Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book-To-Film Adaptations: November 2016

Literature often inspires film adaptations and each month I like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog entry to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in theaters...as well as checking out their source material at your library.

Doctor Strange
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Release Date: Nov. 4
Based On: "Doctor Strange"
Author: Steve Ditko
Summary: After top neurosurgeon Stephen Strange is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who becomes Strange's mentor in the mystic arts.

Arrival
Starring: Amy Adams
Release Date: Nov. 11
Based On: "Story of Your Life"
Author: Ted Chiang
Summary: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - lead by expert linguist Louise Banks - are brought together to investigate.  As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers...and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Starring: Kristen Stewart
Release Date: Nov. 11
Author: Ben Fountain
Summary: 19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle.  Through flashbacks the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

A Street Cat Named Bob
Starring: Luke Treadaway
Release Date: Nov. 18
Author: James Bowden
Summary: Based on the international best selling book.  The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Starring: Eddie Redmayne
Release Date: Nov. 18
Author: J.K. Rowling
Summary: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Nocturnal Animals
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal
Release Date: Nov. 18
Based On: "Tony and Susan"
Author: Austin Wright
Summary: An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale.

Lion
Starring: Rooney Mara
Release Date: Nov. 25
Based On: "A Long Way Home"
Author: Saroo Brierly
Summary: A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home.  He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

And there you have it, your look at November's book-to-film adaptations to be on the lookout for.

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