With the awards season coming up and looking back at the films that stood out at the box office in 2015, we thought it would be fun to look forward as well. Here’s a glimpse at a number of new films coming out in 2016 and the stories behind them.
This collection of movies have all been adapted from books so we’ve include the release dates for the film above the title so you can plan ahead and pick up the ones you want to read before the film version hits theaters.
From action and political thrillers to family-friendly films coming soon, you’ll want to save this list of books you’ll want to read in 2016 before they hit the big screen.
January 15, 2016
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (adapted from the book by Mitchell Zuckoff)
What really happened in Benghazi? Find out when you read the true account of the events that took place on September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya.
13 Hours tells the story of the team of six American security operators who fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack.
Discover more political thrillers from this list of films added to our site recently.
January 26, 2016
The 5th Wave (based on the novel by Rick Yancey)
In The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope - if she can only trust him.
The 5th Wave also stars Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, and Liev Schreiber.
March 4, 2016
Me Before You (JoJo Moyes)
A tragic love story about two people who couldn’t have less in common? It sounds like a story we’ve heard before but Will and Lou are not the typical characters you’ve read about before.
Grab a tissue before sitting down with this book or in the theater. And look out for the sequel to this story, After You, coming out this fall.
In the film version of Me Before You, Emilia Clarke stars as Lou, but she’ll forever be known as Khaleesi from her role in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
October 7, 2016
The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
This book was everywhere this past summer and fall and in the hands of nearly every girl on the airplane, or at least it appeared that way since it was at every airport bookstore we came across.
Who doesn’t love a good mystery? This one is bound to be a film everyone will be talking about and discussing at their book clubs when it comes out later this year.
The Girl on the Train stars Emily Blunt.
December 9, 2016
Let It Snow (John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle)
With Let It Snow, Green teamed up with a few other YA writers to craft some wonderful winter tales that are bound to break hearts.
December 25, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
Tim Burton is taking a hold of this one, so it should be even more peculiar with him behind the wheel. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench, Allison Janney, Chris O’Dowd and Rupert Everett.
Note: The film version has a shortened title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars.
March 18, 2016
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
This book is one of those that should be required reading...for those with kids and those who have ever been a kid.
It’s also one of those stories which you hope (fingers crossed) they get right when it’s brought to life on the big screen. So far, what we’ve been able to see in the trailers give us hope that this is going to be one we’ll want to watch again and again.
Those who have lent their voices for the characters in the film include Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Benicio del Toro, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Ricky Gervais along with several others you may recognize.
July 1, 2016
The BFG (Roald Dahl)
The BFG is surrounded by big names, not least of which is the author of the book, Roald Dahl. He’s the same writer who brought us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. With the help of Steven Spielberg as director of The BFG from Walt Disney Pictures, this is bound to be one of the top summer family films.
Get familiar with the big friendly giant in this fun read aloud your kids will want to stay up late for.
Alice Through the Looking Glass (Lewis Carroll)
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mia Wasikowska return in the sequel to Alice in Wonderland in another visually stunning masterpiece set in a surreal surrounding.
There are several versions of these stories, the first of which was originally published in 1865. The illustrated version is a great way to introduce children to the characters whether they are old enough to read on their own or not.
Discover even more book to film adaptations coming in 2016 and let us know in the comment section, which ones you’re most looking forward to.