released February 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The memoir by Susannah Cahalan<br><strong>What It's About:</strong> A woman battles a month of mysteriously, rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia. <br><strong>Starring: </strong>Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures. </span>

Brain on Fire

Released February 2017

Based On: The memoir by Susannah Cahalan
What It's About: A woman battles a month of mysteriously, rapidly deteriorating health, ranging from violent behavior to catatonia.
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne MossPhoto: Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures.
<em><strong><h2>All The Bright Places</h2></strong></em>Release date TBD 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The YA novel by Jennifer Niven<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> Two depressed teens in a small town in Indiana find romance after a dark first encounter and working on a joint school project. <br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Elle Fanning<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Knopf Publishing Group.</span>

All The Bright Places

Release date TBD 2017

Based On: The YA novel by Jennifer Niven

What It's About: Two depressed teens in a small town in Indiana find romance after a dark first encounter and working on a joint school project.

Starring: Elle FanningPhoto: Courtesy of Knopf Publishing Group.
<em><strong><h2>The November Criminals</h2></strong></em>Release date TBD 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The novel by Sam Munson<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> An ambitious high school grad living in D.C. investigates the senseless murder of one of his classmates. <br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Anchor. </span>

The November Criminals

Release date TBD 2017

Based On: The novel by Sam Munson

What It's About: An ambitious high school grad living in D.C. investigates the senseless murder of one of his classmates.

Starring: Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine KeenerPhoto: Courtesy of Anchor.
<em><strong><h2>The Circle </h2></strong></em>Released April 28, 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The dystopian technology thriller by Dave Eggers <br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> A new employee at a powerful technology company loves her new job, until she starts uncovering the dark realities of her firm's omnipotent operating system.<br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John Boyega<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of McSweeney's. </span>

The Circle

Released April 28, 2017

Based On: The dystopian technology thriller by Dave Eggers

What It's About: A new employee at a powerful technology company loves her new job, until she starts uncovering the dark realities of her firm's omnipotent operating system.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, John BoyegaPhoto: Courtesy of McSweeney's.
<em><strong><h2>Wonder</h2></strong></em>Released April 7, 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The novel by Raquel Jaramillo, pen name R.J. Palacio<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> A young boy with a facial deformity and a big heart struggles to fit in.<br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate.</span>

Wonder

Released April 7, 2017

Based On: The novel by Raquel Jaramillo, pen name R.J. Palacio

What It's About: A young boy with a facial deformity and a big heart struggles to fit in.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen WilsonPhoto: Courtesy of Lionsgate.
<em><strong><h2>The Lost City of Z</h2></strong></em>Released April 21, 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The historical nonfiction book by David Grann<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> An early-20th-century British explorer ventures into the Amazon to find a mythical civilization — and is never seen again. <br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street. </span>

The Lost City of Z

Released April 21, 2017

Based On: The historical nonfiction book by David Grann

What It's About: An early-20th-century British explorer ventures into the Amazon to find a mythical civilization — and is never seen again.

Starring: Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna MillerPhoto: Courtesy of Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street.
<em><strong>The Dark Tower</strong></em><br><br>Released July 28, 2017<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The sci-fi fantasy series by Stephen King<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> A young boy enters an alternate dimension where he joins a lone Knight on a quest to save his strange universe from demise.<br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba<span class="copyright">Photo: Courtesy of Signet.</span>
The Dark Tower

Released July 28, 2017

Based On: The sci-fi fantasy series by Stephen King

What It's About: A young boy enters an alternate dimension where he joins a lone Knight on a quest to save his strange universe from demise.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Idris ElbaPhoto: Courtesy of Signet.
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<em><strong><h2>American Pastoral</h2></strong></em>Released October 2016<br><br><strong>Based On: </strong> The novel by Philip Roth<br><br><strong>What It's About:</strong> In postwar <em>America</em>, a succesful Jewish businessman from New Jersey sees his life and family threatened by his daughter's new political dalliances. <br><br><strong>Starring: </strong>Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Ewan McGregor, Uzo Aduba

American Pastoral

Released October 2016

Based On: The novel by Philip Roth

What It's About: In postwar America, a succesful Jewish businessman from New Jersey sees his life and family threatened by his daughter's new political dalliances.

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Ewan McGregor, Uzo Aduba

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