Upcoming Movies That Were Books First

Is it fair that the YA book-to-movie adaptations get all the attention? No. Here’s my list of movies I’m looking forward to seeing, that were originally books.

  • Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand)

Unbroken FilmThis film comes out in the UK on 26th December 2014, and was based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. Time magasine named it their top nonfiction book of the year, so it sounds like it’s worth a read! It’s a survival story set during World War 2, following young lieutenant Louis Zamperini. The movie is directed by Angelina Jolie, and features music by Alexandre Desplat.

  • Paddington (Michael Bond)

Paddington FilmPaddington! I’m never sure what to expect from this sort of film, but if it shares David Heyman with the Harry Potter movies, and stars Nicole Kidman, Julie Waters and Peter Capaldi, maybe we can afford to be hopeful? Michael Bond’s famous little bear is techincally already on the big screen (it came out in November) but I’ve yet to watch it so it still makes the list!

  • Spare Parts

Spare Parts Film

This is a total cheat, because this film is based on an article by Joshua Davis rather than a book, but I just loved the premise too much not to talk about it! “Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion.” What? That sounds amazing. Here’s hoping! The American release date is 16th January 2015, but it looks like that’s not set in stone.

  • Still Alice (Lisa Genova)

Still Alice FilmBased on the novel by Lisa Genova, ‘Still Alice’ is – from what I’ve seen – a big Indie film based on the life of a mum who receives a serious diagnosis. This movie comes to us in the UK on 6th March 2015.

  • Child 44 (Tom Rob Smith)

Child 44 Film(Please note I have no idea what this picture is, but it was on imdb, so I rolled with it). This story is set in the Soviet Union, during Stalin’s rule, and is based on a trilogy by Tom Rob Smith. It’s due in UK cinemas on 17th April 2015.

And that’s all I have for today! What are your picks for up-coming book to film adaptations? Have you read any of the books mentioned here?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

(Also I hope you all had a really lovely Christmas!)