Movies Based on Books 2011 - 2012

(Total Movie Adaptations: 73)

Adapted Books 2011 – 2012 Page   1   2


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Based on the novel “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the adapted screenplay. This is a fictional portrayal of 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker), as having a secret identity as a vampire hunter. When Lincoln’s mother is killed by a vampire, this sets Lincoln’s passion into motion to hunt and kill the vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

The story is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, “Adjustment Team”, and follows an affair between a politician, David Norris (Matt Damon), and ballerina, Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). But the lovers are being kept apart by mysterious forces. If they remain together the effects of this decision will not only change their destinies but will also alter the future of human history.

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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Based on the series of books “The Adventures of Tintin” by Herge, the plot of the movie combines the stories of “The Crab with the Golden Claws”, “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure.” Tintin (Jamie Bell) discovers directions to a sunken ship with a treasure commanded by the ancestor of his friend, Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). Together they set out to find the treasure.

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Alex Cross (2012)

This movie was adapted from the twelfth Alex Cross novel by James Patterson. When Dr. Alex Cross (Tyler Perry) learns that his niece has been murdered he sets out to hunt the killer. His investigation leads him to a serial killer, Picasso (Matthew Fox). Picasso manages to evade Cross and pushes him to an ethical breaking point, but as Cross closes in on Picasso he uncovers information that can change everything.

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Anna Karenina (2012)

This screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel of the same name tells the tale of a young woman Anna (Keira Knightley) trapped in a loveless marriage to Alexei Karenina (Jude Law), and follows her doomed love affair with the dashing young officer, Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson). As Anna looks for a better life with her young lover she only finds a more complicated and tragic one.

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Argo (2012)

Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the story is based on true events adapted from Antonio Mendez’s book “The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA.” In November 1979, militant students stormed the American embassy and held 52 Americans captive for 444 days. This movie tells the story of how six of those American hostages escape and find refuge in the home of a Canadian ambassador and how CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist’, Tony Mendez comes up with the plan to rescue those six hostages by convincing the Iranian government that the hostages were members of a film crew who were scouting the area for a fake sci-fi movie called ‘Argo’ (from the actual name of the CIA mission, a reference to “Jason and the Argonauts”).

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The Avengers (2012)

This superhero movie is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It crosses over several Marvel superhero movies including Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Nick Fury, being played by Samuel L. Jackson, the director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save Earth from the brink of disaster from Loki, Thor’s brother, and his army. The ensemble cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston.

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Being Flynn (2012)

Based on Nick Flynn’s memoir. The story centers on Nick Flynn (Paul Dano), a young writer who after taking a job at a Boston homeless shelter encounters his father, Jonathan Flynn (Robert DeNiro), a con-man and writer who had abandoned his wife and child years before. Nick’s senses of self and compassion falter and he wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his father and to give the two of them a shot at a real future.

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Bel Ami (2012)

Based on 1885 French novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant, the movie centers on a poor young man, Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), rise to power in Paris through his manipulation of the city’s most influential and wealthy women. Duroy uses his good looks to sleep with the wives of the most influential men in Paris to move up in status and power. The cast also includes Uma Thurman as Madeleine Forestier, Duroy’s secret love interest, Kristin Scott Thomas, as Madame Walter, another love interest of Duroy and Christina Ricci as Clotilde de Marelle.

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Big Miracle (2012)

Drama based on the book “Freeing the Whales” by Tom Rose which was inspired by a true story. It tells the tale of a small town news reporter Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore), who also happens to be Adam’s ex-girlfriend, join forces to campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. As time is running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies, Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales.

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The Bourne Legacy (2012)

The name is taken from fourth novel in the Jason Bourne series created by Robert Ludlum and the first to be written by Eric Van Lustbader, who was charged with continuing the series after creator Robert Ludlum’s death. The Jason Bourne character is not in this movie and it’s neither a reboot nor a prequel of the previous movies, it’s been described as a spin-off with a new character in the mold of Bourne dealing with the ramifications of the Treadstone conspiracy.

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Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011)

This is the fourth installment of the Twilight Saga book series by Stephenie Meyer. In this installment Bella (Kristen Steward) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) finally get married. The day after their wedding Bella becomes pregnant which threatens the life of Bella and the baby. After a nearly fatal childbirth, Bella and Edward are graced with a daughter, Renesmee. The birth of their daughter sets in motion a perilous chain of events which pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi.

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Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012)

Part 2 of the movie is the continuation and conclusion of the fourth installment of the Twilight Saga book series by Stephenie Meyer. It follows the story after Bella’s transformation into a vampire and how she settles into her new life, coping with her new abilities and the explosive vampiric Armageddon launched by the evil black-clad elders known as the Volturi.

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Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character Captain America which is set during World War II. After being deemed physically unfit for U.S. military service, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top secret military program. After undergoing a series of experiments Rogers is physically transformed into a super-soldier. During the transformation process the professor in charge of the project is killed by a Nazi spy, taking part of the super-solider formula with him in death making it impossible to recreate the experiment. Later, when a Nazi plot reveals itself, Rogers must rise up and become the First Avenger in order to save his country and he becomes Captain America.

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

Best described as a historical-science fiction movie based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell and the movie is being directed by Tom Tykwer and The Wachowskis brothers. The movie is focused on six storylines set in different times and places which become intricately related to each other. It’s an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present and future.

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Coriolanus (2011)

This is a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus. The story of the movie is based on the banished hero of Rome, Coriolanus (Ralph Fiennes) who allies with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city of Rome. This movie marks Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut.

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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

The movie is based on the 2006 graphic novel of the same name created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg. The story is set in the Old West of 1873 Arizona, where a loner named Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) awakens with no memory of his past and a mysterious shackle around his wrist, stumbles into the town of Absolution. Here he discovers that he is a criminal wanted by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford). However, soon the people of Absolution face an even greater threat when an alien spaceship attacks the town. Lonergan’s mysterious shackle holds the key to defeating the aliens and he forms an ally with Dolarhyde and other former enemies to prepare of an epic stand against the aliens.

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A Dangerous Method (2011)

This historical movie is based on the non-fictional book “A Most Dangerous Method”, by John Kerr. The story is about the early days of psychoanalysis and it centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and the unbalanced young woman, Sabina Spielrein played (Keira Knightley) that comes between them.

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Cosmopolis (2012)

Adapted from Don DeLillo’s modern existential epic novel of the same name. It’s about a millionaire investment banker, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) who tries to drive across Manhattan for a haircut and the movie follows his 24 hour journey with the entire story taking place in the back seat of a limo.

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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

The story of the concluding movie to Christopher Nolan’s Batman series was inspired by Batman comics; The Dark Knight Returns (1986), in which an aged Batman returns to Gotham City after a ten year absence, Knightfall (1993), where the villain Bane is introduced and pushes Batman physically and mentally causing him to burn out and finally, No Man’s Land (1999), where Gotham descends into gangland territory and is hit by a major earthquake. The movie shows Batman eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, where after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes, Batman is forced to return to Gotham when he finds that the terrorist leader Bane (Tom Hardy) is planning to destroy Gotham City and also to discover the truth behind the mysterious Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway).

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The Descendants (2011)

Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings about a land baron, Matt King (George Clooney) whose wife slips into a coma after a boating accident and during this period he discovers that his wife has been having an affair with a young real estate broker Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard). After finding out about the affair, Matt then decides to take his daughters on a trip from Oahu to Kauai to confront Speers.

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Drive (2011)

Adapted from James Sallis’s novel of the same name. The movie is about a Hollywood stunt performer, a character with no name but just referred to as Driver (Ryan Gosling) who during the day works in movies while at night he drives the getaway car in criminal activities. The Driver becomes involved with his neighbor, Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son, Benicio. When Irene’s husband, Standard, returns from prison, Driver offers to help him rob a pawn shop in order to protect Irene and Benicio. But it all goes badly wrong when Standard gets killed and Driver tries to find a way to protect Irene and Benicio.

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The Eagle (2011)

This is an adaptation from Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical adventure novel, “The Eagle of the Ninth.” The story is based on the Ninth Spanish Legion’s unexplained disappearance in Britain and is set in 140AD. A young Roman officer, Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) accompanied by his British slave Esca (Jamie Bell) set out to solve the mystery by searching to recover the lost Roman eagle standard and to restore the reputation of Marcus’s father, who was the commander of the Ninth.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2012)

Adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. The story is about ten year old Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn) who is an amateur inventor, astrophysicist, tambourine player and a pacifist. After Oskar loses his father Thomas Schell Jr. (Tom Hanks) in the September 11 terrorist attacks, he goes on a journey across New York to find the box that matches the mysterious key that his father left him. The movie also stars Sandra Bullock as Oskar’s mother.

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Gangster Squad (2012)

This crime drama is based on the novel, “Tales from the Gangster Squad”, by Paul Lieberman. The story is set in 1949 and it chronicles the LAPD’s fight against East Coast Mafia. Sean Penn plays Brooklyn-born gangster Mickey Cohen, and the movie centers on the Los Angeles task force assembled to bring him to justice. Josh Brolin plays Sgt. John O’Mara, the head of the so-called ‘Gangster Squad’, a small secret crew of LAPD vigilantes that fights the gangsters in their own terms. The movie also starts Ryan Gosling as Sgt. Jerry Wooters and Emma Stone as Grace Faraday.

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

An adaption of author, Stieg Larsson’s popular novel by the same name. Basic premise is that disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is hired by an aging and reclusive member of the vast Vanger family to write their family history, but to also secretly investigate the disappearance of the old man’s niece almost 40 years earlier. Blomkvist’s investigation is being aided by the mysterious and troubled computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). The two uncover a dark world of brutality, deception and ritualistic murder.

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Green Lantern (2011)

The Green Lantern is based on the comic book character of the same name appearing in DC Comics. The story of the movie is based on the brotherhood of warriors called the Green Lantern Corps, who have been sworn to keep intergalactic order and with each Green Lantern possessing a ring that grants him superpowers. When a new enemy called Parallax, threatens to destroy the balance of power in the universe, the fate of the Green Lantern Corps and earth lie in the hands of their newest and first ever human recruit, cocky test pilot Hal Jordon (Ryan Reynolds).

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2 (2010 and 2011)

Part 1 and 2 of the movie is based on the seventh and final of the Harry Potter novels written by J. K. Rowling. In this final epic two part movie, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality, the Horcruxes. During their quest they uncover the existence of the three most powerful objects in the wizarding world named the Deathly Hallows.

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The Help (2011)

The Help is an adaptation of author, Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. Story is set in Mississippi during the 1960’s and revolves around Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating from college to find her childhood maid is no longer at her family home. Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son. And Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African- American maid who has often talked back to her employers, leading to being fired multiple times and causing her to have difficulty finding work. These three stories come together when Skeeter, determined to become writer, decides to interview black women who have spent their lives taking care of white southern families.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

First of a three-part epic fantasy adapted from the novel, “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien, and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy with Peter Jackson returning as director. The movie follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was conquered by the dragon Smaug. On his journey Bilbo finds himself approached by wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and joining a group of dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey takes them into wild and treacherous lands where Baggin’s finally meets Gollum and finds the fateful magical gold ring.

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House at the End of the Street (2012)

This horror movie hasn’t been exactly adapted from a book but rather the production company decided to provide a tie-in novelization of the movie to accompany it. The story is about a divorced mother, Sarah, (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter, Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence), moving into a house in a small rural town and learning that the house next to theirs is where a young girl killed her parents in their beds and then disappeared leaving her brother alive. When Elissa forms a relationship with the brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), she learns that Ryan has kept his sister in the house and story is far from over.

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Hugo (2011)

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie is based on Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” The story is set in 1930s Paris and is about Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfiled), an orphan boy who lives in the walls of the Paris train station. Hugo gets wrapped up in a mystery involving his father when he encounters a broken automaton and an eccentric girl (Chloe Moretz).

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The Hunger Games (2012)

Science fictions actions drama based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. It’s set in the future, North America has collapsed and has been replaced by the nation of Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives, one girl and one boy, from each district are selected by lottery to compete to the death on live television in The Hunger Games. When Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) younger sister is selected as one of the female representatives, Katniss volunteers to take her younger sisters place for the latest match. She and her male counterpart, Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), are pitted against the bigger and stronger representatives who have prepared for these Games their entire lives. To return home alive, Katniss must make impossible choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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I am Number Four (2011)

Based on the novel of the same name written by Jobie Hughes and James Frey, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer) is an alien from planet Lorien who was sent to Earth as a child alongside eight others to escape an invading race, the Mogadorians, which destroyed their home planet. When the Mogadorains learn of these nine children coming to earth, they come to earth to kill them. Loriens can only be killed in a particular sequence and when three Loriens are killed, John becomes number four. He is forced to go on the run living as a fugitive, changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant).

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Jack Reacher (2012)

Jack Reacher is adapted from novel “One Shot” written by Lee Child (real name Jim Grant). When a sniper shooting leaves five people dead, the accused man James Barr, a former Army sniper, claims he’s innocent and asks for Jack Reacher (Tom Cruise), a tough ex-military investigator. Reacher believes Barr is guilty but sets out to find out the truth and track down the real sniper.

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Jane Eyre (2011)

Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel has been adapted many times and this new version is being breathed into life with Jane Eyre being played by Mia Wasikowska and Mr. Rochester by Michael Fassbender. After a miserable childhood of being abused and neglected, Jane Eyre grows up to become a teacher. She accepts a governess position at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself falling in love with the brooding, mysterious and passionate master, Mr. Rochester. When a dark secret from Rochester’s past is revealed Jane flees Thornfield and becomes penniless and destitute. Jane finds shelter and friendship in a clergyman with two sisters. Soon secrets from her own past are revealed and she must then decide to either follow her heart or lose her love forever.

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Total Adaptations: 73

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