December Books-to-Film Releases

All of the UK & US October Books to Film Releases!

DUMPLIN by Julie Murphy (2015, BALZER + BRAY). Adapted by Kristin Hahn.

Directed by Anne Fletcher. Starring Danielle Macdonald, Jennifer Aniston, and Odeya Rush.

Produced by Condé Nast, Endgame Entertainment, Identity Films, Sailor Bear and Wildwood Enterprises.

Summary: Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.


THE OLD MAN & THE GUN by David Grann (2018, Penguin Random House). Adapted by David Lowery.

TOMATG_1Sheet_27x40_MECH_8R1.inddDirected by David Lowery. Starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, and Sissy Spacek.

Produced by Condé Nast, Endgame Entertainment, Identity Films, Sailor Bear and Wildwood Enterprises.

Summary: Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker , from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

Released 7th December (UK)


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS by John Guy (2014, Houghton Mifflin) Adapted by Beau Willimon.

Directed by Josie Rourke. Starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.

Produced by Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures and Working Title Films.

Summary: Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Released 7th December (US)

AQUAMAN created by Mort Weisinger & Paul Norris (1941, DC Comics) Adapted by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Will Beall, Geoff Johns, James Wan, and Will Beall. 

Directed by James Wan. Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Dolph Lundgren and Nicole Kidman. 

Produced by DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Panoramic Pictures, and Warner Bros.

Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

Released 12th December (UK)  21 December (USA)

MORTAL ENGINES by Phillip Reeve (HarperCollins, 2001). Adapted by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
Directed by Christian Rivers. Starring  Hugo Weaving, Frankie Adams, and Stephen Lang.


Produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC), Scholastic Productions (as Scholastic Entertainment), Silvertongue Films (as Silvertonge Pictures), Universal Pictures and WingNut Films.

Summary: The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when a young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice.


IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin (Dial Press, 1974). Adapted by Barry Jenkins.

Collage_FotorDirected by Barry Jenkins. Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.

Produced by Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, and Plan B Entertainment.

Summary: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.



MARY POPPINS RETURNS Created by P.L. Travers (1934, Harpercollins). Adapted by David Magee, Rob Marshall and John DeLuca.

Directed by Rob Marshall. Starring Emily Blunt, Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Produced by Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions, and Walt Disney Pictures.

Summary: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.


PAPILLION by Henri Charrière (1969, William Morrow) Adapted by Aaron Guzikowski. 

Directed by Michael Noer. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Rami Malek, Damijan Oklopdzic, and Christopher Fairbank. 

Produced Czech Anglo Productions, FishCorb Films, and Red Granite Pictures. 

Summary: Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island.

Released 21st December (UK)


POLINA by Bastien Vivès. (2011, Casterman). Adapted by Valérie Müller. 

Directed by Valérie Müller & Angelin Preljocaj. Starring Anastasia Shevtsova, Veronika Zhovnytska, and Juliette Binoche,

Produced by Everybody on the Deck, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, Union Générale Cinématographique (UGC) and France 2 Cinéma.

Summary: As a very young girl, Polina Oulinov is taken on as a special pupil by the famous ballet teacher Professor Bojinsky. He is very demanding and refuses to adapt his standards to the talents of his pupils, and Polina has to work hard and make great sacrifices in order to reach the level Bojinsky senses she has the talent for. 

Released 21ST DECEMBER (UK)


HOLMES AND WATSON Created by Arthur Conan Doyle. (1982). Adapted by Etan Cohen.

Directed by Etan Cohen. Starring Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Ralph Fiennes.

Produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation, Gary Sanchez Productions, Mimran Schur Pictures
Mosaic Media Group, and Mosaic.

Summary: A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.



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