In 2016 we’ve already seen a plethora of literary adaptations hit the cinemas — from Steven Spielberg’s The BFG inspired by the Roald Dahl classic, to the historic Ben Hur by Lew Wallace— and in the three months left of the year (where has 2016 gone?!) will are looking forward to even more releases that have been ripped from the shelves of Waterstones. From kids’ books to psychological thrillers to another Dan Brown novel, there’s something coming for just about anyone. So we are offering up a look at the coming films and their paperback counter-parts to give you the option to squeeze it in before the film comes out, if thats your deal. Although we are bias, our belief is while the book isn’t always better than the movie, the movie will definitely have more explosions.
- The Girl on The Train – The Girl on The Train, Paula Hawkins, 2015.
What it’s about: Rachel, a recently divorced woman, takes the same train every day for her morning commute, and with it comes a routine of watching a perfect couple dine for breakfast on their deck. But one day, she witnesses something shocking, and reports it to the authorities, becoming entwined in the mystery that follows. Emily Blunt stars as the lead, and the film is already being compared to Gone Girl.
Release date: Oct. 7 Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux
2. A Monster Calls- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, 2013.
What it’s about: A little after midnight, 13-year-old Connor finds a monster outside his bedroom. But it is not the monster he expected — he expected the monster from his nightmare, the one he has almost every night, which started once his mother began cancer treatments. The monster in his backyard is ancient, wild, and in search of something dangerous — the truth.
Release date: Oct. 14 Starring: Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Lewis MacDougall
3. Inferno- Inferno by Dan Brown, 2013.
What it’s about: Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbolism, wakes up in an Italian hospital with no recollection of the past 36 hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. When he is chased by an assassin, he and his doctor, Sienna Brooks, flee Florence and embark on a journey to unlock codes that are tied to a brilliant scientist obsessed with The Inferno. Tom Hanks returns to The DaVinci Code world in this epic thriller.
Release date: Oct. 14 Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster
4. Fantastic Beasts and where to find them- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling, 2001.
What it’s about: One of Harry Potter’s featured textbooks at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about the magical creatures in the Wizarding World. The movie, which is written by J.K. Rowling, is about the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.
Release date: Nov. 18 Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell
5. The Queen of Katwe- The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers, 2012.
The film, inspired by Tim Crothers’s book of the same name, chronicles the life of Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan teen chess prodigy who becomes a Woman Candidate Master after her performances at World Chess Olympiads. David Oyelowo will star as the man who mentors Phiona, while Lupita Nyong’o will play her mother. Charity Rose Pimer will play Phiona herself. The movie is expected to premiere sometime this fall.
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, 2011.
What it’s about: Sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island after a family tragedy and discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the hallways of the building, he realizes the children were more than just peculiar — they may have been dangerous, and possibly still alive. This film is set to hit theaters on Christmas 2016.
Release date: Dec. 25 Starring: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench
7. Blood Father – Blood Father by Peter Craig, 2006
Craig’s crime novel tells the story of an ex-con and former Hell’s Angel whose attempt to go straight gets thwarted when his estranged teenage daughter shows up. She’s being chased by her boyfriend’s lackeys after she witnesses a murder, and her father is her only hope to outrun them. The film stars Mel Gibson as the father and Erin Moriarty as his daughter.
8. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back- Never Go Back by Lee Child, 2013.
Lee Child earned the praise and admiration of dads everywhere when he created Jack Reacher, a former major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps who now drifts around the country investigating suspicious situations. The character’s since starred in more than two dozen novels and stories, and in 2012 he made the leap to the silver screen in the film Jack Reacher, which was based on One Shot, the ninth Reacher novel. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Reacher in this one, which is apparently based on (or at least named for) the 18th novel, in which Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to be taken into custody for crimes he purportedly committed while still in the army.