Read the book? Now see the movie ... and vice versa


Read the book? Now see the movie ... and vice versa

A glut of great films based on novels and memoirs

Jennifer Platt

A recent report by the Publishers Association in the UK found that movies based on bestselling novels and memoirs take more money at the box office than original screenplays. This could explain the glut of movies coming out based on books. Look out for these films ... and their books:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
On the big screen now, this film is based on the 2008 historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It stars the new darling of schmaltzy cinema, Lily James (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Downton Abbey), as  a writer who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious book club in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Intrigued, she goes to the island where she meets Dawson (Michiel Huisman) and then romance and adventure ensues. Directed by Four Weddings and a Funeral's Mike Newell.
Where’d You Go, BernadetteMaybe you should read the wildly funny and wonderfully poignant novel by Maria Semple first – but this film does star the magnificent Cate Blanchett as the eccentric Bernadette who disappears before she has to go on a family trip to Antarctica. Directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood, and the Sunset Trilogy – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight).
Crazy Rich AsiansA romantic comedy based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling 2013 novel which follows New York economics professor Rachel Chu (played by Constance Cho, known for her role as Jessica Huang in the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat), who goes with her boyfriend to Singapore for a wedding and discovers that he comes from a very wealthy family with a very dark past.
Bel CantoA hostage drama, Juliette Moore and an Ann Patchett novel could be a perfect combination. The screenplay is written by Paul Weitz and Anthony Weintraub. Moore stars as Roxane Coss, a soprano who is held hostage by guerrilla forces for a month with a bunch of other important people in a mansion in South America.
The Darkest MindsFrom the producers of Stranger Things, this is one of many science fiction movies for teens coming out this year. It’s based on the young adult trilogy written by Alexandra Bracken of a dystopian future where Ruby (Amandla Stenberg) leads a group of teens with superpowers to fight the authoritarian government.
Boy ErasedIt was Netflix vs Amazon vs Focus Features: a hectic bidding war to win the film rights of the memoir by Garrard Conley about his experience in a gay conversion therapy programme in a church in a small US town. Focus Features won the rights to distribute the film that is directed by Joel Edgerton. With Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe, this is expected to be released soon and there is quite a bit of Oscar talk already.
The Girl in the Spider’s WebDavid Lagercrantz continued writing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series of crime novels, and this time Lisbeth Salander comes to life on screen by The Crown’s Claire Foyle. She is being touted as playing a much better version of the genius computer hacker than Rooney Mara’s impression in the 2011 film adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Noomi Rapace’s one in the Swedish-made trilogy.   
The Bell JarUS poet Sylvia Plath’s much-loved 1963 semi-autobiographical novel will be Kirsten Dunst’s directorial debut. Dakota Fanning is Esther Greenwood, a young woman in New York who suffers from depression.

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