Great movie, but have you read the book?

As the summer movie season begins to wind down and we transition away from blockbusters, comic book movies and reboots, we begin to see a more diverse array of movie releases. One of the common traits of the fall release calendar is the adaptation of novels, memoirs and other literary sources. Some of the bigger name adaptations are coming out early this year with The Glass Castle arriving this month, and the long awaited cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s It coming out on September 8th. Therefore, to help you get ahead of the holds queue at your local library we thought we would highlight some of the adaptions appearing in movie theaters this fall.

The Mountain Between Us

First up is the disaster-romance The Mountain Between Us, which is about a doctor and writer whose chartered plane crashes in the Uinta wilderness in Utah. As they endure the harsh weather, broken ribs, and a fractured leg the characters learn to rely upon each other to survive and find their way home. The movie adaptation will star Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and is scheduled to open on October 20th.

The Snowman

Another winter themed novel, but this time it is more menacing mystery about a serial killer in Norway titled The Snowman. The Snowman is the seventh novel in Norwegian mystery writer Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole detective series, and will be the first American movie adaptation of one of his novels. The Snowman is the story of Norwegian detective Harry Hole who is investigating a series of murders all involving women around Oslo. In each case, the woman was married and a snowman was left outside the scene of the crime. The film is scheduled to come out on October 20th and stars Michael Fassbender.

Thank You for your Service

For fans of non-fiction American journalist David Finkel’s book, Thank You for Your Service, about soldiers from the 2 – 16 infantry battalion returning home from Iraq, has been made into a movie starring Miles Teller. Finkel’s book delves into the lives of various soldiers as they grapple with their memories of the war and try reintegrating themselves into the lives of their loved ones, and their communities. The release date for the movie is currently October 27.

Murder on the Orient Express

This is not the first time the Agatha Christie classic, Murder on the Orient Express, has been adapted into a movie or mini-series, but this impressive cast can hold its own as one of the more stellar lists of names to rival the 1974 film. Starring Kenneth Branagh as the famous Hercule Poirot, Poirot must solve a murder abroad the Orient Express before the murderer strike again. This adaptation also stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, William Defoe, and will open in theaters on November 10th.


One of the most anticipated screen adaptations of this year is of the New York Times bestselling novel, Wonder. Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman who is a ten-year-old boy who has a rare facial medical deformity. Auggie has been homeschooled for all of his life until his parents decide to enroll him in a private school for the fall semester where he endures being bullied by fellow classmates. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star in the film, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 17th

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