Books to Movies & TV — Pre-Production, In Production, & Post-Production

Below are listings of movies that are currently scheduled to film, being filmed or are completed with no release date. Listings begin with titles that are expected to release this year, but have no specific date yet. The rest of the list is in order by most recent news stories.

For projects that have not yet started production, see In Development

For films scheduled for release, see Upcoming — with Tie-ins


Post-Production — Expected in 2014

Movie Title:  Queen of the Desert

Director: Werner Herzog

Starring: Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis

Status: Filming wrapped in March; rough cut has been viewed (from fan site,

Based on: No specific book is credited, but Bell’s diaries have been published and several boosk have been written about her, including:

Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell (Macmillan; FSG, 2007)

Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia,  by Janet Wallach (RHAnchor Pbk,  2005)

Movie Title: Grace of Monaco

Director: Olivier Dahan

Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey and Frank Langella

Status: Gets poor reception at the Cannes Film Festival; boycotted by Prince Albert. American distributor, Harvey Weinstein, who has been fighting with the director over edits, also did not attend. The Washington Post (5/16/14) says, ” the film itself seemed particularly trivial, a tonal mish-mash of gothic melodrama and labored political allegory that finally added up to very little.” The story does note, however, that “Weinstein reportedly still plans to release in the United States.”

Based on: Grace of Monaco, Jeffrey Robinson


Grace of MonacoGrace of Monaco
Jeffrey Robinson
Foreward by Nicole Kidman
Weinstein Books;  February 25, 2014
9781602862418, 1602862419
Trade paperback; $15.99


Audio: Dreamscape

Movie Title: Serena

Expected Release Date: According to one source, it “will finally be shown in theaters some time in April this year” (International Business Times, Jan. 2, 2014); earlier, it was reported that it was “quietly shopped to buyers” in late Nov. (The  Hollywood Reporter, 11/25/13)

Director: Susan Bier


Jennifer Lawrence … Serena Pemberton
Bradley Cooper … George Pemberton
Toby Jones
Rhys Ifans … Galloway

Status: Media coverage of Lawrence and Cooper, who  starred together in American Hustle (and in Silver Linings Playbook) generally mention that they will pair again in the “upcoming” Serena.

Based on: Novel by  Ron Rash


HarperCollins/Ecco, — 9780062292667, (shows as “Postponed Indefinitely)


TV Series Title: Backstrom

Expected Release Date:  Fall, 2014

Starring: Page Kennedy, Tori Anderson, Nic Bishop

Status: Fox orders 13 episodes, (Deadline, 1/7/14)

Official site:

Based on: Series by Leif G.W. Persson

Fox TV Series: Wayward Pines – 10 episodes

Expected Release Date: “Later in 2014″

Director: M. Night Shyamalan (pilot)

Starring: Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo, Juliette Lewis, Terrance Howard

Status: First Look and interview with Shyamalan, (Entertainment Weekly, 1/9/14)

Based on: Pines, (8/21/12) and Wayward, (9/17/13) by Blake Crouch, published under the Amazon mystery imprint, Thomas & Mercer (also in audio by Brilliance)


HBO Series: Olive Kitteridge

Expected release date: 2014 (on HBO Yearender video as “Coming in 2014″

Director: Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right)


Frances McDormand … Olive Kitteridge

Richard Jenkins … Henry Kitteridge (Olive’s husband)

John Gallagher Jr. … Christopher Kitteridge, son of Olive and Henry

Cory Michael Smith … Kevin Coulson, Olive’s former student

Zoe Kazan … Denise,  works with Henry at the pharmacy

Brady Corbet … Henry Thibodeau,  husband of Denise

Rosemarie DeWitt … Rachel Coulson

Based on:  Elizabeth Strout’s Pullitzer Prize winning novel

Status: Featured in the HBO Yearender video; Rosemarie DeWitt added to cast (Deadline, 11/18/13); Filming in Massachusetts (standing in for Maine)


Movie Title: Suite Francaise

Expected Release Date: 2014 (as of 9/2/13)

Status: Filming has wrapped; Weinstein Co. has U.S. distribution rights; expected to be released in 2014 (The Hollywood Reporter, 9/2/13)

Based on:  Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky


Post- Production — Not Yet Scheduled

Movie Title:  True Story

Director: Rupert Goold

Starring: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones

Status: No release date set, but tie-in announced for 12/9/14

Based on: memoir by Michael Finkel

Tie-in: True Story tie-in edition: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

Michael Finkel

Harper Perennial; December 9, 2014,

$15.99 USD / $18.50 CAD


Movie Title:  The Humbling

Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Al Pacino and Diane Wiest, with Greta Gerwig, Charles Grodin, Kyra Sedgewick, Dan Hedaya, Nina Arianda, and Billy Porter.

Status: Picked up for distribution; no release date yet; (Deadline, 2/3/14)

Based on: Philip Roth’s novel


Movie Title: Rosewater

Director: Jon Stewart

Starring:  Gael García Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jason Jones

Status: Distribution deal, but not release date yet (Entertainment Weekly, 5/12/14)

Based on: Maziar Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me, (Random House, 2011),


Movie Title: Trash

Director: Stephen Daldry

Starring: Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen

Status: Mara and Sheen in Rio de Janeiro for filming (Just Jared, 7/24/13)

Based on: Andy Mulligan’s 2010 YA novel, Trash (RH/David Fickling)


In Production — Release Not Yet Scheduled

Movie Title: Genius

Director: Michael Grandage

Starring:  Nicole KidmanJude LawColin Firth

Status: Shooting to begin in Oct. (Knowledge News, 7/2/14)

Based on: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg

Production planned to begin in 2014


Movie Title: Beasts of No Nation

Director: Cary Fukunaga (True Detective)

Status: First look photos from production, shooting in Ghana (Deadline, 6/27/14)

Based on: Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala, (HarperCollins, 2005)


Movie Title: A Slight Trick of the Mind

Director: Bill Condon

Starring: Laura Linney and Ian McKellen

Status: Production set to begin in the summer in the U.K., (Variety, 5/7/14)

Based on: Novel by Mitch Cullin about Sherlock Holmes as an old man (NYT review, 5/15/05)


TV Series – Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, BBC One

Director: Toby Haynes


Eddie Marsan …  Mr. Norrell

Bertie Carvel … Jonathan Strange

Alice Englert .. Lady Pole

Marc Warren … The gentleman with the thistle-down hair

Samuel West … Sir Walter Pole

Charlotte Riley … Arabella

Enzo Cilenti … Childermass

Paul Kaye   … Vinculus

Vincent Franklin … Christopher Drawlight

Status: Filming in York Minister (The Press, 2/27/14); Photos from the set released (Daily Mail, 1/29/14); Filming continues (Wakefield Express, 1/18/14); Shooting began in Oct., 2013 (Deadline, 10/25/13); Series will premiere in 2014 as part of BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturday (BBC America press release, 4/8/13).

Other: Time magazine calls it, “Possibly my most-anticipated new TV show of the year; #6 on The Playlist‘s “20 Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2014″

Based on: Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell


Movie Title: The Family Fang

Director: Jason Bareman

Starring: Nicole Kidman

Status: Jason Bateman says shooting to begin May, 2014 (Variety, 3/8/14)

Based on: The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson, Ecco (2011)


MTV Series: Eye Candy

Director, Pilot and Exec. Producer: Catherine Hardwicke

Starring: Victoria Justice

Status:  10 episode series ordered (The Hollywood Reporter, 2/11/14)

Based on:  Eye Candy by R. L. Stine, (RH/Ballantine, 2004)


Movie Title: CELL

Director:  Tod ‘Kip’ Williams

Starring: John Cusack,  Samuel L. Jackson, Stacey Keach

Status:  Filming begins in Atlanta (ReelGA, 2/7/14)

Based on: Novel by Stephen King


Movie Title: Z for Zachariah

Director: Craig Zobel

Status: Production begins in New Zeeland (The Press, 2/1/14)

Starring: Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Based on:  Z For Zachariah by Robert O’Brien (1974)


Movie Title: Silence

Director: Martin Scorsese

Status: To be shot in Taiwan (The Wrap, 2/11/14); In pre-production after many years; Liam Neeson set to star (Deadline, 1/31/14); Adam Driver added to cast (Showbiz 411, 1/13/14)

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, Gael Garcia Bernal

Based on: Novel by Shusaku Endo


Movie Title:  Still Alice

Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Starring: Julianne Moore  as Alice, a professor of neuroscience with early onset Alzheimer’s disease; Kristen Stewart as Lydia, her younger daughter; Alec Baldwin as her husband, John, and Kate Bosworth as her older daughter, Anna.

Status: To begin filming in early March (The Wrap, 1/28/14)

Based on: Novel by Lisa Genova (S&S)

Series Title: Wolf Hall, BBC Two series

Status: Damine Lewis (Homeland) in talks to star as Henry VIII (Deadline, 1/31/14); Six-part series to be shown on PBS Masterpiece in 2015 (NYT, 10/11/13); Mark Rylance to star as Thomas Cromwell (The Hollywood Reporter, 3/8/13); will delay production for a year while Rylance finishes other commitments (The Daily Mail, 3/8/13)

Based on: Wolf Hall and the sequel Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel


Movie Title:  The Great Gilly Hopkins

Director: Stephen Herek

Starring: Sophie Nelisse, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer

Status: To begin filming April 9, 2014 (Variety, 2/6/14)

Based on: Katherine Paterson’s  novel


TV Mini-Series, BBC One – The Casual Vacancy

Status: Production to begin, 7/7/14; Cast announced – Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie — The Hollywood News, 6/13/14;  (BBC Press Release, 4/12/12)

Based on: J.K. Rowling’s  The Casual Vacancy 


Movie Title: A Walk in the Woods

Director: Ken Kwapis

Starring: Robert Redford as Bill Bryson; Nick Nolte as his hiking companion, with Nick Offerman, Kristen Schaal and Emma Thompson

Stat us: Filming wrapped (Access Atlanta, 6/6/14)

Based on: Bill Bryson’s memoir, A Walk in the Woods, (RH/Broadway; RH Audio, 1998)

Movie Title: Men, Women & Children

Director:  Jason Reitman

Starring:   Narrated by Emma Thompson, the cast features Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt as Don and Rachel Truby, and Travis Tope as their son Chris. Jennifer Garner stars as Patricia Beltmeyer with Kaitlyn Dever as her daughter Brandy. Judy Greer is Joan Clint and Olivia Crocicchia is daughter Hannah. Dean Norris plays Kent Mooney with Ansel Elgort playing his son Tim. Katherine Hughes and Elena Kampouris play cheerleaders Brooke Benton and Allison Doss, respectively, and Timothée Chalamet is football player Danny Vance.

Status: No release date yet, although tie-in has been announced for December

Based on: Men, Women & Children, Chad Kultgen, Harper, 2011


Men, Women & Children Tie-in : A Novel
Chad Kultgen
HarperPerennial: December 9, 2014,
Paperback / softback
$15.99 USD / $18.50 CAD


Movie Title: The Glass Castle

Director: Destin Cretton

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence as Jeannette Walls. Lawrence is also producing.

Status: In an interview with the A.P., Lawrence said, “We have a director and a writer and it’s getting going.” (Huffington Post, 11/12/13); as of 7/2/14, IMDb lists as “development unknown.”

Based on: 2005 Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Movie Title: London Fields

Director: Matthew Cullen

Starring: Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, and Theo James

Status: Story on Depp’s engagement to Amber Heard notes that he and Heard are currently filming the movie and no release date has been announced (, 1/17/14); Johnny Depp filmed a cameo for the movie (The Hollywood Reporter, 10/29/13); Production underway in London (, 10/20/13)

Based on: Murder novel  by Martin Amis (1990); reviewed in the NYT


Movie Title: Child 44

Director: Daniel Espinosa

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman

Status:  Vincent Cassell replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman; filming began in June,  (Deadline, 8/29/13)

Based on: Novel by Tom Rob Smith, first in a trilogy featuring Leo Stepanovich Demidov (played by Hardy)


Movie Title: Beautiful Ruins

Starring: British actress Imogen Poots (Filth, Need for Speed) cast as lead, Dee Moray

Status: Shooting  expected to begin in May, 2014 with Todd Field (Little Children) as director (Deadline, 11/15/13).

Based on: novel by Jess Walter


Movie Title: Wish You Well

Status: Shown at Heartland Film Festival, 10/19/13; Filming complete (WSLS, 3/29/13)

Director: Darnell Martin

Cast: Josh LucasMackenzie Foy and Ellen Burstyn

Official Web Site:

Based on: David Baldacci’s novel Wish You Well, (Hachette/Grand Central, 2000)


Movie Title: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring:  Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Maillet, Callum Keith Rennie, Judy Davis

Trailer: YouTube

Based on: The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen (Penguin, 2009)


The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet: A Novel (Movie Tie-In)  

Reif Larsen

On Sale Date: Sept 30, 2014,

9780143123910, 0143123912 $16.00 US


U.S. Theatrical Release Uncertain

Movie Title: Gods Behaving Badly

Director: Marc Turtletaub

Starring: Christopher Walken, Zeus; Sharon Stone, Aphrodite, a phone-sex operator; Oliver Platt, Apollo, a TV psychic; Edie Falco, Artemis,  a dog-walker; Nelsan Ellis, Dionysus, a night-club owner; Phylicia Rashad, Demeter; John Turturro, Hades; Rosie Perez, Persephone and Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach — Kate and Neil, mortals who share the house with the Olympians

Status: Shown at Rome film festival; Variety review — “So wishy-washy it’s possibly unreleasable, Gods Behaving Badly is best relegated to airplanes and VOD.” (11/23/13)

Based on: Novel by Marie Phillips, Hachette/Little Brown, 2007


Movie Title: Every Secret Thing

Director: Amy Berg

Starring: Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks

Status: Shown at Tribeca Film Festival, April, 2014

Based on: Every Secret Thing, Laura Lippman

Movie Title: The Hypnotist — Swedish language

Director:  Lars Hallström

Starring: Mikael Persbrandt (In A Better World, The Hobbit) and Lena Olin (The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Chocolat)

Status: Opened in Sweden on 9/28/12 (Swedish trailer on YouTube); has been shown at various U.S. film festivals, but no theatrical release listed

Based on: Novel by Lars Kepler (Alexander Ahndoril and Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril)


Movie Title: Private Peaceful

Director: Pat O’Connor

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Alexandra Roach, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour

Status: Post-Production; first look here; was released in the U.K. but not in the U.S.

Based on: Book by Michael Morpurgo