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21 bestsellers we're about to see on the big screen

A host of adaptations of big-selling fiction and non-fiction books is heading our way

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 August, 2015, 11:04pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 August, 2015, 11:04pm
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In the new movie Paper Towns, teenager Quentin (played by Nat Wolff) goes on a road trip to find popular girl Margo (Cara Delevingne), who mysteriously disappears, leaving only a few cryptic clues as to where she's gone. It's based on the young adult novel by John Green, who also wrote the book that spawned last year's hit The Fault in Our Stars.

It's far from the only bestseller making its way to the big screen this year. Here's a look at some of the other books getting turned into movies in the second half of 2015.

Dark Places: after Gone Girl received so much awards-season acclaim, it's not terribly surprising filmmakers are mining author Gillian Flynn's earlier work. In Dark Places, Charlize Theron plays Libby Day, the sole survivor of a massacre two decades earlier that had possible ties to a satanic cult. As an adult, Libby revisits the crime with a group of amateur investigators who think the person who went to jail for the crime - her brother Ben (Corey Stoll) - is innocent. Nicholas Hoult, who recently appeared with Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, also stars as one of the pseudo-detectives helping Libby look into the case.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: 15-year-old Minnie (Bel Powley) loses her virginity to her mum's boyfriend and goes on a voyage of self-discovery about her sexuality and her art in 1970s San Francisco. Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård also star. Based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

10,000 Saints: in the 1980s, friends Jude (Asa Butterfield) and Teddy (Avan Jogia) are waiting to turn 16 so they can drop out of high school and leave their small Vermont town behind forever. After Teddy dies of a drug overdose, Jude goes to live with his estranged pot dealer dad in the East Village of New York City. Based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson.

Z for Zachariah: Margot Robbie plays Ann Burden, a woman who thinks she's all alone in the world - literally - after a disaster wipes out civilisation. Then she stumbles upon a handsome stranger named Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and they start to build a life together. Then she stumbles upon yet another handsome stranger, Caleb (Chris Pine). What's a girl to do? This entry to the dystopian-future-love-triangle genre is based on the novel by Robert C. O'Brien.

A Walk in the Woods: similar to last year's Wild, A Walk in the Woods is about bestselling author Bill Bryson's decision to reconnect with America after two decades living abroad by hiking the Appalachian Trail. Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Nick Offerman and Mary Steenburgen.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: this sequel to last year's The Maze Runner is based on the second book in the series by James Dashner. After escaping the maze, the teenagers - known as the Gladers - team up with resistance fighters to investigate the (presumably evil) corporation that controls everything, the not-so-subtly named WCKD. Starring Dylan O'Brien.

Black Mass: Johnny Depp stars in this film based on the true story of Whitey Bulger, an Irish mobster in South Boston who became an FBI informant in order to take down another mafia family. Dakota Johnson and Benedict Cumberbatch co-star. Based on the nonfiction book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill.

Everest: two groups of climbers on Mount Everest in 1996 get caught in a freak blizzard and have to fight to survive. Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Robin Wright and Jason Clarke star. Based on real-life events as well as the non-fiction book Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, who will be played by Michael Kelly in the film.

Captive: single mother and drug addict Ashley Smith (Kate Mara) is taken hostage in her apartment by a rapist (David Oyelowo) who escaped from the courtroom where he was being tried, murdering the judge and other officials in the process. Based on Smith's book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero.

Steve Jobs: Michael Fassbender stars in this biopic of the Apple founder, the second since his death in 2011. Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. Adapted from the biography by Walter Isaacson.

Pan: J.M. Barrie's classic tale is about the three children who go with Peter Pan to Neverland. This film focuses on Peter's story and on the origins of his rivalry with Captain Hook. Starring Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Rooney Mara.

The Dressmaker: Kate Winslet plays Tilly Dunnage, an Australian woman who moves back to the small town where she grew up to care for her ailing mother. Tilly was sent away from the town as a child when she was falsely accused of murder; upon her return, she uses her considerable dressmaking talents to exact sartorial revenge on the people who wronged her. Director Jocelyn Moorhouse describes it as "Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven with a sewing machine". Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham.

Secret in Their Eyes: a team of three FBI investigators is torn apart when one member's daughter is brutally murdered. Years later, a lead is uncovered that might solve the case. Starring Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Based on the novel by Argentinian author Eduardo Sacheri.

Brooklyn: in this period piece, a young Irish immigrant struggles to choose between the comforts of home and the excitement of a new romance in 1950s New York. Saoirse Ronan stars. Based on the novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2: the final instalment of The Hunger Games series follows Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and her friends as they invade the Capitol and confront President Snow. Based on the trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Victor Frankenstein: Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor, who tells the story of his character's origins and how he became friends with Victor Frankenstein, played by James McAvoy.

The Danish Girl: Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. This movie, set in Copenhagen in the 1920s, is adapted from the novel by David Ebershoff.

The Martian: Matt Damon stars at Mark Watney, an astronaut whose crew mistakenly leaves him behind on Mars after a freak storm. He has to find a way to survive until another Mars mission can retrieve him. Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara and Donald Glover also star. Based on the novel by Andy Weir.

In the Heart of the Sea: a whaling ship departing from Nantucket in 1820 is sunk when a bull sperm whale attacks. The surviving crew, including Captain George Pollard (Benjamin Walker), first mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), second mate Matthew Joy (Cillian Murphy) and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland), try to sail for South America in a small boat. Based on the non-fiction book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick.

The Revenant: Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life 19th-century American frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass. Glass goes on a cross-country rampage to kill the hunting companions who robbed him and left him for dead after he was mauled by a bear. Tom Hardy also stars. Adapted from the novel by Michael Punke.

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