Friday, February 24, 2017

Book-to-Film Adaptations: March 2017

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 materials at your library.

Logan
Starring: Hugh Jackman
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "Old Man Logan"
Author: Mark Millar & Steve McNiven
Summary: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border.  But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

The Shack 
Starring: Sam Worthington
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "The Shack"
Author: William P. Young
Summary: After the abduction and assumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillip's youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and has the suspicion it's from God asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered.  After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy's abduction and encounters what will change his life forever.

Before I Fall
Starring: Zoey Deutch
Release Date: Mar. 3
Based On: "Before I Fall"
Author: Lauren Oliver
Summary: February 12 is just another day in Sam's charmed life until it turns out to be her last.  Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she's in danger of losing.

Kong: Skull Island
Starring: Brie Larson
Release Date: Mar. 10
Based On: "King Kong"
Author: Merian C. Cooper & Edgar Wallace
Summary: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

The Sense of an Ending
Starring: Emily Mortimer
Release Date: Mar. 10
Author: Julian Barnes
Summary: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Beauty and the Beast
Starring: Emma Watson
Release Date: Mar. 17
Author: Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
Summary: Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast.  A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love.  What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted.

Wilson
Starring: Woody Harrelson
Release Date: Mar. 24
Based On: "Wilson"
Author: Daniel Clowes
Summary: A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.

Ghost in the Shell
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: Mar. 31
Based On: "Ghost in the Shell"
Author: Masamune Shirow
Summary: Based on the internationally acclaimed sci-fi manga series, "Ghost in the Shell" follows the Major, a special ops, one-of-a-kind human cyborg hybrid, who leads the elite task force Section 9. Devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, Section 9 is faced with an enemy whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka Robotic's advancements in cyber technology.

The Boss Baby
Starring: Alec Baldwin
Release Date: Mar. 31
Based On: "The Boss Baby"
Author: Marla Frazee
Summary: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year-old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

The Zookeeper's Wife
Starring: Jessica Chastain
Release Date: Mar. 31
Author: Diane Ackerman
Summary: The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonio and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

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

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