Read the Movie: Your Fall Guide to Movies Based on Books

Want to get a jump on some great movies this fall? The fall movie line-up is chalked full of top-notch movies based on some bestselling books. Maybe you want to “read it first,” or maybe you want to impress your friends by saying “that isn’t how it happened in the book” — either way, you are in for some entertaining reading. Here are some books whose film adaptations will hit theaters this fall.

Carrie by Stephen King. Everyone is familiar with the famous shot of Sissy Spacek standing wide-eyed on stage covered in blood. I am not sure how a remake is going to top that, but with Chloe Grace Moretz teamed up with Julianne Moore, this has the potential to be a decent remake of a classic horror movie. Carrie will be released in theaters October 18.

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. This is one of the most anticipated films this fall. A stellar cast is on board with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti and Quevenzhane Wallis, who you’ll remember from Beasts of the Southern Wild. Look for this one to be in the Oscar mix for Best Picture. Twelve Years a Slave will be released in theaters October 18.

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Staring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis. Ender’s Game hits theaters November 1.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Liesel Meminger, a young girl living with her foster parents in Germany during WWII, finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Staring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. The Book Thief film opens on November 15.

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort is based on the true story of Belfort’s tall from a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to one involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Martin Scorsese teams up again with Leonardo DiCaprio in what is sure to be another Scorsese classic. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Jon Favreau. The Wolf of Wall Street film opens November 15.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. The victors of the 74th Hunger Games are now targets of the capitol, which sparks a rebellion in the District of Panem. Jennifer Lawrence, last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actress, reprises her role as Katniss Everdeen in what will be a certain blockbuster this fall. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits the big screen November 22.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Although there was no need to stretch the book out to 3 three hour movies, the holidays wouldn’t be right without a Peter Jackson fantasy movie. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens December 13.

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Coming off their oscars for Best Picture (with last year’s Argo), George Clooney and Grant Heslov bring along a top notch cast in what is sure to be on many critics’ Top Ten list. The Monuments Men opens December 18.

August: Osage County by Tacy Letts. A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional women who raised them. Academy Award winners Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep star alongside one another and look to have their names on the Oscar list again this year. August:Osage County opens Christmas Day.

What book will you read first before you see the movie?

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

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