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Everyone always says "the book was better." This time, read the book beforehand so you can agree when the following movies are released in theaters. 

The Lost City of Z 
by David Grann
 - April 14, 2017

This upcoming release tells the story of Percival Fawcett, a real-life British explorer in the 1920s who dreamt of discovering a lost Amazonian civilization. You might have heard of this city: El Dorado, the mythical place that so many adventurers spoke of long ago. Fawcett referred to it as the “City of Z” and spent his life searching for it. After writer David Grann discovered a hidden set of diaries, he wrote a book describing Fawcett’s journey into the jungle and his obsessive quest for truth. Last week, the story hit the big screens. Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, and Sienna Miller star in the adaption. Click here to watch the trailer.

The Circle by Dave Eggers - April 28, 2017

Eggers’ fictional story follows Mae Holland, who has been hired to work for a powerful internet and social media company called the Circle. Although she is thrilled by the prospect at first, she soon realizes that her position at the influential company might be more complicated than it seems. The novel begs the question: who can be safe when the internet is always watching? Emma Watson plays ambitious Mae in the screen adaptation, and Tom Hanks plays Earmon Bailey, the company founder. Click here to watch the trailer.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon  - May 19, 2017

Madeline has lived her entire life in a bubble. Ever since she was born, she’s been allergic to pretty much everything in the world. As a result, she has spent seventeen years living in her air-tight house with only her nurse and her mother. When a boy moves in next door, Madeline begins to question the safety of her life and decides to take her future into her own hands. In the upcoming movie, Amandla Stenberg plays Madeline and Nick Robinson plays the mysterious boy, Olly. Click here to watch the trailer.

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier - July 14, 2017

Set in gothic England, My Cousin Rachel has been claiming readers’ attention for more than 60 years. The novel tells the story of Philip Ashley, who was orphaned at a young age. Raised by his cousin, Ambrose, he grows to be a wealthy young man. When Ambrose marries a mysterious woman and dies suddenly, Philip believes the new wife may be to blame. Thus begins a passionate tale of treachery and mystery. Sam Claflin plays Philip and Rachel Weisz plays cousin Rachel. Click here to watch the trailer.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King - July 28, 2017

Roland Deschain, AKA “the Gunslinger,” wanders through a terrifying land that is a mix of science fiction and fantasy. The Gunslinger, the first book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, tells the story of Deschain as he pursues an evil character dressed in black. King brings the Old West to life in what appears to be an apocalyptic setting, and of course, he sends chills down the audience’s spine with his well-written tale. The movie, titled Dark Tower, stars Katheryn Winnic, Idris Elba, and Matthew McConaughey. Watch for it in theaters this summer.

It by Stephen King - September 1, 2017

This isn’t the first time King’s terrifying book has been depicted on the big screen, but this fall release might be the most horrifying adaptation yet. The story follows a group of young children who discover a creature from their nightmares living in the sewers. Seriously, guys, you’ll want to leave the lights on after you spend a night with this novel. Click here to watch the trailer.

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin - October 20, 2017

This page-turner tells the story of Ashley Knox, a successful writer, and Dr. Ben Payne, a brilliant surgeon. When the two board the same charter plane and it crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness, they must work together to survive in the freezing environment. The couple forms a connection, and their story quickly becomes one of love and survival. Idris Elba plays the role of Ben in the upcoming film, and Kate Winslet plays Ashley. Look for it in theaters this fall.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio - November 17, 2017

Palacio’s character, Auggie Pullman, was born with a facial deformity. As a result, he didn’t attend a real school until fifth grade. Now, he’s not only the new kid in school but also the strangest-looking one. He struggles to make friends and to convince everyone that, on the inside, he’s just a normal person. This warm, uplifting tale has made readers laugh and cry ever since it hit shelves. The film adaptation will release in the fall and stars Julia Roberts, Mandy Patinkin, and Owen Wilson.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie - November 22, 2017

On a snowy night, the Orient Express comes to a stop and a thrilling mystery begins to unfold. Thirteen strangers are stranded on the train, and one of them is a murderer. As always, Christie masterfully builds suspense while dragging readers along on an exciting ride. The movie adaptation will star Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, and Daisy Ridley.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - March 30, 2018

In the future, Wade Watts only really feels alive when he is plugged into the virtual world of OASIS. There, he solves puzzles and stumbles upon a clue that could lead him to claim the ultimate prize. If he wants to survive and win the game, then he’s going to have to face other players and the real world. The film adaptation will be directed by Steven Spielberg and hit theaters next spring.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle - April 6, 2018

This childhood favorite is going to be brought to life for a second time on screen. The lives of Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and her mother are all disrupted when a stranger arrives at their house after midnight. Meg’s father disappeared many years ago, and now Meg, Charles, and their friend Calvin will attempt to rescue him from the fifth dimension of time travel. Together, they face evil foes and embark on an epic journey. The new movie will star Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer - Unknown Release Date

Area X has been separated from the rest of the world for years, and as a result, it has supposedly been beautifully overrun by nature. However, those who ventured to Area X on expeditions in the past lost their minds or died. Those who did return alive eventually passed away from cancer. Now, a twelfth expedition heads into the area to discover incredible surprises and strange dangers. Although the release date for the movie has not been announced, we know that the film will star Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman, and Oscar Isaac.

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni - Unknown Release Date

Sebastian Prendergast has been homeschooled by his eccentric grandmother, who insists on teaching him about the works of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. When his grandmother dies unexpectedly, Sebastian must leave his strange home and go to town. There he meets Jared Whitcomb, who teaches him about all the things he’s missed out on. Together, they form a band and embark on a journey of self-discovery. The movie’s release date has not been decided.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - Unknown Release Date

Hannah’s story, which is set in World War II, follows two French sisters, Vianne and Isabelle. Although the two do not live near each other, they have always been close. When Vianne’s husband goes to fight in the war, Isabelle comes to help her in the countryside. The girls are tested by life, and they quickly learn that the time they live in calls for strength and bravery. The film will star Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, and Damon Herriman.

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