With autumn right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to get cozy with a good book — unless you’re headed to the nearest theater to see your favorite novel brought to the big screen! Check out the list of some of fall’s most exciting book to movie adaptations 2017. Publishers’ descriptions included.
It by Stephen King
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
Release date: Out now
Things to know: This big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s supernatural horror classic stars Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise and fans are loving it — it grossed over $123 million its opening weekend.
Gerald’s Game by Stephen King
When a game of seduction between a husband and wife ends in death, the nightmare has only begun…
“And now the voice which spoke belonged to no one but herself. Oh my God, it said. Oh my God, I am all alone out here. I am all alone.”
Once again, Jessie Burlingame has been talked into submitting to her husband Gerald’s kinky sex games — something that she’s frankly had enough of, and they never held much charm for her to begin with. So much for a “romantic getaway” at their secluded summer home. After Jessie is handcuffed to the bedposts — and Gerald crosses a line with his wife — the day ends with deadly consequences. Now Jessie is utterly trapped in an isolated lakeside house that has become her prison — and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind…as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her…
Release date: September 29 on Netflix
Things to know: Starring Carla Gugino and Bruce Greenwood, this horror adaptation looks every bit as scary as the book. King describes the movie as, “Horrifying, hypnotic, terrific,” adding, “It’s gonna freak you out.”
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better — their pleasures and their difficulties — a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.
Release date: September 29 on Netflix
Things to know: This film reunites Jane Fonda and Robert Redford in their fourth collaboration. In speaking about Fonda, Redford said, “I wanted to do another film with her before I died.”
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to return home to Jacksonville, Florida for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the weather front. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, Ben offers the seat to Ashley.
Then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness — one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. Ben, who has broken ribs, and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot’s dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive. Ben records messages to his beloved wife on a small tape recorder; seeing his devotion, Ashley wonders if she has rushed into her engagement.
As the days on the mountains become weeks, their survival becomes increasingly perilous. How will they make it out of the wilderness and if they do, how will this experience change them?
Release date: October 6
Things to know: Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star in this heart-wrenching adaptation that The Hollywood Reporter describes as, “filled with eye-popping locations and an eye-popping pair of performers.”
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
The first snow will come.
A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother’s favorite scarf — wrapped around the neck of a snowman.
And then he will appear again.
As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years.
And when the snow is gone…
When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry’s worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.
… he will have taken someone else.
Release date: October 20
Things to know: Michael Fassbender stars as Detective Harry Hole in this upcoming thriller, which promises to be a real scream. Rebecca Ferguson, who acted in The Girl on the Train adaptation last year, will play Hole’s sidekick.
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Ben’s story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose’s story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother’s room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what’s missing. Rich, complex, affecting, and beautiful, Wonderstruck is a staggering achievement from a uniquely gifted artist.
Release date: October 20
Things to know: Director Todd Haynes brings this heartwarming children’s story to the big screen. Actress Julianne Moore, who stars in the film, donned prosthetic makeup to appear older than she actually is for the role.
1922, from Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
“Does anybody really know anybody? Before tonight she certainly would have thought so.”
In “1922,” a violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.
A mystery writer is brutally assaulted in “Big Driver” by a stranger along a Massachusetts back road and plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
In “Fair Extension,” making a deal with the devil not only saves a man from terminal illness but also provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
Finally, the trust forged by more than 20 years of matrimony is irrevocably shattered when a woman makes a chance discovery leading to the horrifying implications of just who her husband really is in “A Good Marriage.”
Release date: October 20 on Netflix
Things to know: Based on a Stephen King novella, this adaptation stars Thomas Jane and Molly Parker as a married couple with some problems to “work out.”
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.
It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana… and an East Texas honky-tonk… and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda… an upscale New York gallery… a downtown dumpster… a Texas ranch.
Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this true story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.
Release date: October 20
Things to know: When an art dealer (Greg Kinnear) befriends a homeless man (Dijmon Hounsou) in order to help his wife (Renée Zellweger), it will lead to a life-changing experience that is sure to light up the big screen.
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
From a MacArthur Fellow and the author of The Good Soldiers, a profound look at life after war.
The wars of the past decade have been covered by brave and talented reporters, but none has reckoned with the psychology of these wars as intimately as the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel. For The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the infamous “surge,” a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed them all forever. In Finkel’s hands, readers can feel what these young men were experiencing, and his harrowing story instantly became a classic in the literature of modern war.
In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16 — but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like — not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done.
The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?
Release date: October 27
Things to know: Miles Teller stars in this upcoming adaptation about the lives of three soldiers returning home from war. This film also features Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett, and other talented performers.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger less. A ‘respectable American gentleman’ lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside… Hercule Poirot is also aboard, having arrived in the nick of time to claim a second-class compartment — and the most astounding case of his illustrious career.
Release date: November 10
Things to know: Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in the latest adaptation of this legendary Agatha Christie tale. The film features an all-star cast, including Penelope Cruz, Dame Judi Dench, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, and more.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that has captivated over 1 million readers and inspired a movement to choose kind.
I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid — but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
Release date: November 17
Things to know: This poignant adaptation stars Jacob Tremblay, who first captured hearts in the gut-wrenching adaption of Room. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also costar.
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
The first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families, and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.
Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.
As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.
The fifteenth anniversary edition includes a special foreword by Deborah Ellis as well as a new map, an updated author’s note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.
Release date: November 17
Things to know: The adaptation is directed by Nora Twomey and produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie. In speaking about the project, Jolie said, “I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter.”
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors — John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle — the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
Release date: November 22
Things to know: This anthology film weaves together three unexpected romances that take place over the course of Christmas Eve.
Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman
Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. It is an instant classic and one of the great love stories of our time.
Release date: November 24
Things to know: This coming-of-age drama has been getting a lot of buzz since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It stars Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, best known for The Social Network.
Ferdinand, based on The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
A true classic with a timeless message!
All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid?
The Story of Ferdinand has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936 for its message of nonviolence and pacifism. In WWII times, Adolf Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it privileged status as the only non-communist children’s book allowed in Poland.
The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi — whose nonviolent and pacifistic practices went on to inspire Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. — even called it his favorite book.
Release date: December 15
Things to know: WWE superstar John Cena voices the title character in this charming adaptation of the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, based on Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they’d give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizarre adventure of their lives.
In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life.
His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.
Release date: December 20
Things to know: This upcoming film is loosely inspired by Van Allsburg’s book, and works as a follow-up to the beloved 1995 Robin Williams version. In this film, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black, a group of four teens must survive after getting stuck in a video version of the game.