Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book to Movie Adaptations: Fall and Winter 2014 Releases

I'm the guy in the back.

This is a list of the upcoming Novel to Film adaptations that are being released in Fall/Winter 2014.

Release Date: September 19, 2014
Adapted from: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 

From IMDB: When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.

My Random Thoughts: I kind of like these stories. Where previously estranged family members are forced back together where they have to face their pasts and (hopefully) make amends. I kind of like to think that there's always a second (or third or fourth) chance for people, especially families.



Release Date: September 19, 2014
The Maze Runner
Adapted from: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

From IMDB: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.
(Man this blurb doesn't even seem to do this awesome story justice in my mind, but if I were to write my own blurb it would just go "Awesome awesome awesome. Epic epic epic. Shucking awesomely epic.")
My Random Thoughts: SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE. Let's all go see this opening night and then meet back on the internet to squeal about it.

Seriously though, the casting is epic (Teen Wolf's Dylan O'Brien, Game of Throne's Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee aka Minho aka my maze runner crush)

You guys, this WILL be a good movie, this story was destined for the big screen, we must all go and pay homage to the wonderful story gods for this awesomeness in our lives.

(Go HERE for my review of Maze Runner the novel).


Release Date: September 26, 2014
Adapted from: Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

From IMDB: A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel 'Here Be Monsters' by Alan Snow.

My Random Thoughts: I did not read this book. So when I saw the original teaser trailer I thought "what is this movie about?!" However, now, older and wiser by a few months I think this could be really adorable. And I have a soft spot in my heart for stop-action claymation films (Where are my Wallace and Gromit fans at?)


Release Date: October 3, 2014
Adapted from: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

From IMDB: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.

My Random Thoughts: I have to admit, I didn't read the book and I have to be in a very particular mood to watch a thriller. That being said I know so many people who are very excited to for this movie. So I will probably go see it with them. Also, the book seems like it would adapt well to the screen (although I thought this about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and that film didn't do as well as everyone thought it would).


Release Date: October 10, 2014

From IMDB: Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair, and things just get worse as his day progresses.
(haha, love it they do not pretend it is anything more than what it is)

My Random Thoughts: Sometimes I see these movie trailers and think, wow they really took...liberties with that book. But then again, this was a 30 page picture book. I have to admit, I liked what they did with Where the Wild Things Are (but that might have been because of the soundtrack). So I am not in immediate hate-mode for this movie. The being said, I didn't love this book like I loved Where the Wild Things Are. 


Release Date: October 22, 2014 (UK Release)
Adapted From: Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

From IMDB: Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.

My Random Thoughts: The book was written as a series of correspondence (through letters, IMs, e-mails, and texts). So I wonder how that will adapt for the big screen. However, Ahern's P.S. I Love You was already adapted so maybe they have this correspondence-type film down.


 Release Date: November 21, 2014
Adapted from: Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins

In the Hollywood tradition of taking a series and stretching it to as many films as possible so they can wring the marrow from our very souls, comes The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

From IMDB: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.

My Random Thoughts: This book is 110% different than the first two. So for people who haven't read the trilogy prepare yourself to enter a completely different film than you expect.



Release Date: December 17, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Adapted from: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

In the new tradition of taking a not-so-long book and stretching it into three films to suck even more of the marrow from our souls, comes The Hobbit: Did there really need to be three?The Battle of the Five Armies.

From IMDB: The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it?

My Random Thoughts: I didn't see the first two, but I do like dragons and Middle Earth and epic soundtracks. So I will probably see these movies...eventually.


1 comment:

  1. Laughing at some of your comments on these film adaptations helped me reclaim some of the marrow of my soul. Thanks.