21 Book-To-Film Adaptations We Can't Wait To See

21 Book-To-Film Adaptations We Can't Wait To See

Grab the popcorn and settle in to see Hollywood’s take on your favourite novel. These book to film adaptations will be hitting the cinemas soon and it’s time to see if they make you cheer or cringe.

By Sarah Taviani | 9th November 2015

Image: Entertainment Weekly

Everywhere you look, there’s another book being adapted for the silver screen. It’s a no-brainer: these books have a proven audience who will flock to the adaptation to pass judgement.

Let’s face it, a movie will hardly ever do justice to your favourite book because we’re talking about a feature-length blockbuster, not a 10-hour word-perfect translation to the screen. But that doesn’t stop us from grabbing popcorn and settling down to get lost in our favourite fictional worlds. These are the upcoming film adaptations we’re most looking forward to:

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

This is it. The last instalment of the mega-successful film franchise. The Hunger Games movies have been surprisingly faithful adaptations, either staying true to the source material or expanding the scope on Panem to watch as the revolution unfolds. Those who’ve read the book know they’re in for some emotional trauma and we will definitely be stocking up on tissues to watch the end of an era.

Release date: 19 November 2015

2. Secret in Their Eyes

Over a decade after an FBI investigator’s daughter is brutally and inexplicably murdered, a new lead surfaces that might permanently resolve the case.

Based on Eduardo Sacheri’s 2005 novel originally entitled La pregunta de sus ojos (The Question in Their Eyes), this isn’t the first time Secret in Their Eyes has made it to the screen. The novel was previously adapted for film (then titled The Secret in Their Eyes) in 2009 and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Obviously we couldn’t just watch a movie with subtitles (WHAT A RIDICULOUS SUGGESTION) so STX Entertainment are bringing it to the masses. With a cast comprised of Chiwetel Ejiofor Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris and Michael Kelly, the trailer looks incredible. No, YOU teared up when Julia Roberts started screaming.

Release date: 19 November 2015

3. The Program

The source material, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, is a 2012 book by Sunday Times journalist David Walsh. The book illustrates Walsh’s 13-year fight to reveal the truth behind Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins (the titular seven deadly sins). Funny man Chris O’Dowd is showing a more serious side in his portrayal of David Walsh, with Ben Foster portraying Lance Armstrong. We have to admit, we’re mostly interested to see this because of the reports that Ben Foster took performance-enhancing drugs during filming. When that level of method acting is involved, the end result is bound to be an interesting one.

Release date: 26 November 2015

4. In the Heart of the Sea

Published back in 2000, Nathaniel Philbrick’s non-fiction novel is about the loss of the whaleship Essex in the Pacific Ocean in 1820. Ships sink all the time, though, so what makes this story worthy of a film adaptation?

Well, the Essex was attacked by a sperm whale in November 1820. The crew attempted to sail to South America in whaleboats, suffering from starvation and dehydration, and survivors weren’t rescued until February 1821. It was this event that inspired Herman Melville’s 1851 classic Moby-Dick.
If you never read Moby-Dick for class (or if you just pretended you did to scrape through an assignment), you might be more interested in the tale now that it’s hitting the big screen. Mostly because Chris Hemsworth is in it. And he’s in the water, so there’s some excellent wet shirt action going on.

Release date: 3 December 2015

5. The 5th Wave

Sixteen-year-old Cassie Sullivan is trying to survive in a world devastated by the waves of an alien invasion. This book was named by The New York Times as one of the best young adult books of 2013 and, if this adaptation is any good, you’ll be in for at least two more movies to complete the book trilogy. Probably a fourth as well, because apparently it’s impossible not to split the last movie these days.

Brian Truitt of USA TODAY said that The 5th Wave “should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires”. Let’s hope he means that in a positive way and not that it’s just going to make aliens super awkward for everyone. We think the cast of Twilight are still recovering from their involvement in those movies and we’d hate for Chloë Grace Moretz (who’s playing Cassie) to go through that hell.

Expected release date: 14 January 2016

6. Goosebumps

Rather than adapting any one Goosebumps story faithfully, this Jack Black film instead deals with the author of Goosebumps and his spellbinding stories coming to life and attacking him. If you didn’t grow up on Goosebumps books, this movie could either be a fun family film or just downright weird. It’s a bit of a toss-up at the moment. Either way, a Goosebumps-branded film is going to bring out the nostalgia in a lot of people.

Expected release date: 14 January 2016

7. Carol

Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel was originally published as The Price of Salt and released under a pseudonym. Why? Because of the novel’s lesbian content; back in the 1950s, being gay was still not OK according to a lot of people. In fact, the novel revolves around Carol’s (Cate Blanchette) divorce proceedings, in which her husband is trying to expose Carol’s homosexuality to gain full custody of their daughter. We’re so keen to see this semi-autobiographical story come to life on the silver screen.

Expected release date: 14 January 2016

8. The Danish Girl

Chances are you’ve already seen pictures of Eddie Redmayne’s transformation into Lili Elbe for this movie. But it’s also possible you have no idea what this movie is actually about. Lili Elbe was a Danish transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of gender reassignment surgery, which makes this an incredibly important story to tell. The film has already received positive reviews with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander (playing Gerda Wegener, Lili Elbe’s wife) praised for their performances.

Despite Caitlyn Jenner’s very public recent gender change, general society is still a bit confused about what it means to be transgender. We’re hoping that The Danish Girl will help educate people on this issue and lead to greater acceptance and understanding.

Expected release date: 28 January 2016

9. The Choice

Get ready for the 11th film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book. The Choice brings us the story of a young neighbours who fall in love at their first meeting. Following the standard yet satisfying Nicholas Sparks formula, this movie is sure to see Travis and Gabby, the couple in question, deal with indecision and troubles that are later thwarted by love or punched in the face by death. We’re already stocking up on chocolate and tissues in anticipation.

Expected release date: 4 February 2016

10. How to Be Single

From the co-author of He’s Just Not That into You comes the latest must-see rom-com that is sure to be wonderfully terrible or terribly wonderful. Due to be released in February, this is the perfect Galentine’s Day movie to share with your besties. Plus, Rebel Wilson’s in it. You know you want to see this.

Expected release date: 11 February 2016

11. Brooklyn

If you keep an eye on the Booker Prize longlist then you might remember Colm Tóibín’s critically-acclaimed novel from 2011. Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey arrives in Brooklyn, New York, hoping for more promising employment opportunities. Homesickness is long-forgotten when Eilis is caught up in an exciting new romance. Her newfound happiness is interrupted and Eilis msut return to Ireland and ultimately choose between her two lives.

Aside from a spellbinding story, we’re looking forward to this film adaptation because of the cast, led by the ethereal Saoirse Ronan and long-time favourites Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also star. We’re definitely looking forward to another romantic role from Domhnall Gleeson, who starred in About Time.

Expected release date: 11 February 2016

12. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

OK, raise your hand who walked past this in a bookstore and sniffed derisively at it? Guilty as charged. But the trailer for this looks awesome. Though the title might make it seem like it’s been cheesily adapted into a zombie romance, the Bennet girls are zombie hunters. ZOMBIE HUNTERS. BADASS FEMALE ZOMBIE HUNTERS FROM THE ROMANTIC PERIOD. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see Lizzie Bennet kicking literal butt.

Expected release date: 18 February 2016

13. Victor Frankenstein

We have been looking forward to this movie for ages and they keep pushing the release date back. There are only three things you need to know: Frankenstein. James McAvoy. Daniel Radcliffe. ’Nuff said. Go watch it. (Okay, if you’re still not convinced then you should know that it’s also told from the perspective of Igor, Frankenstein’s assistant, which is super cool.)

Expected release date: 10 March 2016

14. Allegiant

After an incredibly popular first film and a disappointing follow-up, we’re ready for the third instalment in the Divergent film series. The source material contained an extremely controversial ending that left people sobbing, furious, or both.

Will this movie make up for it? Maybe. Will it stretch on for way too long? Entirely possible. The last book has once again been cut into two movies, entitled Allegiant and Ascendant respectively. There probably wasn’t enough content to warrant such a move, which means these films must be seriously deviating from the main plot. Whatever they do with Allegiant, it can’t possibly be any worse than the book ending, right?

Expected release date: 10 March 2016

15. The Jungle Book

Who else only knew of The Jungle Book from the animated Disney classic? It started out in the 1890s as a collection of stories from English author Rudyard Kipling. These stories are fables, using anthropomorphism to convey morals. (That basically means talking animals. So it’s still kind of Disney-ish.) The complete book has now passed into the public domain, which means you can access it online for free at Project Gutenberg if you want to see how Mowgli’s story started.

If you’d prefer to stick to the Disney version you know and love, don’t worry; this movie is a live action remake of the animated film so you can look forward to being reunited with all your favourite characters, voiced by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.

Expected release date: 7 April 2016

16. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass

Get ready for something weird. Tim Burton might only be producing this one (James Bobin is directing) but this movie is definitely a follow-up to Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland film.

With Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway returning to reprise their roles, this sequel is also bound to be very loosely based on the source material. Even if it only shares a name, this will probably rake in the dollars with classic literature fans powerless against Alice’s draw.

Expected release date: 26 May 2016

17. Me Before You

Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel was praised by USA TODAY and The New York Times and, to be honest, it sounds freaking amazing. Like, we need to go out and buy this right now.

You’ll most likely recognise members of the brilliant British cast from their roles in previous book adaptations including Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, Divergent and Harry Potter. Plus, one of the screenwriters, Scott Neustadter, was responsible for the adaptations of The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns so we should be in safe hands all-round.

News about Me Before You just keeps getting better and better and we’re super keen for this upcoming drama.

Expected release date: 2 June 2016

18. The BFG

UM, ROALD DAHL? HECK YES. Just mention that name and we’ll be at the cinemas in no time, popcorn in hand. With the hilarious Bill Hader and transformational Mark Rylance in this film, we can’t wait to see how this classic tale is adapted. We’re just hoping it will be handled with care, because this is our childhood we’re talking about.

Expected release date: 30 June 2016

19. Bridget Jones’s Baby

If you’re looking for a straight-up adaptation of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, then you’re probably going to be disappointed. While the previous Bridget Jones films adapted the books somewhat liberally, Bridget Jones’s Baby is going in an entirely new direction. In the third book (SPOILER ALERT) Bridget was 51, still keeping a diary (and experimenting with social media) and a mother of two. Mark Darcy was… dead. RIP, Colin Firth.

Since Colin Firth is cast in the upcoming rom-com, we’re kind of hoping that he’s going to duck the Reaper’s blade, especially since Hugh Grant doesn’t seem to have signed on. But with Patrick Dempsey now in the mix, who knows? Like any Bridget Jones adventure, this is one to celebrate with wine, chocolate and belly laughs.

Expected release date: 6 October 2016

20. A Monster Calls

If you think you couldn’t possibly enjoy a movie based on a children’s fantasy novel then you would probably be mistaken. A Monster Calls is set in present-day England and follows 13-year-old Conor as he struggles to cope with his mother’s terminal cancer, school bullying, and brittle relationships with the rest of his family. Liam Neeson will voice the Monster who helps Conor through all this with the power of stories. So many people sobbed through this book so trust us: BRING TISSUES.

Expected release date: October 2016

21. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If you’re among the many devastated fans unable to flock to England for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, you can still get your Wizarding World fix next year. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a trilogy of movies inspired by a teeny tiny book, features the screenwriting talents of J.K. Rowling herself and is directed by David Yates, who was responsible for the last four Harry Potter movies.
If you’ve never heard of the source material, don’t worry: you haven’t missed a huge novel from the Harry Potter world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was actually mentioned in the Harry Potter books a few times as one of Harry’s textbooks. Written by the fictional Newt Scamander, the 2001 book was written to benefit the charity Comic Relief.

Set 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books, the film follows Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne!) on his adventures in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards. We’re kind of hoping that he’ll turn out to be a British wizard version of Steve Irwin. And until the trailer proves otherwise, we’re sticking with this visual.

Expected release date: November 2016

New book to film adaptations are being announced all the time and we can barely contain our excitement! Which ones are you most looking forward to? Let us know!


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Article by Sarah Taviani

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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