14 Popular Books Being Made Into Movies in 2017
A slew of highly anticipated book-to-film adaptations are set to hit the big-screen in 2017. Several notable novel inspired projects, like the long-awaited The Dark Tower film and the upcoming It remake, are scheduled to hit theaters over the coming months. Can’t decide which ones are worth checking out? Here are 14 popular books being made into movies in 2017.
- Live by Night, January 13
Ben Affleck writes, directs, and stars in the upcoming crime film that is based on Dennis Lehane’s 2012 novel of the same name. Set in the 1920s and 1930s, the story follows Joe Coughlin, the prodigal son of a Boston police captain. After moving to the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., he becomes a bootlegger and a rum-runner and later, a notorious gangster.
Affleck will play Coughlin, while Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, Elle Fanning, and Max Casella will co-star. The movie is scheduled for a limited release on December 25, before a wide release on January 13.
- A Dog’s Purpose, January 27
Based on the bestselling 2010 novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose centers on a devoted pup who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he loves by teaching them to laugh and love. Directed by Lasse Hallström, the movie co-stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, and Britt Robertson alongside K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, and Pooch Hall.
- Fifty Shades Darker, February 10
The sequel to 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey is based on E.L. James’s novel of the same name. Directed by James Foley, the upcoming erotic romantic drama follows Anastasia “Ana” Steele as she tries to move on from her relationship with Christian Grey. But a wounded Christian convinces her to resume their romance under Ana’s conditions. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprise their lead roles, while Kim Basinger, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, Eric Johnson, and Bella Heathcote co-star.
- The Shack, March 3
The faith-based drama, based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young, stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter is kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from “Papa” — which is his wife’s nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter’s bloodied clothes were found. There, he experiences a spiritual epiphany. Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, and Tim McGraw co-star.
- The Zookeeper’s Wife, March 31
The war drama, based on Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book, chronicles the true story of Warsaw zoo keepers, Jan and Antonina Żabiński, who saved many human and animal lives during World War II by hiding them in animal cages. Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Daniel Brühl star in the film, which is directed by Niki Caro.
- Before I Fall, April 7
Zoey Deutch will star as Sam, a young woman who has it all, including good looks, a lot of friends, and a popular boyfriend. One day in her charmed life starts out like any other — until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death. Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, and Jennifer Beals round out the cast. Ry Russo-Young directs the film, which is based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.
- Wonder, April 7
The upcoming drama, adapted from R.J. Palacio’s 2012 novel, stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of Jacob Tremblay, who plays Auggie, a young boy struggling to overcome a facial deformity. The movie also features Mandy Patinkin, Sonia Braga, Millie Davis, Ali Liebert, and Daveed Diggs. Stephen Chbosky directs the film.