A late-life romance, a murder mystery upon a snowbound train, an extraordinary kid with an extraordinary face—these are just a few of the stories we’re excited to catch on the big and small screen this fall… and they’re straight from the pages of our favorite books. Like any true book nerd would, we’ll be reading the source material of these movie releases before we watch them come to life on the silver screen.
10 Books to Read Before You See the Movies This Fall
A story of art, beauty, lust, greed, deception, and retribution—the makings of an awe-inspiring film! Alicia Vikander and Cara Delevingne star in the adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s beautiful tale in which an artist falls for a young married woman when he’s commissioned to paint her portrait. In this richly imagined international bestseller, Moggach has created the rarest of novels—a lush, lyrical work of fiction that is also compulsively readable.
In theaters now
In the throes of spring with tulips popping up all over, these titular plants were once rare and exotic luxuries, specifically in Amsterdam in the 1630s. An enamored merchant whose wealth cannot help him and his young wife produce an heir commissions a portrait of their small family of two. When the artist and wife inevitably fall in love, all of their lives are altered in a fast-paced spiral of passion and lies. The imaginative telling of this wealthy and ultimately doomed time in Dutch history sets the scene for a painter and a young wife to risk it all.
Meet Mitch Rapp: a gifted college athlete whose life is changed when terrorist attacks claim the life of his girlfriend. With a vendetta against terrorism, Rapp spends six months of intense training preparing to take the war to the enemy’s doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Behind the steely gaze of the nation’s ultimate hero is a young man primed to become an American assassin.
In theaters now
Seventy-year-old widow Addie Moore makes a surprising proposal to her neighbor Louis Waters, a 70-year-old widower. What follows is the engaging story of two isolated people finding solace in each other’s company, falling in love, sharing memories, and reflecting on their lives—their joys, regrets, fears. Robert Redford and Jane Fonda reunite in the film adaptation 50 years after their performances in the adaptation of Neil Simon’s play Barefoot in the Park.
Now streaming on Netflix
Seventy-year-old widow Addie Moore makes a surprising proposal to her neighbor Louis Waters, a 70-year-old widower. What follows is the engaging story of two isolated people finding solace in each other’s company, falling in love, sharing memories, and reflecting on their lives—their joys, regrets, fears.
Read our review of OUR SOULS AT NIGHT here.
Stephen King adaptations are dominating the box office and our television sets this year. The latest King novel to come to life on-screen is GERALD’S GAME. When Jessie reluctantly follows her husband, Gerald, to a secluded lakeside house for a “romantic getaway,” the day ends with deadly consequences when Gerald crosses a line with his wife. Now, handcuffed to the bedposts, Jessie is trapped in an isolated house that has become her prison—and comes face-to-face with her deepest, darkest fears and memories. Her only company is that of the various voices filling her mind . . . as well as the shadows of nightfall that may conceal an imagined or very real threat right there with her...
Now streaming on Netflix
On a stormy winter night, two strangers, Ashley Knox and Dr. Ben Payne, board a charter plane and then the unthinkable happens—the pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness, one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States. Faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive, how will they make it out of the wilderness, and if they do, how will this experience change them forever? Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in this thrilling adaptation.
In theaters October 6, 2017
Like the classic thriller IT did for clowns, Jo Nesbo’s THE SNOWMAN will make you deathly afraid of snowmen. One night after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day. Michael Fassbender stars as Inspector Harry Hole, who is on the case, in the film adaptation of Nesbo’s most chilling thriller yet.
In theaters October 20, 2017
Aboard the Orient Express, Samuel Edward Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is found stabbed to death in his compartment when the train is stopped by a snowdrift—and Detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) must find the killer among the dozen passengers. Branagh directs and stars in this can’t-miss adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s most compelling mysteries. Read and get to the bottom of the mystery before this all-star remake hits theaters!
In theaters November 10, 2017
The most famous Hercule Poirot mystery, which has the brilliant detective hunting for a killer aboard one of the world’s most luxurious passenger trains.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star in this adaptation you won’t want to miss.
In theaters November 17, 2017
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting fifth grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. This moving portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance is the most inspiring book I have read in years.
André Aciman’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is the story of the romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion. This buzzworthy adaptation has already received positive reviews ahead of its theatrical release.
In theaters November 24, 2017
In 2003, an independent film called The Room—starring and written, produced, and directed by a mysteriously wealthy social misfit named Tommy Wiseau—made its disastrous debut in Los Angeles. Today, the six million dollar film that earned $1,800 at the box office is an international cult phenomenon, whose legions of fans attend screenings featuring costumes, audience rituals, merchandising, and thousands of plastic spoons. James Franco directs and stars as Wiseau along side a star-studded cast including Dave Franco, Bryan Cranston... and Tommy Wiseau. Watch the hilarious trailer below.
In theaters December 8
Hailed by The Huffington Post as “possibly the most important piece of literature ever printed,” The Disaster Artist is the hilarious, behind-the-scenes story of a deliciously awful cinematic phenomenon as well as the story of an odd and inspiring Hollywood friendship. Greg Sestero, Tommy’s costar, recounts the film’s bizarre journey to infamy, explaining how the movie’s many nonsensical scenes and bits of dialogue came to be and unraveling the mystery of Tommy Wiseau himself. But more than just a riotously funny story about cinematic hubris, “The Disaster Artist is one of the most honest books about friendship I’ve read in years” (Los Angeles Times).