Books Coming to the Big Screen in the 2016

book-to-filmBooks adaptations have been big hits in the movie theaters over the last few years, so is it any wonder that the number of books heading to the big screen seem to be on the rise? There are a number of great books making their way to the big screen again this year, some of which I am very excited to see. Here are some of the books-to-movies I am most excited about for 2016. I have included the current scheduled release date for each film, which is subject to change.

You might want to put the books on hold now if you want to beat the rush to read them (or watch previous versions of favorites) before watching the new releases in the theater! I have linked each title to the available versions that our library currently owns.

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27, 2016)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18, 2016)
The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016)
The BFG (July 1, 2016)
The Little Prince (March 18, 2016)
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (October 7, 2016)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (February 16, 2016)

MOVIES2Young Adult
Allegiant (March 18, 2016)
The 5th Wave (January 15, 2016)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (December 25, 2016)
Delirium (September 30, 2016)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (October 14, 2016)
Let It Snow by John Green (December 9, 2016)

The Finest Hours (January 29, 2016)
The Girl on the Train (October 7, 2016)
The Shack (August 12, 2016)
Tarzan (July 1, 2016)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (February 5, 2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 21, 2016)
The Lost City of Z by David Grann (No Date Given 2016)

Read the book first or see the movie first?

books into movies

Some interesting books are coming to a theater near you soon.  Are you the type who wants to read the book first to see if the movie would be worth going to, or do you look at who’s starring in the movie and see it first and then read the book later?  Which one of the following movies do you think you’ll go see?

slight trick to the mind


mr. holmesMr. Holmes (PG) – based on the book A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Gullin.  Starring Ian McKellen, Laura Linney.  Release date July 17, 2015.  “In 1947, ninety-three-year-old Sherlock Holmes lives out his retirement in a remote Sussex farmhouse with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger, who stumbles upon information about Holmes’s secret past and long-ago infatuation with Mrs. Keller, while the one-time master detective tends his apiary, writes in journals, and copes with the fading powers of his mind.”



dark places book


dark places movieDark Places (R) – based on the book by Gillian Flynn.  Starring Charlize Theron.  Release date August 7., 2015 ” After witnessing the murder of her mother and sisters, seven-year-old Libby Day testifies against her brother Ben, but twenty-five years later she tries to profit from her tragic history and admit that her story might not have been accurate.”



paper towns book


paper towns moviePaper Towns (PG-13) – based on the book by John Green.  Starring Cara Delevigne and Nat Wolff.   Release date July 25, 2015.  “One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.”



black mass book


black mass movieBlack Mass(R)  –  based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.  Starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch.  Release date September 18, 2015. ” A profile of FBI agent John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger, the godfather of Boston’s Irish Mob, describes how these two childhood friends, who grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston, conspired to bring down Boston’s Italian mafia in a scheme that spiraled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering, and murder.”