Book-loving moviegoers saw the summer of 2014 get off to a great start with the adaptation of
The success of "The Fault in Our Stars" cuts through the notion that literary films should be serious winter movies and released around the holidays for contention in the Oscar race. This summer we'll see more young adult books made into films, several literary thrillers and some surprises.
FOR THE RECORD
June 25, 11:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this post identified the author of "Venus in Furs" as the Marquis de Sade. It was written by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The post also stated that Stanislaw Lem was Russian. He was Polish.
Literary films of summer 2014 include adaptations of books by Patricia Highsmith, Elmore Leonard,
Here's our cheat sheet, organized by month:
"Third Person" from director
"Venus in Fur," in French, is directed by Roman Polanski. The film is based on a stage play, which, in turn, was based on the Victorian classic of illicit sexuality, the book "Venus in Furs" by the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
"The Congress," starring
"A Long Way Down," adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby ("About a Boy"). Four strangers meet on a London rooftop where they each planned to commit suicide -- but then spend time together instead. Starring
"Mood Indigo" starring
"A Most Wanted Man" is adapted from the novel by John Le Carre. It stars
July honorable mention: "And So It Goes," starring
"Child of God" is adapted from an early, dark Cormac McCarthy novel. Directed by James Franco (busy!), the film stars
"The Giver," adapted from Lois Lowry's young adult novel, which won the 1994 Newbery Award.
"The Hundred Foot Journey," which stars
"If I Stay," adapted from the bestselling young adult novel by Gayle Forman about a 17-year-old facing incredibly difficult decisions. The film stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.
"Life of Crime," an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's 1971 novel "The Switch." Starring
"The November Man" starring Pierce Brosnan (busy!) is adapted from bestselling thriller writer Bill Granger's novel "There Are No Spies."
"The Two Faces of January" is adapted by from the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Like her Ripley series, this involves travel, love and deceit. Starring Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst and
"When the Game Stands Tall," a true story of high school football, is adapted from a book of the same name by Neil Hayes. The film is directed by