The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

We have already seen some great book adaptations already in 2013 and this week sees another hit the big screen in the form of The Great Gatsby.

The movie marks the return of Baz Luhrmann do the director's chair and sees him put his spin on the much love novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

And there are a whole host of book adaptations heading our way throughout the rest of the year - we take a look at some of the best.

- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - released 22nd November.

If there is one book adaptation that is being talked about more than then rest then it is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

This is the second of Suzanne Collins' popular novels to be adapted for the big screen as Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will return to the role of Katniss Everdeen.

The first film was a box office smash last summer and the franchise is only going to get bigger and more successful as we go along.

However it is all change in the director's chair this time around as Francis Lawrence has taken over from Gary Ross.

Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks are just some of the familiar faces returning while Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone and Sam Claflin are the exciting new additions.

The movie will pick up where the last left off and Katniss and Peeta's victory is short lived as they are forced back into the arena for the Quarter Quell.

- Romeo and Juliet - released 26th July.

Romeo and Juliet is a story that has been brought to the big screen many times but this summer sees director Carlo Carlei put his spin on this well known tale.

This is the first feature film for Carlei since Fluke back in 1995 after working on a string of television projects while Julian Fellowes has adapted the Shakespeare play.

It is the cast list that is one of the most exciting aspects of this project as it is the perfect blend of established stars as well as up and coming talent.

Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth will play the star crossed lovers as they both continue to make a name for themselves. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ed Westwick are a couple of the other young names to watch out for.

But they are joined by Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Natascha McElhone.

- World War Z - released 21st June.

If you are looking for something other than superhero movies this summer then World War Z could be the film for you as Brad Pitt returns to the big screen.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Max Brooks and mixes action, horror and zombies.

Now this is not the type of movie that you would expect to see Pitt star in but he leads a cast that includes James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos and Matthew Fox - it looks to be packed with excitement and promises much.

The film marks the return of Marc Forster to the director's chair while Matthew Michael Carnahan is just one of the guys who has had a hand in the script.

The movie follows United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - released 23rd August

Adapting popular teen fiction for the big screen is all the rage at the moment - not surprising with all the success that it has had - and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is the latest to get the movie treatment.

Harald Zwart is behind the adaptation of Cassandra Clare's novel and it is set to be one of the movies to watch out for this summer.

We have been looking at where the replacement for Twilight is going to come and this could well be it.

The film is set to take Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower's careers up a notch as they take on the central role of Clary Fray and Jace Wayland.

Collins and Bower have both been making a name for themselves in recent years but this could really send their star rocketing if this movie finds success.

When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life.

- The Wolf of Wall Street

One of the movies that I am personally looking forward to is The Wolfe of Wall Street as Martin Scorsese reunites with leading man Leonardo DiCaprio.

This is their fifth collaboration together and their first since Shutter Island back in 2010.

The movie is based on the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort and will see DiCaprio take on the role of Belfort in the film.

The Wolf on Wall Street follow a New York stockbroker who refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street.

DiCaprio is join by a stellar cast that includes Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin and Jon Favreau.

Scorsese movies are always loved when it comes to the awards season so don't be surprised if this is the major player when the end of the year roles around.

- The Company You Keep - released 7th June

Robert Redford has directed some great movies over the years and he is back in the director's chair with The Company You Keep.

The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gordon and has been adapted for the big screen by Lem Dobbs.

As well as being in the director's chair Redford will also star in the political thriller with Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie and Susan Sarandon.

Jim Grant (Redford), a civil rights lawyer and single father must go on the run when a brash young reporter (LaBeouf), exposes his true identity as a former 1970s radical fugitive wanted for murder.

Sparking a nationwide manhunt, Grant sets off on a cross-country journey to clear his name.

- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - released 13th December.

Of course you can't talk about the book adaptations heading our way this year without discussing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in Peter Jackson's trilogy as he once again adapts J.R.R. Tolkien.

The movie comes a year after an Unexpected Journey and the first instalment made more that $1 billion at the global box office by the end of it's theatrical run.

Martin Freeman is back as Bilbo Baggins while Ian McKellan and Richard Armitage are also back.

Luke Evans is one of the new additions as we get to see Bard the Bowman for the first time while Benedict Cumberbatch will bring Smaug to life through motion capture.

Other book adaptations to watch out for include Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Carrie, Frozen and Ender’s Game.

The Great Gatsby is released 16th May.

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