In 2014, a whole plethora of books are being adapted for the big screen. Here’s a list of some of the hottest films to keep your eyes out for. While you’re waiting for them to hit theaters, why not pick up a copy of the original story?
1. The Monuments Men
Plot: While Hitler was trying to take over the world, he was also gathering the finest pieces of art. He planned to steal catalogs of the art for his collection and destroy some degenerate work.. A special unit of American and British museum curators, directors and historians nicknamed the Monuments Men was formed to stop this from happening.The story takes place over an eleven-month span between D-Day and V-E Day while six Monument Men attempt to save these treasures from the Nazis.
Author: Robert M. Edsel
Director: George Clooney
Notable Cast: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman
Release Date: February 7, 2014
2. Winter’s Tale
Plot: Based on the novel by Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale is a complex love story set in New York City at the beginning and end of the 20th century. The main character, Peter Lake, is an Irish burglar who meets the young and dying Beverly Penn when he attempts to rob her home. Peter sets out on a journey to stop time and resurrect the dead.
Author: Mark Helprin
Director: Akiva Goldsman
Notable Cast: Colin Ferrell, Russell Crowe, Will Smith
Release Date: February 14, 2014
3. In Secret
Plot: Set in Paris in the 1860s, Thérèse Raquin is wed, in an arranged and loveless marriage, to a man who is not only sick and selfish, but her first cousin, Camille Raquin. At her first opportunity, Thérèse begins an affair with one of her husband’s friends. What will Thérèse and her lover, Laurent, do to keep their love alive?
Author: Émile Zola
Director: Charlie Stratton
Notable Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Plot: This dystopian thriller, set in a futuristic Chicago, is bound to keep you on your toes. 16-year-old siblings, Caleb and Beatrice Prior, must make a decision that will determine if they ever see their family again, shaping everything about the future in front of them.
Author: Veronica Roth
Director: Neil Burger
Notable Cast: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz
Release Date: March 21, 2014
5. The Fault in Our Stars
Plot: After two teens, Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, meet at a cancer support group, their bond quickly begins to grow. Hazel is terminal and is constantly towing an oxygen tank around while Gus sports a prosthetic leg. In hopes of making Hazel’s life even a little bit better, Gus arranges a fantastic journey to meet an author Hazel has some questions for.
Author: John Green
Director: Josh Boone
Notable Cast: Shailene Woodley
Release Date: June 6, 2014