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Thursday, October 9th, 2014

These October movies are based on books:

Gone Girl: based on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (E-book is available.)
“Gillian Flynn, author of the novel the film is based upon, wrote the screenplay with a different ending to keep readers interested in the film version, and viewers from getting spoiled.” (IMDb)

Dracula Untold: based on Dracula by Bram Stoker. (E-book is available.)
“The first big budget solo Dracula movie produced by Hollywood release theatrically in nearly 14 years since Dracula 2000 (2000).” (IMDb)

Hector and the Search for Happiness: based on Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord.
“Hector has several Tintin books and posters in his office, and his father also refers to him by his childhood nickname of Tintin[.]” (IMDb)

The Hundred-Foot Journey: based on The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. (E-book is available.)

The Best of Me: based on The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.
“Paul Walker was cast in the lead role but after he passed away, the role was given to James Marsden.” (IMDb)

Gemma Bovery: based on Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds. (Unfortunately the book isn’t available to order through our main suppliers at the moment. Our secondhand supplier does have copies to order however.)
“[Gemma Arterton] [b]eat out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum of Solace (2008).” (IMDb)

Under the Skin: based on Under the Skin by Michel Faber. (E-book is available.)
“The film took nearly 10 years to be made, and one of the early drafts of the scripts included a Scottish married couple, who were revealed to be aliens in disguise. Brad Pitt was, at the time, cast as one half of the couple.” (IMDb)

A Walk among the Tombstones: based on A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. (E-book is available.)
“The novel it is based on is #10 in the series of Matt Scudder novels by Lawrence Block. As of 2013 there are 17 novels by this author about the character, the latest published in 2011.” (IMDb)

Stonehearst Asylum: based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
by Edgar Allan Poe.
“[Ben Kingsley's] stage name [derived] from his grandfather’s nickname, “Clove King.” His grandfather was a spice trader in Zanzibar.” (IMDb)

The Drop: based on (originally called “Animal Rescue”, but now) The Drop by Dennis Lehane.
“Last film appearance of James Gandolfini.” (IMDb)

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

These September movies are based on books:

A Most Wanted Man: based on A Most Wanted Man by John le Carré. (e-book available)
“One of the producers of this film, Stephen Cornwell, is the son of John le Carré, author of the source book A Most Wanted Man and many other spy novels. This [movie]picture is their first collaboration ever. John le Carré’s real birth name is David Cornwell (full name David John Moore Cornwell).” (IMDb)

If I Stay: based on If I Stay by Gayle Forman. (e-book available)
“R.J. Cutler had given all the cast a personal iPod featuring the songs that he thought each character would listen to. (EX: Chloë Grace Moretz got an iPod with Classical music while Jamie Blackley got an iPod with Rock music.)” (IMDb)

The November Man: based on There Are No Spies/The November Man by Bill Granger. (e-book available)
“Near the end, Peter tells Hanley that Alice is scheduled for a 9am departure. When we see Alexa at the station stalking Alice, the clock on the wall indicates it’s 9:45am.” (IMDb)

Deliver Us from Evil: based on Beware the Night/Deliver Us from Evil by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool.
“First movie produced by Jerry Bruckheimer to carry an R rating since “Bad Boys II” in 2003.” (IMDb)

Life of Crime: based on The Switch by Elmore Leonard. (e-book available)
“The brand of golf ball used in the Bahamas scene is “Noodle Long and Soft” which were introduced 25 years after the setting of the picture.” (IMDb)

What If / The F Word: based on the play Toothpaste and Cigars by T. J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi. (Unfortunately this book isn’t available to order, but other plays written by T.J. Dawe, like Power of Ignorance, are).
“Casey Affleck and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were originally cast, but the film makers later decided that they should go for younger actors. It is therefore somewhat ironic that Zoe Kazan, the actress who replaced Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is in fact older than Winstead.” (IMDb)

The Maze Runner: based on The Maze Runner by James Dashner. (e-book available)
“Dylan O’Brien’s hairstyle almost cost him the role of Thomas, because director Wes Ball thought it was too “MTV”. Ball reconsidered when he was sent a photo of O’Brien without his hair gelled.” (IMDb)


Guardians of the Galaxy: based in the fictional characters within the Marvel Universe. (Came out in August)
“The text of the note from Peter Quill’s mother does not match the voice-over.” (IMDb)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for: based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel series Sin City.
“In the scene when Nancy is in her apartment watching TV, the two hobo characters in the show are Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez.” (IMDb)

The Tale of Princess Kaguya: based on The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, a 10th-century Japanese folktale.
“At 137 minutes this is the longest film by Studio Ghibli, three minutes longer than Mononoke-hime (1997).” (IMDb)

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

These July movies are based on books:

How to Train Your Dragon 2
: based on the books/characters created by Cressida Cowell.
Want to see the art of the movie? The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the book for you!
Fun fact: Gobber is the first openly homosexual character in a DreamWorks Animation film. This is evidenced when he says the reason he never married was because of the arguing. He then adds, “Well, this and another reason.” (IMDb)

Oorlogsgeheimen (Secrets of War): a Dutch movie based on the Dutch book Oorlogsgeheimen by Jacques Vriens.
Not so fun fact: Unfortunately I didn’t find the book translated in English.

The Fault in Our Stars: Based on the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (Also available as ebook)
Fun fact: The title is a variation on a quote from Act I, Scene II of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves…” (IMDb)

The Homesman: Based on The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout.
Fun fact: Glendon Swarthout’s novel was published in 1988. Paul Newman owned the rights for a time, and he wanted to direct the film himself. He had at least two scripts written before giving up. (IMDb)

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

These June movies are based on books:

Devil’s Knot: based on Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt.
Fun fact: According to Colin Firth, when he was first offered the role of Darcy, his brother incredulously remarked, “Darcy? But isn’t he supposed to be sexy?” (IMDb)

Joe: based on Joe by Larry Brown (ebook available).
(Not so) fun fact: Gary Poulter, who plays the part of Wade the father a.k.a. G-Daawg, was a homeless man given the role by director David Gordon Green, who often casts locals in his movies. Poulter died on the streets of Austin a couple of months after filming stopped. (IMDb)

The Double: based on the short story The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (ebook available).
Fun fact: The first line of Yasmin Paige’s character, Melanie, is “Idiot!”, the title of another novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of the novel upon which this film is based. (IMDb)

The Two Faces of January: based on The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith (ebook available).
Fun fact: [Viggo Mortensen] [s]peaks fluent English, Spanish, Danish, and French, but he also speaks Swedish and Norwegian reasonably well. (IMDb)

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014

These May movies are based on books:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared: based on the novel with the same name by Jonas Jonasson. (Ebook available)
The film is Swedish (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) and will have Dutch subtitles when watched in the cinema.

The Railway Man: based on the autobiographical novel with the same name by Eric Lomax. (Ebook available)
Fun fact: “The film uses compressed time to speed up the story. Eric Lomax and Patti Wallace did meet in 1980, but in reality they didn’t marry until 1983. Eric didn’t learn that Takashi Nagase was still alive until 1993, and they finally met in 1995.” (IMDb)

Tracks: based on Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name. (Ebook available)
Fun fact: “There has been many attempts to bring Robyn Davidson’s novel to the big screen. Over the years both Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman have been attached to the lead role. Development on the movie adaptation began before lead actress Mia Wasikowska was even born.” (IMDb)

X-Men: Days of Future Past: based on the fictional Marvel Universe characters The X-Men.
Fun fact: “The original ‘Days of Future past’ comic mentioned time travel from the year 2013, the same year in which filming began.” (IMDb)

Edge of Tomorrow: based on All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
Fun fact: “Filmed almost entirely on the same sets used for the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films.” (IMDb)

Enemy: based on The Double by José Saramago. (Ebook available)
Fun fact: “The cast signed a confidentiality agreement that doesn’t allow them to speak and/or explain to the press the meaning of spiders in the movie.” (IMDb)

A Long Way Down: based on the novel with the same name by Nick Hornby. (Ebook available)
Fun fact: “Johnny Depp bought the movie rights before the book’s initial release.” (IMDb)