Friday, August 7, 2015

Books on the Big Screen (9)

I may have covered a few of these movies/TV shows before, but here's some updated information.  Which ones are you most looking forward to?



A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson - September 2nd - I have seen this book just about everywhere.  Robert Redford is in it.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner - September 18th - I adored the first book in this series, but never got around to reading the second book. Maybe this movie will inspire me to grab a copy?

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - September 18th- The film is called Everest and includes Jake Gyllenhaaul and Keira Knightley. I'm intrigued.

Room by Emma Donoghue - October 16th - I've heard a lot of praise for this book, but never got around to reading it.  I'm not sure it's for me though.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - November 6th - I've been hearing a lot about this movie and I even bought a copy of the book to read before I see it on the big screen.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins - November 20th - I am definitely looking forward to Part II.



Frankenstein by Mary Shelley - November 25th - The film will be called Victor Frankenstein and will have Daniel Radcliffe as Igor.

The Martian by Andy Weir - November 25th - Ridley Scott is directing and Matt Damon, Kristin Wiig, and Jessica Chastain are tied to this film. I heard the book is awesome.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick -December 11th - Ron Howard is directing and Chris Hemsworth is in it.  It seems to be action packed.

The Revenant by Michael Punke - December 25th - Leonardo DiCaprio is in this one, but I haven't heard much about it. This is another one that seems action packed.

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare - The TV show will be called Shadowhunters and premieres January 2016 on ABC Family. I hope the casting is better than the recent movie. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - March 4th -Tim Burton is directing and Samuel L. Jackson is in it!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth - March 18th - I wasn't the biggest fan of Divergent on the big screen, so I am feeling a little indifferent about this one; however, I know many people are excited for this.


A Few Others:



  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  • A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers - Tom Hanks is in it!
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is currently in development. 
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo has also been optioned
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - A seven figure movie deal due out in 2017.
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Rumor has it that a TV show will premiere in  2016
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity - I hear it's coming to HBO in 2016 as a TV series and includes Reece Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.

And Even More.....
(Some of these movies have only been optioned or are "in development," so let's hope they pan out!)
  • Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll - With Reese Witherspoon producing 
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - Emily Blunt is in talks to star
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith  - Starring Hailee Steinfeld
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson - With Julia Stiles and Glenn Close
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard - Elizabeth Banks is directing!
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • The Choice by Nicholas Sparks - Due out February 2016 
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes - Due out June 2016
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck - Steven Spielberg is directing.
  • Inferno by Dan Brown - Tom Hanks is back as Langdon and Ron Howard directing - due out October 2016
  • The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan - Reece Witherspoon is producing! 
  • The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson - Selena Gomez will play Lennie.
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han 

I'm sure I have missed many great books that are being made into TV shows and movies. Let me know some that I missed and which ones you are most looking forward to! 

14 comments:

  1. I was disappointed that Me Before You got pushed back to next year when it was supposed to be out this month. I was planning to watch it as a treat to myself for my birthday. At least the sequel will be published next month.

    I am looking forward to A Walk in the Woods. We read it in book group. I thought it was really funny and somewhat interesting (there were some pacing issues when it got too descriptive about forestry, etc.). I also want to see The Martian although I couldn't get into the book. I'm also looking forward to Big Stone Gap (starring Ashley Judd). I haven't read the book yet but we will be reading it in one of my book groups next month and I can't wait.

    I will have to check out Brooklyn. I didn't know they were making a movie of it.

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    1. I still need to read Me Before You, Christina, so hopefully this postponement will give me enough time. I will have to check out A Walk in the Woods--sounds pretty good and I see it everywhere!
      How could I have forgotten Big Stone Gap? I love Ashley Judd and Adriana Trigiani's books are so great...I should check that one out! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. SO EXCITING CHRISTINA!!!! I love seeing so many books make it to the big screen (even though inevitably they don't quite do the book justice). I think the Hunger Games series has been really well done though, and I the previews for The Martian look AMAZING, so I have high hopes for all of these:) And I'm glad the Shadowhunters series is getting a second chance, I think it will do better as a TV series! Like Buffy.

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    1. I know, right?! I always get my hopes up though. You are so right about Shadowhunters. The movie made a few years ago was so disappointing only because the casting just didn't work for me, so I think it will translate better to TV as long as they get the casting right. So far I think they have! I'm excited to check it out in January. Thanks for visiting, Jenny!

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  3. Oh, my gosh; there are so many good ones on this list! I can't wait for Mockingjay (we go to the theater to see these!!) and I also really want to see Everest. You KNOW that Mrs. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is going to be bizarre and delightful; that will also be a must-see for me. I had no idea about The Engagements!! That's exciting! GAH! So many choices!! Thanks for sharing these and I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I agree. Mockingly is a must in the theaters. I am excited for Peregrine, but I haven't read the book yet. I am excited about The Engagements. Part of the story takes place in my neighborhood, so that would be cool if they filmed it locally. Thanks for visiting, Tara!

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  4. The Night Circus would make an AMAZING film if they do it correctly. I really liked Little Big Lies could make for an interesting show. I loved The Engagements, too. So many good books that could make some amazing movies and shows. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I haven't read it, but I have heard great things. I want to read Big Little Lies before the show comes out. I have never read anything by Moriarity and I need to remedy that. Thanks for visiting, Natalie!

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  5. I would love to see Big Little Lies on screen! And oh! Reece Witherspoon sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing this, Christina.

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    1. I still need to read it! So excited for it though. I love Reece Witherspoon, so I am sure she won't disappoint. Thanks for visiting, Joy!

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  6. OH MY, Night Circus would be amazing on screen, but I do hope they get it into the right hands. 13 reasons Why would likely require a full box of kleenex lol. SO excited for Peculiar Children and the cast that's been revealed so far. Great post, Christina! Thanks for sharing about all of these!

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    1. I still need to read both Night Circus and 13 Reasons...hopefully before they hit the big screen. Thanks for visiting, Becky!

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  7. Oooh! To All the Boys...is gonna be a movie? (or is a TV show?) How did I not know this already? I am so outta the loop!

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    1. I believe it has been optioned as a movie by Will Smith's company. I have high hopes. *fingers crossed* Thanks for visiting, Leanna!

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