10 Must-See Book Adaptations Coming in 2016

If you spent 2015 watching exciting film adaptations like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, then this is the list for you. 2016 will have more than its share of good film versions of your favorite books. Here are 10 to look forward to!


The 5th Wave

Based on The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Release date: January 22, 2016

Audiences are hooked on young adult sci-fi, and Hollywood is helping us all get our fix. With the Hunger Games franchise all wrapped up, there are a few new adaptations coming in 2016 to help us fill the void. The first of these is The 5th Wave, which features a strong female character in a grim future. Sound familiar?


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Based on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Release date: February 5, 2016

If you love both Jane Austen books and gruesome zombie movies, this one is for you! Based on the hilarious horror/classic crossover by Seth Grahame-Smith, this tongue-in-cheek film is set to be released in February. Check out the teaser trailer here.


The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Based on Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Release date: March 18, 2016

The Divergent series is the latest young adult mega-franchise to get a film series. And with The Hunger Games films all in the rearview mirror, Allegiant should inherit the crown as the biggest YA blockbuster around. This is the third film in a four-film series, and the first of two films that will be based on the final book in the series.


The Jungle Book

Based on The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Release Date: April 15, 2016

Disney has made countless animated versions of many of our favorite classic stories, and now they’re busy re-making those iconic adaptations into live action films. After Cinderella and before 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, Disney is giving us The Jungle Book. The live action version will be released this Spring.


Captain America: Civil War

Based on Civil War by Mark Millar

Release date: May 6, 2016

Comics are literature, but not all superhero movies are adaptations. Usually, movie studios like to come up with plots that combine all different elements of a comic series. Not so with Captain America: Civil War – this time, Marvel is using the plot of an existing comic series called Civil War. You can get the whole series in graphic novel format and read it before the film comes out!


Alice Through the Looking Glass

Based on Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

Release date: May 27, 2016

If you liked Tim Burton’s surreal 2010 film Alice in Wonderland, then we have good news for you. Burton is back in 2016 with a sequel called Alice Through the Looking Glass. Check out the teaser trailers here.



Based on The BFG by Roald Dahl

Release date: July 1, 2016

Several of Roald Dahl’s books have been made into great films (though we’re still waiting for a movie version of that Harry Potter/Matilda crossover), but The BFG isn’t among them. That will change this year, when Disney brings an adaptation of The BFG to the big screen. Steven Spielberg is directing.


The Girl on the Train

Based on The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Release date: October 7, 2016

Paula Hawkins’ monster hit The Girl on the Train is the biggest thing since Gone Girl – and just like Gone Girl, it’s getting a film adaptation. This film is still shooting, so we don’t have any trailers for you, but you can check out a couple of cool stills from the set here.



Based on Inferno by Dan Brown

Release date: October 28, 2016

It’s been a while since we saw Professor Robert Langdon (the 2009 adaptation of Brown’s Angels & Demons was the last time he was on the big screen). But Tom Hanks will return to the role this year in the adaptation of Brown’s popular 2013 novel Inferno. Ron Howard, who directed the first two films in the series, will also direct this one.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Release date: November 18, 2016

Fantastic Beasts is a spin-off of the Harry Potter series, based on the textbook that Harry and the gang use while at school. J.K. Rowling wrote the script herself and Eddie Redmayne will star as Newt Scamander, the fictional author of the previously mentioned textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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