7 New, Lesser-Known Book Adaptations

Some of the most hyped movies coming out this year, including The Martian, Mockingjay Part 2, Pan, The Danish Girl, and more, are all adapted from popular books. But did you know that some of this year’s other big films are also based on literature? Here are a few of the films coming out this year based on lesser-known books. 

Some are fiction, others nonfiction, but all are stories fit for the big screen.



Brooklyn, based on the novel by Colm Tóibín 

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Brooklyn tells the tale of Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey as she comes to America in the 1950s. Since its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it has been highly lauded.

U.S. Release Date: November 4, 2015


Carol, based on The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith 

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Carol stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers Carol and Therese. It received a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival. 

U.S. Release Date: November 20, 2015


The Walk, based on To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit 

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The Walk is acclaimed director Robert Zemeckis’ take on the autobiographical story of how performance artist Petit crossed the Twin Towers on a wire.

U.S. Release Date: September 30, 2015


Room, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue

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Brie Larson’s performance in Room as Ma has been deemed Oscar-worthy by critics.

U.S. Release Date: October 16, 2015


Legend, based on The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson 

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Legend is a nonfiction crime thriller starring Tom Hardy, who previously wowed audiences this year in Mad Max: Fury Road.

U.S. Release Date: November 20, 2015


Trumbo, based on Dalton Trumbo by Bruce Alexander Cook

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Trumbo stars Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston as the eponymous Hollywood screenwriter. This biopic currently has an 86% on Rotten Tomatoes and hits theaters nationwide in November.

U.S. Release Date: November 6, 2015

Snowden, based on The Snowden Files by Luke Harding 

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Snowden is the second on this list to star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Working with director Oliver Stone, he takes on the role of controversial leaker Edward Snowden. 

U.S. Release Date: 2016 (Recently moved from Christmas 2015) 


Which of these adaptations are you excited to see on the big screen? Have you read the books? Let us know in the comments!  

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