Every year there are many, many movies based on new and old books. Readers love to say "the book was better," but often we are still drawn to the film adaptations of our favorite reads, hoping to catch the magic in a new way. Here are the biggest movies based on books that are scheduled for release in 2014.
'The Monuments Men'
The nonfiction book, The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel and Bret Witter, was released in 2009 and tells the story of a group of museum directors, art curators and art historians who risked their lives during World War II to save pieces of art that Hitler planned to destroy. An all-star cast is making this a much talked about movie. The movie release date is February 7, 2014.
Divergent is the first book in a teenage dystopian trilogy by Veronica Roth. It takes place in a future Chicago, and involves factions on fighting teenagers, so it can't help but draw comparisons with The Hunger Games. There is a lot of hype around this movie. The third and final book in the trilogy was released in the fall of 2013, creating even more anticipation. The movie is set for release on March 21, 2014.
'The Fault in Our Stars'
'This is Where I Leave You'
This is Where I Leave You is the story of a man whose wife leaves him in a public and humiliating way and then whose father dies. While he sits shiva for his father, he must spend seven days and nights with his dysfunctional family. Jason Bateman and Tina Fey will star in the adaptation of this comedy, which is set for release on September 12, 2014.
'The Maze Runner'
The Maze Runner by James Dashner was released in 2009. It is the first book in a young adult dystopian trilogy, although it is slightly different in feel than Divergent or Hunger Games. It is a science fiction thriller about teenagers living in an unsolvable maze full of horrible creatures. The movie adaptation will be released September 19, 2014.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one of the biggest thrillers of 2012 (and one of the best books of the year, in our opinion). With memorable characters, a ton of suspense, and book sales that have kept it on bestsellers lists for over a year, it is no surprise that this one is being turned into a movie. Reese Witherspoon is producing and Ben Affleck will star. The movie will be released October 3, 2014.
'Mockingjay' (Part 1)
Following in the footsteps of other successful book into movie franchises such as Harry Potter and Twilight, the last book in the Hunger Games series will be split into two movies. Mockingjay continues to follow Katniss Everdeen and the rebellion against the Capitol. Mockingjay: Part 1 is set for release November 21, 2014.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic track star who survived a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean during World War II, spent more than a month on a raft and was eventually captured by the Japanese military, who held him as a prisoner of war for two and a half years. The 2010 nonfiction book is already an acclaimed bestseller, and the film adaptation of Hillenbrand's earlier book, Seabiscuit, was a big success on screen as well. Angelina Jolie will direct the movie, which is scheduled for release December 25, 2014.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed was released in 2012 and became very popular when it was chosen for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Wild is the true story of Strayed's experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother died and her marriage fell apart. Reese Witherspoon will play Strayed in the movie.