Monday, March 27, 2017

Book-to-Film Adaptations: April 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 well as checking out their source materials at your library.

Smurfs: The Lost Village
Starring: Ariel Winter
Release Date: April 7
Based On: Comic Book Series
Author: Peyo
Summary: In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map gets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.  Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.

The Lost City of Z
Starring: Charlie Hunnam
Release Date: April 14
Based On: "The Lost City of Z"
Author: David Grann
Summary: The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region.  Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925.

The Circle
Starring: Emma Watson
Release Date: April 28
Based On: "The Circle"
Author: Dave Eggers
Summary: When Mae is hired to work for the world's largest and most powerful tech and social media company, she sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime.  As she rises through the ranks, she is encouraged by the company's founder, Eamon Bailey, to engage in a groundbreaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics, and ultimately her personal freedom.  Her participation in the experiment, and every decision she makes begin to affect the lives and future of her friends, family, and that of humanity.

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

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