Which is better, the book or the movie? It’s a question as old as movies themselves, but it’s a pretty hard question to answer if you haven’t read the book the movie was based on!
Here are 10 great books that you’ll want to be sure to read before the movie comes out in 2017:
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly
Movie Release Date: January 6, 2017
This inspirational book tells the inspiring true story of four brilliant African-American woman mathematicians who began their career as math teachers in the South, before joining the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory and helping launch the first human astronaut, John Glenn, into space despite the pervasive sexism and racism of the era.
The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst.
Live by Night: A Novel, by Dennis Lehane
Movie Release Date: January 13, 2017
This riveting novel about a small-time crook from Boston who becomes one of the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runners poses the question: can a man be a good mobster and a good person at the same time?
The film stars Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, and Brendan Gleeson.
Silence: A Novel, by Shusaku Endo
Movie Release Date: January 13, 2017
Adapting this classic Japanese novel about Jesuit priests attempting to bring Catholicism to 17th century Japan in the face of torture and persecution has been a long-time passion project of director Martin Scorsese.
The film stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver.
The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman
Movie Release Date: March 31, 2017
In 1939, as their country was overtaken by Nazis, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred Jewish refugees by hiding them in empty animal cages. This well-researched book shares the incredible true story.
The film stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl.
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, by David Grann
Movie Release Date: April 14, 2017
We recommended this riveting Amazonian adventure story in our post about 10 Thrilling Non-Fiction Adventure Books, and if you weren’t convinced to read it then, maybe you’ll be persuaded now that it’s coming out on film! The book tells the story of legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett, who disappeared in the Amazon jungle in search of a lost civilization in 1925 and whose fate remains a mystery to this day despite multiple failed (and deadly) expeditions to try and recover his remains.
The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland.
The Circle, by Dave Eggers
Movie Release Date: April 28, 2017
This sharp and witty sci-fi suspense novel hits uncomfortably close to home as it explores questions of privacy, transparency, and totalitarianism in a social media age.
The film stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, and Bill Paxton.
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King
Movie Release Date: July 28, 2017
35 years after the publication of the first novel, Stephen King’s epic, allegorical Dark Tower series about a lone gunman in a dying world is finally receiving a movie adaptation!
The film stars Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, and Idris Elba.
The Mountain Between Us: A Novel, by Charles Martin
Movie Release Date: October 20, 2017
Part survival adventure, part romance, this exciting novel tells the story of a pair of strangers who are stranded together in the Colorado wilderness and must rely on each other to survive, falling in love along the way.
The film will star Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.
Red Sparrow: A Novel, by Jason Matthews
Movie Release Date: November 10, 2017
Red Sparrow is the outstanding debut novel of retired CIA officer Jason Matthews, who uses his inside knowledge to pen a gripping thriller about a pair of young spies, Russian and American, who fall in love amid a dangerous operation to uncover a traitor in Washington.
The film will star Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, and Jeremy Irons.
Edit: Since the original publication of this article, the film’s release date has been pushed back from November 2017 to March 2018.
Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie
Movie Release Date: November 22, 2017
Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express is receiving a new adaptation this fall that stars Kenneth Branaugh as Christie’s beloved detective Hercule Poirot, with an all-star supporting cast that includes Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Penélope Cruz, Michael Peña, Willem Dafoe, and Derek Jacobi.
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