As summer sunsets into fall, the changing of the seasons means would-be blockbusters are beginning to give way to prestige films (or “Oscar bait,” if you’re not feeling charitable).
Some of those movies got their start on bookshelves. Here are eight movies based on books that are coming in September; there’s still time to read before you watch.
“The Light Between Oceans” (Sept. 2): Based on Australian author M.L. Stedman’s 2012 debut novel, director Derek Cianfrance’s film follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife who adopt an abandoned infant girl. Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”) and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) star as the couple.
“Snowden” (Sept. 16). Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden, notorious for leaking information from the National Security Agency and now living in Russia. The Oliver Stone-directed film also stars Zachary Quinto, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage. It’s based on two books: Luke Harding’s “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” and Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena’s book about Snowden, “Time of the Octopus” (which is not available in English).
“Queen of Katwe” (Sept 23). Tim Crothers’ 2012 book, “The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion,” chronicled the inspiring career of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi, who became her country’s national champion when she was just 15. Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”) directs this film adaptation, which stars Madina Nalwanga as Phiona, alongside David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (Sept. 30). Director Tim Burton’s latest is an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ 2011 young adult novel of the same title about Jake, a teenager (with his own peculiarities) who becomes the protector of a band of odd, magical children living in a mysterious orphanage. Burton’s film stars Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) as Miss Peregrine and Asa Butterfield (“Ender’s Game”) as Jake, with Judi Dench, Allison Janney and Samuel L. Jackson rounding out the cast.