Mysteries becoming Movies

If you’re not currently reading a (hopefully) great mystery novel this summer, you may be planning to soon as you head off to the cottage or beach, or enter a well-earned staycation at home. But which mystery books are being turned into worthwhile movies as we speak? What are the films on the horizon that may tempt us to read the book now – potentially during this summer’s vacation – before we see it on Netflix or at the theatre down the road?

Here are just a few of these mysteries-turned-movies that will soon be released. When I say ‘soon’, this may mean a 2016 release date!

One of my most anticipated movies is the new Sherlock Holmes movie. No, not one of the Benedict Cumberbatch TV movies, although they are excellent, especially if you like frenetic place, and neither is it a new installment of the Robert Downey Jr. version that leaves me underwhelmed. I’m talking here about an Ian McKellen – of Gandolf fame – Holmes, who is offering his charming “gravitas” to the role. I’m hoping for great things!

MV5BMTg5MjE0Njk0MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTgwMjQ4NTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Mr. Holmes based on the books by Arthur Conan Doyle
(Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Hiroyuki Sanada)
“A new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Now, in his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love — before it’s too late.”

519-o3RWj3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir by Stephen Elliott
(Starring Amber Heard, James Franco, Christian Slater)
“Part memoir, part true-crime expose, this book balances two distinct stories: that of the Adderall-addicted author Stephen Elliot and his estranged relationship with his father; and coverage of the trial of computer programmer Hans Reiser, who was accused of killing his mail-order Russian bride/ex-wife, Nina. Ultimately, this novel explores the reality of addiction, the mind of a narcissistic killer, and what it means to really get to know your true self.”

1405885413062The Martian by Andy Weir
(Starring Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Matt Damon)
“For fans of this year’s Gravity, Andy Weir’s tale of astronaut Mark Watney, who becomes the first person to walk on Mars and likely the first to die, is for you. The book chronicles his struggle to survive as he’s stranded on the deserted planet for over a year.”

41bWDtBLTLLFrankenstein by Mary Shelley
(Starring Andrew Scott, Daniel Radcliffe, and James McAvoy)
“It’d be good to brush up on the classic Frankenstein tale before watching this contemporary film adaptation that’s told from the perspective of the hunchbacked young assistant, Igor. Here, we get an inside look at the dark origins of the conflicted young man and the early beginnings of his friendship with the young medical student, Viktor Von Frankenstein. Definitely a book (and movie) to enjoy with the lights on.” Note: The movie will be titled Victor Frankenstein.

81sc7DMQEVL._SL1500_Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
(Starring Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Nicholas Hoult)
“(This) year’s Gone Girl, this dark novel follows the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered in ‘The Satan Sacrifice’ of Kansas when she was just 7 years old. Day testified against her 15-year-old brother and is responsible for putting him in prison for life. Now, 24 years later, a secret society obsessed with absolving her brother of the crime hires Day to reconnect with the individuals associated with the crime and unearth what really happened.”

sand-1517641-1Cell by Stephen King
(Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman)
The Walking Dead enthusiasts will be sucked into this horror/sci-fi tale where a signal transmitted through cell phones wipes the brains of millions of people around the world, turning them into animalistic zombies. We follow along as Clayton Riddel, a comic book artist who wasn’t affected by the plague, struggles to survive as he searches for his estranged wife and young son.”

 

MV5BNTUzNzczODQ1OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDkxNzgxNjE@._V1_SX214_AL_The Secret in their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri
(Starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris)
“A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.”

black-mass-book-cover1Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill
(Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, and Joel Edgerton)
“This true-crime novel tells the story of South Boston brothers, Jim “Whitey” Bulger, a notorious gangster, and Billy Bulger, a political bigwig and president of the state Senate. When their childhood friend and now FBI agent, John Connolly, returns to Boston in the ’70s to take down the Italian Mafia, Whitey gets pulled into being an informant in exchange for protection. But things quickly spiral out of control when Whitey starts manipulating Connolly and a group of corrupt FBI agents, leading to one of the worst scandals in FBI history.”

86236Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
(Starring Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella)
“In the not too distant future, two young women who live in a remote ancient forest discover the world around them is on the bring of an apocalypse. Informed only by rumor, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.”

missperegrine_334x518Miss Peregrine’s Home for Unusual Children by Ransom Riggs
(Starring Evan Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield – 2016 release)
“Teenager Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s School for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.”

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Room by Emma Donoghue 
(Starring Brie Larson, William H. Macy, Jacob Tremblay – release TBA)
About a kidnapped woman living in captivity in a small room with her 5-year-old son. “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflects the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother – and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.”

– Lyle

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