Upcoming Books Into Films

Looking for book suggestions for yourself or your book group in the coming year? The following is a list of books being planned for a movie adaptation. Books turning into movies always generate a lot of debates and discussions.  Better still, read the book then watch the movie together… I’m sure more debates will ensue.

Hope the following list can furnish you or your group with some ideas. Do note that these titles are in various stages of development, meaning some may come out in the next year or two, some may take longer if they get started at all.  Click on titles (links) for more details.


1984 by George Orwell

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Adjustment Team (short story) by Philip K. Dick (Film: The Adjustment Bureau)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn by Hergé

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Daniel Radcliffe)

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Keira Knightly)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant (short story)

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer (Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Middlemarch by George Eliot

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

One Day by David Nicholls

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Paradise Lost by John Milton

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (A new take: Jane Austen Handheld)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw (My Fair Lady, Carey Mulligan, Emma Thompson script)

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (A Latina spin: From Prada to Nada)

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Matt Damon, Keira Knightly)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The Tiger by John Vaillant

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carré (Colin Firth)

Water for Elephant by Sara Gruen

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë


For a more updated list, click here to “More Upcoming Books Into Movies”.

If you know of any other titles, you are welcome to add to this list by leaving the info in the comment section.

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If she’s not birding by the Pond, Arti’s likely watching a movie, reading, or writing a review. Creator of Ripple Effects, bylines in Asian American Press, Vague Visages, Curator Magazine.

14 thoughts on “Upcoming Books Into Films”

  1. Brave New World and 1984 are faves of mine. In this day and age, I imagine the films for these will be very impressive. Only time will tell!


    Let’s just hope they are quality films and not just ride on sensational technical edge. Thanks for stopping by!



  2. Wow! That’s quite a list — many many more than I’d even heard about. Have been looking forward to The Hobbit for several years. Just read Blink and wonder how a movie will be made from it…

    Yes, I’m quite surprised too as to how long the list is… and I haven’t even mentioned all of them. The Hobbit comes in two parts. As for Blink, click on the link to find out more. It’s interesting turning a non-fiction into a movie, isn’t it?



  3. Paradise Lost as a movie? Somehow I imagine there will be heavy on the angelic battle with lots of dramatic cgi effects. I wonder who will play Lucifer? And will God Himself make an appearance?


    Yes, sounds like it’s going to be something like Beuwolf, or Clash of the Titans… mmm Milton would be flabbergasted.



  4. Great list Arti. I shall link to this on my OTHER group site – not the JASACT one but my reading group one. We’ve been going for 22 years. Unfortunately we’ve just chosen our books for the next 6 months but we often do like to do Book-Film tie-ins. Cheers.


    Do you have a blog on your book group too? It’s just wonderful isn’t it to have something going for 22 years… must be quite an experience! Thanks for linking.



    1. Yep, I do, but it’s less active than the JASACT one. They were keen to have one but most haven’t really engaged. It’s minervareads.blogspot.com but you’ve probably seen that from the link. It’s a great great group so I forgive them this little failing – LOL.

      Oh, and for your list I’ve just discovered that the BBC is going to do an adaptation of Sarah Waters The night watch. here is a link: http://www.queeried.co.uk/sarah-waters-the-night-watch-bbc-adaptation/ A very interesting book.


      Again, thanks for mentioning and linking this post, and adding one more title to the list. 😉



  5. How interesting. The Screwtape Letters! I loved Tender is the Night, but I don’t know if I want to see it in film, though I like those actors.

    Yesterday, in the throes of a bad cold, I watched movies all day. I turned on a film version of one of my favorite novels, Fugitive Pieces. I was so turned off by the casting and acting that I turned it off after a couple of minutes. When good books are turned into films, the film makers have millions of critics — those who have read and loved the books! Too bad they can’t consult all of us for our opinions. 🙂


    You’ve brought to my mind some feelings that I’ve long forgotten. My response to watching Fugitive Pieces is exactly as you’ve described here… that’s one of the few movies I could not finish. It was quite a disappointment because the book was so good, so poetic.

    Yes, The Screwtape Letters. Last year when I was at Regent taking a film course, I heard Ralph Winter (producer) talk briefly about it. As for the two Fitzgerald adaptations, I think it’s time for a remake. It’s always interesting to see a new take on some classic works. Movies will always help to gain more exposure and readership of literature.



  6. Can you believe it?! I have something to add to the list!

    There is both a book and a film – a documentary – on The Singing Revolution, which I’ve currently written about. I’ve not been able to figure out whether the book came first, or whether it was written to acccompany the film, so in that sense it may not belong on your list. Still, I want to both read the book and see the film, so I’ll figure it out.

    What I find most interesting about the list as a whole is what it says about our world, and the political and social currents running through it today.
    I suspect ten years ago “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984” would have been less likely to be on the list. Likewise, “Farenheit 451”. It’s an interesting list to analyze!


    The Singing Revolution is a documentary first, the book is based on the film. Thanks for drawing our attention to it here and with your wonderful post ‘A Season of Singing Hearts’.

    As for the socio-political movies you mentioned, except for ‘Atlas Shrugged’, both ‘1984’ and ‘Farenheit 451’ had been adapted into films before. These will be a remake. But you’re right, these films with a social/political warning ought to be remade every now and then. It’ll be interesting to see a 21st century interpretation of them.



  7. This is amazing! I have read many of these books, so it is simply wonderful to be looking forward to the movie adaptations. I am dying to see DiCaprio’s Gatsby… hope he will show an Oscar-worthy performance.


    Welcome, a fellow Canuck! Yes, there are lots to look forward to … As for the new version of TGG, at first I was excited, esp. with Carey Mulligan in there, but later found out Baz Luhrmann is going to make it a 3D rendition, my heart sank.



  8. Saw The help last night. Entertaining, fun, but too soft (and distanced from what I understand was the reality of violence and fear) and a little too caricatured. The sort of book I’m happy to spend a couple of hours seeing rather than reading I think.


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