If you're wondering what films based on books will release in Fall 2013 (August - December), BookBrowse has the answer! Below you will find films opening in the USA, UK and elsewhere. There are films for youth, films for adults, films based on classics and films based on recent bestsellers.

As the weather turns cooler, the days grow shorter, and fall gives way to winter, keep an eye out for these new films! And tell us which you'd like to see by taking our quick poll (click to this page then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the poll).

Films Premiering in the USA:

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Director: Harald Zwart
Opens: August 21 in the USA (and 45 other countries near the same time)

When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.

Based on the first volume of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, five volumes of which have been published, with a sixth due to be published in March 2014.

Rated: PG-13
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%

As I Lay Dying

Starring: James Franco, Danny McBride, Ahna O'Reilly
Director: James Franco
Opens: September 27 in the USA (after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival May 20)

The story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Based on 1930 classic by William Faulkner.

Not rated
IMDB Rating: 6.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 44%

12 Years a Slave

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams, Michael Fassbender
Director: Steve McQueen
Writer: John Ridley (screenplay)
Opens: October 18 in the USA

Summary: Based on Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup, a memoir of a black man who was born free
in New York state but kidnapped, sold into slavery and kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana before
the American Civil War.

Rated: R


Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Opens: October 18 in the USA

Summary: A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother, who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

A reimagining of the 1976 movie which starred Sissy Spacek, based on the creepy novel of the same name by Stephen King.

Not yet rated

Ender's Game

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley
Director: Gavin Hood
Opens: November 1 in USA (and in 25+ other countries through the end of 2013)

Summary: 70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

Based on Orson Scott Card's Hugo and Nebula Award–winning 1994 novel Ender's Game.

Not yet rated

The Book Thief

Starring: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson
Director: Brian Percival
Opens: November 15 in the USA (other countries from mid-Jan)

While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

Based on The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Not yet rated

The Wolf of Wall Street

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau
Director: Martin Scorsese
Opens: November 15 in USA (and 15+ other countries through January 2014)

Summary: Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

Based on the 2008 memoir by brokerage firm founder (and convicted stock market manipulator) Jordan Belfort.

Not yet rated

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Francis Lawrence
Opens: November 22 in the USA (premieres in London on November 11 and then showing in 35+ other countries near the same time)

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

Based on the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

Rated: Not yet rated but is likely to be PG-13, the same as the first Hunger Games film.


Starring: James Franco, Jason Statham, Rachelle Lefevre
Director: Gary Fleder
Opens: November 27 in the USA

A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

Based on the book by crime drama author and Vietnam Veteran Chuck Logan.

Not yet rated

No trailer available


Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark
Director: Stephen Frears
Opens: November 27

A world-weary political journalist, Martin Sixsmith, picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Based on the The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, published in the UK in 2010 and in a "movie tie-in edition" in the USA in 2013.

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
IMDB: 7.9/10

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Director: Peter Jackson
Opens: December 13 in the USA (and countless other countries around the same time)

The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

This is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit.

Rated: Not yet rated but is likely to be PG-13, the same as the first movie.

The Monuments Men

Starring: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon
Director: George Clooney
Was planned to open Dec 18 in USA but is now scheduled for 7 February 2014

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them

Based on Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert M. Edsel

Not yet rated

Jack Ryan

Starring: Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Opens: December 25 in the USA (and 15+ other countries during the holidays and into the new year)

Jack Ryan, a young covert CIA analyst, uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.

This is the fifth film based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. Incidently, Chris Pine is the fourth actor to play Jack.

Not yet rated

Couldn't find a trailer for Jack Ryan but here is an exclusive "behind the scenes" look.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott
Director: Ben Stiller
Opens: December 25 in the USA (and 20+ other countries near the same time)

An office worker who dreams of an adventurous life while leading a tedious existence sets off on a global journey to fix things when the jobs of he and his co-worker (and romantic interest) are threatened.

Based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber which first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939.

Not yet rated

Films Premiering in the UK:

How I Live Now

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, George MacKay, Tom Holland
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Opens: October 4 in the UK

Summary: An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as the third world war breaks out.

Based on the 2006 Printz award-winning debut Young Adult novel by Meg Rosoff of the same name.

Not yet rated


Starring: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots
Director: Jon S. Baird
Opens: October 4 in the UK

A bipolar, bigoted junkie cop manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

Based on the 1998 novel by the highly successful but controversial Scottish author Irvine Welsh.

Not yet rated

A Most Wanted Man

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Anton Corbijn
Opens: November 22 in the UK

Summary: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror.

Based on the thriller by John le Carré.

Not yet rated

Couldn't find a trailer for A Most Wanted Man movie so here is a trailer for the book.

Films Premiering in Other Countries:

Child of God

Starring: James Franco, Jim Parrack, Tim Blake Nelson
Director: James Franco
Opens: August 31 in Italy (at the Venice Film Festival)

A dispossessed, violent man who's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Based on Cormac McCarthy's book The Child of God first published in 1973.

Not yet rated

No trailer available


Starring: Juno Temple, Daniel Radcliffe, James Remar
Director: Alexandre Aja
Opens: September 6 in Canada (at the Toronto International Film Festival)

Summary: In the aftermath of his girlfriend's mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.

Based on the novel by Joe Hill, two-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award.

Not yet rated

Couldn't find a trailer for Horns so here is a "behind the scenes" video of the filming.

Devil's Knot

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan
Director: Atom Egoyan
Opens: September 8 in Canada (at the Toronto International Film Festival)

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual.

Based on journalist Mara Leveritt's biographical crime-drama thriller about the problematic trials of the teenagers who became known as the West Memphis Three.

Not yet rated

No trailer available

The Turning

Starring: Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving
Director: Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres and 16 other directors
Opens: September 26 in Australia

A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.

This three-hour epic is a full adaptation of Tim Winton's short-story collection of the same name. 18 stories are interpreted on film, each by a different team of filmmakers.

Not rated
IMDB Rating: 8.2/10


Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Rhys Ifans
Director: Susanne Bier
Opens: October 31 in Russia

Summary: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

Based on New York Times bestseller and PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist, Serena by Ron Rash.

Not yet rated

No trailer available

Have we missed any films? Any that you're particularly looking forward to seeing? Please tell us by posting below or, take our quick poll (click to this page then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the poll).

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