Literature has always been a favorite source for films. Many of your favorite films actually started out as books, whether you realize it or not. Best Picture winners The English Patient, Out of Africa, Gone with the Wind and The Godfather all began as books. Among the 2015 Oscar nominees, six book adaptations are featured in the Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Actor categories alone: American Sniper, The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Still Alice, Unbroken and Gone Girl.
Here is a list of novels which have already been remade into films and will be released in the coming year. Read them now, before you catch the movie in theaters, and get ahead of the game!
Author: Ron Rash
Release date: 2/26/15
The tried and tested duo of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper return to the screen to play a newly-married couple determined to build an empire form their timber business in the North Carolina mountains. In the book, the couple’s dysfunctional behavior is an element we know that Cooper and Lawrence can portray well.
Author: Tom Rob Smith
Release date: 4/17/15
In the screen version of this novel, Tom Hardy will play Leo Demidov, a former army man who must hunt down a serial killer targeting children in Soviet-era Russia.
Far from the Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy
Released date: 5/1/15
In the classic tale, the beautiful Bathsheba, played by Carey Mulligan in the film, is wooed by a variety of suitors. Her choices reflect on the nature of love, life and relationships.
Authors: Dick Lehr & Gerard O’Neill
Release date: 9/18/15
This non-fiction book is the true story of John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger, two youths from the wrong side of the tracks in Boston, who grew up to become enemies – one an FBI agent and the other the leader of the city’s Irish mafia. Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton play Whitey and Connolly in this film, which is more than vaguely reminiscent of the Martin Scorsese film “The Departed.”
Author: Mary Shelley
Release date: 10/2/15
The classic gothic tale of human innovation gone awry gets a retelling from the perspective of Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein.
Author: Andy Weir
Release date: 11/25/15
Sure to be a blockbuster, in the film version of this sci-fi tale, Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, the first astronaut to land on Mars. When he is presumed dead and abandoned by the space program he must survive on his own accord.
In the Heart of the Sea
Author: Nathaniel Philbrick
Release date: 12/11/15
Based on the same real-life event that inspired the iconic novel “Moby Dick,” Philbrick’s book tells the story of the “Essex,” a ship that was attacked by a whale and stranded at sea for more than 3 months in 1820. The film stars Chris Hemsworth and the talented Cillian Murphy.
Author: Gillian Flynn
Release date: TBA
The author of 2014’s “Gone Girl” has another Hollywood hit on her hands. This film tells the story of Libby Day, played by Charlize Theron. Day is the survivor of an attack that left the rest of her family dead; when the character starts to investigate the circumstances of that life-changing event, things get complicated.
The Secret Scripture
Author: Sebastian Barry
Release date: TBA
Amazing actresses Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave team up to play the younger and older version of a mental hospital inmate in Ireland against a backdrop of national upheaval.
The Light between Oceans
Author: M.L. Stedman
Release date: TBA
The tale of an Australian lighthouse watchman, played by Michael Fassbender, who, together with his wife, brings home a baby found in a boat off the coast. The script explores the moral dilemmas that ensue.