GET A JUMP ON NEXT YEAR’S MOVIES BY READING THESE NOVELS HEADED TO THE SCREEN
Screen adaptations are awesome, but reading the book first puts you a step ahead. Not only do you know what will happen, you’ll also see what the screenwriters cut from the original story. Here are some titles be headed to the big screen in the next months:
“The Mortdecai Trilogy” by Kyril Bonfiglioli — The comedic crime novels have been turned into a film, “Mortdecai,” set for release Jan. 23. Johnny Depp stars as Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer searching for a stolen painting. The quirky story also stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith — The zombie parody of the Jane Austen classic is set to hit the big screen in 2015, with “Downton Abbey” actress Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet.
The “Last Apprentice” series by Joseph Delaney — The fantasy series follows Thomas Ward, a farmhand who discovers he has the power to protect his county from a witch. The film, called “Seventh Son,” stars Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, will be released Feb. 6.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James — The blockbuster erotic romance novel will hit theaters on Valentine’s Day, but don’t expect the movie to be as explicit as the book. Some things had to be toned down to assure an R rating. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star.
“Paper Towns” by John Green — This young adult novel got the green light to be filmed almost immediately after the success of “The Fault in Our Stars.” Nat Wolff, one of that 2014 film’s young stars, here has the lead role of Quentin, a teenager trying to decipher the mystery behind the girl he is in love with, Margo (Cara Delevingne). The movie has a June release.
“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins — Fans will have to wait until November to see what happens in the second half of the series. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has to deal with a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and realizes her business in the Capitol isn’t over yet.
“Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin — The film of Toibin’s novel follows a young woman (Saoirse Ronan) who emigrates from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s. She falls in love there, but a tragedy forces her to return home.
“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth — This sequel to “Divergent” follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to discover the history of Tris’ family. If they want answers, they’ll have to fight the Erudites.
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