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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 July - October 2014. Read the book before you see the movie!

Release dates: July - October 2014.

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

Find more reading suggestions at Books & More.

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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

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This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

After their father dies, four adult siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live together for a week. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Also available in eBook.

The star-studded cast includes Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Adam Driver.

Movie Release Date: 9/12/2014

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the group of teenagers in which he finds himself if he is to escape. Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.

The author of this young adult bestseller co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation, which stars Dylan O'Brien.

Movie Release Date: 9/19/2014

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A Walk Among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block

Private investigator Matt Scudder is hired by a drug dealer to find his wife's cold-blooded killer and then finds himself embroiled in a deadly struggle for survival.

Liam Neeson stars as Matt Scudder.

Movie Release Date: 9/19/2014

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Here Be Monsters!: An Adventure Involving Magic, Trolls, and Other Creatures by Alan Snow

In the first book of the Ratbridge Chronicles, young Arthur becomes trapped in the city of Ratbridge, where he and some new friends (including boxtrolls, cabbageheads, rats and pirates) try to stop a plot to shrink the monsters of Arthur's home, the Underworld, for a nefarious purpose.

The animated film adaptation is titled "The Boxtrolls."

Movie Release Date: 9/26/2014

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Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

Originally written in French, this novel tells the story of a psychiatrist named Hector who keeps a list of observations about the people he meets as he travels the world, hoping to find the secret to happiness.

The film stars Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, and Simon Pegg as Hector.

Movie Release Date: 9/26/2014

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. An intense media circus follows and the police immediately suspect Nick, who swears that it wasn't him. But strange details come to light, and the question remains: what really happened to Nick's beautiful wife? Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.

The adaptation of the runaway bestseller stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris and is directed by David Fincher.

Movie Release Date: 10/3/2014

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

The classic children's picture book tells of day where everything goes wrong, but, as Alexander learns, "some days are like that."

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star as Alexander's parents.

Movie Release Date: 10/10/2014

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Addicted by Zane

Zoe Reynard's perfect life--marriage to her childhood sweetheart, a thriving business, and three wonderful children--begins to unravel as she loses control of her sex addiction and embarks on three extramarital affairs.

Sharon Leal and Boris Kodjoe star.

Movie Release Date: 10/10/2014

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The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

Two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks reunite at the funeral of their former mentor and are forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past. Also available in eBook and downloadable audiobook.

The latest Nicholas Sparks film adaptation stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan.

Movie Release Date: 10/17/2014