Books have the amazing capability of transporting us to new worlds due to their imaginative narratives. When adapted to the big screen, films can truly bring to life our favourite characters and add another level of emotional impact.
From true story novels to fantasy ideations, these are some of this year’s book-to-film adaptions that we’re excited about.
Based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures, tells the story of female African-American NASA mathematicians who accurately calculated flight trajectories for several missions, including Project Mercury. Receiving positive reviews from critics, it’s a contender for this year’s Oscars.
Stephen King’s It is being remade into the big screen for this year. The cult classic is centred on a group of friends who are being terrorised by a clown, Pennywise. Exploiting their fears and phobias, It becomes what they fear the most as It hunts them.
The Zookeeper’s Wife
Written by Diane Ackerman, the book of the same name was brought to the big screen to tell the true story of a brave couple of zookeepers in Warsaw Zoo who helped to save many animals and humans during Word War II. This powerful film is a portrayal of the horrors of the time, when 300 Jewish lives had been imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto when Germany invaded Poland in 1939.
The Dark Tower
Another of Stephen King’s novels, The Dark Tower featuring Idris Elba is set to premiere this year on the big screen. A science fantasy western horror, the film follows Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, searching for a fabled Dark Tower to help save his world from extinction.
The Lost City of Z
David Grann’s book of the same name portrays the true story of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer, who travelled to the Amazon in the beginning of the 20th century. His findings of an unknown civilisation who appeared to have inhabited the region are ridiculed by the scientific establishment but Fawcett keeps returning to the Amazon. He eventually mysteriously disappears in 1925.