22 book-to-film adaptations to watch out for in 2017
They say Hollywood is running out of ideas and that's okay, because the book world has plenty enough to keep it busy
2017 is here and for bookworms-cum-cinephiles the race is on to read as many of the literary adaptations hitting the big screen this year. For those ahead of the game and slightly smug about it, you can prepare yourself to troll the internet with judgements about these films, perhaps before you've even seen them. Alternatively, if you're excited to see treasured characters rendered in real life, and occasionally in 3D, let us know in the comments below what you're looking forward to as well as anything we missed...
T2 Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
Our favourite Irvine Welsh characters return for T2 Trainspotting, the much-anticipated Danny Boyle sequel to 1996's Trainspotting, loosely based on Porno. Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) are back in Edinburgh, 20 years after the events that led to Renton "choosing life" and making a vow to change.
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
A film with a 'wow' cast adapted from a period thriller that plays with power, passion and deception. Rising stars like Alicia Vikander and Dane Dehaan going toe-to-toe with greats like Dame Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, while support comes from Cara Delevingne, Jack O'Connell, Tom Hollander and Zach Galifianakis. Set in 17th century Amsterdam, Tulip Fever is adapted by Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard.
Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
Part two of erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades continues on from the breakdown of Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey's (Jamie Dornan) complex relationship. Fifty Shades Darker traces the aftermath, as they rekindle their passionate affair, but on Ana's terms this time.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
After she dies in a car accident, high school senior Samantha Kensington becomes trapped reliving her last day on earth again and again. As she tries to make sense of her death she questions what she would change about her final day. Zoey Deutch takes on the lead role of this high school drama spin on Bill Murray classic comedy Groundhog Day.
Wilson by Daniel Clowes
Satirical graphic novel Wilson follows the title character who is a middle-aged, divorced and lonely resident of Oakland, California. Wilson's story is told in one-page strips, exhibiting his intense cynicism and egocentric nature. The adaptation stars Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern as Wilson's estranged ex-wife.
Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
Much loved Japanese manga gets a live action adaptation. Scarlett Johansson plays a cyborg who leads an elite task force that take on the world's worst criminals and terrorists.
Wonder by RJ Palacio
August Pullman is a boy with a facial difference just about to start mainstream school. The novel tracks his relationships with his classmates, parents and sister and he struggles to be treated like an ordinary boy. The film stars Jacob Tremblay (Room) as August, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
A recipient of the Man Booker prize Julian Barnes' 2011 novel is narrated by retired Tony Webster. In the first part of the book he looks back on his brief but complex friendship with Adrian Finn, who committed suicide. After he meets with Veronica, who was in turn both their girlfriends, he is forced to reevaluate his story in the second part. Featuring Jim Broadbent in the lead role and Charlotte Rampling as Veronica.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
The remarkable story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, The Lost City of Z has been adapted by James Gray, with Charlie Hunnam playing the lead. The film details Fawcett's many ventures to South America to find an ancient Amazonian lost city, which eventually led to his disappearance in 1925, along with his son. Robert Pattinson also stars as fellow explorer Henry Costin.
The Circle by Dave Eggers
A suspenseful, dystopian tale about online privacy and the power of giant internet companies. Tom Hanks stars as one of the tech company The Circle's head honchos, while Emma Watson plays an employee climbing the ranks.
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Two brothers, a teacher and a politician, meet in a restaurant to discuss a horrific crime committed by their 15-year-old sons. They have just the length of the meal to decide how far they will go to protect them. Starring Richard Gere and Steve Coogan.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the world. A rare immunodeficiency disease means she has lived her 18 years confined to the bubble of her own home with just her mother and nurse for companionship; when she falls for the boy next door, her world opens up. Nicola Yoon's debut novel was a YA darling from 2016 and has been rushed into film starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Unlikely to match the heights of The Fault in Our Stars, but cut from the same cloth.
The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan
First adapted in 1971 by the great Don Siegel and starring Clint Eastwood, The Beguiled is a Civil War drama about an injured Union soldier (Colin Farrell) captured/cared for by the women of a girls' boarding school in Confederate territory. Directed by Sofia Coppola, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman vie for the soldiers affection as lust, jealously and revenge drive the tension.
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
A mystery-thriller in a similar vein to du Maurier's Rebecca, in that there's a big country house and suspicion of murder. Set in Cornwall Rachel Weisz stars as Rachel, who is suspected by Sam Clafin's Philip of poisoning her husband, who was his guardian.
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
Stephen King's epic series finally makes it to the big screen after several failed attempts (with Ron Howard and JJ Abrams attached at various stages). A series of eight chunky novels mixing dark fantasy, sci-fi, horror and westerns, however it looks like the film might actually be a sort of sequel type thing rather than a straight adaptation. Hoping to kickstart a new franchise that pits Idris Elba (goodie) against Matthew McConaughey (baddie).
It by Stephen King
Another King adaptation with a troubled history, director Cary Fukunaga was replaced with Andrés Muschietti in 2015. It follows a group of friends still haunted by their childhood when they faced a creature that exploits your worst fears and phobias (usually appearing as creepy clown Pennywise, played by Bill Skarsgård).
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Michael Fassbender plays Harry Hole, a detective tasked with catching a serial killer who leaves snowmen at murder scenes. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Ashley Knox (Kate Winslet) and Ben Payne (Idris Elba) are marooned together on a mountain after a plane crash, along with the pilot's dog. Because if a dog's life is at stake we are all more likely to get onboard. Stranded on High Uintas Wilderness the pair grow closer as they face extreme weather conditions.
Thor: Ragnarok by Roy Thomas and Michael Avon Oeming
Ragnarok roughly translates as 'Doom of the Gods' so expect a battle for survival in Thor's homeworld of Asgard. There have been two major Thor Ragnarok stories over the years: Roy Thomas in 1978 and Oeming's 2004 run. Expect these to form the loose backbone of the new Marvel movie, the God of Thunder's third solo outing, featuring Chris Hemsworyh (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki). Other MCU releases in 2017 include Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (28 Apr) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (7 July).
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Perhaps Christie's most famous novel starring her most famous creation Hercule Poirot. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as the Belgian detective with Jonny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench amongst the cast of suspects.
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
You're less likely to think of the book than the 1995 family favourite that starred Robin Williams as a man who had been sucked into a board game. This adaption, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, has four teenagers transported to Jumanji's jungle world.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This 2005 memoir spent a whopping 261 weeks on The New York Times Bes Seller list, and now the Walls family's remarkable story heads for the big screen with a suitably big name cast led by Brie Larson as the author, Jeannette Walls. Joining her is Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson as the eccentric heads of the dysfunctional, nomadic family.