Every Movie Based on a Book in 2017 (So Far)

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Every Movie Based on a Book in 2017 (So Far)

Twenty-five movies based on books have already been released in the U.S. this year. Tackling everything from horror to fairy tales to history, these adaptations prove that filmmakers are enthralled by stories rooted in literature. Whether or not audiences are equally as captivated varies wildly, as billion dollar-grossing behemoths (Beauty and the Beast) are listed alongside box-office flops (Rock Dog…we hadn’t heard of it either.)

Check out the titles below to view every English-language movie released since January that was based on a book or a comic series.

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 12.33.29 PM.png The Bye Bye Man

Based on: The chapter “The Bridge to Body Island” in The President’s Vampire by Robert Damon Schneck

Directed by: Stacy Title

Starring: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Doug Jones

Release Date: January 13th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.05.39 PM.png Sophie and the Rising Sun

Based on: Sophie and the Rising Sun by August Trobaugh

Directed by: Maggie Greenwald

Starring: Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, Margo Martindale

Release Date: January 25th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.08.11 PM.png A Dog’s Purpose

Based on: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Josh Gad, Britt Robertson

Release Date: January 27th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.12.47 PM.png iBoy

Based on: iBoy by Kevin Brooks

Directed by: Adam Randall

Starring: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams

Release Date: January 27th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.20.43 PM.png I Am Not Your Negro

Based on: Remember This House (unfinished manuscript) by James Baldwin

Directed by: Raoul Peck

Narrated by:   Samuel L. Jackson  

Release Date: February 3rd

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.15.38 PM.png Rings

Based on: Ring by Koji Suzuki

Directed by: F. Javier Gutiérrez

Starring: Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe

Release Date: February 3rd

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.23.55 PM.png Fifty Shades Darker

Based on: Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Directed by: James Foley

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Release Date: February 10th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.22.38 PM.png The Lego Batman Movie

Based on: Characters from DC Comics 

Directed by: Chris McKay

Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis 

Release Date: February 10th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.28.28 PM.png A United Kingdom

Based on: Colour Bar by Susan Williams

Directed by: Amma Asante

Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike

Release Date: February 17th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.34.48 PM.png The Girl with All the Gifts

Based on: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Directed by: Colm McCarthy

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Glen Close, Sennia Nanua

Release Date: February 24th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.31.56 PM.png Rock Dog

Based on: Tibetan Rock Dog by Zheng Jun

Directed by: Ash Brannon

Starring: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard

Release Date: February 24th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.42.26 PM.png Before I Fall

Based on: Before I Fall

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Starring:Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller

Release Date: March 3rd

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.37.00 PM.png Logan

Based on: Characters from Marvel Comics 

Directed by: James Mangold

Starring:   Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen

Release Date: March 3rd

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.38.25 PM.png The Shack

Based on: The Shack by William P. Young

Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine

Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer

Release Date: March 3rd

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.45.14 PM.png The Sense of an Ending

Based on: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Directed by: Ritesh Batra

Starring: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling

Release Date: March 10th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.47.55 PM.png Beauty and the Beast

Based on: Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Directed by: Bill Condon

Starring:   Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

Release Date: March 17th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.50.21 PM.png T2 Trainspotting

Based on: Trainspotting and Porno by Irvine Welsh

Directed by:   Danny Boyle  

Starring:   Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle

Release Date: March 17th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.53.40 PM.png Wilson

Based on: Wilson by Daniel Clowes

Directed by: Craig Johnson

Starring:   Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern

Release Date: March 24th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.02.14 PM.png The Boss Baby

Based on: The Boss Baby by Marla Frazee

Directed by: Tom McGrath

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi 

Release Date: March 31st

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 2.59.15 PM.png Ghost in the Shell

Based on: Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Starring:   Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano

Release Date: March 31st

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.04.20 PM.png The Zookeeper’s Wife

Based on: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Directed by: Niki Caro

Starring:   Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

Release Date: March 31st

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.08.06 PM.png The Case for Christ

Based on: The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Directed by: Jon Gunn

Starring: Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen

Release Date: April 7th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.08.34 PM.png Smurfs: The Lost Village

Based on: The Smurfs by Peyo

Directed by: Kelly Asbury

Starring: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson 

Release Date: April 7th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.12.28 PM.png The Lost City of Z

Based on: The Lost City of Z by David Grann

Directed by: James Gray

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller

Release Date: April 14th

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Screen Shot 2017-04-28 at 3.15.17 PM.png The Circle

Based on: The Circle by Dave Eggers 

Directed by: James Ponsoldt

Starring:   Emma Watson, Tom Hanks

Release Date: April 28th

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