As summer is ending and the nights start to draw in, a rash of book adaptations are set to hit our silver screens. From childrens’ books to prize-winning plays there’s an adaptation to suit all tastes. With so many to choose from, and maybe some you want to happen, here’s a few you should look out for.
A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness’s fantasy revolves around a boy whose mum has terminal cancer, and a monster who is a raconteur. The film adaptation has a great cast, including Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver. Ready to hit screens in October.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Ben Fountain’s hit novel about 19-year-old Billy Lynn who survives the Iraq war has been taken up by Ang Lee, who has shot the film in High Frame Rate 3D, and judging by the teaser trailer looks amazing. With Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker it could do well during Awards Season.
The Dark Tower
Sony Pictures has set up the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, a seven-book opus that could produce as many films. The first regards a gunslinger (Idris Elba) and an evil sorcerer (Matthew McConaughey).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J.K. Rowling’s Potter spinoff stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an eccentric who travels to New York with a briefcase full of magic. Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Jon Voigt, and Ron Perlman appear in the adaptation, with a script by Rowling herself.
Dave Eggers’ 2013 sci-fi drama stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan, Patton Oswalt, and Bill Paxton. What a cast! Tech worker Mae Holland joins a powerful web company, which starts out great, but soon starts to fall apart. Sounds great.
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