20 Books You Must Read Before They Become Movies in 2017

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A bunch of books have been optioned for the big screen in 2017, from rumblings of Nicola Yoon‘s Everything, Everything to Lauren Oliver‘s Before I Fall. And as any true biblio knows, it’s always important to read the original tale before watching it play out on film.

So to get you started on your reading list a little early, here are 20 films adapted from some of your favorite books that are slated (or rumored) to release this year.

1. A Dog’s Purpose, January 27

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

Starring: Britt Robertson, Dennis Quaid

Author: W. Bruce Cameron

2. I Am Not Your Negro, February 3

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

Author: James Baldwin

3. Fifty Shades Darker, February 10

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan

Author: E.L. James

4. The Shack, March 3

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”

Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer

Author: William P. Young

5. The Sense of an Ending, March 10

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.

Starring: Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer

Author: Julian Barnes

6. The Zookeeper’s Wife, March 31

The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl

Author: Diane Ackerman

7. Before I Fall, March 3*

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.

Starring: Zoey Deutch

Author: Lauren Oliver

8. Wonder, April 7

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A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay

Author: R.J. Palacio

9. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, April 21

Based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, The Lost City of Z is the true-life drama which centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

Author: David Grann

10. The Circle, April 28

A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.

Starring: Emma Watson, Tom Hanks

Author: Dave Eggers

11. The Dinner, May 5

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Hogarth/ BookFans
A look at how far parents will go to protect their children. A feature film based on a novel by Herman Koch.

Starring: Richard Gere

Author: Herman Koch

12. Everything, Everything, May 19

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Delacorte Books for Young Readers/ Twitter
A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything falls for the boy who moves in next door.

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson

Author: Nicola Yoon

13. The Coldest City, July 28

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Focus Features
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Starring: Charlize Theron, James McAvoy

Author: Antony Johnston

14. It, September 8

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Starring:  Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard

Author: Stephen King

15. The Mountain Between Us, October 20

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Broadway Books/ Charles Martin
A pair survives a plane crash in the mountains where they are forced to trust each other and find safety while badly injured.

Starring:  Kate Winslet, Idris Elba

Author: Charles Martin

16. Red Sparrow, November 10

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Scribner/ Jason Matthews
A sexy Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent.

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence

Author: Jason Matthews

17. Murder on the Orient Express, November 22

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The Adventure Company/ Popperfoto
Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express, the most famous train in the world.

Starring: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp

Author: Agatha Christie

The following titles have been rumored to release in 2017 but have not been confirmed

18. All the Bright Places, TBD 2017

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Germ Magazine
A girl befriends a boy atop a school bell tower and the pair form a unique bond filled with life lessons.

Starring: Elle Fanning

Author: Jennifer Niven

19. My Friend Dahmer, TBD 2017

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Harry N. Abrams/ Derf Backderf
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy- and during his teenage years, he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.

Starring:  Anne Heche, Vincent Kartheiser

Author: Derf Backderf

20. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, TBD 2017

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FameFlyNet Pictures (JustJared Jr)
An isolated family, which has already lost four members to poisoning, that uses rituals and talismans to keep itself away from hostile townspeople.

Starring:  Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga

Author: Shirley Jackson

Did we miss any titles on our list?

Share which book-to-film adaptations you’re most excited to watch this year!

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