Novel adaptations: Hollywood goes by the book

  • Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 17:24 IST

It isn’t just Bollywood that is seeking ‘inspiration’ these days. From best-selling novels and fantasy books to autobiographies and memoirs, multiple Hollywood films releasing in the coming few months are based on page turners. Here are some of the films to look forward to.

The Best of Me

Nicholas Sparks’s romance-drama revolves around former high school sweethearts, who reunite after a visit to their hometown. The book received mixed reviews. The film adaptation, with James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan, opened in the US on October 17. It is expected to make its way to India on October 31.


The film has a strong cast, with Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Julie Walters, alongside Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw, who lend their voices to the characters of Millicent and Paddington respectively. It traces the story of a young bear who travels to London in search of a home. It is based on the Paddington Bear series, whose creator — Michael Bond — authored 18 books between 1958 and 1988, and six more in this century. It will be out on November 28 in India.

Gone Girl

The mystery, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, climbed to the top of the North American box office in its debut weekend in theatres nearly two weeks ago. And, it is still going strong. Based on the best-selling book by the same name by Gillian Flynn, it is about a husband who becomes the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife. The film is expected to hit screens in India during the Diwali weekend.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

JRR Tolkien’s fantasy series, The Hobbit, reaches its conclusion with this Peter Jackson film, the third part of a trilogy. The title — Battle of the Five Armies — refers to the five groups involved: men, dwarves, elves, goblins and orcs. It is scheduled to release in the US on December 12.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, the film is based on Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book by the same name. Both the movie and the book trace the misfortunes of Alexander on a day when things just don’t go well from the time he wakes up. The film opened in the US on October 10.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1

The third film in the popular Hunger Games series will see Jennifer Lawrence return as Katniss. She steps up to fight alongside her countrymen in the rebellion. Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone and Woody Harrelson also return in this latest instalment. It will open in the US on November 21.


It is adapted from the 1998 best-selling novel by Zane. The story is about a gallerist, who risks her family and flourishing career when she has an affair with a painter and ends up losing control of her life. The drama-thriller, with Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe and John Newberg, hits screens in the US on October 10.


The journey of a woman’s solo hike over 1,100 miles as a way to recover from a catastrophe forms the basis of this film. It features Reese Witherspoon and Gaby Hoffmann. It is based on the 2012 New York Times bestseller, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. It is scheduled to hit screens in the US on December 5.


Angelina Jolie dons the director’s hat with this film, which is expected to have a Christmas opening. It chronicles the life of an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. The movie is adapted from a 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, titled Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.
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