In the coming weeks and months, several books that have been favorites at Manhattan Public Library have been made into films and will be coming to a theater near you! Some of the films coming soon are:
–The Hundred Foot Journey, coming to theaters on August 8, stars Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal, tells how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian restaurant and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. It is a fable that is a testament to the inevitability of destiny.
–Before I Go to Sleep, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, is scheduled for release August 12. Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love–all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.
–The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift is based on the dystopian novel by Lois Lowery. Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Release date is August 15.
–If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moretz is the story of Mia, a talented young cellist who is involved in a horrific car accident and must decide if she wants to stay and face the pain of the aftermath of the accident or escape a life of pain. In theaters August 28.
–Life of Crime, starring Tim Robbins and Jennifer Aniston, is based on the book The Switch by Elmore Leonard. Convicts kidnap the wife of a real estate developer, but their plan hits a snag when he decides he doesn’t want his wife back and refuses to pay the ransom. Release date is August 29.
–Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks and Chloe Grace Moretz is a dark story of murder and its aftermath. Coming to theaters on September 1.
–This is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey and in theaters September 12, is a hilarious account of family relationships in the dysfunctional Foxman family, gathered together after the death of their father.
–The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien and Kate Scodelario. Thomas wakes up with no memory is a place called the Glade, trapped there with other boys. A girl appears one day with an unexpected message. When monstrous creatures appear called Grievers, who knows what will happen. In theaters September 19.
–Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Toni Collette, Simon Pegg and Christopher Plummer, tells the story of a psychiatrist who searches the world hoping to find the true source of happiness. Coming to theaters September 26.
–Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is another novel by Gillian Flynn made into a highly anticipated film this fall. Nick and Amy Dunne celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary when Amy disappears. Nick appears guilty, but did he really kill his wife? Filled with suspense and twists and turns, this film is due to be released October 3.
The Best of Me is a film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts who reunite years later when they both return to their home town. In theaters on October 17.
Love, Rosie, based on the book by Cecelia Ahern, will be in theaters October 24. Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn’t possibly be right for each other…or could they? Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.
Coming out in December 2014 are several more highly anticipated films, including Unbroken, the true story of athlete Louis Zamperini and his incredible story of survival and resilience in World War II; the final episode in the trilogy of The Hobbit, titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, starring Martin Freeman and Orlando Bloom (December 17), and the adaptation of Wild, a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe–and built her back up again, starring Reese Witherspoon (December 5).
When a film based on a book is released, the popularity of the book also increases, so if you would like to read any of these books before seeing the film, go to our catalog and get your name on the waiting list—you can decide if the book or the film is better (it’s usually the book!!!!) Click on the book title to place your holds in our catalog.