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Upcoming Movies Based on Books 2015

Updated on January 19, 2015
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The Books Behind Hollywood's Hottest Upcoming Movies

On average, Hollywood releases more than three dozen movies based on books each year. With creative plot lines and compelling characters, novels, graphic novels, short stories and poems provide filmmakers with fresh ideas.

Futuristic dystopias, tragic love stories and non-fiction dominate the 2014 list of film adaptations, which includes Veronica Roth's Divergent, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Robert M. Edsel's The Monuments Men. Sequels based on books -- like Part 1 of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular Mockingjay and the final installment of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy -- are also poised to break box office records this year.

Top 3 Books Into Movies of 2014

Gone Girl
Gone Girl

Gone Girl is the third novel from author Gillian Flynn and to call it thrilling would be a massive understatement. The story digs deep into the psychology behind long-term relationships as it explores a wife's mysterious disappearance. Fingers crossed that Ben Affleck's performance as a husband suspected of murder follows more in the footsteps of Argo than Gigli.

 
Divergent
Divergent

Now that I've watched it, I can officially say that Divergent is a phenomenal YA novel adaptation. Shailene Woodley perfectly captures Tris' vulnerability and strength. For those of you who haven't read the novel, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society has been divided into five factions, all of which focus on a particular value such as honesty, intelligence or bravery.

 
The Giver
The Giver

The Giver is a throwback to pretty much every person's middle school years. For those who need a refresher, The Giver is about a 12-year-old boy who is chosen to inherit the human experiences -- such as pain and love -- that his society has given up in exchange for widespread harmony. With a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, there's a solid chance this film will live up to its namesake.

 

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Books vs. Movies: The Ultimate Debate

Whether you read the book because you loved the movie or saw the movie because you loved the book, everyone tends to prefer one form of storytelling over the other. So here's the BIG question:

When It Comes to Your Favorite Stories, Which is Usually Better: The Book or the Movie?

Wild

Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Wild Poster Featuring Reese Witherspoon
Wild by Cheryl Strayed; Wild Poster Featuring Reese Witherspoon | Source

Based On: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Following the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, a twenty-something woman decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Charles Baker

Release Date: 5 December 2014

Paddington

Paddington by Michael Bond; Paddington Poster
Paddington by Michael Bond; Paddington Poster | Source

Based On: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

A charming little bear from Peru travels to London on the adventure -- and sometimes misadventure -- of a lifetime.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent

Release Date: 12 December 2014

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon; Inherent Vice Poster
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon; Inherent Vice Poster | Source

Based On: Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon

A 1960s Los Angeles detective investigates the disappearance of a former flame.

Starring: Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin

Release Date: 12 December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Poster
The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Poster | Source

Based On: The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

The final installment of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, starring Bilbo Baggins and a rough-and-tumble team of dwarves.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom

Release Date: 17 December 2014

Unbroken

Based On: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

The Angelina Jolie-directed story of an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.

Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson

Release Date: 25 December 2014

Home

Based On: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex

A girl befriends an alien whose species invaded Earth to hide from their own enemies -- aliens who are now planning to take over the planet.

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin

Release Date: 27 March 2015

Dark Places

Based On: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Twenty-five years after the murder of her mother and sister, a woman investigates the massacre -- and the accusation she made against her own brother -- with the help of amateur crime enthusiasts.

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron

Release Date: 2015

Which Upcoming Film Adaptation are You Looking Forward to the Most?

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      not telling 

      3 years ago

      hunger games AMAZING

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i want to watch paddington bear and the hobbit

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      Kendalyn 

      4 years ago

      Nice work!

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      real deal 

      4 years ago

      has any of you seen the book ENRAGED by O.J.Nkeonye? That book deserves a movie deal. It's got Russian bad guys and its a thriller!

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      Niktravelfit 

      4 years ago

      Great lens. Can't wait to see some of those movies.

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      GEMNITYA5 

      4 years ago

      Awesome, thanks for sharing, just waiting for new releases. It's good to watch films inspired by literature.

      (Also shared on Facebook :)

      ~Blessings

      *GEM*

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      squirtboat 

      4 years ago

      Uggg divergent killed me; nothing like the book at all!

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      gusty84 

      4 years ago

      Noah = WORST MOVIE of 2014

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      Mycelium3 

      4 years ago

      and Divergent will be the BOMB!

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      Mycelium3 

      4 years ago

      Catching Fire!!!!! and the Hobbit:)

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      Joebeducci 

      4 years ago

      I'm really looking forward to the Wolf of Wallstreet, but it will probably come out around march 2014.. Greets, Joebeducci

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      divergent duh who wouldnt

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Tell the Wolves I'm Home. Maybe by 2015?

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      dbitterman 

      5 years ago

      Wow. A lot of research and great structure for this lens -- how do you make the two Amazon choices show side-by-side like that! I'm very impressed.

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      garagerob 

      5 years ago

      Great list! World War Z is EPIC.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The Fault in Our Stars. I hope the director doesn't screw it up :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: im about to start the maximum ride series i heard its really good

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      fallen by lauren kate

      hush hush by becca fitzpatrick

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: omg omg omg omg I LVOE VA!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      the maximum ride series! Or since I don't know the year its being released /mockingjay part 1 somewhat. I know ill be crying through it like I did during the book.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is set out for Feb 2014 release! It is going to be amazing, after Harry Potter it is my favorite series ever. The Fault In Our Stars is my favorite stand alone novel and I'm so excited for the movie!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The Fault in Our Stars!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The Sky is Every Where and Mockingjay part 1 and The Maze Runnner i loved all these books and will die if the movie does not come out NOW!!!! i need them NOW!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm with you!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Divergent!!!!! It sucks that the third book "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth is coming out in October. I want it now!!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: It was mentioned, I saw it. You should look again. You may have just missed it.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      GONE GIRL!

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      wildsimplicity 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: Thanks for the heads up about the release date change! Tiger Eyes was originally slated for 2014. :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      No mention of Tiger Eyes coming out in June? The first movie from a book by one of the most well known authors ever, JUDY BLUME!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      DIVERGENT ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Ok I know everyone excited for divergent, hunger games catching fire, and immortal instruments (don't get me wrong I'm probably going to scream super excited to) but what about Percy Jackson!!!!! I just saw the preview and it looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @FancyThatUSA: The Host is amazing! I'm dying to see it!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes! The Books were way more mind blowing than the Hunger Games -- to me! Best series ever

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Divergent by Veronica Roth release in early 2014!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: YESSS!! Divergent will be AMAZING!!! Cant wait!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      PARANORMALCY!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOTALLY LOOK IT UP AND READ IT!!!

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      wildsimplicity 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @FancyThatUSA: I can't wait for Oz! I have a bunch of friends who worked on the movie and they've all said it's going to be visually stunning.

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      FancyThatUSA 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Super excited about Divergent!!

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      FancyThatUSA 

      5 years ago

      Oh some really good ones this year. Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, Carrie remake and The Host - all shoudl be go, even Oz looks good too!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Cannot wait for the Mortal Instruments!!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Divergent in 2014. I'm thinking it's gonna be better than Hunger games.

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      wildsimplicity 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: Thanks so much, davespeed! I'm really looking forward to The Great Gatsby, too. :)

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      MissRubyStars 

      5 years ago

      I'm also curious to see how the movie compares to the book.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      The trailer for The Great Gatsby knocked my socks off. I can't wait to see it. I love the way you designed this lens with the movie poster from Amazon on the left side and the Amazon book cover on the right side. Very cool!

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      Digory LM 

      5 years ago

      Would love to see a high quality job done on A Tale of Two Cities.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Odd Thomas......I dont like alot of Koontz stuff--but--Odd Thomas 1 was fantastic

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Vampire Academy! and Ben Barnes

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      vampire academy

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The Passage

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Wake, if they make it one. I read each book in a week.

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      smorse28 lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm wondering how The Bell Jar will turn out. I met Julia Stiles while she was studying for her role as Esther Greenwood a few years ago. Didn't manage to get much out but it was cool nonetheless!

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      BowWowBear 

      6 years ago

      Don't know, but you have layed out the prospects very nicely. great Lens!

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      wildsimplicity 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @anonymous: The Mortal Instruments is #8 on the 2013 list.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      they forgot The Mortal Instruments!

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      ayng29 lm 

      6 years ago

      THis is an awesome looking lens. Like the Hunger Games, Battle Royale is also a book turned to movie. Its story is similar to the Hunger Games but it was written in 1999. I made a lens about the two. https://hubpages.com/entertainment/9-reasons-why-t... Would appreciate it if you can drop by! Thanks!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      The Hunger games and The Mortal Instruments the books were AWESOME

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      Adele Jeunette 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for doing the legwork and putting this lens together. I'm a librarian, and it's always good to be able to keep up with which films are coming out.

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      dessertlover 

      6 years ago

      I'm excited for the new twilight movie to come out. I love those movies!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens! I watched John carter last night, nice movie! :D

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      KarenCookieJar 

      6 years ago

      I've read several of these books, I'll enjoy seeing how the movies come out, since sometimes book movies are awful and sometimes they are great!

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