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Updated: September 11, 2017
Over the past few years, my favorite books to read have been those that had already or would soon be turned into movies. Even though I am a strong believer that books are almost always better than their film adaptations, I love to see my favorite characters come to life on the big screen.
After scouring the web, we have compiled a list of 35+ books becoming movies in 2017 for you to add to your reading list. Which books will you be reading this year?
35 Books Becoming Movies in 2017
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
What’s The Story: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mum’s terminal illness.
Who’s Starring: Lewis MacDougall (Conor), Felicity Jones (Mum), Sigourney Weaver (Grandma), Liam Neeson (The Monster)
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Own It: A Monster Calls DVD
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
What’s The Story: Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
Who’s Starring: Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson), Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan), Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson)
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Own It: Hidden Figures DVD
Live By Night by Dennis Lehane
What’s The Story: A story set in the Prohibition Era and centered around a group of individuals and their dealings in the world of organized crime.
Who’s Starring: Ben Affleck (Joe Coughlin), Elle Fanning (Loretta Figgis), Sienna Miller (Emma Gould), Zoe Saldana (Graciela)
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Own It: Live By Night DVD
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
What’s The Story: Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment.
Who’s Starring: Alden Ehrenreich (Brandon Bartle), Jennifer Aniston (Maureen Murphy), Tye Sheridan (Daniel Murphy)
Release Date: January 21, 2017
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
What’s The Story: A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
Who’s Starring: Dennis Quaid (Ethan), Britt Robertson (Hannah), Josh Gad (Dog – voice)
Release Date: January 27, 2017
Own It: A Dog’s Purpose DVD
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
What’s The Story: While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.
Who’s Starring: Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele), Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey), Kim Basinger (Elena Lincoln)
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Own It: Fifty Shades Darker DVD
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
What’s The Story: While Madeline and Celeste take new in town single mom Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all. Big little lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Who’s Starring: Reese Witherspoon (Madeline Martha Mackenzie), Nicole Kidman (Celeste Wright), Shailene Woodley (Jane Chapman), Alexander Skarsgård (Perry Wright), Laura Dern (Renata Klein)
Series Premiere Date (HBO): February 19, 2017
Own It: Big Little Lies Season 1 DVD
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
What’s The Story: February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing.
Who’s Starring: Zoey Deutch (Samantha Kingston), Elena Kampouris (Juliet Sykes)
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Own It: Before I Fall DVD
The Shack by William P. Young
What’s The Story: A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”
Who’s Starring: Sam Worthington (Mack Phillips), Octavia Spencer (Papa / Elouisa), Radha Mitchell (Nan), Tim McGraw (Willie)
Release Date: March 3, 2017
Own It: The Shack DVD
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
What’s The Story: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.
Who’s Starring: Jim Broadbent (Tony Webster), Michelle Dockery (Susie)
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Own It: The Sense of an Ending DVD
Wilson by Daniel Clowes
What’s The Story: A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
Who’s Starring: Woody Harrelson (Wilson), Laura Dern (Pippi)
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Own It: Wilson DVD
The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
What’s The Story: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Who’s Starring: Alec Baldwin (Baby), Lisa Kudrow (Mother)
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Own It: The Boss Baby DVD
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
What’s The Story: Follow teenager Clay Jensen in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush Hannah’s decision to end her own life.
Who’s Starring: Katherine Langford (Hannah), Dylan Minnette (Clay Jensen)
Series Premiere Date (NetFlix): March 31, 2017
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
What’s The Story: The story of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.
Who’s Starring: Jessica Chastain (Antonina Zabinski), Johan Heldenbergh (Jan Zabinski), Daniel Brühl (Lutz Heck)
Release Date: April 7, 2017
Own It: The Zookeeper’s Wife DVD
The House of Tomorrow By Peter Bognanni
Who’s Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Nick Offerman, Asa Butterfield
Release Date: April 8, 2017
Tommy’s Honour by Kevin Cook
What’s The Story: In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy’s Honour – an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.
Who’s Starring: Jack Lowden (Tommy Morris), Peter Mullan (Tom Morris), Sam Neill (Alexander Boothby)
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Own It: Tommy’s Honour DVD
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
What’s The Story: The true-life drama that centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Who’s Starring: Charlie Hunnam (Col. Percival Fawcett), Tom Holland (Jack Fawcett), Sienna Miller (Nina Fawcett), Robert Pattinson (Henry Costin)
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Own It: The Lost City of Z DVD
Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle
What’s The Story: An ordinary college student gets her big break in a Hollywood blockbuster and must navigate through an undeniable chemistry with her two co-leads, while uncovering the truth about a missing popstar.
Who’s Starring: Bella Thorne (August Roch), Charlie DePew (Jake Salt)
Series Premiere Date (FreeForm): April 18, 2017
Own It: Famous in Love Amazon Video
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
What’s The Story: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
Who’s Starring: Elisabeth Moss (Offred), Samira Wiley (Moira), Joseph Fiennes (Commander Fred Waterford)
Series Premiere Date (Hulu): April 26, 2017
The Circle by Dave Eggers
What’s The Story: A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.
Who’s Starring: Emma Watson (Mae Holland), John Boyega (Kalden), Tom Hanks (Bailey)
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Own It: The Circle DVD
The Dinner by Herman Koch
What’s The Story: A look at how far parents will go to protect their children.
Who’s Starring: Richard Gere (Stan Lohman), Laura Linney (Claire Lohman), Steve Coogan (Paul Lohman), Rebecca Hall (Katelyn Lohman), Chloë Sevigny (Barbara Lohman), Charlie Plummer (Michael Lohman)
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Own It: The Dinner DVD
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
What’s The Story: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.
Who’s Starring: Amandla Stenberg (Maddy Whittier), Nick Robinson (Olly Bright), Anika Noni Rose (Dr. Whittier)
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Own It: Everything, Everything DVD
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
What’s The Story: Two mischievous kids hypnotize their mean high school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, the kind-hearted and elastic-banded Captain Underpants.
Who’s Starring: Ed Helms (Mr. Krupp / Captain Underpants), Nick Kroll (Professor Poopypants ), Kevin Hart (George Beard), Jordan Peele (Melvin)
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Own It: Captain Underpants DVD
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
What’s The Story: A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Who’s Starring: Rachel Weisz (Rachel Ashket), Sam Claflin (Philip), Holliday Grainger (Louise)
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Own It: My Cousin Rachel DVD
Midnight, Texas by Charlaine Harris
What’s The Story: Midnight is a safe haven for those who are different, but with the presence of outsiders, the residents band together and form a strong and unlikely family.
Who’s Starring: Francois Arnaud (Manfred Bernardo), Arielle Kebbel (Olive Charity), Sarah Ramos (Creek Lovell)
Series Premiere Date (NBC): July 24, 2017
Own It: Midnight, Texas Amazon Video
The Dark Tower by Stephen King
What’s The Story: Gunslinger Roland Deschain roams an Old West-like landscape in search of the dark tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
Who’s Starring: Idris Elba (Rolan Deschain), Matthew McConaughey (Man in Black)
Release Date: August 4, 2017
Own It: Dark Tower DVD
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
What’s The Story: A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty.
Who’s Starring: Brie Larson (Jennette Walls), Naomi Watts (Rose Mary Walls), Woody Harrelson (Rex Walls)
Release Date: August 11, 2017
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
What’s The Story: An artist falls for a young married woman while he’s commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
Who’s Starring: Alicia Vikander (Sophia), Dane DeHaan (Jan Van Loos), Cara Delevingne (Annetje), Christoph Waltz (Cornelis Sandvoort)
Release Date: August 25, 2017
It by Stephen King
What’s The Story: In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.
Who’s Starring: Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise)
Release Date: September 8, 2017
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martain
Who’s Starring: Kate Winslet (Ashley Knox), Idris Elba (Ben Payne)
Release Date: October 6, 2017
The Snowman by Don Bartlett
Who’s Starring: Michael Fassbender (Harry Hole), Rebecca Ferguson (Katrine Bratt)
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
What’s The Story: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.
Who’s Starring: Renée Zellweger (Deborah Hall), Djimon Hounsou (Denver), Greg Kinnear (Ron Hall)
Release Date: October 20, 2017
Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel
What’s The Story: A look at how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affects American servicemen and women returning home from war.
Who’s Starring: Miles Teller (Adam Schumann), Haley Bennett (Saskia Schumann), Amy Schumer
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
What’s The Story: Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world.
Who’s Starring: Daisy Ridley (Mary Debenham), Johnny Depp (Ratchett), Michelle Pfeiffer (Mrs. Hubbard), Judi Dench (Princess Dragomiroff), Willem Defoe (Gerhard Hardman)
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
What’s The Story: A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.
Who’s Starring: Jacob Tremblay (Auggie Pullman), Julia Roberts (Isabel Pullman), Owen Wilson (Nate Pullman)
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Let me know in the comments if there are any books becoming movies this year that I missed. I would love to add them to the list!
**Summaries via IMDB.com and Amazon.com**