New Movies Based on Books



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Journey’s End (2018)

Period war drama adapted from the play of the same name by R. C. Sherriff. The story is set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, and follows a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young Captain Stanhope (Sam Claflin), variously awaiting their fate. The cast also includes Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge and Toby Jones.

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Juliet, Naked (2018)

Comedy-drama based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name. The story centers on Annie (Rose Byrne), who is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its leads to an unlikely transatlantic romance with once revered, now faded, singer-songwriter. The case also includes Jimmy O. Yang and Megan Dodds.

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The King’s Daughter (2018)

Adventure fantasy adapted from the novel “The Moon and the Sun” by Vonda N. McIntyre which is about King Louis XIV’s (Pierce Brosnan) quest for immortality which leads him to capture and steal a mermaid’s (Bingbing Fan) life force. A move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter’s, Marie-Josephe D’Alember (Kaya Scodelario), discovery of the mermaid. The cast also includes William Hurt, Rachel Griffiths, Benjamin Walker and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.

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Kursk (2018)

Drama based on the book “A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy” by acclaimed journalist Robert Moore. The story follows the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them. The cast includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow and Michael Nyqvist.

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Leave No Trace (2018)

Drama film based on the book “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock. The story follows Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), who have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered by a small mistake and they are discovered by the authorities, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.

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The Leisure Seeker (2018)

Drama based on the novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian. The story centers on a runaway couple, John and Ella (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren) who embarks on a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper to escape from the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

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The Little Stranger (2018)

Supernatural period horror based on the novel of same name by Sarah Waters. The story is set in the summer of 1947 and follows Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson), who meets a woman and her children at Hundreds Hall, a facility where his mother once worked. When Faraday learns that something ominous haunts the family, the family’s story becomes entwined with his own. The cast also includes Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, Charlotte Rampling and Liv Hill.

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The Long Home (2018)

Dram directed by and starring James Franco, based on the novel of the same name by William Gay. The story is set in 1940’s rural Tennessee, and it centers on Nathan Winer (Josh Hutcherson), who  unwittingly goes to work building a honkytonk for the charismatically diabolical bootlegger who murdered his father ten years earlier. Soon he runs into conflict when he falls for the young woman the bootlegger is grooming to be a prostitute. The cast also includes Tim Blake Nelson, Courtney Love, Timothy Hutton, Giancarlo Esposito, Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett, Zoe Levin, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, and Robin Lord Taylor.

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Love, Simon (2018)

Comedy drama based on the novel “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. The story centers on Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the boy threatening to reveal his true sexuality to the whole school. The cast also includes Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale.

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Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Historical bio-drama based on the book “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots” by John Guy. The story follows Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan), Queen of France, who attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution. The cast also includes Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle, David Tennant and Guy Pearce.

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Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018)

Dystopian action thriller sequel based on the final book of the same name in The Maze Runner trilogy. The story centers on Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) who leads his friends in the search for a cure to a virus that turns people into rampaging zombies. The cast also includes Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Will Poulter and Patricia Clarkson.

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The Meg (2018)

Action horror based on the book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror” by Steve Alten. The story follows former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham), who is recruited for a deep-sea mission to rescue Chinese scientists under attack from the 70-foot white shark Carcharodon megalodon. The cast also includes Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis and Robert Taylor.

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Mortal Engines (2018)

Sci-fi action adventure based on novel of the same name by Philip Reeve. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world thousands of years in the future after nuclear war has destroyed most of society as we know it. With almost no resources remaining, entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorized, and prey on one another. Mobile cities battle each other over the world’s few remaining resources. The cast includes Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Hugo Weaving, Jihae, Leila George, Ronan Raftery, Stephen Lang, Patrick Malahide, Colin Salmon and Regé-Jean Page.

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Mowgli (2018)

Adventure fantasy directed by Andy Serkis based on “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling. The story follows young and adventurous human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who is raised by wolves and along the way meets Bagheera (Christian Bale), Baloo (Andy Serkis) and other animals while growing up in the jungle. He must face off against a menacing tiger, Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as his own origins. The cast also includes Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Tom Hollander and Cate Blanchett.

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Monster (2018)

Drama based on the book of the same name by Walter Dean Myers which follows the story of Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), a 17 year-old honors student and aspiring filmmaker who gets caught up in a robbery where a murder happens and is taken through a complex legal battle for his fight to prove his innocence. The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle, Jennifer Hudson and Jeffrey Wright.

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The Old Man and the Gun (2018)

Comedy crime based on the article in The New Yorker titled “The Old Man and the Gun”, by on David Grann, which was later collected in Grann’s book “The Devil and Sherlock Holmes”. The story is based on the true-life story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), a career criminal and prison escape artist. The cast also includes Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Keith Carradine and Gene Jones.

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On Chesil Beach (2018)

Period drama adapted by Ian McEwan from his own novel of the same name. The story is set in England early 1960’s and it centers on a young couple, Florence and Edward (Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle), who destroy their marriage because of fear of intimate relations. The cast also includes Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson and Samuel West.

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Ophelia (2018)

Historical romantic drama based on the novel of the same name by Lisa Klein. The story follows the story of Hamlet, as told by Ophelia’s (Daisy Ridley) perspective. Ophelia, the queen’s (Naomi Watts) brightest lady-in-waiting finds herself drawn to Hamlet (George MacKay), the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their secretive love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between her desires and her loyalty, Ophelia has to decide where her devotion will ultimately lie. The cast also includes Clive Owen, Tom Felton and Dominic Mafham.

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Papillon (2018)

Bio-drama based on the books “Papillon” and “Banco” by Henri Charrière. The story follows tells French convict Henri Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), nicknamed “Papillon”, who was imprisoned in 1933 and escaped in 1941 with the help of another convict, counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek). The cast also includes Roland Møller, Tommy Flanagan, Eve Hewson, Michael Socha and Ian Beattie.

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Peter Rabbit (2018)

Live action animated comedy based on the stories of the character of the same name created by Beatrix Potter. The story centers on the mischievous and adventurous Peter Rabbit (James Corden) whose feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates as they rival for the affections of the animal lover, Bea (Rose Byrne), who lives next door. The cast also includes Rose Byrne, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki and Sam Neill.

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Pet Sematary (2019)

Supernatural horror adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The story follows Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife, Rachel (Amy Seimetz), and their two children Gage and Ellie, move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie Pet Sematary located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better. The cast also includes John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie and Obssa Ahmed.

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The Professor and the Madman (2018)

Drama based on the book of the same name by Simon Winchester. The story centers on Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson), who begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century and receives over ten thousand entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor (Sean Penn). The cast also includes Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine, Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Ehle.

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Ready Player One (2018)

Sci-fi adventure based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. The story is set in the near future and follows young outcast Wade Owen Watts (Tye Sheridan) who escapes from his bleak surroundings by playing a game called The Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire, James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who created the Oasis dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade gets in on the action and finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money, in both the real world and in The Oasis. The cast also includes Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg and T. J. Miller.

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Red Sparrow (2018)

Spy thriller based on the book of the same name by Jason Matthews. The story centers on ballerina, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), who is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. She is then assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent, Nathaniel Nash (Joel Edgerton), who handles the CIA’s most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but of others as well. The cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons.

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The Seagull (2018)

Drama based on Anton Chekhov’s play, in which story follows aging actress Irina Arkadina (Annette Bening), who pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin (Brian Dennehy) and her son Konstantin (Billy Howle) on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll), a successful novelist and her lover. Nina (Saoirse Ronan), a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris. As Boris lightly consumes and rejects Nina, Konstantin falls in love with Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way. The cast also includes Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Brian Dennehy and Mare Winningham.

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A Simple Favor (2018)

Mystery thriller adapted from the novel of the same name by Darcey Bell. The story centers on three small-town characters: a mom blogger, Stephanie Ward (Anna Kendrick), her best friend Emily Nelson (Blake Lively), who disappears suddenly, and the Emil’s husband, Sean (Henry Golding). The story is filled with filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge. The cast also includes Rupert Friend, Joshua Satine, Linda Cardellini, Eric Johnson and Jean Smart.

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The Sisters Brothers (2018)

Dark comedy western based on the novel of the same name by Patrick deWitt. The story follows two infamous assassin brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix), on the trail of a prospector, Hermann Kermit Warm (Riz Ahmed), who has stolen from their boss. The cast also includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Rutger Hauer, Carol Kane, Rebecca Root and Ian Reddington.

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Spinning Man (2018)

Thriller based on the novel of the same name by George Harrar in which the story follows Evan Birch (Guy Pearce), a professor and family man, known for having many affairs with students. When a female student named Joyce (Odeya Rush) goes missing, crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Joyce’s disappearance. The cast also includes Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp and Clark Gregg.

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Submergence (2018)

Romantic thriller based on the novel of same name by J. M. Ledgard in which the story revolves around two lovers, Danielle Flinders (Alicia Vikander) and James More (James McAvoy), separated by thousands of miles who think back to their intense romance as they navigate life-or-death situations, with her exploring the ocean floor in a submersible and he held captive by jihadists in Somalia. The cast also includes Alex Hafner, Celyn Jones, Darian Martin, Charlotte Rampling, Harvey Friedman and Audrey Quoturi.

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)

Mystery thriller based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The story follows Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian Blackwood (Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario and Crispin Glover), who live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. However, when their cousin Charles arrives (Sebastian Stan), who plans to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (2018)

Comedy-drama  directed by Richard Linklater based on the book of the same name by Maria Semple. The story follows 15-year-old Bee, who after her after her anxiety-ridden mother, Bernadette (Cate Blanchett), Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario and James Urbaniak.

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Widows (2018)

Heist thriller directed by Steve McQueen based upon the book of the same name by Lynda La Plante. When four armed robbers are killed in a failed heist attempt, their widows Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) have to step up to finish the job to pay the debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. The cast also includes Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

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Wildlife (2018)

Drama directed and co-written by Paul Dano based on the novel of the same name by Richard Ford. The story follows teenager Joe (Ed Oxenbould), the only child of Jeanette and Jerry (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal), a housewife and a golf pro, in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job and his sense of purpose, he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.

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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Fantasy adventure directed by Ava DuVernay based on the novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle. The story centers on Meg Murry (Storm Reid), her brilliant brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and their friend Calvin (Levi Miller) as they travel through space and cross dimensions to find their missing scientist father, Dr. Alex Murry (Chris Pine), who discovered a new planet, with the help of a mysterious tesseract. The cast also includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, André Holland and Zach Galifianakis.

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The Yellow Birds (2018)

War drama and based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Powers. The story follows two young soldiers, Daniel Murphy (Tye Sheridan) and Brandon Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich), who navigate the terrors of the Iraq War under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling (Jack Huston). All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murphy’s mother, Maureen Murphy (Jennifer Aniston), before their deployment. The cast also includes Toni Collette and Jason Patric.

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You Were Never Really Here (2018)

Thriller based on the novella of the same name by Jonathan Ames, the story centers on tormented law enforcer, Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), who unleashes a storm of violence when he goes on a rescue mission to save a teenage girl, Nina (Ekaterina Samsonov) from a brothel.

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Zeroville (2018)

Comedy-drama directed by James Franco based novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. The story around Vikar (James Franco), a film-obsessed architecture student who is mistaken for one of the perpetrators of the Manson murders. This L.A. newcomer also happens to have a picture of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from “A Place In The Sun” tattooed on his head. The cast also includes Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell and Danny McBride.

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