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
Romantic drama sequel based on the novel of the same name by Anna Todd’s second book of the After series. The story follows Tessa’s (Josephine Langford) life as it begins to come unglued. Nothing is what she thought it was. Not her friends. Not her family. The one person she should be able to rely on, Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), is furious when he discovers the massive secret she’s been keeping. And rather than being understanding, he turns to sabotage. The cast also includes Chance Perdomo, Louise Lombard, Arielle Kebbel, Stephen Moyer, Mira Sorvino, Rob Estes, Carter Jenkins, Frances Turner, Kiana Madeira, and Angela Sari.
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, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Jonas, and David Oyelowo.
Crime drama based on the novel of the same name by Nico Walker. The story follows Army medic, Cherry (Tom Holland), who suffers from PTSD and becomes addicted to drugs and starts robbing banks to pay for the addiction. The cast also includes Ciara Bravo, Kelli Berglund, Thomas Lennon, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, and Michael Gandolfini.
Live-action animation comedy based on the children’s book series of the same name by Norman Bridwell. The story centers on middle schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp), who after being gifted a little, red puppy, Clifford, wakes up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small apartment. After attracting the attention of a genetics company, who wish to supersize animals, Emily and her Uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall), must save Clifford and go on the run in New York City. The cast also includes Kenan Thompson, Paul Rodriguez, Tony Hale, Russell Peters, Rosie Perez, John Cleese, and David Alan Grier.
Drama inspired by the novel “Ghetto Cowboy” written by G. Neri. The story is based on the real-life Fletcher Street cowboys and follows fifteen-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who is sent to with his estranged father, Harp (Idris Elba), in Philadelphia and discovers the world of urban horseback riding. The cast also includes Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, and Clifford “Method Man” Smith.
Disney’s live-action crime comedy prequel based on the character Cruella de Vil, introduced in the novel “The Hundred and One Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith. The story centers on young fashion designer Estella de Vil (Emma Stone) in 1970’s London, who becomes obsessed with dogs skins, especially Dalmatians, until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella. The cast also includes Emma Thompson, Mark Strong, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste.
Mystery thriller directed by Kenneth Branagh based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. While on holiday in Egypt, world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) sets out to find the murderer of a young heiress, Linnet Ridgeway Doyle (Gal Gadot), linked to a mysterious love triangle. The cast also includes Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Rose Leslie, Sophie Okonedo, and Letitia Wright.
Thriller drama based on the novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock. Set in Ohio between the end of World War II and the beginning of the Vietnam War, the story follows various disturbed people who suffer from the damages of the post-war, and crime. The cast includes Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgård, Riley Keough, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Haley Bennett, Eliza Scanlen, and Mia Wasikowska.
Historical period drama based on the novel of the same name by John Preston. Inspired by true events which follows archaeologist Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes), and wealthy widow, Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan), who discover an ancient Anglo-Saxon burial site while the country is on the brink of World War II. The cast also includes Lily James, Johnny Flynn, Ben Chaplin, and Ken Stott.
The Dry (2021)
Mystery drama thriller based on the book of the same name by Jane Harper. The story follows Federal Agent Aaron Falk (Eric Bana), who returns to his drought-stricken hometown to attend a tragic funeral. However, his return opens a decades-old wound, the unsolved death of a teenage girl. The cast also includes Genevieve O’Reilly, Keir O’Donnell, and John Polson.
Sci-fi adventure based on the novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The story centers on the son of a noble family, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), who is entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. The cast also includes Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
Mystery drama based on the book series of the same name by Nancy Springer. The story centers on Enola Holmes (Millie Bobby Brown), Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes (Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin) rebellious teen sister. On the morning of her 16th birthday, Enola wakes to find that her mother, Eudoria Holmes (Helena Bonham Carter), has disappeared, leaving behind an odd assortment of gifts, but no apparent clue as to where she’s gone or why. As her brothers decide to send her off to finishing school, she instead sets off to find her mother on her own, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right.
Drama based on the memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love” by Matthew Logelin. The story centers on Matthew Logelin (Kevin Hart) bringing up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife, who died a day after their daughter’s birth. The cast also includes Alfre Woodard, Melody Hurd, Anthony Carrigan, Lil Rel Howery, Paul Reiser, and DeWanda Wise.
Horror mystery based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series. The trilogy covers three different time periods, starting from 1994 and ending in 1666, and follows a nightmarish murder mystery that shakes up the town of Shadyside, Ohio.
Drama based on the memoir “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life” by Jennifer Vogel. The story follows Jennifer Vogel (Dylan Penn), daughter of John Vogel (Sean Penn), a con artist, who struggles to come to terms with her father’s past. The cast also includes Katheryn Winnick, Eddie Marsan, and Josh Brolin.
Flora & Ulysses (2021)
Superhero comedy based on the children’s novel of the same name by Kate DiCamillo. The story centers on a girl named Flora (Matilda Lawler), who is an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers. The cast also includes Alyson Hannigan, Ben Schwartz, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, and Danny Pudi.
Horror slasher comedy loosely based on the book “Freaky Friday” by Mary Rodgers. The story centers on seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton), who after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent. The cast also includes. The cast also includes Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Uriah Shelton, Alan Ruck, Katie Finneran, Celeste O’Connor, and Misha Osherovich.
French Exit (2021)
Comedy drama based on the novel of the same name by Patrick deWitt, who also wrote the screenplay. The story follows widowed New York socialite heiress Frances Price (Michelle Pfeiffer), and her aimless son, Malcolm (Lucas Hedges), who move to Paris after she spends the last of her husband’s inheritance. The cast also includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Lucas Hedges, Valerie Mahaffey, Danielle Macdonald, and Imogen Poots.
The Glorias (2020)
Bio-drama based on the book “My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem. The story of Gloria Steinem (Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander), from her childhood to her leading role in the women’s liberation movement. The cast also includes Timothy Hutton, Lorraine Toussaint, Janelle Monáe, Bette Midler, and Lorraine Toussaint.
Drama based on the memoir of the same name written by JD Vance. The story is an exploration of the American Dream and three generations of an Appalachian family as told by its youngest member, JD Vance (Gabriel Basso), a Yale Law student forced to return to his hometown. The cast includes Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, and Owen Asztalos.
Bio-crime drama based on the book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed” by Sara Gay Forden, directed by Ridley Scott. The story centers on the turbulent marriage and divorce of Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), the head of the Gucci fashion house, that leads to murder. The cast also includes Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, Jack Huston, and Reeve Carney.
Psychological horror directed by Charlie Kaufman based on the novel of the same name by Iain Reid. The story centers on a young woman (Jessie Buckley), who even though is full of misgivings, travels with her new boyfriend, Jake (Jesse Plemons), to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself. The cast also includes Toni Collette and David Thewlis.
Sci-fi action thriller inspired from the novel “The Reincarnationist Papers” by D. Eric Maikranz. The story centers on Evan McCauley (Mark Wahlberg), a man haunted daily by skills he has never learned and the memories of places he’s never visited, who is rescued by the secret group whose members call themselves “Infinites”. They reveal to him that his memories are real, but they are from multiple past lives. The cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sophie Cookson, Jason Mantzoukas, Rupert Friend, Liz Carr, Toby Jones, and Dylan O’Brien.
Historical drama directed by Ridley Scott based on the book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Trial by Combat in Medieval France” by Eric Jager. Set in 14th-century France, based on a true story which follows knight Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon) and his squire Jacques Le Gris (Adam Driver), who are ordered to fight to the death after Carrouges accuses Le Gris of assaulting his wife Marguerite (Jodie Comer). The cast also includes Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, and Michael McElhatton.
Romantic drama based on the novel of the same name by Jojo Moyes. Set in the present and past, the story follows Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones), a journalist who discovers secret love letters of a forbidden affair from 1965 and becomes determined to solve the mystery. As she uncovers the story behind Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley), the wife of a wealthy industrialist, and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner), the financial journalist assigned to cover him, a love story of Ellie’s own begins to unfold with the assistance of the endearing archivist who helps her track down more letters. The cast also includes Joe Alwyn and Nabhaan Rizwan.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson. The story centers on retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), who are grieving over the death of their son. They set out to find their only grandson, and have to fight to rescue him from a dangerous off-grid family. The cast also includes Lesley Manville, Will Brittain, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, and Booboo Stewart.
Romantic fantasy based on a short story of the same name by The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. The story follows two teens, Mark and Margaret (Kyle Allen and Kathryn Newton), who live the same day repeatedly, enabling them to create the titular map. The cast also includes Jermaine Harris, Anna Mikami, Josh Hamilton, Cleo Fraser, and Jorja Fox.
Marry Me (2022)
Romantic comedy based upon the graphic novel of the same name by Bobby Crosby. The story centers on pop superstar Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez), who finds out moments before her wedding, before an audience of their fans, that her rock-star fiancé Bastian (Maluma) cheated on her. So in an impulsive moment she marries a random guy, divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), from the crowd instead. The cast includes Sarah Silverman, John Bradley, Michelle Buteau, and Chloe Coleman.
Legal drama based on the memoir “Guantanamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. The story centers on Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim), a detainee at the US military’s Guantanamo Bay detention center, who is held without charges for over a decade and seeks help from a defense attorney, Nancy Hollander (Jodi Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley), for his release. The cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, and Zachary Levi.
Sci-fi drama directed by George Clooney, based on the novel “Good Morning, Midnight” by Lily Brooks-Dalton. The story centers on Augustine (George Clooney), a scientist in the Arctic, as he tries to prevent the spaceship of Aether, which is humanity’s last hope and future, from returning to Earth. The cast also includes Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo, Demián Bichir, and Tiffany Boone.
Drama based on the novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers. The story follows talented teen, Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.), who is implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and his journey to fighting for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him. The cast also includes Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Comedy drama directed by Amy Poehler based on the novel of the same name by Jennifer Mathieu. The story centers on shy teenager Vivian (Hadley Robinson), who after feeling fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, finds inspiration from her mother’s (Amy Poehler) rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming of rage revolution. The cast also includes Alycia Pascual-Pena, Nico Hiraga, Josephine Langford, Lauren Tsai, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ike Barinholtz, and Marcia Gay Harden.
My Salinger Year (2020)
Drama based upon the memoir of the same name by Joanna Rakoff. Set in 1990s New York, the story centers on Joanna (Margaret Qualley), who dreams of being an author but finds it to be a difficult path. So she takes a job as an assistant to J.D. Salinger’s literary agent, Margaret (Sigourney Weaver). While her eccentric and old-fashioned boss tasks her to process Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, she struggles to find her own voice. The cast also includes Douglas Booth, Seána Kerslake, Colm Feore, and Brían F. O’Byrne.
Crime comedy-drama based on the novel of the same name by Sergio De La Pava. The story centers on Casi (John Boyega), a young NYC public defender whose idealism is beginning to crack under the daily injustices of the very justice system he’s trying to make right. Doubting all he has worked for and seeing signs of the universe collapsing all around him, he is pulled into a dangerous high-stakes drug heist by an unpredictable former client, Lea (Olivia Cooke), in an effort to beat the broken system at its own game. The cast also includes Bill Skarsgård, Ed Skrein, Linda Lavin, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Western drama based on the novel of the same name by Paulette Jiles. The story centers on widowed Civil War veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), who travels town to town announcing the news of the world to the local population. When he comes upon an orphan girl, Johanna Leonberger (Helena Zengel), who has been raised by the Kiowa tribe, he agrees to deliver her to her aunt and uncle against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home. The cast also includes Michael Covino, Fred Hechinger, Neil Sandilands, Thomas Francis Murphy, Mare Winningham, and Elizabeth Marvel.
Drama based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder. The story follows Fern (Frances McDormand), who, after losing everything during the recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The cast includes David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie, and Bob Wells.
Mysterious thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan inspired by the graphic novel “Sandcastle” by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The story centers on a family that are on a tropical holiday, who after discovering a secluded beach it starts to cause them to age rapidly. The cast includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, and Eliza Scanlen.
Penguin Bloom (2021)
Drama based on the book of the same name by Bradley Trevor Greive. The story centers on a photographer, Cameron Bloom (Andrew Lincoln), whose family find hope and solace in an injured Magpie chick while struggling to adjust to his wife’s, Sam (Naomi Watts), paralysis. The bird’s arrival is a welcome distraction for the Bloom family, eventually making a profound difference in the family’s life.
Romantic drama inspired by self-help book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. The story follows young widow Miranda Wells (Katie Holmes), who is struggling to get by when she meets a stranger, Bray Johnson (Josh Lucas), who subscribes to a philosophy of positive thinking. The cast also includes Jerry O’Connell and Celia Weston.
Bio-drama based on the novel of the same name by Susan Scarf Merrell. The story follows horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss), who is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlywed, Fred and Rose Nemser (Logan Lerman and Odessa Young), upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her husband, Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). The couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
Horror thriller based on the novel “All Things Cease to Appear” by Elizabeth Brundage. The story follows married couple, Catherine and George Clare (Amanda Seyfried and James Norton), who relocate from the city to an old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. From then on, they soon start to realize that something sinister is happening in their new home that begins to slowly affect their relationship. The cast also includes Natalia Dyer, F. Murray Abraham, Karen Allen, Rhea Seehorn, and Alex Neustaedter.
Action thriller based on Koryta’s novel of the same name. The story follows teenage murder witness, Connor Casserly (Finn Little), who finds himself pursued by twin assassins (Nicholas Hoult and Aidan Gillen) in the fire-raged wilderness of Montana, with survival expert, Hannah Faber (Angelina Jolie), who is tasked with protecting. The cast also includes Jon Bernthal, and Tyler Perry.
Final instalment in the teen romantic comedy trilogy directed by Michael Fimognari based on the series of novels of the same name written by Jenny Han. We follow Lara Jean (Lana Condor) as she prepares for the end of high school and the start of adulthood as she faces a life-changing decision that will affect the future of her relationship with Peter (Noah Centineo). The cast also includes Jordan Fisher, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett, Janel Parrish, Madeleine Arthur, Emilija Baranac, Trezzo Mahoro, Holland Taylor, Sarayu Blue, and Ross Butler.
Under the Stadium Lights (2021)
Sports drama based on the book “Brother’s Keeper: The Story of the 2009 Abilene High State Championship” by Al Pickett and Chad Mitchell. Inspire by a true story which follows a small town high school football team. After a crushing defeat ended their prior season, everyone counted the Abilene Eagles out of title contention. Facing doubts and personal challenges both on and off the field, it takes the guidance of their team chaplain, Chad Mitchell (Milo Gibson), and a surrogate father figure, Harold Christian (Laurence Fishburne), for the players to realize what they can achieve when they stand united.
The United States Vs. Billie Holiday (2021)
Bio-drama based on the book “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs” by Johann Hari. The story centers on the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday (Andra Day) during the 1940s as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs. The cast includes Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund, Natasha Lyonne, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, and Dana Gourrier.
Romantic drama written and directed by John Patrick Shanley, based on his own play “Outside Mullingar”. The story follows Anthony and Rosemary (Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt), who are star-crossed lovers in rural Ireland, whose families are caught up in a feud over a hotly contested patch of land that separates their two farms, and Anthony’s father, Tony (Christopher Walken), threatens to give their farm over to an American nephew, Adam (Jon Hamm).
Fantasy comedy based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name. The story is set in 1960s Alabama, and follows a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Bruno), who stumbles across a conference of witches, while staying with his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) at a hotel, and gets transformed into a mouse by the Grand High Witch (Anne Hathaway). The cast also includes Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, Kristin Chenoweth, and Codie-Lei Eastick.
Action thriller based on the novel of the same name by Tom Clancy. The story centers on Navy SEAL, John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan), who goes on a path to avenge his pregnant wife’s murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy. The cast also includes Jamie Bell, Jodie Turner-Smith, Guy Pearce, Lauren London, and Jacob Scipio.
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.
The World to Come (2021)
Period romantic drama based on the short story of the same name by Jim Shepard. Set somewhere along the mid-19th century American East Coast, we follow Abigail (Katherine Waterston), who lives on a rural farm with her husband Dyer (Casey Affleck). When Abigail meets Tallie (Vanessa Kirby), an emotionally frank and free spirted newcomer renting a neighboring farm with her husband, Finney (Christopher Abbott), the two strike up a tentative relationship, filling a void in their lives which neither knew existed.
Yes Day (2021)
Family comedy based on the children’s book of the same name by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld. The story follows parents Allison and Carlos (Jennifer Garner and Édgar Ramírez), who always feel like they have to say no to their kids and co-workers, so they decide to give their three kids a yes day, where for twenty-four hours the kids make the rules.