Top Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2015

If it weren’t for books, movie theaters would be a whole lot less interesting. And for readers, nothing is more delightful than seeing a beloved story brought to life faithfully and vividly on the silver screen. Make sure you’re part of the conversation by checking out the books below you see their adaptations in theaters.

American Sniper, by Chris Kyle
Former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been called the most lethal sniper in American history, with 160 confirmed kills. His memoir of his time spent on active duty through four tours in Iraq makes for harrowing, revelatory reading. The film adaptation, from director Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle, is a riveting take on the book that makes war look both exhilarating and terrifying. The movie earned Oscar® nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Best Adapted Screenplay, among other nominations.
In theaters now; available for pre-order here.

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Kink goes mainstream in the most anticipated page-to-screen romance since Outlander. When mousy journalist Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) meets brooding plutocrat Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), she begins exploring the exciting and sometimes scary world of domination and submission. How closely will the movie hew to the novel’s more explicit scenes? We’ll find out just in time for Valentine’s Day.
In theaters now; available for pre-order here.

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
Things go from bad to worse for Tris and Four in the second volume of Veronica Roth’s dystopian Divergent trilogy, and the film version looks to be upping the stakes as well. If the teaser trailer is any indication, expect action sequences that are even bigger and better than those in the original.
Release date: March 20

The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks is coming back to a theater near you, this time with a tale that entwines two love stories, one in its twilight and one just starting to spark, and throws in a car accident, a ghost, and a handsome cowboy. There will be tears.
Release date: April 10

Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace star in this thriller based on the nail-biting debut of British novelist Tom Rob Smith, with a screenplay by Richard Price. Set in the brutal final days of Stalin’s reign, the story is full of intrigue, treachery, and good old-fashioned murder.
Release date: April 17

Far From the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy
Classic-lit queen Carey Mulligan has played Kitty Bennet, Ada Clare, and Daisy Buchanan, and now she’s taking on Thomas Hardy’s impetuous heiress Bathsheba Everdene, in the book’s first adaptation since Julie Christie played the role in 1967. Bathsheba juggles an inheritance and a trio of suitors (Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts) on her way to finding true love.
Release date: May 1

Paper Towns, by John Green
We guarantee this John Green adaptation will have 100% fewer tears and 100% more road trip than 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars. In his second outing as a Green character, Nat Wolff (Fault’s Isaac) strikes out in search of his AWOL dream girl, Margo (Cara Delevingne).
Release date: June 5, 2015

Dark Places, by Gillian Flynn
In this adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn’s second novel, Charlize Theron plays the adult survivor of a horrific childhood trauma: the murder of her family, apparently by a Satanic cult. Twenty-five years after the crime, she begins to reinvestigate what really happened, with the help of a group of amateur investigators. This movie is set to be just as twisted and even more violent than 2014’s Gone Girl adaptation.
Release date: On-demand in June, in theaters in July

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie
This wildly fresh take on J.M. Barrie’s Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up serves as a prequel to Peter Pan, in which a not-yet-supernatural Pan (Levi Miller) teams up with a young, still two-handed Jas. Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Hugh Jackman is nearly unrecognizable as Blackbear, a nasty sea dog who could eat Christopher Walken’s Captain Hook for breakfast.
Release date: July 24

Goosebumps, by R.L. Stine
In a brilliant stroke of screenwriting, the Goosebumps movie pulls legendary kids’ and teen horror author R.L. Stine (Jack Black) into the fray, in a story that reimagines (OR DOES IT) Stine as menaced by his scary creations, whom he manages to keep locked up in their books. When the monsters are released, it’s up to two plucky kids to save the day.
Release date: August 7

Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill
Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp play the real-life Bulger brothers, one a politician, one a violent crime boss. This adaptation of Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill’s nonfiction account of a “devil’s deal” between FBI agent John Connolly, Jr. (Joel Edgerton) and Depp’s infamous mobster “Whitey” Bulger will appeal to fans of the back-room intrigue of 2013’s American Hustle, with the added appeal of watching Cumberbatch take on a Boston accent.
Release date: September 18

The Jungle Books, by Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling’s enduring stories about Mowgli, a young orphan raised by a host of jungle animals and befriended by a loveable bear named Baloo, have been brought to the screen many times (most famously by Walt Disney). This new version, from Iron Man director Jon Favreau, pairs a flesh-and-blood child actor with CGI creatures voiced by a host of Hollywood stars, including Bill Murray, Scarlet Johansson, and Christopher Walken.
Release date: October 9

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
It all comes down to this. By the end of this movie, Katniss Everdeen’s fate will be decided, one way or the other. The fourth film in The Hunger Games series adapts the second half of the third book, Mockingjay. Featuring the final performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, the film is sure to be an emotional end to one of the biggest blockbuster book adaptations ever.
Release date: November 20

The Martian, by Andy Weir
Weir’s debut novel is possibly the biggest self-publishing success story of all time, going from an ebook-only release, to a best-selling hardcover, to theaters in less than two years. Anyone who gripped the armrests watching Sandra Bullock struggling to survive the cold indifference of space in Gravity will get a similar thrill watching Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, forced to endure the tortures inflicted upon him by director Ridley Scott.
Release date: November 25

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick
Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard brings his sure hand at the rudder to this adaptation of Philbrick’s harrowing true-life account of the 1820 sinking of the whaleship Essex by an enraged sperm whale, the incident that inspired Herman Melville to pen a little novel called Moby-Dick. The cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Ben Whishaw.
Release date: December 2015

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire heartthrob Sam Claflin have been cast as the leads in the adaptation of Moyes’ breakthrough best-seller about a young woman who gets a job as a caretaker for a recently paralyzed, formerly freewheeling businessman who has sunk into a deep depression. The two form an unlikely bond in an opposites attract tale tailor-made for the movies.
Release date: TBA

Fallen, by Lauren Kate
Lauren Kate’s 2009 teen novel Fallen spawned a legion of imitators, and now it’s becoming a movie starring Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine. Timlin is Lucinda, packed off to reform school for her part in a classmate’s mysterious death, and Irvine is Daniel, an angel masquerading as a fellow reform schooler, who has loved Lucinda’s soul through centuries. Expect epic love and forces of dark and light.
Release date: TBA

The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith
Nobody does sexual obsession like Patricia Highsmith. In the forthcoming adaptation of her cult classic novel The Price of Salt (to be released with its alternate title, Carol), Rooney Mara’s dissatisfied shopgirl has a chance meeting with Cate Blanchett’s elegant housewife, and love, dreams of escape, and blackmail follow. We can’t wait to see what Todd Haynes, known for his incredible direction of women, does with this one.
Release date: TBA

A Walk In the Woods, by Bill Bryson 
Bryson’s freewheeling, funny memoir of his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz finally comes to the screen after nearly a decade in development. Robert Redford stars as the author, with Nick Nolte as Katz (a role originally envisioned for Paul Newman). The supporting cast includes Emma Thompson, Nick Offerman, and Kristen Schaal.
Release date: TBA

Cell, by Stephen King
Stephen King’s 2006 novel might feature the most terrifying horror premise of the modern era: on a day like any other, a strange signal is transmitted to every cell phone in the world, turning anyone using one at the time into a mindless, bloodthirsty zombie (and keep in mind, the book was written before the iPhone came out, so the same situation today would be much worse). The film reteams John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, the stars of King short story adaptation 1408, as two “lucky” survivors of the digital plague who band together to discover the source of “the pulse” and stop it before it stops everything else.
Release date: TBA

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