Courtesy of Focus Features
May 03, 2017

This story originally appeared on ThisIsInsider.com.

Few things are original in Hollywood, and that's totally fine. Some of this year's most anticipated movies are based on acclaimed books.

So before "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" or "Murder on the Orient Express" hit theaters this year, be sure to read the book so you know what everyone's talking about.

Just note that new movie release dates tend to be added or shuffled around throughout the year, so some of the dates here might change.

Keep reading to see the book-to-movie adaptations coming out this year.

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"The Dinner"

Based on Herman Koch's bestselling novel, "The Dinner" is a thriller about two parents who have dinner with Dutch politicians who suspect their children of terrorism.

Release date: May 5

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"King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword"

Guy Ritchie's "King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword" movie looks like it'll be a loose and fun adaptation of the classic Arthurian legend.

Release date: May 12

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"Long Haul"

The adaptations of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books continue with "Long Haul."

Release date: May 19

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"Everything, Everything"

"Everything, Everything" is based on a novel by Nicola Yoon, about a young woman who has a disease that doesn't let her leave the house, but she falls in love with a boy who moves in next door.

Release date: May 19

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"Captain Underpants"

Dav Pilkey's beloved book series about two kids who hypnotize their school principal into thinking he's an underwear-slinging superhero finally gets its movie due with "Captain Underpants."

Release date: June 2

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"Wonder Woman"

The "Wonder Woman" movie is following DC Comics's "The New 52" reboot, where Diana is the daughter of Zeus.

Release date: June 2

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"Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk"

The stark Victorian drama "Lady Macbeth" isn't directly based on Shakespeare — it's based on the 1865 novella "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk" by Nikolai Leskov.

Release date: June 2

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"My Cousin Rachel"

The 1951 Daphne du Maurier novel "My Cousin Rachel" was already adapted once in a movie starring Richard Burton, and it's getting another big-screen adaptation, this time focused around Rachel Weisz.

Release date: July 14

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"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets"

Luc Besson's films are always interesting, and his upcoming sci-fi opus "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," based on the French comics series, looks like his most ambitious effort yet.

Release date: July 21

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"The Coldest City"

Graphic novel "The Coldest City" by Antony Johnston is a double-agent spy thriller that takes place on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The movie adaptation is called "Atomic Blonde" and stars Charlize Theron and James McAvoy.

Release date: July 28

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"The Dark Tower"

It's been a long journey to the screen for Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" epic, and it's finally almost here. The adaptation will star Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba.

Release date: July 28

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"It"

Stephen King's other high-profile adaptation this year is "It," starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise The Dancing Clown.

Release date: September 8

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"Victoria and Abdul"

The book "Victoria and Abdul" told the surprising story of Abdul Karim, who became a clerk for Queen Victoria at the age of 24. Stephen Frears, who directed "The Queen" and "Florence Foster Jenkins" is directing a movie adaptation starring Judi Dench and Ali Fazal.

Release date: September 22

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"The Snowman"

Tomas Alfredson is adapting "The Snowman," a detective thriller based on the bestseller by Norwegian author Jo Nesbø.

Release date: October 13

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"The Mountain Between Us"

Charles Martin's romance-thriller "The Mountain Between Us" is about a surgeon and writer who survive a plane crash and get stranded in the mountains. The movie will have a rock-solid cast, with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.

Release date: October 20

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"Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together"

The book "Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together" is about — well, the subtitle is long enough to explain it.

Release date: October 20

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"Thank You for Your Service"

"Thank You for Your Service" by David Finkel is a non-fiction book about US soldiers struggling with PTSD. The movie version is going to star Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, and Amy Schumer.

Release date: October 27

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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Stephen Chbosky — himself the author of YA hit "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" — is adapting fellow YA author Raquel Jaramillo's novel "Wonder" into a movie. It's about a boy with a facial deformity trying to fit into school.

Release date: November 17

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"Let it Snow"

John Green is a YA star with novels like "Paper Towns" and "The Fault in Our Stars." His short story collection "Let it Snow" is getting adapted into a film about interweaving romances that come together on Christmas eve.

Release date: November 22

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"Murder on the Orient Express"

Kenneth Branagh takes on Agatha Christie's classic novel "Murder on the Orient Express," which has been adapted once before into a 1974 film.

Release date: November 22

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"Call Me By Your Name"

André Aciman's novel "Call Me By Your Name" has been acclaimed as a sensitive coming-of-age drama about two young men who fall in love in Italy. The film adaptation has gotten rave reviews at festivals.

Release date: November 24

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