I’ve always said one of the greatest joys in life is reading a good book. Another is the warm feeling of smugness from watching the movie based on the book and getting to say, “the book was better.” That feeling will never get old. In 2017 you’ll have many opportunities to showcase your smugness with these seven books that are about to be released as movies! Enjoy!
Live by Night By. Dennis Lehane
Although this movie is already out in theaters, you still have time to read the book before it hits the dollar theaters. Live by Night tells the story of a man who rises in the crime ranks during Prohibition era Boston. The whole thing looks like a combination of Boardwalk Empire meets all the awesome accents from The Departed. A quick IMDB search will tell you that Leonardo DiCaprio was slated to play the role that eventually Ben Affleck plays. What this nugget of information tells us is that Affleck’s character has to die. Leo only considers characters that die in the end.
Captain Underpants By. Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants is not high-brow literature for elitist children. It is actually delightful entertainment for people of all ages. The book follows Harold and George when the superhero that they create in their comic book comes to life and helps them along the way. The movie will be released on June 2, 2017 and stars actors Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms and Jordan Peele. I look forward to seeing those pesky kids rearrange many signs throughout the movie. It’s going to be gold.
The Dinner by. Herman Koch
The Dinner is the exact opposite of Captain Underpants. The story takes place over one dinner as a family decides what to do when a traumatic incident happens in their family. The characters might be the most unlikable people you will ever meet in the world of fiction, but the pacing of the novel is what will make you fall in love. It will be interesting to see how the movie will adapt the text to make the story fit the screen. Richard Gere and Laura Linney star in the movie version set to be released in May.
Murder on the Orient Express by. Agatha Christie
Although there is already the 1974 version of this novel, Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley star in the newest adaptation of this mystery. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the movie boast a star-studded cast. Dame Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., and Michael PeÃ±a are just a few of the actors cast to board the train. The movie will premiere in November of 2017. Hopefully by then I will have solved this mystery. No spoilers please for this eighty year old book.
Thank You For Your Service by. David Finkel
This real account shows what happens to soldiers after their deployment is over. Finkel follows the veterans as they return home and describes the reality of what it is like to come home from war. The casting for this movie is…interesting. Miles Teller and Amy Schumer are some of the actors that are listed for this November 2017 release. Maybe this will be the role that gets Amy Schumer one step closer to her EGOT.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Auggie Pullman is best described as “an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face.” Wonder follows multiple character’s perspective as they get to know Auggie and learn what it means to be kind and emphatic. The movie stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Be mentally prepared to cry ugly, ugly tears at this one.
It by. Stephen King
Even though it felt like we were living in the movie It in the year 2016, Hollywood feels like we need to see more murderous clowns. You have plenty of time to mentally prepare yourself for all of the terrible trailers that feature blood-thirsty clowns for this September release.