Books being turned into films has never been a new concept and the past couple of years has shown success in the box office for films based off YA books.
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy (22 January)
Due out at the end of the month, the 5th Wave is a story about a girl called Cassie during an alien invasion. Cassie doesn’t know who she can trust, the 5th wave has begun and Cassie runs from them while at the same time fixated on rescuing her brother. The cast of the film features a lot of prominent young actors such as Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), and Chloe Grace Moretz plays the lead who has already been in multiple book adaptations (Carrie, If I Stay, Let Me In and comic, Kick Ass).
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (18 March)
The third installment of the Divergent series is due out this year. Like the last novel in most series (the Hunger Game, Harry Potter), Allegiant has also been split into two films, although instead of ‘part 1’ and ‘part 2’ they made the decision of naming the last film Ascendant. While the Divergent films didn’t live up to the books, Allegiant on the other hand is an example for the films to really show what they’re worth. The book was limited by the authors decision to include two first person perspectives and this would easily be remedied in the film adaptation.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (7 June)
From the cover and the photo inserts, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is marketed as a creepy YA novel. Centering on 16 year old Jacob when he moves to a remote island in Wales, he discovers the remains of an abandoned orphanage. With an amazing cast like Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench and Asa Buttefield, this film is bound to stand out. The master of creepy kids films, Tim Burton, will be directing, without a doubt the best choice to add the perfect atmosphere to the film.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (14 October)
After his mum falls ill, Conor has been haunted by dreams of monsters. But when the monster shows up this time, it isn’t the monster that he was expecting, it isn’t the monster from his nightmares. A beautiful book, filled with stunning art work, A Monster Calls has been a fan favourite of Patrick Ness’ books. With the author writing the script, and a director, J. A. Bayona who already has horror under his belt (the Orphanage and two episodes of the Penny Dreadful tv show); it’s bound to translate the material well. And a star studded cast, including Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones and Siguorney Weaver.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling (18 November)
When the doors to Hogwarts were closed back in 2011, fans have been waiting and watching the gates for a chance to return to the magical world of Harry Potter. When J. K. Rowling announced that her book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the text book written by fictional character Newt Scalamander) it was as if magic came back into the world. The wizard Newt Scalamander will be played by Eddie Redmayne and J. K. Rowling herself has written the script.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (15 April)
The famous story of man-cub Mowgli, who was raised by wolves, as he tries to stay in the jungle with tiger Shere Khan threatening his life, is being adapted to the screen by Disney once again. Unlike the 1967 animation, this adaptation will be live action. It features the voices of some of Hollywood’s most prominent actors; Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley. If the trailer is anything to judge by, then the film look spectacular, even if we might not have a bear singing the Bare Necessities.
The BFG by Roald Dahl (1 July)
Like the Jungle Book, this one isn’t YA but it’s a prominent part of youth. I can’t remember how many times I watched the 1989 animated adaptation on VHS, but I can’t wait to see the story brought to live action. Roald Dahl is without a doubt the most famous children’s author, even if Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is his most famous book. It’s a story about a girl taken from her bed by a Big Friendly Giant, but the other giants aren’t so friendly and their favourite thing to eat is children. Steven Spielberg is directing the film and written by Melissa Mathison (E. T., the Indian in the Cupboard, the Black Stallion), the film will be released posthumously and will be dedicated in her memory.
There’s an amazing collection of films based of novels out this year, as well as the ones I’ve mentioned. What films based off books are you most excited to see in 2016?