February Books-to-Film Releases

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

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? MEMOIRS OF A LITERARY FORGER by Lee Israel (2008, Simon Schuster). Adapted by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.


Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Julie Ann Emery, Richard E. Grant.

Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Summary: When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack.

Released 1st February 2019 (UK)

BURNING by Haruki Murakami (2001, Vintage). Adapted by Jungmi Oh & Chang-dong Lee.

Directed by Chang-dong Lee. Starring Ah-in Yoo, Steven Yeun, and Jong-seo Jun.

Produced by Pine House Film, NHK and Now Films.

Summary: Jong-su, a part-time worker, bumps into Hae-mi while delivering, who used to live in the same neighborhood. Hae-mi asks him to look after her cat while she’s on a trip to Africa. When Hae-mi comes back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met in Africa, to Jong-su. One day, Ben visits Jong-su’s with Hae-mi and confesses his own secret hobby.

Released 1st February (UK)

ALITA BATTLE ANGEL by Yukito Kishiro (1990, Kodansha). Adapted by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, and Robert Rodriguez.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Starring Rosa Salazar, Mahershala Ali, and Eiza González.

Produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Troublemaker Studios, and TSG Entertainment.

Summary: Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.

Released 6th February (UK) 14th February (US)

BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley (2016, Riverhead Books). Adapted by Joel Edgerton.


Directed by Joel Edgerton. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Joel Edgerton.

Produced by Anonymous Content, Blue-Tongue Film, Focus Features, and Perfect World Pictures.

Summary: The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small-town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality.

Released 8th February (UK)

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


Directed 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.

Released 8th February (UK)

PIERCING by Rutu Murakami (Bloomsbury, 2008). Adapted by Nicolas Pesce.

Directed by Nicolas Pesce. Starring Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, and Laia Costa.

Produced by BorderLine Films, Borderline Presents, Memento Films International, Paradise City and
YL Pictures.

Summary: A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.

Released 15th February (UK) 1st February (US)

DONNYBROOK by Frank Bill (2013, FSG). Adapted by Tim Sutton.

Directed by Tim Sutton. Starring Margaret Qualley, Frank Grillo, and Jamie Bell.

Produced by Backup Media and Rumble Films.

Summary: Two men prepare to compete in a legendary bare-knuckle fight where the winner gets a $100,000 prize.

Released 15th February (US)

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