Your Flixter account is about to be overwhelmed. There are a crazy number of books being made into movies this year.
The 5th Wave
The 5th Wave is adapted from the 2013 sci-fi young adult novel by Rick Yancey. Aliens invade and begin a series of attacks on the human race. The first wave takes out the power, the second wave causes cataclysmic earthquakes, the third wave spreads disease across the globe, and by the fourth wave the aliens have disguised themselves as humans and invaded. Meanwhile teenaged Cassie Sullivan is on the run, desperate to save her brother.
Release Date: January 22nd
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Liev Schreiber
Indignation is based on the 2008 novel by Philip Roth. Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey in his sophomore year at a college in Ohio, as he struggles with anti-Semitism, sexual repression, and the Korean War.
Release Date: January 24th
Starring: Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon, Tracy Letts, and Linda Emond
The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving
Based on the 2012 novel by Jonathan Evison, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a story about a young man who enrolls in a caregiving class after suffering the devastating loss of his wife, his home, his family, and his livelihood.
Release Date: January 29th
Starring: Paul Rudd, Selena Gomez, and Jennifer Ehle
*Sigh* Another Nicholas Sparks movie. This one is based on his 2007 novel about Travis Parker and Gabby Holland who meet when Gabby moves into the house next door to Travis. Romance ensues, and, well, I’m sure you can guess the rest.
Release Date: February 5th
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Benjamin Walker, Tom Welling, and Tom Wilkinson
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Basically what the title says. Pride and Prejudice + zombies = Hollywood craziness. This one is based on the 2009 novel by Seth Grahame-Smith.
Release Date: February 5th
Starring: Lily James, Lena Headey, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse
How to Be Single
How to Be Single is a romantic comedy based on the 2008 novel by Liz Tuccillo about six people in New York City who have to learn to be single in a world where the definition of love is constantly in flux.
Release Date: February 12th
Starring: Alison Brie, Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Anders Holm, Jake Lacy, Damon Wayans Jr., Jason Mantzoukas, and Nick Bateman
Me Before You
Based on the 2012 novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is a story about a small town girl who bonds with a recently paralyzed man she’s caring for.
Release Date: March 4th
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claftin, Jenna Coleman, Vanessa Kirby, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis, Janet McTeer, and Brendan Coyle
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a comedy based on journalist Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, about the time she spent in those two countries.
Release Date: March 4th
Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton
The final installment in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth!
Release Date: March 18th
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, Zoë Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Jeff Daniels, and Octavia Spencer
The Little Prince
Based on the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is about an aviator who crashes in the Sahara Desert and meets a little boy who comes from asteroid B-612.
Release Date: March 18th
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Paul Giamatti, Vincent Cassel, and Ricky Gervais
The Jungle Book
It’s almost here! The first live action adaptation of The Jungle Book is doubtless going to be smashing.
Release Date: April 15th
Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Saffron Burrows, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, and Neel Sethi as Mowgli
Same Kind of Different as Me
Same Kind of Different as Me is adapted from the 2006 memoir co-authored by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent. Moore was raised as a sharecropper on a plantation in Red River Parish, Louisiana–a modern day slave. Hall was an international art dealer, and both their lives changed forever when they met while Hall was volunteering for a meals program.
Release Date: April 29th
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Jon Voight, Dana Gourrier, Djimon Hounsou, Greg Kinnear, and Olivia Holt
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland, this one looks just as strange and a smidge darker than the first one.
Release Date: May 27th
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Mia Wasikowska, Andrew Scott, Michael Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Timothy Spall, Ed Speleers, Toby Jones, and Stephen Fry
The BFG is based on Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book about a young orphan girl who is visited by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who distributes good dreams to children.
Release Date: July 1st
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance, Jemaine Clement, and Penelope Wilton
The Legend of Tarzan
This [probably loose] adaptation of the classic 1912 adventure novel is sure to be a summer hit!
Release Date: July 1st
Starring: Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, John Hurt, and Djimon Hounsou
Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur
This “adaptation” will probably bear little resemblance to any of the original stories, but hey, it stars Charlie Hunnam, so I’m going to mention it anyway.
Release Date: July 22nd
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, Katie McGrath, Astrid Bergés-Frisbey, Aidan Gillen, Eric Bana, Annabelle Wallis, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Persbrandt, and Hermione Corfield
The 1880 classic is back with a new remake!
Release Date: August 12th
Starring: Jack Huston, Nazanin Boniadi, Haluk Bilginer, Pilou Asbæk, Marwan Kenzari, Rodrigo Santoro, and Morgan Freeman
Infiltrator is based on the 2009 memoir by Robert Mazur, in which he chronicles the five years he spent undercover as a money launderer.
Release Date: August 31st
Starring: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Amy Ryan, Joseph Gilgun, and Benjamin Bratt
Girl on the Train
Based on the 2015 hit psychological thriller by British author Paula Hawkins, Girl on the Train follows an alcoholic named Rachel who fantasizes about the seemingly perfect life of a couple who lives a few houses away from her ex-husband, who left her for another woman. Appearances can be deceiving though and soon Rachel becomes involved in the couple’s unraveling lives.
Release Date: October 7th
Starring: Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Luke Evans, Justin Theroux, and Lisa Kudrow
The latest Robert Langdon thriller–Tom Hanks at it again!
Release Date: October 14th
Starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Ana Ularu
A Monster Calls
This is an adaptation of Patrick Ness’s 2011 fantasy novel about a boy who calls on a storytelling monster when his mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Release Date: October 14th
Starring: Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, and Lewis MacDougall
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
Based on the critically acclaimed 2012 novel by Ben Fountain, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is set in Texas during the Iraq war and explores the disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.
Release Date: November 11th
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, and Chris Tucker
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The J.K. Rowling adaptation everyone’s been talking about!
Release Date: November 18th
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Rob Perlman, Ezra Miller, and Noma Dumezweni
Let It Snow
Let It Snow is an adaptation of a short story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle about three romances that develop on Christmas Eve.
Release Date: December 9th
Starring: Unknown at this point…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars
Based on the rather odd book by Random Riggs, the story follows a young boy who, following his grandfather’s murder, discovers an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh Island.
Release Date: December 25th
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench, and Rupert Everett
Based on the modern American classic by Philip Roth, the story centers on a man whose seemingly perfect family begins to fall apart because of his daughter’s newfound political beliefs.
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Rupert Evans, David Strathairn, and Uzo Aduba
Before I Fall
Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s 2010 YA novel, Before I Fall is a comedy about a high school student who is stuck living what could be her last day on earth over and over until she gets it right.
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Jennifer Beals, and Nicholas Lea (X-FILES!)
Brain on Fire
Brain on Fire is based on the 2012 memoir by Susannah Cahalan, who went through a terrifying ordeal when she suddenly lost her sanity to a mysterious medical condition.
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Tyler Perry
Cell is an apocalyptic horror film based on the 2006 Stephen King novel about an artist trying to find his son in the aftermath of a mysterious broadcast signal that has turned most humans on the planet into vicious animals.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Stacy Keach
The Circle is based on Dave Egger’s critically acclaimed 2013 novel about a tech worker named Holland Mae who is hired by a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man.
Starring: John Boyega, Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and Karen Gillan
Cold Moon is based on the 1980 horror novel by Michael McDowell, in which a murderer beyond the reach of the law claims the innocence and life of fourteen-year-old Margaret Larkin.
Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Robbie Kay, Tommy Wiseau, Josh Stewart, and Rachele Brooke Smith
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
Based on the 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman, How to Talk to Girls at Parties is about a couple of British teenage boys in the 1970s who go to a party and end up putting the moves onto a group of girls who are actually aliens touring the galaxy.
Starring: Ruth Wilson, Elle Fanning, and Nicole Kidman
The Light Between Oceans
Based on the 2012 novel by M.L. Stedman, The Light Between Oceans is about Tom Shelbourne, a man who has just returned from fighting in the trenches of World War I, and his wife, Isabel. They move to an isolated lighthouse where a baby girl washes up on shore in a lifeboat.
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender, and Rachel Weisz
The Lost City of Z
The Lost City of Z is adapted from the 2009 nonfiction book by David Grann, which tells the tale of British explorer Percy Fawcett who disappeared with his son in the Amazon in 1925 while on a quest to find a lost city.
Starring: Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, and Robert Pattinson
Based on the 1966 novel by Shūsaku Endō, Silence is the story of a Jesuit missionary who is sent to 17th century Japan and endures persecution for his faith.
Starring: Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Ciarán Hinds
Adapted from the 2000 novel by Deborah Moggach, Tulip Fever is the story of an artist who falls for a young married woman whose portrait he is commissioned to paint during the tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam. Tom Stoppard wrote the screenplay for this one, which I’m really excited about. I was super impressed with his screenplay for the 2012 Parade’s End miniseries.
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Cara Delevigne, Christoph Waltz, Holliday Granger, Jack O’Connell, Judi Dench, Zach Galifianakis, Kevin McKidd, and Tom Hollander
Based on the romance/erotica novel by Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love is slated for an unknown 2016 release and is rumored to be starring actor/model Nick Bateman (who I believe is the guy in the teaser), though details haven’t been confirmed at this point.
Wait Till Helen Comes
Based on the 1986 novel by Mary Downing Hahn, Wait Till Helen Comes is the story of a 12-year-old girl who is haunted by the ghost of a tormented girl and forms a close, but dangerous friendship with her seven-year-old stepsister.
Starring: Mario Bello, Sophie Nélisse, and Callum Keith Rennie
The Yellow Birds
Based on the 2012 novel by Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds follows two young soldiers, Bartle and Murph, just twenty-one and eighteen respectively, as they navigate the terrors of the Iraq war.
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston, and Alden Ehrenreich
Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville is about a young actor who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, a time of upheaval in the film industry.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen
Which 2016 film adaptation are you most looking forward to seeing?