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Books into Film 2014

Have a look at our guide to books that are being made into films in 2014. 2013 was a good year with lots of great books such as The Great Gatsby being adapted for the cinema and 2014 looks like it will be another good year too with films such as Vampire Academy and Captain America being released!

Films that are out in 2014 that are also Books
Borrow the book before you catch the film. Click on the book to find it in the library catalogue. Don't worry if your library does not have the book. You can reserve it from another Northumberland Library for free.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life from his childhood through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The film stars Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.

The Railway Man

Based on a true story. A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture.Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgard and Colin Firth all star. The book was written by Eric Lomax who was a British Army officer who was sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Eric Lomax lived in Berwick until his death in October 2012. Some of the film scenes were filmed in Berwick and Holy Island.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort a stockbroker. He made thousands of dollars a minute. But by night he spent it as fast as he could.This film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and P.J. Byrne.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Based on the books by Tom Clancy.  Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley all star in the film that tells the story of Jack Ryan a CIA analyst who uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

The Book Thief

The novel by Markus Zusak has been adapted for the big scree. Starring Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson it tells the story of Liesel,a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbours set in World War II. 

A Long Way Down

Narrated in turns by various characters, this is the story of the Toppers House Four - a low-rent crowd with little in common, save where they end up that New Year's Eve night. An what they do next, of course. Sad, true, funny, Nick Hornby's new novel is about suicide, strangers, C-List celebrities - and an angel.  This film stars Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike.

Captain America The Winter Soldier

Captain America is back where he is battling against a new enemy - the Winter Soldier. Chris Evans, Frank Grillo and Sebastian Stan are all cast in this second film. Why not borrow a Captain America or one of the other Avengers graphic novel from your local library.


In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior's world, society is divided into five factions - Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) - each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a "perfect society." At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives. On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family's group, and chooses another faction. Divergent is based on the book by Veronica Roth.

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Spider-man returned to the big screen this year up against the Rhino and the powerful Electro. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx all star.

X-Men Days of the Future Past

Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Halle Berry are just a selection of the all star cast in X-men. In this film the ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods.


From Disney this tells the story of Sleeping Beauty tale from the perspective of Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora. Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley all star in this film.

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Based on John Green's best selling novel.

Vampire Academy

Based on the vampire series by Richelle Mead. St Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - hidden away, it's a place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St Vladimir's. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon is back. The voices of Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig and Cate Blanchett all feature in this great family film. Take a look at the series of books by Cressida Cowell.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

A new cast is introduced in this Transformers film. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor all star in this action packed film. This film tells the story of a mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them. Why not take a look at out Transformer graphic novels.


Based on the comic. When prince Hercules learns of his real identity, he must choose to leave with his true love - Hebe, Princess of Crete - or to stay and meet his destiny by getting rid of the tyrannical rule of the king and restoring peace. In cinemas from 8 August the film stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss and Scott Adkins.

Maze Runner

Maze Runner by James Dashner has been made into a film starring Dylan O'Brien and Will Poulter. It tells the story of Thomas. When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade - a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there - or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything - even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.  It is in cinemas from 24 October.

Mockingjay Part 1

The third part of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins has been split in to two parts. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Jennifer Lawrence is back as Katniss and will be in cinemas from 20 November. Why not read the other books in the trilogy before you catch the film. Or if you prefer you can borrow the first DVD for a small charge.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo, Gandalf and the Dwarves are in Smaug's lair, but will they get their gold and return home safely? Why not read the book first before you catch the film that is in cinemas from 12 December. Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Richard Armitage, Martin Freeman and Cate Blanchett all star.

Other Books into Films out in 2014

These books into film are also scheduled to be at cinemas in 2014.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn will star Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Dark Places also by Gillian Flynn is out in 2014 too and will star Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron. I, Frankenstein based on the comics is out in January and it will star Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy. Come back later in the year for more information.  Another big film is Into the Woods starring Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, James Corden and Chris Pine.  It  incorporates lots of fairytales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Bean Stalk.

Why not take a look at past Books into Film.  The Help, The Lucky One, The Great Gatsby and Life of Pi are just a small selection of what is available.  Don't worry if your library does not have the book you want.  You can reserve it for free from another Northumberland Library.

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