11 New Movies Based on Books to Watch in 2024

11 New Movies Based on Books to Watch in 2024

Whether you’re a big reader who can’t wait for your favorite book to make its way to the big screen or are a big film fan who wants to know what 2024 will bring, you’ve come to the right place. Obviously, a lot of movies are adapted from books and this year is no different. From children’s stories being turned into animated features, to non-fiction books becoming historical films, to sci-fi epics coming to life, there’s a something for everyone, from every genre.

As a preview of what you can look forward to, specifically: Colleen Hoover’s hugely successful romance It Ends with Us is being adapted into a movie starring Blake Lively, part two of the adaptation of the space epic Dune by Frank Herbert is coming out, and Anne Hathaway is starring as a woman who falls in love with a Harry Styles-ish boy band-er in a movie based on Robinne Lee’s The Idea of You.

For more on these films and eight more movies you can look forward to this year, keep reading.

Orion and the Dark

On Netflix Feb. 2

This new animated movie Orion and the Dark is based on the 2014 children’s book of the same name by Emma Yarlett. It’s about a boy, Orion (Jacob Tremblay), who has a whole variety of fears and anxieties, but comes into contact with the embodiment of one of them, the Dark (Paul Walter Hauser), and goes on a journey to overcome the things that scare him. The voice cast also includes Angela Bassett and Ike Barinholtz.


The Tiger’s Apprentice

On Paramount+ Feb. 2

Another animated film being released this year is The Tiger’s Apprentice, based on the 2003 book by Laurence Yep, which is the first in his fantasy trilogy. It’s about a Chinese-American boy, Tom Lee (Brandon Soo Hoo), who becomes the apprentice of a talking tiger (Henry Golding) and the protector of a phoenix egg. Other voice actors in the cast include Michelle Yeoh, Lucy Liu, Bowen Yang, and Sandra Oh.

In theaters March 1

Two-and-a-half years after the release of the first film, Dune: Part Two is hitting theaters on March 1. As with the 2021 movie, it’s based on the the 1965 sci-fi novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, and others from the first movie’s cast return for the space war epic, and this time they’re joined by new additions including Florence Pugh and Austin Butler.


On Netflix March 1

For more outer space drama, there’s Spaceman, based on the 2017 book Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař. Adam Sandler stars as an astronaut who is sent on a solo mission and ends up bonding with an alien spider (Paul Dano) with whom he confronts his past.

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

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In theaters April 19

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is based on the 2014 non-fiction book Churchill’s Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII by Damien Lewis (not that Damien Lewis). The book title kind of says it all: It’s about a secret British organization during World War II. The cast includes Henry Cavill, Eiza González, Henry Golding, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.


The Idea of You

On Amazon Prime Video May 2

Anne Hathaway and Nicholas Galitzine star in The Idea of You based on Robinne Lee’s 2017 novel of the same name. Hathaway plays Solène, a single mother who takes her teen daughter (Ella Rubin) to Coachella, where she unexpectedly ends up striking up a relationship with a super famous boy band member, Hayes Campbell (Galitzine), who is 16 years her junior. (By the way, the character of Hayes was partially inspired by Harry Styles.)

The Watchers

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In theaters June 7

The horror movie The Watchers stars Dakota Fanning as a woman who becomes lost in a forrest in Ireland, and soon, she and a group of strangers find that they’re being watched by unknown creatures. Spooky! It’s based on the 2021 book of the same name by A. M. Shine.


The Bikeriders

In theaters June 21

Rather than being based on a novel, The Bikeriders is based on a 1967 photography book, also titled The Bikeriders, by Danny Lyon. The book documented a real Chicago based motorcycle club, while the film is about a fictional club during the same time period. Stars include Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Jodie Comer, and Michael Shannon.


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In theaters June 21

It Ends with Us is based on Colleen Hoover’s romance of the same name from 2016. Blake Lively stars as Lily, a woman who begins a relationship with an abusive man, Ryle (Justin Baldoni), while still having feelings for another man, Atlas (Brandon Sklenar), who she reconnects with.

The Amateur

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In theaters Nov. 8

Rami Malek, Rachel Brosnahan, Caitríona Balfe, and Laurence Fishburn star in The Amateur, based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Robert Littell. It’s about a CIA cryptographer (Malek), who begins a revenge mission after losing his wife in a terrorist attack.

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

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In theaters Dec. 13

Adding to the long list of adaptations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. It’s adapted from a story told in the appendices of the 1954 book. This animated prequel features a voice that includes Brian Cox, Miranda Otto, and Luke Pasqualino.


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