Page to Screen, Fall 2017

Something about heading into September turns my mind to the quiet enjoyment of books read in nooks and an occasional big-screen escapist treat.

Here are some adapted-from-books films hitting the screen this fall.

View the whole collection of related books in the catalog. Click on movie titles below for trailers and details. Happy viewing!

September

IT  (September 8, R): starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the clown; adapted from the novel IT, by Stephen King (Horror).

American Assassin (September 15): starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton. Adapted from the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn. (Thriller/Espionage/Terrorism)

Stronger (September 22): starring Tatiana Maslany and Jake Gyllenhaal. Adapted from the memoir Stronger, by Jeff Bauman, about his journey of recovery in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack.

Victoria and Abdul (September 22): starring Judi Dench, Olivia Williams and Michael Gambon; adapted from Shrabani Basu’s Victoria and Abdul: the true story of the queen’s closest confidante (Nonfiction).

October

The Mountain Between Us (October 6):  starring Kate Winslet and Idris Alba. Adapted from the harrowing tale of wilderness survival after a plane crash –  The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin (Drama/Adventure).

Goodbye, Christopher Robin (October 13, PG): starring  Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kelly Macdonald. While not an adaptation, this makes the list for its subject matter, about the life of classic children’s author A. A. Milne and his relationship with his son, the real-life Christopher Robin of Winnie the Pooh fame.

Thank You For Your Service (October 27, R): Drama about the experience of returning war veterans, starring Haley Bennett and Miles Teller. Dramatic treatment of the nonfiction book Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel.

(Harder to find, but worth the effort, is the unrelated documentary by the same name about war veterans by Tom Donohue, available on Amazon Video.)

November

Murder on the Orient Express (November 10): starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp. Check out director Kenneth Branaugh’s approach to bring to life Murder on the Orient Express, the widest-read murder mystery of all time, by Agatha Christie. (Mystery)

Wonder (November 17): starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay as Auggie. From the heartfelt bestselling story Wonder, by R. J. Palacio (Realistic Fiction – Grades 5+).

Molly’s Game (November 22): starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Alba. Adapted from the memoir Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boy’s Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker(Memoir)

December

Disaster Artist (December 8, R): starring Zac Efron, Alison Brie, and Zoey Deutch. Drama of the true story behind a movie viewed as one of the worst ever made. Chronicled in The disaster artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero. (Nonfiction)

November Criminals (December 12, PG-13): starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort as high school grads seeking to find out who murdered a classmate. Adapted from November Criminals by Sam Munson. (Suspense/Mystery)

Ferdinand (December 15, G): animated feature starring Kate Mackinnon and David Tennant. Based on the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf.

-Contributed by Diana T.