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As summer is approaching and the temperatures are rising, it's not like we need any excuses to go outside and lie barefoot in the grass. And what better companion for our sun-drenched reveries than a good book?

For those who are always tempted to go see adaptations of books once they're in theaters, here are 20 upcoming movies based on books — which means 20 books to read before the movie versions come out and spoilers start roaming the internet. You haven't got much time to catch up on the first one, but the rest of them should be enough to keep you company for the summer. And if you've read them already, these upcoming movies based on books are all promising projects to look forward to.

1. My Cousin Rachel

  • Release date: 9 June 2017
  • Author: Daphne du Maurier
  • Director: Roger Michell
  • Cast: Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Iain Glen

An man plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, who he believes she murdered his guardian.

2. The Dark Tower

  • Release date: 4 August 2017
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Director: Nikolaj Arcel
  • Cast: Katheryn Winnick, Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba

Roland Deschain searches for the Dark Tower in an Old West-like landscape.

3. The Glass Castle

  • Release date: 11 August 2017
  • Author: Jeannette Walls
  • Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Cast: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson

A young grows up in a dysfunctional family living in poverty.

4. IT

  • Release date: 8 September 2017
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Director: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

5. The Mountain Between Us

  • Release date: 20 October 2017
  • Author: Charles Martin
  • Director: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Cast: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney

After a plane crash, 2 strangers are stranded and forced to work together to survive.

6. Thank You For Your Service

  • Release date: 27 October 2017
  • Author: David Finkel
  • Director: Jason Hall
  • Cast: Amy Schumer, Haley Bennett, Miles Teller

Showing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting American servicemen and women who come back from war.

7. Murder on the Orient Express

  • Release date: 10 November 2017
  • Author: Agatha Christie
  • Director: Kenneth Branagh
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penélope Cruz

13 people get stranded on a train ride through Europe where a thrilling mystery takes place.

8. Wonder

  • Release date: 17 November 2017
  • Author: R.J. Palacio
  • Director: Stephen Chbosky
  • Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, Julia Roberts

9. Let It Snow

  • Release date: November 2017
  • Author: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA

There's no such thing as too many John Green adaptations in our lists of upcoming movies based on books, and this set of three short stories set during the festive season proves it. With the cast yet to be confirmed, the movie's release was pushed back by almost an entire year, to Thanksgiving 2017.

10. November Criminals

  • Release date: 12 December 2017
  • Author: Sam Munson
  • Director: Sacha Gervasi
  • Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine Keener, Ansel Elgort

Sam Munson's book follows a high schooler who decides to investigate the death of a fellow classmate. Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz will bring the story to the big screen.

11. The Nightingale

  • Release date: 10 August 2018
  • Author: Kristin Hannah
  • Director: Michelle MacLaren
  • Cast: TBA

12. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair

  • Release date: TBA
  • Author: C.S. Lewis
  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Cast: TBA

Yes, the Narnia movies are returning with more upcoming movies based on books, namely an adaptation of the fourth book — but no, they will not constitute a sequel to the existing trilogy, meaning the original cast won't return.

13. Annihilation

  • Release date: TBA
  • Author: Jeff Vandermeer
  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

14. The House of Tomorrow

  • Release date: TBA
  • Author: Jeff Vandermeer
  • Director: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson

Which upcoming movie based on a book are you really looking forward to?

Sources: IMDb, Popsugar


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