In 2016, we see a lot of popular stories appear on cinema screens. I’m a bad blogger and this post was started months ago but is only being posted now, so you’ll find that a few of these films have actually already been released (sorry!). So here’s my list of the 15 most anticipated book to film adaptations in 2016:
1. The 5th Wave
27th January 2016
One of my favorite reads of 2014, The 5th Wave is a series that I really, really loved and I hope that the film does the books justice. Having just seen the film, I have to say that the negative reviews are justified. This film is, quite frankly, awful. I thought the acting was terrible, the plot line didn’t really come out and the special effects were awful.
Check out my review of The Fifth Wave book here.
2. The Choice
4th February 2016
Yet another Nicholas Spark adaption but apparently it hit the mark. As expected it was emotional in all the right places but fell down where critics expected it to. Films like this are always incredibly popular because of their emotional pull rather than the quality of acting or the plot line. This one stars Tom Welling and Teresa Palmer, neither of whom I’ve heard of, so I imagine this is Sparks’ least popular film adaption.
3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
4th February 2016
I mean the title says it all really. Whilst many readers rave about the books, apparently the movie, which has already been released, really isn’t very good. Despite this, the mix of an old classic and zombies has me intrigued and I feel like this will appeal to bookish people anyway because of the novelty of the story. Then again, we could have another case of Cowboys and Aliens on our hands, a Daniel Craig film that really failed to mesh the two species together. Starring Lena Headey, Lily James, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith, I’m still hoping that this film is entertaining.
4. The Revenant
24th February 2016
Whilst I had never heard of this book before this year, there are rumours that this will be the film that finally gets Leo an Oscar. I did actually see this last month and to be honest, I was rather disappointed. It was rather long and there were lots of unnecessary scenes, but the acting was amazing so Leo will probably still snag an Oscar. *fingers crossed*
(Yes, this post was started before Leo won the Oscar. Maybe that’ll teach me to write my blog posts on time. *facepalm*)
10th March 2016
I think when people hear about these films people tend to roll their eyes with a *not again* sort of expression on their face. The general public opinion of most Young Adult films is that they’re really quite bad and that they’re all the same. This is quite a shame as I really enjoyed the first book and film in the Divergent series and thought that it was one of the better YA books out there. Allegiant is the last in this trilogy and apparently the visuals are even better in this film than they were in the previous films; however, most critics seem to agree that this series has just gone on for far too long.
With a shockingly low rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, this isn’t a movie that I’m particularly excited about anymore but I’ll no doubt end up watching it one night when I’m bored (/when it comes on Netlix).
Read my review of Divergent (book 1)
Read my review of Divergent (film)
6. The Jungle Book
15th April 2016
Many people still seem to be unaware that this Disney classic is being adapted for the big screen again. However, this time there will be real humans and ‘real’ animals, which changes things up a bit. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Idris Elba (rumoured to be the next James Bond), this film definitely has a good enough cast to make this film great. From watching the trailer it seems like it has been pretty well made with realistic imagery and, of course, the soundtrack will leave your toes tapping.
7. Alice Through the Looking Glass
1st June 2016
The sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010) sees Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter reprise their roles as the Hatter and Iracebeth respectively. I was quite on the fence about the first film adaptation so we’ll have to wait and see as to whether this one is any good. I’m sure the graphics will be wacky and cool but whether or not the plot will stand up remains to be seen. This new film features time travel as Alice goes back in time to save the Mad Hatter.
8. Me Before You
3rd June 2016
Me Before You is one of my all time favourite books. I remember going into this novel with absolutely zero expectations but I have never been so moved by a story. I’d describe this as The Fault in Our Star for adults (but better!) and you’ll need at like four boxes of tissues by your side at all times whilst reading this. The film adaption stars Emily — and Sam Claflin, two of my favourite actors and both incredibly talented so I hope that this film lives up to expectations. The trailer looks amazing and there’s been a lot of hype around this film in the bookish community so I have high expectations!
Check out my book review of Me Before You.
22nd July 2016
If you didn’t read the BFG when you were younger then you had a seriously deprived childhood. The BFG is one of Roald Dahl’s best stories in my opinion and I’m so excited that we’re going to be able to see this magical story on the big screen. This is the story of a young girl called Sophie who befriends the Big Friendly Giant and they set out on an adventure to capture the evil man-eating giants that have been invading the human world. This film is no doubt going to be a hit and will draw in adults and children alike.
10. Girl on the Train
7th October 2016
The Girl on the Train became a New York Times bestseller back in 2015 and is set to be a hit on our screens this year. Pegged as the next Gone Girl, this is another mystery, thriller story. The main character Rachel Watson takes the same train everyday, going down the same route, but one day she passes by something, she sees something horrific. The next day she wakes up with cuts and bruises all over her body but no recollection of the previous evening. TV reports begin around the mysterious disappearance of one Megan Hipwell and Rachel becomes invested in the case, trying to figure out what happened to Megan and what she herself was doing on the night she disappeared.
11. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
14th October 2016
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has been doing the rounds on most book blogs (apart from mine 😳) and I’ve seen lots of positive reviews of this story. The trailer has left me in the fence about it as the story looks intriguing but the few graphics they do reveal look a little sketchy. I imagine this film will come together quite well in the end but at the moment, I feel like it could go either way. The story seems very touching as it involves young boy who asks a tree monster for help to cope with mum’s terminal illness, so I hope it hits the mark.
28th October 2016
Harvard professor Robert Langdon is back for the fourth time in the latest installment of Dan Brown’s best selling series. This time he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Dr Sienna Brooks, played by Felicity Jones, in an attempt to foil a global plot. I love the books in this series but it remains to be seen whether the latest film adaption will do the books justice. I’ve seen some very mixed reviews of the films in this series but fingers crossed that Tom Hanks will pull this one out of the bag.
13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
18th November 2016
When I first heard this film was being made, I was dismayed. I was partially quite excited that the world of Harry Potter would be coming back to our screens once more but also incredibly disappointed that such a well-loved series was just being turned into a money-making mechanism. However, having watched the trailer the film does seem to have captured that Harry Potter spirit and I believe it will do the old films justice. It will be interesting to see what exactly happens in this film as it isn’t based off a J.K. Rowling story but rather a ‘handbook’ of sorts. Starring the incredibly talented Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell, I am excited for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
14. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
25th December 2016
This is a story that I’ve been meaning to read for ages but just haven’t gotten round to. The books themselves are really distinctive with their sinister black and white covers and real life photos in the pages. As the title suggests, this story is about a house full of ‘peculiar’ children who all a little different and don’t quite fit in the ordinary world. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, I’m sure this film is going to be a huge hit with children, teenagers and adults alike. The book is already a bestseller but will it succeed at the box office?
15. The Circle by Dave Eggers
Release date still unknown
In short, a woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. Not a lot of information has been released about this film yet but it stars Emma Watson, Tom Hank and Karen Gillan just to name a few. I’m a huge fan of all three of these of these stars and think that they’re all incredibly talented though I am interested to see how the two women do in a film like this. It’s the sort of thing I imagine Hanks doing very well in but I’m not so sure about the other two. I haven’t seen anything with Emma Watson in it for a while now so I’m incredibly excited to see how she does in this film.
Which one are you most looking forward to? Are there any that I’ve missed?