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Based on the Book - Upcoming Movie Adaptations

Where do film makers get such great ideas for their movies? From books, of course! These books are being made into feature films scheduled to come out during December 2013 and the 1st quarter of 2014. Read the book before you see the movie!

Release dates: Now til April 2014.

Prior list: Sept-Dec 2013.

Find more reading suggestions at Books & More.

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The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

The former head of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont describes the rise and fall of his financial empire, his life of jet-setting glamour and excess, and the scandal that destroyed his empire, sent him to prison, and led to a near-fatal brush with drug abuse.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, and Jon Favreau.

Movie Release Date: 12/25/2013

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August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest--and absolute worst.

The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Movie Release Date: 12/25/2013

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The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin

In a remarkable feat of biographical sleuthing, Tomalin offers the fullest account to date of Charles Dickens's secret 13-year romance with much younger actress Ellen "Nelly" Ternan.

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Felicity Jones, and Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens, the film opens in limited release on Christmas Day.

Movie Release Date: 12/25/2013

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

In Thurber's masterpiece short story, Walter Mitty escapes his boring life by indulging in elaborate heroic fantasies.

Directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the film also features Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Shirley MacLaine.

Movie Release Date: 12/25/2013

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Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

A story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy--and the man he later becomes--looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.

Written and directed by Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, the film will open wide in January.

Movie Release Date: 12/27/2013

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Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell

On a clear night in late June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left for a mission on the mountainous Pakistani border. Less then twenty-four hours later, only one of those Navy SEALs remained alive. This is the story of fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle in the mountains that led, ultimately, to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, and Eric Bana, the films opens in wide release on January 10th.

Movie Release Date: 12/27/2013

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various titles by Tom Clancy

The character of CIA analyst Jack Ryan has starred in several political thrillers written by the late Tom Clancy.

The film, titled Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, is a prequel to Tom Clancy's books.

Movie Release Date: 1/17/2014

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The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel

The true story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler's command.

Written, directed, produced by, and starring George Clooney, the film also features Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett.

Movie Release Date: 2/7/2014

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Endless Love by Scott Spencer

A moving story of first love between a charismatic boy and a privileged girl, whose parents try to keep them apart.

Alex Pettyfer and Robert Patrick star.

Movie Release Date: 2/14/2014

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A vampire princess and her guardian-in-training attend St. Vladimir's Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

The film is based on the first book in the bestselling young adult series.

Movie Release Date: 2/14/2014

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Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

A middle-aged Irish burglar attempts to rob a New York City mansion, but instead falls for the dying young heiress he finds there and is then driven to stop time and bring back the dead.

Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Jessica Brown Findlay, the film is written and directed by Akiva Goldsman.

Movie Release Date: 2/14/2014

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Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

Trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Thérèse Raquin finds solace in a turbulent love affair with her husband's friend, Laurent, a passion that leads to a haunting crime

This independent film is titled "In Secret" and stars Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, and Jessica Lange.

Movie Release Date: 2/21/2014

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet star in the film based on the teen dystopian bestseller.

Movie Release Date: 3/21/2014

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Heaven Is for Real by Todd Burpo

The true story of a young boy who emerged from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven is told by his father, a Nebraska pastor, and the boy himself.

Greg Kinnear stars in the film adaptation of the bestselling book.

Movie Release Date: 4/16/2014