Best Picture nominees based on or adapted from books include: American Sniper, The Immitation Game, The Theory of Everything, and Selma. According to The Paris Review, “The Grand Budapest Hotel, is based not just on one novel but on an entire oeuvre—that of Stefan Zweig, an Austrian writer whose work [Wes] Anderson has helped revive.”
A stroll through the other movies this year providing nominated performances and associated work becomes a walk through an orchard to fill a bushel basket of books. The Foxcatcher, Gone Girl, Wild, Still Alice, How to Train Your Dragon, The Boxtrolls, Unbroken.
Two Days One Night is one-off having been inspired by an academic case study, and Into the Woods traces it’s roots through the musical fantasy to the book inspired by classic fairytale stories woven together. Fairytales have strong showings Maleficent Ancient myths passed down to today get fair play as well as evidenced by The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (a folk tale) and Song of the Sea.
Now I wonder how many movies have subsequently turned into books? Into graphic novels? There’s a very long list as well.
Kristin King is an author, publisher and new US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint.