7 famous films based on books that you don’t know about


For any shot film lies the hard work of a whole team of talented people. Success depends on everyone - the skills of the illuminator and make-up specialist are no less important than a competent and creative director's contribution. But perhaps the most important thing is the script. No matter how outstanding the director is, he will not be able to implement his idea without a screenwriter. However, this responsibility does not always fall solely on the shoulders of the latter. Since time immemorial, it has been popular to take an already published book as a basis in cinema. And often such a publication could be known only in narrow circles.


Tragicomedy "Adaptation", dir. Spike Jonze 2002
  • Book: The Thief of Orchids by Susan Orleans.
  • Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Maggie Gyllenhaal.


  • Nicolas Cage is involved in two roles at once.
  • Charlie Kaufman - screenwriter of the film and his character at the same time.
  • In the original text is missing one of the central characters - it came up with Charlie. Nevertheless, many critics believed that Donald was a real person.
  • In 2003, Chris Cooper won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, the film had three more nominations.

Thanks to Winn Dixie

family comedy "Thanks to Winn Dixie", dir. Wayne Wang, 2005
  • Book: Kate DiKamillo's story of the same name.
  • Cast: Anna-Sophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews, El Fanning.

At the time of the release of Anne-Sophia, Robb was 12 years old. El Fanning was only seven


  • In the role of Winn-Dixie - two Picardy shepherd dogs.
  • The original story in 2002 was awarded the gold medal of the All-American Parents' Choice and the Newbury Medal for a special contribution to American literature for children.
  • In Russia, the book DiKamillo publishes "Machaon". She has not one noteworthy work in her account: "The Adventures of a Despere Mouse," "The Amazing Journey of the Edward Rabbit," "Miss Nightingale," and many others.

The Devil and Daniel Webster

Comedy "The Devil and Daniel Webster", dir. Alec Baldwin, 2004
  • Book: eponymous story by Stephen Vincent Bene.
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt.


  • The original name Shortcut to Happiness literally translates as "Short cut to happiness."
  • Critics greeted the picture cool, the play of actors seemed to them unconvincing.
  • The film was shot in 2001, but due to lack of funds for post-production, the issue had to be postponed until 2007.

And the storm struck

The disaster film "And the storm struck," dir. Craig Gillesley, 2016
  • Book: Selfless Hours by Michael J. Tojays and Casey Sherman.
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Granger, Eric Bana.


  • The film is based on an event that occurred in 1952 - the ship "Pendleton" was torn in half by the strongest storm. The US Coast Guard organized a crew rescue operation.
  • At the time of the shooting of the film from the team that saved the Pendleton sailors, only two survived. Both visited the set.

Labyrinth of the Faun

fantasy drama "Labyrinth of the Faun", dir. Guillermo del Toro, 2006
  • Book: on the works of Arthur Maken (Maken).
  • Cast: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez.

Guillermo del Toro said in an interview that both the Pale Man and the Toad, with which the main character fights in the first test, are incarnations of the faun Dagh Jones it took 4 hours to get into the Pale Man's costume. Since there are no eyes on the character's face, the actor had to look through the nasal joys


  • The idea and plot of the film is associated with an earlier picture of the director - "Devil's Ridge" in 2001, which was released in Russia shortly after the success of the Faun Labyrinth.
  • In addition, the director drew inspiration from the paintings of Francisco Goya.
  • Fantastic mythological works of Arthur Macken with elements of horror influenced the work of many writers: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Stephen King, Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, etc.
  • The film received three Academy Award 2007: for the work of the operator, production designer and make-up artist. Total film was nominated six times.

Where the monsters live

family drama "Where the monsters live," dir. Spike Jonze, 2009
  • Book: eponymous children's fairy tale by Maurice Sendak.
  • Cast: Max Records, Katherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini.


  • The film was nominated for many awards, including the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Music (Carter Burwell, Karen O).
  • The book on which the movie was shot is a picture book for children of preschool or primary school age, published in 1963 and becoming a classic of modern US children's literature.
  • The book was published in Russian in 2014, when the author was no longer alive. However, back in 1988, a translation of an unknown authorship was published in the “Merry Pictures” entitled “Visiting Real Monsters”.

A world full of wonders

drama "World of Miracles", dir. Todd Haines, 2017
  • Book: Brian Selznick's work of the same name.
  • Cast: Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Oaks Fegli, Tom Noonen.


  • The director was nominated for the Golden Palm Branch of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • The author of the book, Brian Selznik, is the creator of a unique prose form that is interspersed with outstanding illustrative material. Both of his books, translated into Russian (the second “Time Keeper”), were screened.
  • The original script for the picture was written by the author himself.

Screen adaptation does not always meet expectations, but it happens the other way around. And there are discoveries when many times a revised film turns out to be based on equally interesting books. It is enough to dig a little deeper - and there is a chance to extend the acquaintance with curious characters in one way or another. See, read, enjoy!