Movies Based on Books 2013

(Total Movie Adaptations: 65)

Adapted Books 2013


12 Years a Slave (2013)

This historical drama is based on the autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup. The story follows Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an educated free black man during pre-Civil War from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery and is forced to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before his release. He’s firstly sold to William Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch) a kindly mill owner who is then forced to sell him to Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) a cruel plantation owner who subjects him and other slaves to unspeakable brutality. For years Solomn dreams of returning to his home and family, refusing to abandon hope. Finally in the twelfth year of his life as a slave, Solomon has a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist, Bass (Brad Pitt), who alters his life forever. The cast also includes Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy and Sarah Paulson.

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Admission (2013)

Based on the novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz of the same name, the story follows Portia Nathan (Tina Fey), an admissions officer at Princeton University, who gets caught off guard when she makes a visit to an experimental New Hampshire high school submitting applicants and finds out that its co-founder is her former college classmate John Pressman (Paul Rudd). When she finds out that one of Pressman’s students, Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), maybe the son she had and gave up for adoption, she finds herself bending the admissions rule for Jeremiah, putting at risk the life she thought she always wanted and in the process finding the life she never dreamed of having.

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As Cool As I Am (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Pete Fromm, the story centers on Lucy (Sarah Bolger), a smart teenager who comes from a small town, struggles with the onset of womanhood on her own, while her immature and self-centered parents, Chuck and Lianee Diamond (James Marsden and Claire Danes) who having married very young, try to recapture the youth they feel they missed.

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As I Lay Dying (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by William Faulkner and directed and starring James Franco, the story is about the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. The cast includes Logan Marshall-Green, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O’Reilly and Beth Grant.

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Austenland (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Shannon Hale, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The story follows Jane Hayes (Keri Russell), a seemingly normal 30-something, single New Yorker with a secretly unhealthy obsession with Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice which is ruining her love life as no real man can compare. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to a Jane Austen themed getaway destination, Jane hopes to meet her own real life Mr. Darcy. However, while at “Austenland,” Jane starts getting plagued with self- doubt about pretending to be a woman from the Jane Austen era. However, along the journey Jane makes new friends and a new romantic interest. The cast includes J.J. Feild, Bret McKenzie, James Callis, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Seymour and Rupert Vansittart.

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Baggage Claim (2013)

Based on book of the same name by David E. Talbert, about a single thirty-something flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton), who fed up with being single and the only woman in her entire family never to wed goes on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition across America to find a husband and along the way she encounters a preacher, a politician and a tycoon. The cast also includes Adam Brody, Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou and Christina Milian.

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

This is a supernatural love story based on the first of a five-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Set in the South, Ethan Wate longs to escape his small town and meets a mysterious new girl, Lena Duchannes. Lena possesses strange powers that has long kept her at a distance from others. As Lena and Ethan get closer, their romance is threatened by their dark family secrets and the history of the town.

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Blood Ties (2013)

Adapted from the French novel “Les Liens du sang” by Bruno and Michel Papet. The film is set in New York, 1970s, the story largely follows two brothers; Frank (Billy Crudup) a police officer and Chris (Clive Owen) his ex-con brother who’s just been let out of jail and needs to find a job or he’ll find himself back behind bars. Chris tries to fight off criminal temptations for the sake of family but soon falls into his old ways. Now with his job on the line and the fate of his brother in his hands, Frank must decide where his true loyalties lie. The cast also includes Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor and James Caan.


The Book Thief (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, set during World War II, the story follows Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse), who is taken at the age of 9 to live with a foster family in a German working-class neighborhood. Liesel then finds solace by stealing books and sharing with others to escape the horrors of the war. The cast includes Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.

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Captain Phillips (2013)

Directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), who was taken hostage by Somali Pirates during the Maersk Alabama hijacking in 2009. The cast includes Catherine Keener, Max Martini and Yul Vazquez.

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Carrie (2013)

A new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name, about a shy high school girl, Carrie, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, outcast by her peers and sheltered by her religious and conservative mother, Margaret White played by Julianne Moore. Carrie is a sweet but timid girl who unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers when her classmates play a cruel joke on her.

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Child Of God (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy and directed by James Franco, the story revolves around Lester Ballard (Scott Haze), a dispossessed, violent man whose life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. The cast includes James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Jeremy Ambler, Fallon Goodson, Vince Jolivette, Brian Lally, Nina Ljeti, Boyd Smith, Terrance Huff and Nathan Mohebbi.

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The Company You Keep (2013)

This political action thriller is based on a novel by Neil Gordon and the story centers on a former Weather Underground activist, Jim Grant, played by Robert Redford who’s also directing the movie. After hiding from the FBI for over thirty years, Grant becomes a fugitive when his cover is blown by an ambitious young reporter, played by Shia LaBeouf, who discovers his identity after investigating both his past and his possible involvement in a botched robbery.

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The Congress (2013)

Based on author Stainslav Lem’s “The Futurological Congress,” the story follows Robin Wright as herself, an actress who agrees to a large payment by a film studio in exchange to have a full body imaging that will be digitized and utilized to create a digital actress. As part of the agreement, she will be forbidden from acting ever again and she will no longer control her likeness and the studio will then utilize the new virtual actress in any manner they see fit. The film will explore the ramifications of how the digital actress affects the future women and society as a whole. The cast also includes Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Sami Gayle, Michael Stahl-David and Paul Giamatti.

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Devil’s Knot (2013)

Based on a true story and adapted from the book of the same name book by Mara Leveritt which follows three teenagers, who in 1993 were accused of the brutal murder of three 8-year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The community and the police department were convinced that the murders of the boys were the work of a satanic cult due to the violent and sexual natures of the crime. Then a month later, three teenagers, Damien Echols (James Hamrick), Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether), and Jessie Misskelley Jr. (Kristopher Higgins), are rearrested after Misskelley confesses during his interrogation. They are taken to trial where Baldwin and Misskelley are sentenced to life and Echols to death all while still claiming their innocence. The film explores the lives of these deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The cast includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, Matt Letscher, Michael Gladis, Rex Linn, Dane DeHaan and Bruce Greenwood.

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The Double (2013)

Based on the novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the story revolves around a timid man, Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), living in an isolated existence, overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. Simon’s world becomes unraveled when James (Jesse Eisenberg), new co-worker arrives as James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite, he is confident, charismatic and good with women. Soon Simon starts going mad when James slowly starts taking over his life. The cast also includes Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine.

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Ender’s Game (2013)

This science fiction movie is based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Set in the future where humanity has suffered through two wars against an alien species known as the Formics (“Buggers”). In preparation for the next attack, Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future International Fleet Commander. Talented pre-teen children, including Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, (Asa Butterfield), discovered by humanity’s military International Fleet (IF), are sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. When Ender is promoted to Command School by Graff, he is trained to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth. The cast includes Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

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Epic (2013)

This animated fantasy-adventure is based on William Joyce’s children book “The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs”, and tells the story of the battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil. When a teenage girl finds herself transported into this secret world, she joins forces with a team of fun characters to save their world, which in turn will save the real world. It includes the voices of Beyoncé Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson and Amanda Seyfried

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The Family (2013)

Based on the novel “Malavita” (Badfellas) by Tonino Benacquista and directed by Luc Besson. The film follows a notorious mafia family, Fred Manzoni (Robert DeNiro), his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their children, Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), after they get relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in and despite the best efforts of CIA Agent Stansfield (Tommy Lee Jones) to keep them in line, they find fitting in challenging as old habits die hard and they soon blow their cover.

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The Fifth Estate (2013)

Drama based in part on the book “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange” and the “World’s Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as “WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The film follows the early days of Wikileaks to its abrupt end after a series of controversial and history changing info leaks. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. They create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s media organizations. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time. The rift between the two friends became irreparable and their ideological differences tares them apart, but not before they revolutionized, for better and worse, the flow of information to news media and the world at large. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Dan Stevens, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.

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Filth (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, story follows Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. When he’s threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Jamie Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control and when his actions and past start to catch up with him he starts to lose his sanity. The cast also includes Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt and Imogen Poots.

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Frozen (2013)

Walt Disney Animation which is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”. When Anna (Kristen Bell) estranged sister, the cold-hearted Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), icy powers trap the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter, Anna’s only hope of reversing the curse is to survive a perilous journey across an icy and unforgiving landscape with snowy peaks and dangerous cliffs to find the legendary Snow Queen in the hopes of melting her frozen heart and saving the kingdom. On her journey she is joined by a rugged mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his one-antlered reindeer and a hapless snowman Olaf (Josh Gad).

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Geography Club (2013)

Based on Brent Hartinger’s best-selling critically acclaimed novel, Geography Club is a smart, fast, and funny account of contemporary teenagers as they discover their own sexual identities, dreams, and values. 16-year old Russell is still going on dates with girls while having a secret relationship with football quarterback Kevin, who will do anything to prevent his football teammates from finding out. Min and Terese tell everyone that they’re just really good friends. And then there’s Ike who can’t figure out who he is or who he wants to be. Finding the truth too hard to hide, they all decide to form the Geography Club, thinking nobody else in their right mind would ever want to join. However, their secrets may soon be discovered and they could have to face the choice of revealing who they really are.

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The Great Gatsby (2012)

This is the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel of the same name. The story is set in the 1920s and it follows would-be writer Nick Carraway, being played by Tobey Maguire, taking on the role of the book’s narrator, as he leaves the Midwest and moves to New York city to chase his American dream. Soon Nick is lured into the lavish world of his mysterious, millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby, being played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who pines for his lost love, Daisy Buchanan, being played by Carey Mulligan. As Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, he begins to see through the cracks of Gatsby’s rich lifestyle, where only obsession, madness and tragedy await.

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is the continuation of the Hansel and Gretel tale by the Brothers Grimm with Jeremy Renner playing Hansel and Gemma Arterton as Gretel. The story takes place 15 years after the incident involving the gingerbread house. The siblings are now specialized bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches. They are recruited to seek out and destroy the leader of a coven of evil witches.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

Continuation of the epic fantasy trilogy adapted from J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and it follows straight on from the first movie, An Unexpected Journey. After successfully crossing over the Misty Mountains Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the Dwarves led by Thorin (Richard Armitage) carry on their epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. In order to take on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest the company must seek help from a powerful stranger and if they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for Bilbo to fulfil his contract with the dwarves. The company must then complete their journey to Lonely Mountain and Bilbo must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch captured through motion picture).

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Homefront (2013)

Based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Logan and the screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone, the story centers on Phil Broker (Jason Statham), a widowed former DEA agent who moves to a small quite town for the sake of his young daughter. However, his life is turned upside down when he crosses paths with a band of drug traffickers, led by Gator (James Franco), a meth druglord. The cast also includes Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth and Frank Gillo.

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Horns (2013)

Dark fantasy thriller based on Joe Hill’s (Joseph Hillstrom King aka Stephen King’s son) novel of the same name. The story follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliff), who is the suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). After a hard night of drinking, Ig awakens to find strange horns sprouting from his temple sand realizes their power makes the people he encounters a sudden compulsion to confess their darkest secrets and ugliest impulses to him. Ig then decides to use this new found power to find the man who killed his girlfriend and take his revenge.

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The Host (2013)

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. After parasitic aliens called ‘souls’ have invaded the Earth, they begin to possess the minds of humans. The story centers on Melanie Stryder, played by Saoirse Ronan, when a parasitic alien soul called ‘Wanderer’ is injected into her body, Wanderer refuses to fade away and instead of carrying out the aliens mission of taking over Earth she forms a bond with Melanie and starts to see Melanie’s memories and sets out to find Melanie’s loved ones and free them.

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How I Live Now (2013)

Based on the 2004 novel of same name by Meg Rosoff, the story is set in the near-future UK. When Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) an American teenager is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside she strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). During her idyllic summer holiday news breaks out of conflict in Europe and Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive as war breaks out and the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state. The cast includes Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, Corey Johnson and Sabrina Dickens.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy based on Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name. After winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta Mellark (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) return home only to leave their family and friends again to embark on a Victor’s Tour of the districts. On their journey Katniss discovers that a rebellion could be happening soon, even though President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is still in control of the Capitol as it prepares of the 75th Annual Hunger Games, called ‘The Quarter Quell’, providing even more cruelty in the games, which may change Panem forever. The cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amanda Plummer.

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The Invisible Woman (2013)

Based on the book “The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens” by Claire Tomalin. The story centers on the relationship that developed between a younger woman, Nelly Teman (Felicity Jones), and Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) at the height of his career right up until his death. The film looks at how the affair affected Dickens’ marriage and how Nelly became Dickens’ muse and the focus of his passion and how conventions of the era that limited the extent to which their relationship could develop. The cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander and Michelle Fairley.

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

This superhero sequel is based on Marvel Comic’s character Iron Man. In this movie the story picks up from where The Avengers left off, after saving New York from aliens, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) starts suffering from panic attacks and unable to sleep. At the same time threats are made to the US from the Mandarin. Tony becomes obsessed with working on upgrading his Iron Man technology which makes his relationship with Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow) suffer. The story also includes Tony’s conflict with scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) who has developed a powerful virus called Extremis who can give fiery powers to those who can withstand its painful incubation. The cast includes Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall and Ben Kingsley.

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Total Adaptations: 65

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