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Company You Keep, The
The Seventh Son
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Hemingway & Gellhorn
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Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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Movies Based on Books movie and a novel

Read the Book Before You See the Movie. Which is better? You decide. Start browsing our year-by-year lists of movie adaptations of classic novels. See the menu on the right.


Upcoming Movies Based on Books
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Each year
an average of thirty novels are made into movies for the big screen. Authors watch tensely as their stories are filtered through the hands of screenwriters, directors, cinematographers and studio chiefs. If they're lucky, these film adaptations do the original story justice. However, it is often the case that the book is significantly better than the movie. Here, we present upcoming movie adaptions of classic novels to keep you up-to-date on what books are being adapted for the big screen. See the right column for yearly movie and a novel listings.






Classic Movies Based on Books
Past Film Adaptations of Classic Novels

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- Our archive of movie adaptations is always growing. Here, we present memorable movies from the past that have recently been added to our database of movies based on novels. Whether you are familiar with the film version or not, experience the story in it's most classic form, and then enjoy the filmmaker's vision of the author's work.



World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War


WORLD WAR Z (2013) (Zombie, Horror, Apocalypse, War, Outbreak, Adaptation)

PLOT: A decade after the Zombie War, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, travels the world trying to find a way to stop the zombie pandemic that is collapsing governments and wiping out armies. AUTHOR: Max Brooks


Devil's Knot


DEVIL'S KNOT (2013) (True Story, Crime, Murder, Trial, West Memphis Three, Adaptation)

PLOT: This true story documents the murder of three children - Christopher Byers, Michael Moore and Steven Branch in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. The witch hunt that followed led to the conviction of three local teenagers - Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley without any physical evidence or credible witnesses. In 2011, the West Memphis Three were released after new DNA evidence was entered. The movie incorporates Steven's mother, Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon), as well as investigator Ron Lax (Colin Firth) to delve further into the inconsistences of the case. AUTHOR: Mara Leveritt


Serena


SERENA (2013) (Love, Betrayal, Great Depression, Drama, Adaptation)

PLOT: During the Great Depression, George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) and his wife Serena (Jennifer Lawrence) move to North Carolina to establish a lucrative timber business. When they find that Serena is unable to bear children it seems that the future of their empire is in jeopardy or is it? It seems that an heir already exists and complicates the lives of everyone involved. AUTHOR: Ron Rash


Syrup


SYRUP (2013) (Marketing, Advertising, Big Business, Comedy, Consumerism, Satire, Adaptation)

PLOT: Scat (Shiloh Fernandez) is a young college graduate with a profitable idea for a new soft drink called Fukk. After his so-called friend, Sneaky Pete (Kellan Lutz), steals his idea and takes a chunk of the profits it is time for Scat to figure out how to get to the top of the corporate ladder. With the help of a sexy associate named 6 (Amber Heard) he learns the ropes of the marketing world and it may just be enough to help him beat Pete at his own game. AUTHOR: Maxx Barry


Great Gatsby, The


GREAT GATSBY, THE (2013) (Classic, Love, Prohibition, Luxury, Adaptation)

PLOT: Love, lust and liquor kept Jay Gatsby's (Leonardo DiCaprio) legendary parties alive and the place to be seen. His lavish attempts at catching the eye of former love Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) unintentionally garnered him the attention of an intrigued neighbor, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). It isn't long before Nick and Gatsby's friendship grows and the light of luxury soon begins to fade. Nothing is as grand as it seems and the price to pay for a series of love triangles will be a high one. AUTHOR: F. Scott Fitzgerald


Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, The


MONUMENTS MEN, THE (2013) (True Story, World War II, History, Nazis, Adolf Hitler, Adaptation)

PLOT: This true story shares another side of World War II by documenting the accomplishments of the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program. The Allied group was dedicated to protecting art and culturally significant pieces from falling under Nazi control where it could be systematically deemed unsuitable and destroyed by Hitler. Their preservation efforts are now being made into a film starring Matt Damon, George Clooney, John Goodman, Bill Murray and Cate Blanchett. AUTHOR: Robert M. Edsel


Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS (2013) (Greek Mythology, Adventure, Gods, Adaptation)

PLOT: In the second book of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Percy (Logan Lerman) and other young demi-gods training at Half Blood Hill go on a quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece to strengthen the camp's barriers and avoid a possible attack. They find help in Grover, who is able to communicate telepathically with Percy to find the object but also to signal for help as he is being held captive by a Cyclops in the Sea of Monsters. Can they rescue their friend and complete their mission or will they have to sacrifice one for the other? AUTHOR: Rick Riordan


Ender's Game


ENDER'S GAME (2013) (Science Fiction, War, Aliens, Adaptation)

PLOT: After twice being attacked by an alien race known as the Formics, humans have created an elite school in space to train future fleet commanders in preparation for a third attack. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is one of the Battle School's newest students and with a few tricks up his sleeve, he might be exactly what the world needs to survive. AUTHOR: Orson Scott Card


Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The


MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, THE (2013) (Young Adult, Fantasy, Demons, Adaptation)

PLOT: Clary Fray (Lily Collins) is an average New York City teen, that is until she witnesses a murder and all those involved disappear before her eyes. It is learned that the victim is a demon and she was a witness to the work of the Shadowhunters. But why? What makes her able to see things others can't? After her mother (Lena Headey) is attacked and taken away, Clary uncovers parts of her past and family history that put her on the path to an unsettling answer. AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare


Company You Keep, The


COMPANY YOU KEEP, THE (2013) (Thriller, Political, Activism, Adaptation)

PLOT: Jim Grant (Robert Redford) thought he had escaped his past radical political affiliations with Weather Underground and the legal turmoil that accompanied it by recreating himself. But the past always has a way of catching up to you especially when a young journalist like Ben Shepard (Shia LeBeouf) is determined to hear your story whether you want to share it or not. AUTHOR: Neil Gordon



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~Martin Farquhar Tupper


 
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