The most amazing books can transport readers into magical worlds created by the author, but many a times these literary wonders compel artists to recreate them on the big screen. Movies that are inspired by bestselling books often tend to miss the mark and at times even offend the literary fans.
However, many do a good job of capturing the essence of the book and keep the audience spellbound. Check out a few of such movies:
Bourne film series: The first book in the action spy thriller novel series was written by Robert Ludlum was released in 1980, and by 2002 Doug Liman had turned it into a movie, with Matt Damon depicting the titular hero Jason Bourne. Over the course of the years, four instalments of the film, with a fifth set for release later this year, has come out and fans do not seem to get enough of the rugged and handsome CIA assassin. "The Bourne Identity" and its sequels are the ideal examples of a film matching brilliance with its source material.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The genius that created the premise and plot behind this comedy sci-fi film is Douglas Adams, who first published the book in London on Oct. 12, 1979. The movie, which was directed by Garth Jennings, was released on April 28, 2005. It is one of the most popular movies loved by nerds and geeks alike.
The Fault in Our Stars: This touching coming-of-age story of two cancer patients was penned by YouTuber John Green, while the movie was directed by Josh Boon. The epic love story of Hazel and Augustus was beautifully brought to life by Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
The Hundred-Foot Journey: This heart-warming story of culinary artistry was written by Richard Morais in 2010. Lasse Hallström converted the book visual fiesta, complete with the involvement of thespians like Hellen Mirren and Om Puri, by 2014. The playful banter between Madame Mallory and Papa could not have been perfected by any couple other than these two.
The Devil Wears Prada: The brilliantly written novel by Lauren Weisberger in 2003 was transformed into a must-not-miss dramedy by David Frankel. Starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, "The Devil Wears Prada" remains one of the best date movies of all time.
These and many more bestseller-turned-blockbusters will be part of the Book Adaptation festival of Star Movies Select HD, which will held at 1 p.m. (IST) and 3 p.m. (IST) starting Sunday, July 17.