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 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 February 14, 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 will be released in the fall of 2013, creating even more anticipation. The movie is set for release on March 21, 2014.
'Fifty Shades of Grey'
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was a surprise runaway bestseller that made erotica more mainstream. There has been a lot of speculation about a movie adaptation, but even though the studio has announced a release date, the leading roles are still not filled. Fans can look for the movie to hit theaters August 1, 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.
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 there are rumors that Ben Affleck will star, but the cast or release date has not been confirmed yet.