26 Books to Read Before They're Adapted into 2013 Movies

Source: 26 Books to Read Before They're Adapted Into 2013 Movies

It seems like more beloved books are being adapted for the big screen every year, and 2013 is no exception. Tons of anticipated films are coming out this year that are based on bestselling novels, including the next installment of the Hunger Games franchise and a new romance from Nicholas Sparks. To get you up to speed, here's a list of all the movies coming out this year that are based on books.

  • Parker:
    What it's about: The book series by Donald Westlake revolves around a murderous thief who, despite his line of work, does his best to maintain a moral code.
    Who's starring: Jason Statham will play the title role of Parker, and Jennifer Lopez takes on a new type of role; she plays a frumpy real estate agent.
    Release date: Jan. 25

  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion:
    What it's about: A zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one is his victims; their relationship might shift the course of events of the entire zombie world.
    Who's starring: Nicholas Hoult plays the zombie R with Teresa Palmer as his human love interest.
    Release date: Feb. 1

  • Beautiful Creatures:
    What it's about: In the tradition of Twilight, this young adult novel takes on supernatural romance in a small town. Teenager Ethan falls in love with Lena, who can use magic and must decide whether she'll use her power for good or evil on her 16th birthday.
    Who's starring: Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert are playing Ethan and Lena, while Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Emmy Rossum are also in the cast.
    Release date: Feb. 13

  • Safe Haven:
    What it's about: In Nicholas Sparks's latest romance, Katie, a woman with a mysterious past, starts a new life in a small Southern town. She tries to keep to herself until she meets Alex, a handsome widower with two small kids.
    Who's starring: Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel will star in the adaptation of the novel.
    Release date: Feb. 14

  • Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz:
    What it's about: A Princeton admissions officer loves her job but is challenged when she meets a promising student who doesn't necessarily measure up to the college's standards.
    Who's starring: Tina Fey is playing the admissions officer opposite Paul Rudd.
    Release date: March 13

  • Carrie:
    What it's about: In Stephen King's celebrated fright-filled novel, a sheltered high school girl named Carrie gets pushed a little too far and uses her telekinetic powers to punish her tormenters.
    Who's starring: Chloë Moretz will re-create the role that was first played by Sissy Spacek in 1976. Julianne Moore will play Carrie's mother with Judy Greer as the kind Miss Collins.
    Release date: March 15

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  • The Host by Stephenie Meyer:
    What it's about: An alien race called Souls takes over Earth, but one woman refuses to let her body be a host, creating a struggle in her mind.
    Who's starring: Saoirse Ronan is playing human Melanie as well as Wanderer, the Soul who has come to claim Melanie's body. Max Irons is her love interest Jared, and Diane Kruger is playing the Seeker.
    Release date: March 29

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:
    What it's about: In the 1920s, newly wealthy Jay Gatsby and his acquaintances party, fall in love, and create scandals on the glam islands of East and West Egg.
    Who's starring: Leonardo DiCaprio is starring as Gatsby, and Carey Mulligan is playing his ex, Daisy
    Release date: May 10

  • The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon:
    What it's about: A former Weather Underground activist of the '60s is forced to go on the run after a journalist has figured out his true identity.
    Who's starring: Robert Redford directs and stars in the film with a cast that includes Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Susan Sarandon, and Terrence Howard.
    Release date: April 5

  • World War Z by Max Brooks:
    What it's about: The new hot monster is the zombie, and Max Brooks's science-fiction novel capitalizes on it. Set years after a great zombie war, it details a historical account of the melee.
    Who's starring: Brad Pitt is starring, and Marc Forster is directing.
    Release date: June 21

  • Paranoia by Joseph Finder:
    What it's about: After playing a prank at work, an employee at a technology company agrees to participate in a tangled scheme in order to keep his job.
    Who's starring: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Amber Heard, and Richard Dreyfuss are all starring.
    Release date: Oct. 4

  • The Spook's Apprentice by Joseph Delaney:
    What it's about: A young boy - the seventh son of a seventh son - is training to become an exorcist under the guidance of a Spook, a man who fights supernatural creatures.
    Who's starring: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, and Jeff Bridges will star in the movie, which is called The Seventh Son.
    Release date: Oct. 18

  • Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan:
    What it's about: The son of Poseidon and his friends head into the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece.
    Who's starring: Stanley Tucci will play Dionysus, Sean Bean will play Zeus, and Logan Lerman will star as Percy Jackson.
    Release date: Aug. 16

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  • The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare :
    What it's about: Clary Fray discovers a world of Shadowhunters, a group of teenagers who try to rid the world of demons.
    Who's starring: Lily Collins is playing Clary, and Jamie Campbell Bower is playing Jace.
    Release date: Aug. 23

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card:
    What it's about: After an alien war, a prolific child is sent to military school in space to prepare for future warfare.
    Who's starring: Asa Butterfield will star as Ender Wiggin with Hailee Steinfeld playing his schoolmate Petra. Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, and Ben Kingsley are also part of the cast.
    Release date: Nov. 1

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:
    What it's about: In the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen thinks she's safe back at home in District 12, until it's announced that she's going back to the arena for the 75th Games.
    Who's starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are reprising their roles from The Hunger Games
    Release date: Nov. 22

  • The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel:
    What it's about: Author Robert M. Edsel documented the untold story of a group of art experts chosen by the US government to retrieve artwork and cultural treasures stolen by the Nazis.
    Who's starring: George Clooney will cowrite, direct, and star in this film.
    Release date: Dec. 20

  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber :
    What it's about: A shy magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams undertakes a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing.
    Who's starring: Ben Stiller is acting as both director and star, with Kristen Wiig and Adam Scott cast as supporting players.
    Release date: Dec. 25

  • Winter's Tale:
    What it's about: Set in the 19th century and modern Manhattan, this epic NYC fantasy goes back and forth to tell the story of the love that blossoms between a middle-aged thief and a young wealthy girl who is dying.
    Who's starring: Will Smith and Russell Crowe will star in Winter's Tale.
    Release date: TBA

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  • Serena:
    What it's about: During the Great Depression, North Carolinian George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he learns that his wife Serena is unable to bear children.
    Who's starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper will play the Pemberton couple.
    Release date: TBA

  • The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort:
    What it's about: The memoir of Jordan Belfort follows the stockbroker as he goes from success to drug addiction to money laundering to various other white-collar crimes before heading to prison.
    Who's starring: Leonardo DiCaprio is starring alongside Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.
    Release date: TBA

  • Horns by Joe Hill:
    What it's about: In this dark fantasy, a 26-year-old awakens after the rape and murder of his girlfriend to find a pair of horns on his head.
    Who's starring: Daniel Radcliffe is playing main character Ig Perrish.
    Release date: TBA

  • Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt :
    What it's about: The savage murders of three young children spark a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the children as part of a satanic ritual.
    Who's starring: This movie features big names like Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer, and Colin Firth.
    Release date:TBA

  • Thérèse Raquin:
    What it's about: In the Émile Zola classic, the titular young woman is pushed into an unhappy marriage to her first cousin at the hands of her aunt. After the family moves to Paris, Thérèse has a steamy affair with her husband's childhood friend.
    Who's starring: Elizabeth Olsen is starring as Thérèse, Jessica Lange is playing her aunt, Tom Felton is playing Thérèse's husband Camille, and Oscar Isaac is her lover Laurent.
    Release date: TBA

  • Syrup by Maxx Barry :
    What it's about: This satire about corporate life in America focuses on Scat, a young marketing grad and his idea for a new Coca-Cola product.
    Who's starring: Shiloh Fernandez will play Scat, and Kellan Lutz plays Sneaky Pete, the guy who steals his idea.
    Release date: TBA

  • Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum :
    What it's about: Glinda the Good Witch summons Dorothy back to Oz when the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tinman find themselves in trouble.
    Who's starring: Lea Michele takes on the voice of Dorothy, and James Belushi plays the Lion in this animated adaptation.
    Release date: TBA

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