Interested in finding out which upcoming new 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.
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Recent Popular Adaptations
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,
All the Bright Places (2020)
Romantic drama based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Niven. The story centers on Violet Markey (Elle Fanning) and Theodore Finch (Justice Smith), who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they come together, discovering that even the smallest places and moments can mean something. The cast also includes Alexandra Shipp, Keegan-Michael Key, Luke Wilson, and Kelli O’Hara.
Sci-fi fantasy adventure directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on Eoin Colfer’s novel of the same name. The story follows Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, who kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer, Holly Short (Lara McDonnell), for ransom to fund the search for his missing father. The cast also includes Nonso Anozie, Hong Chau, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Miranda Raison and Tamara Smart.
Comedy drama based on the novel of the same name by Garth Stein. The story centers on a family dog named Enzo (Kevin Costner), who evaluates his life through the lessons he has learned from his human owner, a race car driver named Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia). The cast also includes Amanda Seyfried, Kathy Baker, Martin Donovan and Gary Cole.
Family adventure based “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London. The story follows a sled dog struggling for survival in the Alaskan wild. The cast includes Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, and Bradley Whitford.
Can You Keep a Secret? (2019)
Romantic comedy directed by Elise Duran based on the novel of same name by Sophie Kinsella. The story centers on Emma Corrigan (Alexandra Daddario), who on a turbulent plane ride, thinking she’s about to die, spills her secrets to the handsome stranger, Jack Harper (Tyler Hoechlin), sitting next to her. At least, she thought he was a stranger, but then she find out later that he’s her company’s young and elusive CEO, and he knows every single humiliating detail about her. The cast also includes Sunita Mani, David Ebert, Kimiko Glenn, Laverne Cox and Judah Friedlander.
Musical fantasy based on the poetry collection “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliot. The story centers on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles, who must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life. The cast includes Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Jason Derulo and Francesca Hayward.
Chaos Walking (2021)
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.
Horror based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, written and directed by Mike Flanagan. Years following the events of “The Shining”, the story follows an adult Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), who remains traumatized by the sinister events that occurred at the Overlook Hotel when he was a child and dealing with alcoholism like his father did. He soon finds a new purpose when he forms a psychic connection with Abra (Kyliegh Curran), a girl who shares his shining ability and tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot who prey on children with powers to remain immortal. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Cliff Curtis, Bruce Greenwood, Zahn McClarnon, Emily Alyn Lind and Carl Lumbly.
Family drama sequel based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron in which the story follows the next chapter. The story is told from the dog, Bailey’s (Josh Gad) perspective, as he finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets. The cast also includes Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Henry Lau and Kathryn Prescott.
Family fantasy based on the character Doctor Dolittle created by Hugh Lofting in a series of his children’s books. The story centers on famed doctor and veterinarian, Dr. John Dolittle (Robert Downey Jr.), who turns to treating animals because of his love for all creatures. When Dolittle discovers he can communicate with the animals, he embarks on a fantastical adventure. The cast also includes Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett, Jessie Buckley, Emma Thompson, Tom Holland, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, and Octavia Spencer.
Earthquake Bird (2019)
Mystery drama based on the novel of the same name by Susanna Jones. Set in the 1980s Tokyo, the story follows young ex-pat, Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander), haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with a troubled local photographer, Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi). Then Lucy’s imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Riley Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing, suspected dead.
Romantic comedy based on the novel of the same name by Jane Austen. The story centers on handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), who is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. The cast includes Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, and Callum Turner.
Teen romantic drama based on the book of the same name by Rachael Lippincott, Tobias Iaconis and Mikki Daughtry. The story follows two teenagers Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) and Wil (Cole Sprouse), who both have cystic fibrosis. Stella’s life is full of routines, boundaries and self-contro, all of which get put to the test when she meets Will. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.
The Goldfinch (2019)
Drama adapted from the novel of the same name by Donna Tartt. The story centers on Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort), who as a child survives a terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an attack that kills his mother. Confused, in the rubble of the tragedy, he steals a priceless piece of art known as The Goldfinch. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his alcoholic father, and later, involved in art forgeries. The cast includes Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright and Nicole Kidman.
Thriller directed by Bill Condon based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. The story centers on seasoned conman Roy Courtnay (Ian McKellen), who finds himself growing to care for the widow, Betty McLeish (Helen Mirren), he orchestrated his latest scheme against after meeting her online. The cast also includes Russell Tovey, Jim Carter, Mark Lewis Jones and Laurie Davidson.
War drama directed by Aaron Schneider based on the novel “The Good Shepherd” by C. S. Forester. Inspired by true events, the story follows US Navy Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks), who has to lead an Allied convoy being stalked by German U-boat wolf packs. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2020)
Bio-drama directed by Justin Kurzel based on the novel of the same name by Peter Carey. Set during the 1870s, the story centers on legendary outlaw Ned Kelly (George MacKay) as he leads a band of rebel warriors as they flee from authorities. The cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Thomasin McKenzie, Charlie Hunnam, Russell Crowe, Essie Davis, Orlando Schwerdt, and Sean Keenan.
In the Tall Grass (2019)
Horror drama based on the novella of the same name by Stephen King and Joe Hill. The story follows siblings Becky and Cal (Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitte), who after hearing the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found. The cast also includes Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachel Wilson, and Will Buie Jr.
Sci-fi horror based on the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells. The story centers on, Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss), who after her abusive ex-boyfriend commits suicide, begins to rebuild her life for the better. However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her former boyfriend is not actually dead as she had thought. The cast includes Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, and Harriet Dyer.
Bio-crime drama directed by Martin Scorsese based on the “I Heard You Paint Houses” by Charles Brandt. The story centers on mob hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino). The cast also includes Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Harvey Keitel.
Supernatural horror sequel directed by Andy Muschietti based on the novel “It” by Stephen King. The story is set twenty-seven years after the events of 1989, which brings back together The Losers Club, who had long since gone their separate ways, as evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine. The cast includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone and Andy Bean.
Dark comedy written and directed by Taika Waititi, based on the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens. Set during World War II, an awkward young German boy, Jojo “Rabbit” Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis), whose only ally is his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), has his naïve patriotism tested when he finds out his mother, Rosie (Scarlett Johansson), is hiding a Jewish girl, Elsa Korr (Thomasin McKenzie), in their home, upending his world views. The cast also includes Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen and Sam Rockwell.
Bio-drama based on the memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. Based on a true story set against a backdrop of a corrupt judicial system which favors the death penalty and targets the poor, we follow world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner, Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), whom he fought to free. The cast also includes Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Rob Morgan, Rafe Spall, and Tim Blake Nelson.
The Kitchen (2019)
Crime drama based on the graphic novel of the same name by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle. The story centers on the wives of Irish mobsters, Kathy Brennan (Melissa McCarthy), Ruby O’Carroll (Tiffany Haddish), and Claire Walsh (Elisabeth Moss), who take over organized crime operations in the 1970s in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood after the FBI arrests their husbands. The cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson, James Badge Dale, Brian d’Arcy James, Margo Martindale and Bill Camp.
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
Political thriller based on the book of the same name by Joan Didion. The story centers on journalist Elena McMahon (Anne Hathaway), who finds herself on dangerous ground when she abandons coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign to fulfill her father’s, Richard McMahon (Willem Dafoe), guilt-propelled errand. Cast into an international melee of politics and covert ops, Elena’s insists on revealing the players and causes of a region in turmoil. Cast also includes Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, and Toby Jones.
Bio-drama directed by Steven Soderbergh based on the book “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite” by Jake Bernstein. The story centers on Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep), who investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners, Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas), exploiting the world’s financial system. The cast also includes Jeffrey Wright, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.
Period drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig, based on the novel of the same name by Louisa May Alcott. The story follows the March sisters: Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen), in post-Civil War America. The cast also includes Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, Abby Quinn and Meryl Streep.
Lost Girls (2020)
Mystery drama based upon the book of the same name by Robert Kolker. When Mari Gilbert’s (Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation to an insular gated community near the desolate outer banks of Long Island. Her discoveries force law enforcement and the media to uncover more than a dozen unsolved murders of sex workers, young lives Mari will not let the world forget. The cast also includes Thomasin McKenzie, Gabriel Byrne, Lola Kirke, Oona Laurence and Dean Winters.
Crime drama written and directed by Edward Norton based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem. Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, the story follows Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette’s Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna (Bruce Willis). The cast also includes Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Leslie Mann, and Bobby Cannavale.
Mystery drama based on the book of the same name by Carolyn Keene. The story follows smart high schooler, Nancy Drew (Sophia Lillis), an outsider who struggles to fit into her new home. Nancy makes a couple of close friends who set out with her solve the mystery of the haunting of a local home. The cast also includes Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, Laura Slade Wiggins, Sam Trammell, Linda Lavin and Andrea Anders.
Official Secrets (2019)
Political thriller directed by Gavin Hood based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War” by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell. It tell the true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley), who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The cast also includes Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Adam Bakri, Ralph Fiennes, Indira Varma, Conleth Hill and Tamsin Greig.
Comedy drama based on the novel “David Copperfield” by Charles Dickens. The story follows orphan David Copperfiel (Dev Patel), from infancy to adulthood as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all. The cast also includes Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie and Benedict Wong.
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.
The Quarry (2020)
Mystery thriller directed by Scott Teems based on the novel of the same name by Damon Galgut. After murdering a traveling preacher, a fugitive drifter (Shea Whigham) travels to a small town and poses as the man he killed. Though the congregation loves the drifter’s sermons of forgiveness, the local police Chief Moore (Michael Shannon) is suspicious of the man. Soon a gruesome discovery at a local quarry forces the killer to fight for his freedom. The cast also includes Catalina Sandino Moreno, Bobby Soto, Bruno Bichir and Alvaro Martinez.
Bio-drama based on the graphic novel “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Falloutby” Lauren Redniss. A story of the scientific and romantic passions of Marie (Rosamund Pike) and Pierre Curie (Sam Riley), and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.
Bio-thriller drama based on the book “Mossad Exodus” by Gad Shimron. Based on true events, where a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians, who in the early 80s, used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel. The cast includes Chris Evans, Michael K. Williams, Michiel Huisman, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.
The Rhythm Section (2020)
Action thriller based on his novel of the same name by Mark Burnell. The story centers on Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively), a woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family, she was also meant to be on the flight. After she discovers that the crash was not accidental, she embarks on a mission to track down those responsible by assuming the identity of an assassin. The cast also includes Jude Law, Max Casella, and Sterling K. Brown.
Horror based on the children’s book series of same name by Alvin Schwartz. The story follows a group of kids who face their fears in order to save their town from a series of macabre deaths. The cast includes Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn and Dean Norris.
Family fantasy based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The story follows young orphaned Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx), who after being sent to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven (Colin Firth), begins to uncover family secret through the exposure to a wondrous secret garden, lost in the grounds of Misselthwaite Manor. The cast also includes Julie Walters, Edan Hayhurst, Amir Wilson, Isis Davis, and Maeve Dermody.
Action comedy based on the novel “Wonderland” by Ace Atkins. The story centers on ex-cop Spenser (Mark Wahlberg), who teams up with his MMA fighter roommate, Hawk (Winston Duke), when two Boston Police officers are murdered to help him investigate and bring down the criminals. The cast also includes Post Malone, Alan Arkin, Iliza Shlesinger, Bokeem Woodbine, and Marc Maron.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Jerry Spinelli. The story follows Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, Susan ‘Stargirl’ Caraway (Grace VanderWaal), whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves and their world. The cast also includes Giancarlo Esposito, Karan Brar, Darby Stanchfield, and Maximiliano Hernández.
Drama based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Nicola Yoon. The story follows Natasha Kingsley (Yara Shahidi), who with her family has less than 24 hours before they are scheduled to be deported from New York to Jamaica. Further complications soon arise when Natasha meets and falls in love with Daniel Bae (Charles Melton), the son of Korean immigrants. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. The story explores whether our lives are determined by fate or the random events of the universe.
The Turning (2020)
Supernatural horror adapted from the 1898 horror novella “The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James. The story follows a young nanny, Kate (Mackenzie Davis), who is hired to take care of two orphans, Flora (Brooklynn Prince) and Miles (Finn Wolfhard), and she starts to believe that their country mansion is haunted.
Animated comedy based on the book of same name by Lois Lowry. Convinced they’d be better off raising themselves, the Willoughby children hatch a plan to send their selfish parents on vacation. The siblings then embark on their own high-flying adventure to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world as they try to find the true meaning of family. The cast includes Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara, Terry Crews, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, and Ricky Gervais.
Mystery thriller directed by Joe Wright based on the novel of the same name by A. J. Finn. The story centers on Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams), a psychologist who ends up in the middle of a crime scene while spying on her new neighbors, Alistair and Jane Russell (Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore), leaving her to determine whether or not to alert the cops. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Total Adaptations: 46