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BY AMANDA KEATS
Adaptations are everywhere nowadays. Filmmakers are starting to see the brilliance in novel plots and turning them into films. But it isn't just books that are being adapted. This February, there are plays too.
RELEASE DATE: 3 February
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RELEASE DATE: 10 February
The Woman in Black
Based on the book by Susan Hill, this is not the only adaptation in existence. A long-running London play of the same name has terrified me and many others across the world. A simple but powerful ghost story, The Woman in Black looks at what happens when Solicitor Arthur Kipps heads to a small northern village to settle an estate but ends up unearthing a long-feared secret of who the woman in black actually is and just what she can do.
Based on a true story and the book written by Tom Rose, this is the tale of how people from across the world came together to try to free a family of whales stuck in the frozen Arctic waters in Alaska. The film stars Drew Barrymore as the activist set on doing all she can to get the government to act.
RELEASE DATE: 17 February
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, this is the adventure story of young Oskar, whose father died in the 9/11 attacks, as he hunts for meaning in a key he's found in his father's closet. The film stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
RELEASE DATE: 24 February
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Previously published as These Foolish Things, Deborah Moggach's book looks at a group of retired Brits who embark on a life-changing relocation to India to live in a run-down hotel run by an ambitious young Indian man. The film has an incredible cast including Dami Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Penelope Wilton and stars Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire as the hotel's owner.
One for the Money
Janet Evanovich has written numerous novels in her Stephanie Plum Series, all with a consecutive number in the title. One for the Money is – quite obviously – the first in the series. Stephanie Plum is a woman who needs work and gets a job as a bounty hunter. The film stars Katherine Heigl as Plum.
So which of these adaptations take your fancy this month? Let us know in the comments below…