With the recent successes of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, more and more novels are being adapted for the big screen. The following books are all ones that have been optioned for films. Because film adaptations are always a gamble, I am curious to see how these will turn out.
(If nothing else, there seem to be quite a few more thrillers in our cinematic futures.)
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Julia, a wife and mother, is living a double life. After her sister’s brutal murder, Julia attempts to hunt down her killer. As she continues her search, she is drawn into a sordid world of sex, addiction, and obsession. It turns out that finding justice for her sister may come with a price.
Watson’s novel is being adapted by Warner Bros. and is in development.
Lemmon’s book tells the true story of the Cultural Support Team, a group of women U.S. Army Special Operations soldiers created in 2010 to undertake sensitive missions in Afghanistan. Though women were officially banned from combat, the members of the Cultural Support Team could be attached to military groups for various missions. In particular, the book follows the story of Lt. Ashley White.
Fox 2000 has the film rights for this book.
Ani FaNelli is an ruthlessly ambitious women with a seemingly perfect life. But behind the armor that her expensive clothes and rich boyfriend provide, Ani hides a terrible secret about what happened when she was a student at a prestigious prep school.
Lionsgate will lead this film, and it is rumored that Reese Witherspoon will star in it.
When Wylie and Cassie get into a fight, Wylie doesn’t think that anything is out of the ordinary. Then Wylie receives a cryptic text from Cassie asking for help. Wylie can’t bring herself to refuse and finds herself being lured deeper and deeper into the woods with Cassie’s boyfriend. The further she goes, the more Wylie thinks that something isn’t right. Someone isn’t telling her everything.
The Outliers is currently being shopped for adaptation.
When Garth Callaghan discovers that he has cancer, he swears that he will find a way to remain a meaningful part of his daughter’s life even if he dies. He finds inspiration in writing notes on napkins to put inside her lunchbox and creates enough of them to last her through high school.
New Line Cinema owns the film rights to this book.
Do you remember the old Halloween rhyme that began “In a dark, dark wood/There was a dark, dark house/And in the dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room…?” Ware’s thriller plays with that idea along with the the promise that with every marriage, there has to be a murder.
New Line Cinema is handling this adaptation.
A neighborhood barbecue seems like a great way for friends to catch up. Then disaster strikes. In the subsequent months, guilt and suspicion threaten to unravel even the strongest of relationships.
Pacific Standard and Blossom Films are coproducing this work.
When Aaron Falk returns to his hometown to investigate a murder-suicide, he discovers that the seemingly simple case may be more complicated than he thought. There is also the fact that Aaron and the perpetrator shared a secret that he thought was long buried. But secrets like that never really stay hidden.
The adaptation for The Dry is currently being developed.
Death does strange things to the living. After her friend drowns, Suzy is convinced that it must be the result of a rare jellyfish sting, and she goes to the ends of the Earth to prove it.
This adaptation is currently in development but, I believe, hasn’t landed at a studio yet.
When Jenny is attacked at a party, she is given a drug to wipe her memory clean. But parts of her deeper than her conscious mind remember the trauma of the crime. She and her family search to discover who in their picturesque community is really a monster.
Warner Bros. currently owns the film rights to the book.
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Since many of us like to read the novel before seeing the movie version of a work, now is a good time to put a few of these on your reading list. I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet, but there are some interesting ones that I’ll have to pick up. If you’ve read any of these, let me know how you think they’ll translate to the big screen! There is something wild and strange about seeing books in motion.