There’s nothing better than celebrating summer with a relaxing read — unless, of course, you have a chance to check out your favorite title’s big screen adaptation, too.
The next few months offer several promising interpretations of best-selling titles, from young adult lit to classic novels to horror. Here are a few we’re looking forward to seeing — after we finish the book, of course.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Release date: September 14
Author Stephen Chbosky is best known for this 1999 bildungsroman, but did you know he was also the screenwriter for Rent, and co-creator of beloved series Jericho? So we’re especially excited that Chbosky himself wrote and directed the adaptation of his iconic novel. The film stars Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman, and the trailer ends with the book’s most breathtaking line:
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Release date: June 22
While it’s not based on actual fact (surprise!), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is based on a bestselling book by Seth Graeme-Smith, who also wrote the satire Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Expect to see the beloved President, played by Benjamin Walker, as you’ve never seen him before:
The Amazing Spider-Man
Release date: July 3
Comic books are books too! This series reboot may not be the most original idea, but we can’t wait to see Andrew Garfield’s take on the superhero:
Release date: July 6
Based on Don Winslow’s gritty, graphic dark crime novel of the same name, Savages is directed by Oliver Stone and stars Benicio Del Toro, Taylor Kitsch, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman and Blake Lively, in a story that tells what happens when Mexican cartels and idyllic California life collide
Dorothy of Oz
Release date: TBA
A 3D animated adaptation featuring the voices of Lea Michele (as Dorothy, of course), Dan Aykroyd (Scarecrow), James Belushi (the Cowardly Lion), Kelsey Grammar (the Tin Man) and more, Dorothy of Oz tells us what happens after our leading lady returns to Kansas, as imagined by L. Frank Baum’s great-grandson, Roger S. Baum. Visit the film’s official site for updates.
Check out CinemaBlend’s list of page-to-screen adaptations to keep an eye out for this fall and beyond.