January Books-to-Film Releases

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

ANIMAL CRACKERS by Scott Christian Sava & Alison Acton (2017, First Second). Adapted by Dean Lorey & Scott Christian Sava.

Directed by Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, and Jaime Maestro. Starring Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, and John Krasinski.

Produced by Blue Dream Studios, Beijing Wen Hua Dong Run Investment Co., China Film Co., Landmark International, Storyoscopic Films, Generalitat Valenciana, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA), and May Day Movies.

Summary: It was supposed to an exciting, yet normal trip to the circus. Dangerous stunts, flying acrobats, and even the clowns Uncle Doug hated so much—Owen is itching to see all of it. But when his little sister Zoe, a self-proclaimed animal whisperer, accuses the ringmaster of mistreating the circus animals, the last thing Owen has time to do is to watch the show! With the help of some magical animal crackers that can transform him into a bear, a hippo, or even a hamster, Owen sets out to rescue his kidnapped uncle and sister from the hands of the scheming ringmaster and his circus lackeys.

Released January 4th (USA)

AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE (trans. Un Amour Impossible) by Christine Angot (2015, Flammarion). Adapted by Catherine Corsini.

Directed by Catherine Corsini. Starring Virginie Efira, Niels Schneider, and Jehnny Beth.

Produced by Chaz Productions, Artémis Productions, Le Pacte, France 3 Cinéma, VOO, BE TV and Shelter Prod.

Summary: At the end of 50 years in Châteauroux, Rachel, a modest office worker, meets Philippe, a brilliant young man born to a bourgeois family. From this brief but passionate connection is born a small daughter, Chantal. Philippe refuses to marry outside of his social class and Rachel has to raise their daughter alone. Regardless, for it Chantal is her great happiness, it is why she fights for that to default of the raise, Philippe gives her his name. A battle of more than ten years which will eventually break his life and the lives of his daughter.

Released 4th January (UK)

THE ASPERN PAPERS by Henry James (1888, Atlantic Monthly). Adapted by Jean Pavans, Julien Landais, and Hannah Bhuiya.

Directed by Julien Landais. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Vanessa Redgrave, and Joely Richardson.

Produced by Summerstorm Entertainment, Princeps Films, Cohen Media Group, Film House Germany, BondIt, and Umedia.

Summary: With a decaying Venetian villa as a backdrop, an anonymous narrator relates his obsessive quest for the personal documents of a deceased Romantic poet, one Jeffrey Aspern. Led by his mission into increasingly unscrupulous behavior, he is ultimately faced with relinquishing his heart’s desire or attaining it at an overwhelming price.

Released January 11th (USA)

A DOG’S WAY HOME by W. Bruce Cameron (2017, Pan Macmillan) Adapted by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon.

Directed by Charles Martin Smith. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, and Barry Watson.

Produced by Bona Film Group, Columbia Pictures Corporation, and Pariah.

Summary: When Lucas Ray rescued his puppy Bella he knew his life would change forever. Smuggling her into his building isn’t easy, particularly with his prying neighbours, and Lucas decides to risk taking her to work. The joy on the faces of the veterans in his hospital as Bella distributes her unique brand of comfort makes it all worth it. But then Bella is picked up by animal control and Lucas makes the ultimate sacrifice to send her away. Lucas hasn’t understood Bella’s feelings, though. There might be hundreds of miles separating them but Bella wants her master and she is coming to find him . . .

Released 11th January (USA) 25th January (UK)

THE FRONT RUNNER (org. title All The Truth Is Out) by Matt Bai (2014, Knopf). Adapted by Matt Bai, Jay Carson, and Jason Reitman.

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Directed by Jason Reitman. Starring Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons.

Produced by BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, and Right of Way Films.

Summary: American Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he’s caught in a scandalous love affair.

Released 11th January (UK)

ASHES IN THE SNOW (org. Between Shades of Grey) by Ruta Sepetys (Pilomel, 2011). Adapted by Ben York Jones.

Directed by Marius A. Markevicius. Starring Bel Powley, Peter Franzén, and Sophie Cookson.

Produced by Sorrento Productions, Tauras Films, and Twilight Merengue Studios.

Summary: In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl’s passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.

Released January 11th (USA)

BEAUTIFUL BOY by David Sheff (2008, Houghton Mifflin). Adapted by Luke Davies & Felix Van Groeningen.

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Directed by Felix Van Groeningen. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, and Maura Tierney.

Produced by Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures and Plan B Entertainment.

Summary: Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years.

Released 18th January (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 January 18th (UK)

THE MULE by Sam Dolnick (NYTIMES, 2014). Adapted by Nick Schenk & Sam Dolnick.

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Starring Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper, and Taissa Farmiga.

Produced by Warner Bros., Imperative Entertainment, Bron Creative, The Malpaso Company and BRON Studios.

Summary: A 90-year-old horticulturist and Korean War veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Illinois for a Mexican drug cartel.


POLAR by Victor Santos (2015, Dark Horse). Adapted by Jayson Rothwell. 

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund. Starring Katheryn Winnick, Vanessa Hudgens, Mads Mikkelsen. 

Produced by Constantin Film and Dark Horse Entertainment.

Summary: A master assassin comes out of retirement to contend with a group of young hit men.

Released January 25th (NETFLIX)

KING OF THIEVES by Mark Seal (2016, Vanity Fair). Adapted by Joe Penhall.

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Directed by James Marsh. Starring Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox, Jim Broadbent and Tom Courtenay.

Produced by Working Title Films.

Summary: Based on Mark Seal’s Vanity Fair piece The Over the Hill Mob and tells the story of the 2015 Hatton Garden Safe Deposit heist in which robbers stole more than £200 million worth of jewellery in the biggest heist in UK history.

Released January 29th (USA)

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