On the book-to-film adaptation front, 2016 brought us movies for Arrival, Hidden Figures, and The Girl on the Train, among others. Let's see what's on the horizon for 2017.
11. The Dinner (May 5)
With its page-turning plot, Herman Koch's hit novel was destined for an adaptation since its original publication in 2009 (it was released in the U.S. in 2012). The parents of two teenage boys (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall) meet at an expensive restaurant to discuss what to do about a crime their boys have committed--a crime for which they haven't been identified yet, but that was caught by a security camera. The Dinner was already adapted back in 2014 by Italian director Ivano De Matteo; the American version is directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart).
10. Fifty Shades Darker (February 10)
The first Fifty Shades appeared on this list back in 2015, and ended up grossing $571 million globally. Though the sequel is tracking behind the original, the budget was only $55 million. This time Christian's past threatens to undo the relationship, and this time the movie's signature song is by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik.
9. The Shack (March 3)
The mega-bestseller by William P. Young gets an adaptation with Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington. Mack (Worthington), facing a crisis of faith, receives a letter calling him back to the shack in Oregon where his daughter was murdered. There, he meets the mysterious Papa (Spencer).
8. The Circle (April 28)
Based on Dave Eggers's 2013 novel, Emma Watson plays Mae Holland, a young tech worker who quickly rises up the ranks at a powerful corporation, headed by the mysterious Bailey (Tom Hanks), only to find out some dangerous secrets behind the company's curtain. The film is directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour).
8. The Glass Castle (TBA 2017)
This coming-of-age tale, based on Jeannette Walls's 2005 memoir, is about a family of nomads: Walls herself (the adult version is played by Brie Larson, the 10-year-old version by Ella Anderson), her artist mother (Naomi Watts), alcoholic father (Woody Harrelson), and Walls's three siblings. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) is directing.
6. Everything Everything (May 19)
Starring Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), the film is based on Nicola Yoon's 2015 YA novel. Maddy (Stenberg) is a teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, but who falls for the boy (Robinson) who moves in next door.
5. Before I Fall (March 3)
Called a combination of Groundhog Day and Heathers, this adaptation of Lauren Oliver's 2011 novel played at Sundance and received a pretty good reception. February 12 is just another day for high schooler Sam (Zoey Deutch), until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her final day, she untangles the mystery of her death.
4. It (September 8)
Because this adaptation of Stephen King's novel about a group of boys terrorized by, among other things, an evil clown has been in development since 2009, fans are understandably wary. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) was originally attached to direct but dropped out in 2015, reportedly because of budget issues. Now Andrés Muschietti, director of 2013's Mama, is directing, with Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant) playing Pennywise.
3. Wonder (April 7)
Based on R.J. Palacio's 2012 middle-grade novel, the film is about a boy (Jacob Tremblay, best known for Room) born with a facial deformity who begins the fifth grade with the help and support of his mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson). The challenges he faces help others learn to not judge a book by its cover. Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) is directing.
2. Annihilation (TBA 2017)
This sci-fi film, based on Jeff VanderMeer's 2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about an expedition to find a missing man in an environmental disaster zone (the less you know, the better). The cast includes Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is directing.
1. The Dark Tower (July 28)
Just like It, this Stephen King adaptation has been in development limbo forever. Combining sci-fi, western, and horror elements, the film is about Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) traversing an Old West-style world in search of the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), as well as the Dark Tower, which might save the world. Nikolaj Arcel is directing and King, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer are producing. A TV series is expected to follow in 2018, showing Sony's commitment to the project.