Books to Screen 2015 by Spencer Wade
Hollywood has been turning our favorite books, (as well as those we hated, and those in the category of we might watch it if it comes up on HBO), into major motion pictures for many a year. Just last year there were over 30 total book adaptations released, and that is only a fraction of what is currently in development. Even if you didn’t get to the cinema much in 2014, you will recognize titles like Hunger Games: Mockingjay or The Hobbit, both based off well known works of fiction, and huge successes at the box office.
This year is no different, and with so many book adaptations coming out, we have to decide which ones are worth watching – by making sure we have read them beforehand! Here is our list of the top books being adapted into film in 2015:
Release: January 16
Julianne Moore plays a doctor of linguistics, diagnosed (somewhat ironically) with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The movie’s focus lies in her dealing with the illness amongst her hectic professional and home life.
Co-stars are Kate Bosworth and Alec Baldwin.
Release: January 16
Everyone’s favorite talking bear comes to the big screen. Polite, marmalade-loving Paddington, finding his home in the Peruvian rainforest destroyed, sets out to start a new life in Britain. Voiced by Ben Whishaw, additional actors include Nicole Kidman and Peter Capaldi, who is currently starring on the small screen as the current incarnation of Doctor Who.
Release: January 23
Johnny Depp stars in this adaptation of the The Mortdecai Trilogy. Depp plays an art dealer traveling the world for a painting that is the key to accessing a Nazi bank account. In addition to Depp, we get Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow as more than capable co-stars.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Release: February 13
Is it getting a little warm in here? Perhaps it’s just because we’re talking about the hottest book adaptation to reach screens in recent years. This erotic romance featuring an alpha male and a young college graduate has already become the top selling novel of all time, and the film is predicted to make a similar splash. Starring newcomer Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, viewers can expect the movie to push the limits of an R-rating.
In The Heart of the Sea
Release: March 15
This thriller tells the tale of the 1820 whaling ship Essex that was rammed by a whale, leaving the crew stranded for months while inspiring Melville’s Moby Dick. Chris Hemsworth, the star of In The Heart of the Sea, spoke in interviews about a strict diet and training regime he and the crew were on to prepare for the film. Needless to say, this one isn’t for those prone to seasickness.
Release: October 2
This adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is told from Igor’s perspective – a change between the book and the film, but all the more intriguing for Daniel Radcliffe’s participation as the main character. The tale has undergone multiple cinematic reformations, both as a comedy (Mel Brook’s 1974 iteration is currently streaming on DTV – info here) and as a serious silent-era drama starring master of horror Boris Karloff.
Release: October 9
The story is one we all know well. A young boy is orphaned in the woods and raised by an endearing band of animals. Disney has undertaken the challenges of reviving the classic animated film with a star studded cast updated for the new millennium. Director Jon Favreau works with the voice talents of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken. Watch for Bear Necessities to be sung by Bill Murray.
Release: November 25
An astronaut, played by Matt Damon, gets stranded on the Red Planet and must struggle to survive. Rather than fighting alien life forms, Damon rails against his own limitations as a human on a foreign planet. The cover page of the script for The Martian was launched into space with the Orion spacecraft in December of 2014. Hopefully that brings the project some luck!
Which of these adaptations will you be running to the theater for? Don’t forget the popcorn!
Spencer Wade is a freelance entertainment, film, and pop culture blogger. He can almost always be found with his face in a book or glued to the T.V. He lives and works in Chicago where the winters only serve to encourage this type of behavior.
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