I’m not sure if you have noticed or not yet, but here at Lit to Lens we’re all about discussing film adaptations of novels on our podcast. And what better way to prepare for future episodes than to create a list of novels being adapted into films this year? When you think of a better idea, please, let me know.
Below is a list of films (ordered by release date) that are scheduled to come out in 2017 based on books, graphic novels, comics, memoirs, etc. If you’re like us and you enjoy reading the book and then watching the film, use this list to help you prepare for what’s coming this year.
This page will be updated throughout the year with links, information, pictures, etc. So check back for more updates!
The Zookeeper’s Wife
(Dir. Niki Caro; Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl) — March 31
The Zookeper’s Wife tells the story of the keeper’s of a zoo in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation Poland and the heroism they displayed in saving hundreds of people and animals in the process.
The House of Tomorrow
(Dir. Peter Livolsi; Asa Butterfield, Nick Offerman) — April 8
The House of Tomorrow tells the story of R. Buckminster Fuller (futurist, architect, and inventor) through the eyes of two teenagers trying to get laid, become rock stars, and survive four years of high school.
The Lost City of Z
(Dir. James Gray; Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller) — April 14
The Lost City of Z tells the story of British explorer, Colonel Percival Fawcett, who was hell-bent on finding a mysterious civilization in the heart of the Amazon during the 1920’s.
(Dir. James Ponsoldt; Emma Watson, Tom Hanks) — April 28
The Circle tells the story of a young woman who lands her dream job of working at a powerful tech company called The Circle, before unearthing terrifying secrets about the organization.
(Dir. Oren Moverman; Richard Gere, Laura Linney) — May 5
The Dinner asks the question: How far will parents go to protect their children from imminent danger?
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
(Dir. David Soren; Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, Kevin Hart) — June 2
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie tells the story of two teenagers who convince their dimwitted principal that he is a superhero named Captain Underpants.
My Cousin Rachel
(Dir. Roger Michell; Rachel Weisz) — July 14
My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who is plotting revenge on his cousin Rachel, whom he believes is responsible for murdering his guardian. But, once encountered with her mysteriousness and beauty, he falls for her.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
(Dir. Luc Besson; Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, John Goodman, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke) — July 21
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets tells the story of Valerian and Laureline, two special operatives given the task of protecting Alpha (the city of a thousand planets) and the universe as a whole from dark, threatening forces.
(Dir. David Leitch; Charlize Theron, James McAvoy) — July 28
Atomic Blonde tells the story of an undercover MI6 agent tasked with investigating the murder of a fellow agent and recovering a list of double agents during the height of the Cold War.
The Dark Tower
(Dir. Nikolaj Arcel; Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey) — August 4
The Dark Tower tells the story of The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who pursues the Man in Black while traversing a desolate and mysterious wasteland in hopes of saving his world.
(Dir. Justin Chadwick; Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Zach Galifianakis) — August 25
Tulip Fever tells the story of a painter who falls for a married woman after being commissioned to paint her and her husband during the height of the Tulip mania in 1600s Amsterdam.
Stephen King’s IT
(Dir. Andres Muschietti; Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard) — September 8
IT tells the story of a group of children who are harassed and tormented by an evil clown. It looks scary.
(Dir. Tomas Alfredson; Rebecca Ferguson, Michael Fassbender, Val Kilmer) — October 13
The Snowman tells the story of detective Harry Hole as he investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is wrapped around a snowman. From what we understand it’s not about Young Jeezy.
The Mountain Between Us
(Dir. Hany Abu-Assad; Idris Elba, Kate Winslet) — October 20
The Mountain Between Us tells the story of two complete strangers who forge a connection after a tragic plane crash and survive the dangerous elements on a snow-covered mountain.
Thank You For Your Service
(Dir. Jason Hall; Haley Bennett, Amy Schumer, Miles Teller) — October 27
Thank You for Your Service tells the story of how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects servicemen and women when they return home from war.
(Dir. Francis Lawrence; Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Louise-Parker, Joel Edgerton) — November 10
Red Sparrow tells the story of Russian spy who falls in love with a CIA operative, thus forcing her to consider becoming a double-agent.
(Dir. Stephen Chbosky; Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay) — November 17
Wonder tells the story of a boy born with a facial deformity who shows his peers that you can fit in anywhere, no matter what you look like. Perks of Being A Wallflower author Chbosky directs.
Murder on the Orient Express
(Dir. Kenneth Branagh; Josh Gad, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz) — November 22
Murder on the Orient Express is a mystery where thirteen passengers on a train are considered suspects of a murder that occurred during the ride through Europe.
The Long Home
(Dir. James Franco; James Franco, Josh Hutcherson, Tim Blake Nelson, Courtney Love, Asthon Kutcher, Josh Hartnett) — TBD 2017
The Long Home tells the story of a young contractor hired to build a honky-tonk in Tennessee for the man who killed his father.
(No director attached; Tom Hardy) — TBD 2017
Splinter Cell tells the story of Sam Fisher, a lone operative deployed by the U.S. government to spy, steal, destroy, and assassinate to protect American freedoms.
(Dir. Alex Garland; Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac) — TBD 2017/2018
Annihilation tells the story of a group of scientists who are sent on an expedition to Area X, a closed-off portion of the continent where the laws of nature do not apply, and those who have entered have not returned the same. Early footage screened at CinemaCon and people seemed to love it.
The Glass Castle
(Dir. Destin Daniel Cretton; Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson) — TBD 2017
The Glass Castle tells the story of a young girl who raised in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother. The parents try to stir the imaginations of their children in hopes of distracting them from the family’s poverty.