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Lazy Sunday: Five books getting the Hollywood remake this year

 

From much loved novels to Hollywood blockbusters, we’ve rounded up our top five books being made into films this year. Before these hit the big screen, we definitely recommend grabbing a hard copy and brushing up on your literary know how.

A Thousand Splendid Suns book

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A remarkable story following the lives of two Afghan women and their brutal struggle through womanhood, marriage and the Taliban rule. Although upsetting and tough at times, this story is fundamentally about friendship and how love and sacrifice will always prevail. From the author of ‘The Kite Runner’, Khaled Hosseini’s previous novel made an extraordinary and moving film. We’re looking forward to seeing how ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ will be adapted on the big screen.

Starring: Not yet announced

Release date: Not yet announced

 

Black Mass

The True story of an unholy alliance between the FBI and the Irish Mob’. The 2001 book written by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill follows the criminal lives of South Boston brothersWhitey and Billy Bulger. Ultimately leading to one of the worst scandals in the FBI’s history, this star studded adaption is set to be a huge crime thriller for 2015.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton

Release date: September 2015

 

The Jungle Book

Baby Mowgli is orphaned and left in the wild Jungle, later raised by wolves, Baloo the bear and Bagheera, a black panther. The evil tiger Shere Khan believes Mowgli was his to eat and bides his time until he can exact his revenge. We all know the much loved cartoon classic, but this year Disney is adapting ‘The Jungle Book’ into a darker live-action film.

Starring: Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray

Release date: End of the year

 

Frankenstien

This timeless classic by Mary Shelley is defiantly worth a read before this contemporary film adaptation. Told through the perspective of Igor, the hunchback assistant of Victor Von Frankenstien. We get a look at his dark and troubled life and early friendship with the young medical student. With an impressive British cast and director, Bernard Rose, we’re certainly counting down the days until it’s release.

Starring: Andrew Scott, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy

Release date: Autumn 2015

 

Room

Bestselling novel ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue, follows the life of five year old Lenny who has spent his entire life in a small shed with his mother. This harrowing story of captivity is told solely through the innocent eyes of Lenny. We’re interested to see how this powerful and thought provoking book will be translated for film.

Starring: Brie Larson, Joan Allen and William H. Macy

Release date: Yet to be announced

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