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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 March - August 2014. Read the book before you see the movie!

Release dates: Now til August 2014.

Prior lists: Dec 2013-April 2014, Sept-Dec 2013.

Find more reading suggestions at Books & More.

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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. Also available in eBook, downloadable audiobook and streaming audiobook.

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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Under the Skin by Michel Faber

An alien seductress preys upon Scottish hitchhikers in this haunting, entrancing, heart-thumping science-fiction thriller. Also available in eBook and streaming audiobook.

The film stars Scarlett Johannsson and is scheduled for a limited release.

Movie Release Date: 4/4/2014

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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. Also available in eBook, downloadable audiobook and streaming audiobook.

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

Movie Release Date: 4/16/2014

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Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum

Written by the great-grandson of original Oz creator L. Frank Baum, this new story finds Dorothy called back to Oz to help the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man battle a new enemy.

The 3-D computer animated film titled "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" features the voice talents of James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd, and Lea Michele as Dorothy.

Movie Release Date: 5/9/2014

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All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

In this Japanese novel, a soldier fights and dies in a war against aliens only to be reborn each day to fight and die again.

Titled "Edge of Tomorrow," the film adaptation stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and Jeremy Piven.

Movie Release Date: 6/6/2014

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at a cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Also available in eBook.

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star in the adaptation of the young adult bestseller.

Movie Release Date: 6/6/2014

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How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell

The hilarious and harrowing adventures and misadventures of Viking underdog Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and his dragon, Toothless. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

Loosely based on the book series, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" is the sequel to the hugely popular 3-D animated film.

Movie Release Date: 6/13/2014

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Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

This French satirical novel follows menaced explorers on a planet where men are "animals" and apes rule. Also available in eBook.

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is the newest film to expand on the ideas of the classic novel.

Movie Release Date: 7/11/2014

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The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

An Indian family moves to Paris and opens a restaurant across the street from a famous Michelin-starred French restaurant, transforming the life of the villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Also available in downloadable audiobook.

The film stars Helen Mirren and is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

Movie Release Date: 8/8/2014

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

In the quintessential children's dystopian novel, young Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives. Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.

The all-star cast includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Alexander Skargård, and Jeff Bridges as The Giver.

Movie Release Date: 8/15/2014

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.

Chloë Grace Moretz stars in the film adaptation of the young adult novel.

Movie Release Date: 8/22/2014

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Sin City, Volume 2: A Dame to Kill For by Frank Miller

The second volume in Frank Miller's signature graphic novel series continues the author's hard-boiled, no-holds-barred noir tales.

This sequel to the 2005 film "Sin City" is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and stars Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Movie Release Date: 8/22/2014