Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
(Expected release: February)
In this 2010 novel by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks, Katie, a young woman with a dark past, arrives in a small town in North Carolina. She is determined to stay away from any relationship but soon starts putting down roots and finds herself falling for a widower.
Director: Lasse Hallstrom.
Starring: Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders, Julianne Hough.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
(Expected release: February)
The first book in the young adult series Caster Chronicles, Beautiful Creatures is about Ethan Wate who meets new girl in town Lena, a Caster, and together they uncover the dark secrets of each other’s families.
Director: Richard LaGravenese.
Starring: Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Expected release: March)
Twilight fans will surely flock to the theatres for Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. Aliens called Souls take over the minds of humans, wiping out their memories but Melanie Stryder does not want to let go. Wanderer, the Soul that invades her body, shares Melanie’s memories and falls in love with the man Melanie loves.
Director: Andrew Niccol.
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and William Hurt.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Expected release: May)
The 1925 novel follows the life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby and his neighbour Nick, who recounts his encounter with Gatsby at the height of the Roaring Twenties.
Director: Baz Luhrmann.
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. Amitabh Bachchan appears as the gangster, Meyer Wolfsheim.
World War Z by Max Brooks
(Expected release: June)
Based on the 2006 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, the movie tracks U.N. employee Gerry Lane who races against time and travels across the world trying to stop the outbreak of a zombie pandemic.
Director: Marc Forster.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse.
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (Expected release: August)
The second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will see Logan Lerman back as demigod Percy Jackson, this time on a quest to find the mythical Golden Fleece so that he can save his dying camp.
Director: Thor Freudenthal.
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson.
Carrie by Stephen King
(Expected release: October)
King’s 1974 novel follows the story of a bullied high school student, Carrie White, who develops telekinetic powers that she uses to punish her tormentors. The book was first made into a movie in 1976.
Director: Kimberly Peirce.
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Expected release: November)
Katniss Everdeen will be back for the Quarter Quell at the Capitol in book 2 of The Hunger Games trilogy. The first movie was a visual treat and the second, with fiercer, more seasoned competitors, has scope to be even better.
Director: Francis Lawrence.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth.
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