New Movies Based on Books(Total Movie Adaptations: 80)
Interested in finding out which upcoming movies are based on books? Start browsing our list of current movie adaptations, it may even encourage you to decide on the next book you want to add to you reading list.
Take note that this is by no means a definitive list and will be regularly updated as and when new movies are being announced. Also, if you click on the text links and some of the images below you will be taken to Amazon to provide more detail on the book.
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War drama inspired by true events based on the book “Horse Soldiers” by Doug Stanton. The story is based after the September 11 attacks on and follows Captain Mitch Nelson (Chris Hemsworth) and his small band of U.S. Special Forces soldiers (Michal Shannon, Michael Pena, and Trevante Rhodes) as they are sent into Afghanistan to hunt down the Taliban terrorists and their Al Qaeda brethren for orchestrating and executing the attack on the United States in 2001.
Bio-drama directed by Clint Eastwood based on the autobiography “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes” by Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, about the 2015 Thalys train attack. The story follows American soldiers, Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the movie, as they discover and prevent a terrorist attack aboard a train bound for Paris. The cast also includes Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer and Ray Corasani.
Romantic drama based on true events adapted from the novel “Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea” by Tami Oldham Ashcraft and Susea McGearhart. The story centers on two lovers, Tami Oldham (Shailene Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Sam Claflin), who set out to sea and gets caught in one of the most devastating hurricanes in history.
Alita: Battle Angel (2018)
Sci-fi action based on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita manga in which the story is set in a dystopian future and follows cyborg, Alita (Rosa Salazar), who is found by scientist, Dr. Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz), and decides to repair her and take her under his wings. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. Dr. Ido however discovers the truth. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. The cast also includes Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez,
Ashes in the Snow (2018)
World War II drama based on the novel “Between Shades of Gray” by Ruta Sepetys. Set in 1941 the story follows young aspiring artist Lina Vilkas (Bel Powley), who is deported to Siberia amid Stalin’s reign of terror in the Baltic region during World War II. She secretly documents her harrowing journey with her drawings. The cast also includes Sophie Cookson, Peter Franzén, Martin Wallström, Sam Hazeldine, James Cosmo, Jonah Hauer-King and Sam Hazeldine.
Sci-fi drama based on the book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. The story centers on an expedition made up of a biologist (Natalie Portman), an anthropologist (Gina Rodriguez), a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and a surveyor (Tessa Thompson), who sign up for a dangerous, secret expedition into an environmental disaster zone where the laws of nature don’t apply. The cast also includes Oscar Isaac and David Gyasi.
The second part of the movie adaptation of the novel Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) fight to end the Bureau of Genetic Welfare’s authoritarian reign over the United States. The cast also includes Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Bill Skarsgård, Octavia Spencer and Jeff Daniels.
Beautiful Boy (2018)
Bio-drama based on the memoir of the same name by David Sheff and “Tweak” by his son Nic Sheff. The story follows the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The cast includes Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Kaitlyn Dever, Andre Royo, Timothy Hutton, LisaGay Hamilton, Amy Forsyth and Christian Convery.
Bel Canto (2018)
Drama based the novel of the same name by Ann Patchett’s. The story follows world-renown opera singer, Roxanne Coss (Julianne Moore), who travels to South America to perform a private concert for a wealthy industrialist, but then becomes trapped in a hostage situation when it is crashed by guerrilla forces. The cast also includes Christopher Lambert, Ken Watanabe and Eddie Martinez.
The Bell Jar (2018)
Comedy drama based on book of the same name by Sylvia Plath adapted and directed by Kirsten Dunst. The story centers on a young book editor, Esther Greenwood (Dakota Fanning), who grows troubled by the social trappings of her time and slowly descends into mental illness. The cast also includes Jesse Plemons, Patricia Arquette, Stacy Martin, Bel Powley and Michael Ridley.
The Best of Enemies (2019)
Drama based on the book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South” by Osha Gray Davidson. The story follows civil rights activist, Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), in Durham, North Carolina, who battles with the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader C. P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agree to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree, which changes both of their lives. The cast also includes Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill, John Gallagher Jr., and Nick Searcy.
The Black Hand (2018)
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Stephan Talty. The story is inspired by true events set in the early 1900s and it follows NYPD cop, Joe Petrosino (Leonardo DiCaprio), nicknamed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes”, who investigates a crime outbreak that has ties to the beginnings of the mafia in America.
Crime comedy-drama directed by Spike Lee based on the memoir “Black Klansman” by Ron Stallworth. The story follows Stallworth (John David Washington), an African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who works under cover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in 1978. Stallworth and his partner, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), risk their lives to penetrate the KKK at its highest levels. The cast also includes Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Jasper Pääkkönen, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, and Harry Belafonte.
Boy Erased (2018)
Drama written and directed by Joel Edgerton based on the memoirs of the same name by Garrard Conley. The story centers on Garrard Conley (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist preacher, who is outed to his parents, Marshall and Nancy Conley (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe), ) at age 19. He is then forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. It is within the program that Garrard comes into conflict with its head therapist, Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton).
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Bio-comedy drama based on Lee Israel’s memoir of the same name in which the story follows celebrity biographer, Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who after she is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack (Richard E. Grant), who recently completed a prison sentence for armed robbery.
The Catcher Was a Spy (2018)
Bio-spy drama based on the book of the same name by Robert Rodat. The story follows former baseball player, Moe Berg (Paul Rudd), who joins the war effort during World War II as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services to beat Germany in the race to build the first atomic bomb. The cast also includes Mark Strong, Sienna Miller, Jeff Daniels, Tom Wilkinson, Giancarlo Giannini, Hiroyuki Sanada, Guy Pearce and Paul Giamatti.
Chaos Walking (2019)
Sci-fi thriller directed by Doug Liman based on the novel “The Knife of Never Letting Go”, the first novel of the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. The story follows Todd Hewitt (Tom Holland) who lives on the distant planet of New World, has been brought up to believe that the Spackle released a germ that killed all the women and unleashed Noise on the remaining men. After discovering a patch of silence out in the swamp he soon discovers the source of the silence: a girl, named Viola Eade (Daisy Ridley). The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Demián Bichir, Kurt Sutter, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo.
The Children Act (2018)
Drama directed by Richard Eyre based on the novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. The story centers on eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), who as her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, is asked to rule in the case of a minor, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), refusing to undergo a life-saving blood transfusion for religious reasons. Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her. The cast also includes Ben Chaplin, Eileen Walsh, Anthony Calf and Jason Watkins.
Christopher Robin (2018)
Disney’s live-action fantasy inspired by A. A. Milne’s book “Winnie-the-Pooh”. The story centers on Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, who is now all grown up and has lost all sense of imagination. Pooh (Jim Cummings) and his friends re-enter Christopher’s life to help him find it again and rediscover the joys of life. The cast also includes Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Chris O’Dowd, Nick Mohammed, Brad Garrett, Peter Capaldi, Sophie Okonedo and Toby Jones.
City of Lies (2018)
Bio-crime thriller directed by Brad Furman based on the book “LAbyrinth” by Randall Sullivan. The story follows former LAPD detective, Russell Poole (Johnny Depp), who is working the murder cases of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. A reporter, “Jack” Jackson (Forest Whitaker), teams up with Poole after nearly two decades to find out the truth. The cast also includes Rockmond Dunbar, Neil Brown Jr., Xander Berkeley, Shea Whigham, Wynn Everett, Toby Huss and Louis Herthum.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name. The story follows Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick’s (Henry Golding) hometown of Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. She then soon discovers Nick is vastly wealthy and he’s perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down. The cast also includes Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong and Chris Pang.
The Darkest Minds (2018)
Sci-fi thriller based on the young adult novel of same name by Alexandra Bracken. The story is set in the future, after a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. 16 year-old Ruby Daly (Amandla Stenberg), escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government. The cast also includes Harris Dickinson, Mandy Moore, Patrick Gibson, Skylan Brooks, Miya Cech, Gwendoline Christie and Golden Brooks.
Death Wish (2018)
Action crime drama based on the novel of the same name by Brian Garfield. The story centers on Dr. Paul Kersey (Bruce Willis), an experienced trauma surgeon, a man who has spent his life saving the lives of people on the verge of death. But when his wife is killed and his daughter rendered comatose after a brutal home invasion, Kersey is transformed into a killing machine to become the vigilante killer nicknamed The Grim Reaper.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman. The story follows Ronit (Rachel Weisz) as she returns from New York, after the death of her estranged rabbi father, to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up. Once back at home, she stirs up controversy when she shows an interest in her childhood friend, Esti (Rachel McAdams) who is married to Rabbi Dovid (Alessandro Nivola).
Bio-drama based upon the memoir of the same name by John Callahan. The story follows Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who after an all-night bender ends in a catastrophic car accident and becomes paralyzed. In his journey back from rock bottom, his honesty and wicked sense of humor turn out to be his saving grace, as he makes friends with an oddball AA group, finds that love is not beyond his reach, and develops a talent for drawing irreverent and sometimes shocking cartoons. The cast also includes Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara, Jack Black and Mark Webber.
Down a Dark Hall (2018)
Fantasy drama based on the novel of the same name by Lois Duncan. The story follows Kit Gordy (AnnaSophia Robb), a new student at the exclusive Blackwood Boarding School, who confronts the institution’s supernatural occurrences and dark powers of its headmistress, Madame Duret (Uma Thurman). The cast also includes Isabelle Fuhrman, Kirsty Mitchell, Taylor Russell, Jim Sturgeon and Victoria Moroles.
The Female Brain (2018)
Comedy based on the book of the same name by Louann Brizendine. The story centers on scientist, Julia (Whitney Cummings), who is studying the differences between the male and female brain. Her research into the biochemistry of the female brain is illustrated by three couples: newlyweds Zoe (Cecily Strong) and Greg (Blake Griffin), whose career troubles seep into their relationship; Lisa (Sofia Vergara) and Steven (Deon Cole), who are looking to spice up their stuck-in-a-rut marriage; and Lexi (Lucy Punch) who can’t help trying to change her boyfriend Adam (James Marsden). Meanwhile, the straight-laced Julia’s own synapses start to fire when a handsome new subject, Kevin (Toby Kebbell), joins her study.
Erotic romance based on the novel of same name by E. L. James. The story continues to follow Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan), in which they have now married, but Christian’s past comes back to haunt Anastasia. The cast also includes Kim Basinger, Arielle Kebbel, Brant Daugherty, Luke Grimes, Max Martini, Eric Johnson, Eloise Mumford, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Tyler Hoechlin.
First Man (2018)
Bio-drama directed by Damien Chazelle based on the book “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James R. Hansen. The story centers on the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. The cast also includes Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, Christopher Abbott and Jon Bernthal.
The Front Runner (2018)
Dark comedy bio-drama based on the book “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid”, written by Matt Bai. The story chronicles the rise of American Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), a Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, and his subsequent fall from grace when media reports surfaced of his extramarital affair with Donna Rice (Sara Paxton). The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, J. K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Kevin Pollak.
Thriller directed by Mélanie Laurent based on the novel of the same name by Nic Pizzolatto. The story centers on dying hitman Roy Cady (Ben Foster), who after a set up by his mobster boss,finds a prostitute, Raquel Arceneaux (Elle Fanning), and sees something in her frightened, defiant eyes that prompts a fateful decision. He takes her and her baby sister, Tiffany (Lili Reinhart), with him as he flees to Galveston, where he plans his revenge. The cast includes Beau Bridges, María Valverde, Robert Aramayo and Adepero Oduye.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018)
Crime thriller sequel based on the novel of the same name by David Lagercrantz. The story continues to follow young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Sverrir Gudnason), who encounter a web of spies, cybercriminals and government corruption. The cast also includes Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang, LaKeith Stanfield, Cameron Britton and Stephen Merchant.
The Grinch (2018)
Animated comedy based on Based on the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss. The story follows a grumpy Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) as he plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
Period drama based on the novel of the same name by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Following the end of World War II, London writer Juliet Ashton (Lily James) is looking for inspiration for her next book when she forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island after receiving a letter. She becomes drawn into the world of the man, Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), who wrote to her and his friends under Nazi occupation and she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war. The cast also includes Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay, Glen Powell, Katherine Parkinson and Penelope Wilton.
The Hate U Give (2018)
Crime drama based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. The story centers on Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), a prep school student who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood, Khalil (Algee Smith), best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, she must find her voice and decide to stand up for what’s right, which could upend her community and endanger her life. The cast also includes Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, KJ Apa, Russell Hornsby, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson and Common.
Hold the Dark (2018)
Thriller based on the novel of the same name by William Giraldi. The story follows retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (Jeffrey Wright), who after the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, is hired by the parents, Medora and Vernon Sloane (Riley Keough and Alexander Skarsgård), of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.
The House of Tomorrow (2018)
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Peter Bognanni. The story follows Sebastian (Asa Butterfield), a sheltered teen who lives with his grandmother, Josephine (Ellen Burstyn), who befriends a rebellious kid, Jared (Alex Wolff), and forms a punk band to escape his grandmother, and Jared’s overprotective father, Alan (Nick Offerman).
The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)
Fantasy horror based on the novel of the same name by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey. The story follows young orphan Lewis (Owen Vaccaro), who goes to live with his uncle Jonathan (Jack Black), who is a warlock. Lewis then enters into the world of magic and sorcery when he has to aids his uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Kyle MacLachlan, Colleen Camp, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Vanessa Anne Williams and Sunny Suljic.
Hunter Killer (2018)
Action thriller based on the novel “Firing Point” by Don Keith and George Wallace. The story follows an untested American submarine captain teams, headed by Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler), with U.S. Navy Seals who are set to rescue the Russian president (Alexander Diachenko), who has been kidnapped by a rogue general. The cast also includes Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini and Michael Nyqvist.
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
Drama directed by Barry Jenkins based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. The story centers on a young woman, Tish (Kiki Layne), in Harlem who desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé, Alonzo ‘Fonny’ Hunt (Stephan James), innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. The cast also includes Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Ed Skrein, Brian Tyree Henry and Regina King.
Fantasy thriller based on the graphic novel of the same by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. The story centers on teenager Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a loner who struggles through life by escaping into a fantasy life of magic and monsters and lives with her . her older sister, Karen (Imogen Poots). At school, psychologist, Mrs. Mollé (Zoe Saldana), takes an interest in Barbara’s increasingly worrisome behaviour. As she deals with loss and bullying, Barbara’s imagined life begins spilling into her real one and she becomes obsessed with what she sees as her quest: killing giants. It’s only when she’s forced to face the truth and overcome her fears that Barbara is able to confront her demons.
The Irishman (2018)
Bio crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese based on the book “I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride” by Jimmy Hoffa by Charles Brandt. The story follows Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a labor union official with mob connections, as he recalls his involvement in the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). The cast also includes Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel.
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