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12 Book-To-Screen Adaptations to Watch in 2017

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Sarah Nicolas

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Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author who lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Sarah writes YA novels as Sarah Nicolas and romance under the name Aria Kane. When not writing, they can be found playing volleyball or drinking wine. Find them on Twitter @sarah_nicolas.

Good riddance, 2016! Hello, 2017, with your long list of book-to-screen adaptations that I cannot wait to see. Here are twelve movies or tv shows based on books that we’ll get to watch in the coming year.

hidden-figures-yreHidden Figures, movie

Based on Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parson, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge

Synopsis: A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. (from IMDB)

Premieres: January 6, 2017. Official Site 

the bad beginningLemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Netflix series

Based on A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Joan Cusack, Usman Ally

Synopsis: The orphaned Baudelaire children face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf, all in their quest to uncover the secret of their parents’ death. (from Netflix)

Premieres: January 13, 2017. Official Site

same kind of different as meSame Kind of Different as Me, movie

Based on: Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear

Synopsis: 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. (from IMDB)

Premieres: February 3, 2017. Link

Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies, HBO Miniseries

Based on: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and more.

Synopsis: Things take a dark turn for a group of moms whose perfect lives begin to unravel. (from IMDB) Read more and watch the trailer.

Premieres: February 19, 2017. Official Site

before i fallBefore I Fall, movie

Based on: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals

Synopsis: 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. (from IMDB)

Premieres: March 3, 2017. Official Twitter

Wonder by R.J. PalacioWonder, movie

Based on: Wonder by RJ Palacio

Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Jacon Tremblay, Daveed Diggs

Synopsis: 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. (from IMDB)

Premieres: March 3, 2017. Link 

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything, movie

Based on: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Starring Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg.

Synopsis: A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door. (from IMDB)

Premieres: May 19, 2017. Link


Captain underpants coverCaptain Underpants, movie

Based on: Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

Starring: Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal

Synopsis: 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. (from IMDB)

Premieres: June 2, 2017. Link

darktowerThe Dark Tower, movie

Based on the Dark Tower series by Stephen King

Starring: Idris Alba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick

Synopsis: 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. (from IMDB)

Premieres: July 28, 2017. Link

American Gods by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods, Starz series

Based on: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Starring: Ricky Whittle, Orlando Jones, Crispin Glover, Gillian Anderson, Dane Cook, Ian McShane

Synopsis: A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself “Wednesday” and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow’s life and past. (from IMDB)

Premieres: 2017, TBD. Official Site

Ten by Gretchen McNeilTen, movie

Based on: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Starring: Rome Flynn, China McClain, Cassidy Gifford

Synopsis: A modern take on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, about an exclusive private island house party that turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Premieres: 2017, TBD

between shades of gray by ruta sepetysAshes in the Snow, movie

Based on: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Starring: Sophie Cookson, Martin Wallström, Bel Powley

Synopsis: In 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival. (from IMDB)

Premieres: 2017, TBD. Link