The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for 2014 Movies Based On Books

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With the Oscars fast-approaching – they’re slated for this Sunday so get your popcorn ready! – we thought we’d give you the scoop on 2014 movies based on books. Since they tend to be the good ones that start from a great story we think this will help prepare you for next years Oscars party. It looks like Shailene Woodley and Rosamund Pike are 2014 favorites.

So without further ado, mark your calendars for these movies coming soon based on stories that were just screaming to be put on the screen.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn cover imageGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Movie Release Date: October 2, 2014

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck

Our thoughts: The book was mesmerizing but also very…strange – or maybe unpredictable is the word. We’ve heard the word on the street that they’ve changed the ending for Hollywood’s sake. So we highly recommend reading the book so you can get the real story.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green cover imageThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Movie Release Date: June 6, 2014

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort

Our thoughts: The movie is sure to be a tearjerker! Featuring two teens with terminal cancer, it’s a touching story of first love, but also perseverance.

The book is written by author John Green of cult status so avoid opening weekend when the theatre is sure to be filled with his biggest fans.

A Long Way Down by Nick HornbyA Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Movie Release Date: March 21, 2014

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette

Our thoughts: Nick Hornby masters the classic coming together of characters at a New Year’s Eve party in London all dealing with the troubles of their own lives.

It’s hard to translate Hornby’s great writing to the screen, but it’s been done before in About a Boy, High Fidelity, the list goes on.

 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed cover imageWild by Cheryl Strayed

Movie Release Date: Late 2014, no release date set yet

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffman

Our thoughts: The book is for fans of Eat, Pray, Love. The book is part spiritual, part physical and deeply personal. We wonder if Reese can convey this in her performance.

The book often seemed self indulgent so we are looking forward to see if this continues in the movie.

Divergent by Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth

Movie Release Date: March 21, 2014

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller

Our thoughts: Based on a YA novel, this book is a thrilling story of how far you can push yourself. But it also explores themes of belonging and finding your true self without fear.

This is certainly the Spring blockbuster and will likely be talked about.

 

Hector and the Search for Happiness cover imageHector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

Movie Release Date: Late 2014, no release date set

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg

Our thoughts: Hector is an endearing character who plays a psychiatrist fed up with complaints from his patients. So he sets off for a world adventure seeking the true meaning of happiness.

We have faith that with this great cast the feeling of the book will shine through.

 

What are your favorite books as movies? And could the movie even compare?

 

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