2017 will mark the release of films based on famous books such as It by Stephen King, The Shack by William P. Young, and the 1951 classic My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier. Perdeby took a look at some lesser-known books being turned into motion pictures that you should read before they are released in cinemas.


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson will play the lead in the film adaptation of the 2012 children’s novel that can be seen in cinemas from April. Wonder may be written for children, but the universal message of acceptance makes it a book worth reading.


The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

This non-fiction book is based on the story of Antonia Zabinska and her husband, who helped save the lives of Jews in Poland during World War 2. Golden Globe winner Jessica Chastain will star in the film that is set to be released in April.


Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The plot centres on Maddy, a teenage girl with a disease that forces her to stay indoors. She falls in love with her new neighbour, Olly, and the two venture off to Hawaii. The film starring Amandla Stenberg will be released mid-June.


I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone with Stephen Cleary

I Put a Spell on You is the autobiography of the ‘high priestess of soul’, Nina Simone. Zoe Saldana is set to star in the controversial biopic Nina, which can be seen in cinemas from late July.


The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

The film, which will be released in August, is a sequel to The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. Idris Alba and Mathew McConaughey take the lead in this science fantasy western horror about a young boy being thrust into another dimension.


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