August Books-to-Film Releases

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

ANIMALS by Emma Jane Unsworth (2014, Canongate). Adapted by Emma Jane Unsworth.

Directed by Sophie Hyde. Starring  Holliday Grainger, Alia Shawkat, and Fra Fee.

Produced by Closer Productions, Head Gear Films, Kreo Films FZ, Metrol Technology, Sarah Brocklehurst Production and Vico Films.

Summary: Laura and Tyler are two young women who have been tearing up the city streets for ten years, leaving a trail of angry drug dealers and spent men in their wake. Now Laura is engaged to be married and her teetotal classical pianist fiancé, Jim, is away overseas. Tyler wants to keep the party going but Laura is torn between the constant temptations provided by her best friend and a calmer life with Jim on the horizon. As the wedding draws closer, the duo’s limits are tested, along with their friendship.

Released August 2nd (UK)

TRANSIT by Anna Seghers (2013, NYRB). Adapted by Christian Petzold.

Directed by Christian Petzold. Starring Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, and Godehard Giese.

Produced by Schramm Film, Neon Productions, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/Arte, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Filmförderungsanstalt, Centre National de la Cinématographie, and Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur .

Summary: Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers’s multilayered masterpiece ends up in the dusty seaport of Marseille.

Released August 3rd (UK)

THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN By Garth Stein (2008, Harpercollins). Adapted by Mark Bomback.

Directed by Simon Curtis. Starring Kevin Costner, Amanda Seyfried, and Milo Ventimiglia.

Produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, Original Film, Shifting Gears Productions, Starbucks Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures.

Summary: Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Released August 9th (UK/US)

THE KITCHEN by Ollie Masters & Ming Doyle (2015, Vertigo DC). Adapted by Andrea Berloff.

Directed by Andrea Berloff. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Domhnall Gleeson.

Produced by BRON Studios, Creative Wealth Media Finance, DC Vertigo, Michael De Luca Productions and New Line Cinema.

Summary: The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew were the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but after they’re all put in prison, their wives—Kath, Raven and Angie—decide to keep running their rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.

Released August 9th (US)

THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon (2016, Delcourt Press). Adapted by Tracy Oliver.

Directed by Ry Russo-Young. Starring Yara Shahidi, Anais Lee, and Charles Melton.

Produced by Alloy Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), and Warner Bros.

Summary: College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet — and fall for each other — over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation just as fiercely as she’s fighting her growing feelings for Daniel.

Released August 9th (UK)

JT LEROY (Org. Girl Boy Girl) by Savannah Knoop (2008, Seven Stories Press). Adapted by Justin Kelly.

Directed by Justin Kelly. Starring Kirsten Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, and Diane Kruger.

Produced by Black Leather Jacket, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Crosby Street Films, Fortitude International, LBI Entertainment, Sobini Films, The Fyzz Facility Film One and Thirty Three Management.

Summary: When Savannah Knoop was unmasked as the face of the mysterious author JT LeRoy in 2005, one of the biggest literary hoaxes of the modern era was revealed. Girl Boy Girl tells the story of how a young, queer college drop out came to portray the literary wunderkind JT LeRoy, a persona created by Knoop’s sister-in-law. For six years, Knoop led a secret double life, traveling through the looking glass of celebrity to find liberation and alienation in equal measures. Knoop’s entanglement with JT and his creator was a game played at the very limits of self-expression, one that changed Knoop’s sense of self forever. This edition includes a new foreword by the author reflecting on the continued life of the JT LeRoy story in the “post-truth” era.

Released August 12th (UK)

ADAM by Ariel Schrag (2014, Mariner Books). Adapted by Ariel Schrag.

Directed by Rhys Ernst. Starring Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, and Margaret Qualley.

Produced by Little Punk and Symbolic Exchange.

Summary: When Adam Freedman — a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California — goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does.

Released August 14th (US)

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple (2012, Little Brown). Adapted by Richard Linklater, Holly Gent and Vincent Palmo Jr.

Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Judy Greer, Cate Blanchett, and Kristen Wiig.

Produced by Annapurna Pictures and Color Force.

Summary: When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. 

Released August 16th (US)

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK by Alvin Schwartz (1981,Scholastic). Adapted by Dan and Kevin Hageman, and Guillermo del Toro.

Directed by André Øvredal. Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, and Gabriel Rush.

Produced by 1212 Entertainment, CBS Films, Double Dare You (DDY), Entertainment One, and Sean Daniel Company.

Summary: What if Ophelia, the tragic young waif of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, didn’t die? Using this tantalizing premise as her leaping off point, Lisa Klein’s gorgeous reimagining of the bard’s great tragedy places the ephemeral Ophelia at its centerpiece. At once revisionist and true to its origins, her story offers readers a spellbinding page-turner with twists so startling it will leave them wanting more long after the final, heart-rending page is reached.

Released August 23rd (UK) August 9th (US)

A MILLION LITTLE PIECES by James Fray (2005, Anchor Books). Adapted by Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson .

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Starring Ryan Hurst, Charlie Hunnam, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

Produced by 3Blackdot, Federal Films, Makeready, Snoopsquirrel, The Picture Company, and Warner Bros.

Summary: Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, this is a story of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation as it has never been told before. It is also the introduction of a bold and talented literary voice. . *Much of this memoir has been found to be fabricated.

Released August 30th (UK)

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