Booklovers and cinephiles alike will have noticed the rise in book-to-film adaptations hitting the big screen in recent years, and 2015 is shaping up to be no exception. Vicki Stegink rounds up some adaptations coming to cinemas in early 2015.
From screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) and director Angelina Jolie comes Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand, Fourth Estate). The film tells the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane wreck and became a POW during World War I. It’s opened to mixed reviews in the US and UK and comes to Australian cinemas on 15 January.
Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, Silver Linings Playbook) plays gunman Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of American Sniper (HarperCollins). Based on the autobiography of the most lethal sniper in US history, critics are calling it gritty and powerful. It’s in Australian cinemas on 22 January.
Also out on 22 January is Wild starring Reese Witherspoon and based on the autobiography by Cheryl Strayed (Atlantic Books). It chronicles Strayed’s 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in the US as she reflects on her tumultuous past. From the director of Dallas Buyer’s Club, the film has received rave reviews and has already been nominated for a slew of awards.
Part biopic, part love story, The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) as Stephen Hawking and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as his wife Jane. Adapted from Jane Hawking’s moving memoir Travelling to Infinity: The True Story behind the Theory of Everything (Alma Books), the film hits Australian cinemas on 29 January.
Julianne Moore delivers a powerful performance as Alice Howland in Still Alice, which is being described a ‘heart-wrenching’ and ‘sensitive’ film adaptation of the novel by Lisa Genova (S&S). It tells the story of a Harvard linguistics professor and her struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and it comes to Australian theatres on 29 January.
Johnny Depp plays quirky art dealer and part-time rogue Charles Mortdecai in this adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli’s 1970s series of comedic crime novels (Penguin). Mortdecai is slated for release on 29 January.
From director P T Anderson (Boogie Nights) comes an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice (Vintage). Set at the end of the psychedelic sixties in LA and featuring Joaquin Pheonix as drug-fuelled detective Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, Inherent Vice has already received numerous awards nominations. It hits cinemas on 5 February.
Jamie Dornan (The Fall) and Dakota Johnston (The Social Network) star in this much-anticipated adaptation of E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey (Arrow). Fans of the book are being warned that the film will be a little less explicit than its source material in order to assure an R rating. It premieres just in time for Valentine’s Day on 12 February.
It’s not just adult movies that are getting the page-to-screen treatment this summer. There are YA adaptations on offer too. Kody Keplinger’s high-school hit The DUFF (Hodder) is coming to the big screen on 26 February, as is The Seventh Son, adapted from Joseph Delaney’s popular ‘Spook’s Apprentice’ series (Random House). Also due out on 19 March is Insurgent, the sequel to the highly successful Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins).