Movies Based on Books 2011 - 2012


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John Carter (2012)

This science Fiction adventure is largely based on “A Prince of Mars”, the first novel of the eleven volume “Barsoom” series from Edgar Rice Burrough. The story is about Civil War veteran, John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is miraculously transported to Mars, known to its inhabitants as Barsoom, where he is immediately captured by race of green-skinned 12-foot tall barbarians. Whilst there, John Carter becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). With his superior strength and fighting ability Carter gains the Barsoomians respect and takes it upon himself to save Barsoom and its people.

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Killing Them Softly (2012)

Crime thriller is based on George V. Higgin’s 1974 crime novel, “Cogan’s Trade.” The movie stars Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer, meaning when the Mob’s rules gets broken he gets hired to murder. The story centers on Cogan getting hired to investigate a heist of the mob’s assets when three criminals disrupt a poker game.

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Lawless (2012)

Based on the novel “The Wettest County in the World”, by Matt Bondurant about Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and great-uncles. The story is set in the Depression era Franklin County, Virginia where three brothers, played by Tom Hardy as Forrest Bondurant, Jason Clarke as Howard Bondurant and Shia LaBeouf as Jack Bondurant, the youngest of the three brothers find their bootlegging business threatened by authorities who want a cut in their profits.

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Lay the Favorite (2012)

Based on the Beth Raymer’s memoir of the same name, which follows the story of Beth Raymer (Rebecca Hall), who leaves her dancing job in Florida to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Whilst she’s waitressing she meets Dink (Bruce Willis), a professional sports bettor who offers Beth a job placing wagers all over Las Vegas to gain advantage over the casinos. But as Dink’s wife, Tulip (Catherine Zeta-Jones), becomes jealous, Dink is forced to fire Beth. Beth the heads to New York to work for another bookie and it’s here that events land her on the wrong side of the law.

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Les Misérables (2012)

Based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo, this musical film is being directed by Tom Hooper. The story is set in 19th-century France and tells the tale of ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who when released from prison breaks his parole to create a new life for himself and in turn is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman, Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), their lives change forever.

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Limitless (2011)

Limitless is based on 2001 novel “The Dark Fields” by Alan Glynn. The premise of the story is about a failed writer, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), who takes and experimental drug, NZT-48, that allows him to use 100% of his brain power. Whilst taking the drug Eddie changes his life, becoming highly focused and confident. He is able to recall everything he has read, heard or seen, and he uses the knowledge to become successful in the financial world. Eddie draws the attention of business mogul Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), who sees Eddie as the tool to make money. But soon Eddie learns that NZT leaves brutal side effects which could jeopardize his new life style. As Eddie gets hooked on NZT his supply dwindles and he ventures into the drug’s dark past to feed his addiction.

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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

The movie is adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. The story is about Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) who is a criminal defense lawyer and conducts his business from the back of his Lincoln town car. He is hired by a wealthy Realtor Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) who has been accused of raping a prostitute. Roulet is seemingly innocent, being at the wrong place at the wrong time, however, when Haller investigates the case he finds that this case may be linked to an old case.

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Life of Pi (2012)

This is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Yann Martel. The movie is being directed by Ang Lee in 3D and the story is a fantasy adventure about an Indian boy named Pi who after a sea storm gets separated from his family and ends shipwrecked on a small boat with a hyena, a female orangutan, zebra, and a Bengal tiger he names Richard Parker. As Pi manages to survive the ordeal, he recants his strange and sometimes bizarre experience to two Japanese maritime department officials.

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Lincoln (2012)

This biographical drama is based on the Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography, “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.” The movie is being directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The story will focus on the last few months of Lincoln’s life, his political collision with his cabinet members during abolition and the ending of slavery and Civil war.

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The Lucky One (2012)

This is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name. The story is about a Marine, Logan Thibault (Zac Efron), who after serving three tours in Iraq returns home to travel to North Carolina in search of the woman he believes was his good luck charm during the war.

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Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball is based on Michael M. Lewis’s novel, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.” It is about Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager, Billy Bean (Brad Pitt). The story is focused on Billy Bean’s successful attempt in assembling a competitive baseball team on a budget by using modernized computer generated analysis.

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One Day (2011)

Adapted by author David Nicholls from the novel of the same name. The story focuses on two college graduates, Dexter and Emma (Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway) who after spending their graduation night together decided to meet each year on the exact same date and begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. For the next two decades we see Dexter and Emma through their friendship, hopes and dreams. As they progress through the journey of their lives, they come to realize the true meaning of the day they originally met back in 1988.

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One for the Money (2012)

This action comedy is based on the novel of the same name written by Janet Evanovich. Story centers on Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl), who finds is newly-divorced, unemployed and living with her hamster. Broke and desperate she lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business. Her first assignment puts her on the trail of a local cop wanted for murder who also just happens to be the guy that broke her heart in high school. As Stephanie gets swept into a world of suspense, murder, deceit and romance Stephanie finds herself learning to become resourceful and tough.

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On The Road (2012)

Adapted from the Jack Kerouac’s seminal pseudo-autobiography novel of the same name. The story is semi-based on Kerouac’s trips across America with his friend. The movie stars Sam Riley as Sal Paradise, an aspiring writer in New York, who meets Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), who’s a wild and charismatic ex-con. As they hit it off they decide to take a trip across America roaming the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kirsten Stewart also stars as Marylou.

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The Paperboy (2012)

This crime drama is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Dexter. The story revolves around a reporter, Ward James (Matthew McConaughey), who returns home to Florida to investigate a case involving the murder of the local sheriff and possibly an innocent death row inmate, Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack). To help with the investigation, James enlists the help of his younger brother, Jack James (Zack Efron). The investigation becomes complicated when Jack falls in love with the Van Wetter’s sexy femme fatal fiancée, Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman).

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chbosky. This is a coming of age story about what it’s like to grow up in high school based on 15 year old Charlie’s (Logan Lerman) experiences. The introvert Charlie is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world as he tries to cope with his first love, Sam (Emily Watson), the suicide of his best friend, his own mental illness and struggling to find a group of friends with whom he belongs.

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Rise of the Guardians (2012)

This animated fantasy adventure cartoon is based in the William Joyce’s “The Guardians of Childhood” book series. When the Pitch, Nightmare King (voiced by Jude Law) plans to engulf the earth in darkness, the Immortal Guardians; North (voiced by Alec Baldwin), Tooth (voiced by Isla Fisher) and the E. Aster Bunnymund (voiced by Hugh Jackman) join forces and enlist the help of a young boy, Jack Frost (voiced by Chris Pine) to stop Pitch and protect children around the world.

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

This is a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series and is intended to act as a foundation for the launch of a new movie series. Loosely based on the novel “La planete des singes” written by Pierre Boulle, which basically illustrates the unpredictability of nature and in this stories case how during experiments to find cure for Alzheimer’s diseases, genetically-enhanced apes end up living like humans. This new version stars James Franco as Will Rodman the scientist that initiates the experiments and Andy Serkis plays Caesar the lead ape.

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The Rite (2011)

Inspired by true events based on the book by Matt Baglio’s book, “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist.” The story is about Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who decides to enter a seminary school and travels to Rome to take part in an exorcism course. During his time in Rome he meets Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who is a renowned Welsh Jesuit exorcist. After the death of a young woman, Father Lucas begins behaving strangely, exhibiting signs of demonic possession and this is where Michael’s faith is truly tested.

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The Rum Diary (2011)

Based on the novel of the same name by Hunter S. Thompson, it tells the story of Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp), a freelance journalist who tires of America under the Eisenhower administration in the fifties and travels to Puerto Rico to write for a run-down newspaper. Whilst there Paul begins the habit of drinking rum with his ambitio getting clouded by alcohol and becomes obsessed with a woman, Chenault (Amber Heard).

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

Comedy based on the novel of the same name by Paul Torday. A government fisheries scientist, Fred (Ewan McGregor), finds himself reluctantly involved in a seemingly impossible project when he is approached by a consultant, Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), to help realize a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. As Fred soon begins to fall in love with Harriet he rises to the Sheik’s eccentric challenge and embarks on an upstream transformative journey of faith and self discovery.

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Savages (2012)

This crime drama being directed by Oliver Stone is based on the novel of the same name by Don Wisnlow. The story centers on two marijuana growers, University of California, Berkeley graduate Ben (Aaron Johnson) and former U.S. Navy SEAL Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who are blackmailed by a Mexican drug cartel when he kidnaps their shared hippie girlfriend, O (Blake Lively). Together they team up with dirty DEA Agent Dennis (John Travolta) and wage a seemingly unwinnable war against the cartel.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the sequel to movie Sherlock Holmes (2009). Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively, as they join forces to outwit one of their most cunning adversaries, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holme’s older brother Mycroft Holme (Stephen Fry) and a Romani woman named Sim (Noomi Rapace).

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The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

This comedy movie is adapted from the serio-comic novel by Matthew Quick and tells the story of a former teacher, Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper), who after spending four years in a mental institution, moves back home with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.

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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)

This movie is based on the novel of the same name by author Lisa See and explores the friendship between two girls in 19th century China, Snow Flower (Jennifer Lim) and Lily (Christina Y. Jun), and how they bond together for eternity. As they are isolated by their families they communicate by taking turns writing in a secret language, nu shu, between the folds of a white silk fan. We also see a parallel story set in present day Shanghai, where descendants of these two women, Nina and Sophia, struggle to maintain the intimacy of their own childhood friendship. These two modern women must understand the story of their ancestral connection, hidden from them in the folds of the antique white silk fan, or risk losing one another forever. To top that off, there’s also a romantic sub-plot thrown in the story involving Hugh Jackman’s character!

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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

This is a new twisted take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale which features an expanded role for the Huntsman. In this version the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), is ordered by the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods and kill her, but he takes pity on her and instead helps her escape. After teaming up with several dwarves and her childhood love, Prince William (Sam Claflin), Snow White then begins a war to kill Ravenna.

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The Thing (2011)

This movie is the prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name. The story is adapted from the novella “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. and in this latest version follows the exploits of the Norwegian and American scientists who originally discovered the alien. After the discovery of an alien aircraft, Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) teams up with helicopter pilot Sam Carter (Joel Edgerton) to pursue the alien life form.

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Think Like a Man (2012)

This is an adaptation of Steve Harvey’s book; “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.” The story follows four interconnected men whose lives are shaken up when the women they are interested in buy Harvey’s book and start taking his advice and using it on them. When the four men realize they have been betrayed by one of their own, they conspire to turn the tables and teach the women a lesson.

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Thor (2011)

Based on Marvel comic book superhero created by author Stan Lee. In this adaptation Thor (Chris Hemsworth), is cast out of his homeland of Asgard by his father King Odin (Anthony Hopkins), for his arrogance and reckless behavior and is sent to earth to live among humans as punishment. Whilst on earth, Thor meets scientist Jane Foster (Natelie Portman) and they soon fall in love. Whilst on earth, Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces to earth.

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The Three Musketeers (2011)

Alexandre Dumas’s classic 17th Century adventure novel has been breathed into life again with this new re-boot which follows the story of the hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) and how he joins forces with three veteran Musketeers, Athos (Matthew Macfadyen), Porthos (Ray Stevenson) and Aramis (Luke Evans) to prevent the villainous Cardinal Richelieu (Christoph Waltz) from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. The movie also stars Milla Jovovich as M’lady De Winter and Orlando Bloom as Duke of Buckingham.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011)

Based on the novel of the same name by author John le Carre. The story is set in the 1970s in the bleak days of the Cold War and is about how a middle espionage veteran, George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is recalled from retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s highest ranks. Cast also includes Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr, Colin Firth as Bill Haydon, Mark Strong as Jim Prideaux, Ciaran Hinds as Roy Bland and Benedict Cumberbatch as Peter Guillam

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War Horse (2011)

Based on the children’s novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo and being directed by Steven Spielberg. The story is set during World War I and follows a young man from Devon, Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, Joey. When Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War I, fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides and getting caught up in death and disease. Albert not being able to forget Joey, and, still not old enough to enlist in the army, embarks on a dangerous mission to find and save his friend.

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Water for Elephants (2011)

Based on author, Sara Gruen’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Jacob Jankowski (Robert Pattinson) recounting his life after his parent’s sudden death and how events lead him to joining a traveling circus as their vet working for the charismatic but unstable boss, August (Christoph Waltz). Jacob soon find himself falling in love with August’s beautiful wife, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), whom August is very possessive of which complicates Jacobs life even further.

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We Bought a Zoo (2011)

Story is based on a memoir by Benjamin Mee and is set in Southern California. The story is about how Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) uses his life savings moves his young family to the countryside to buy, renovate and re-open a struggling run-down zoo. The movie is being directed by Cameron Crowe and also starring Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church and Elle Fanning.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Maze and follows the story of five couples as they prepare to become parents. The ensemble cast contains Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison as a celebrity dance show pair that get together, Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro a couple who are about to adopt, Dennis Quad and Brooklyn Decker as a May-December couple that are about to have a child, Elizabeth Banks and Ben Flalcone who is Quad’s son and Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford as a pair of food truck rivals that fall for each other.

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The Woman in Black (2012)

This supernatural thriller is based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name. The story is about a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe), who leaves his son in London and travels to a remote village to settle the legal affairs of a recently deceased client. Whilst at the village he encounters the ghost of a scorned woman, who was unable to save her son from drowning and is now set on vengeance. As Arthur gets embroiled in the ghost’s affairs, he must sacrifice everything he holds dear in order to save his son.

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X-Men: First Class (2011)

Based on the characters appearing the popular Marvel Comics and it is a prequel to the X-Men movie series. The movie is based on combination of X-Men comics; “Uncanny X-Men (1963)” and “X-Men: First Class (2006)”. The story is primarily set in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It’s focus is on the relationship between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and how they form the origins of the X-Men group and the Brotherhood of Mutants and why a rift opens up between these two friends to begin their eternal war with each other.

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