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The Book Geek Guide to Movies and TV in 2016
Marvel and DC fans are getting amped up for the next round of comic-based movies, and there are a lot of those coming in 2016. But there are also a ton of films and series based on books hitting screens this year—in fact, almost every month has at least one. So here is your handy guide to 2016 in book-to-film adaptations. What are you most looking forward to seeing? (This article was updated January 17, 2016.) January The Abominable Bride When: January 1 on BBC/PBS, January 2 iTunes, January 5 in theaters, and January 11, 2016, on DVD and Blu-ray What: Period-setting Christmas special for the BBC’s Sherlock series Based On: Novels and characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Shannara Chronicles When: January 5, 2016 What: Sci-fi/fantasy series (MTV) Based On: Novels by Terry Brooks 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi When: January 13, 2016 What: Michael Bay film Based On: Nonfiction book by Mitchell Zuckoff The Lady in the Van When: January 15, 2016 What: Dark comedy Based On: Memoir and play by Alan Bennett War and Peace When: January 18, 2016 What: BBC miniseries to be aired on A&E, Lifetime, and History in the US Based On: Novel by Leo Tolstoy The 5th Wave When: January 22, 2016 What: Alien-invasion sci fi Based On: The first novel in a YA trilogy by Rick Yancey Beowulf When: January 23, 2016 What: British series (ITV) to be aired in the USA on Esquire Network Based On: Old English epic poem Love and Friendship When: January 23, 2016 What: Period piece/romantic comedy Based On: Lady Susan by Jane Austen The Magicians When: January 25, 2016 What: Fantasy series (SyFy) Based On: Novels by Lev Grossman February Pride and Prejudice and Zombies When: February 5, 2016 What: Period piece/horror comedy Based On: Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith The Choice When: February 5, 2016 What: Romance Based On: Novel by Nicholas Sparks How to Be Single When: February 12, 2016 What: Romantic comedy Based On: Novel by Liz Tuccillo 11.22.63 When: February 15, 2016 What: Time-travel thriller/mystery series (Hulu) Based On: Novel by Stephen King March Me Before You When: March 4, 2016 What: Drama Based On: Novel by Jojo Moyes Whiskey Tango Foxtrot When: March 4, 2016 What: Based-on-a-true-story film Based On: Nonfiction book by Michiko Kakutani (The Taliban Shuffle) House of Cards When: March 4, 2016 What: Season 4 of the Netflix political drama series Based On: The UK miniseries of the same name, in turn based on the novel by Michael Dobbs The Divergent Series: Allegiant When: March 18, 2016 What: Sci-fi film, the third in a series Based On: Allegiant, the last novel in the Divergent series of YA novels by Veronica Roth (the book is being split into two movies, with the second, Ascendant, coming out in 2017) The Little Prince When: March 18, 2016 What: Stop-motion children’s film Based On: Classic illustrated book Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Outlander When: March or April, according to executive producer Ronald Moore back in September What: Season 2 of the time-travel/historical/fantasy/romance TV series (Starz) Based On: Novels by Diana Gabaldon April Game of Thrones When: April (exact date TBA) What: Season 6 of the fantasy series (HBO) Based On: A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin—though the show is now catching up to and even passing the books on some story lines The Jungle Book When: April 15, 2016 What: Live-action Disney film Based On: Stories by Rudyard Kipling The Huntsman: Winter’s War When: April 22, 2016 What: Sequel/spin-off to Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Based On: Characters from the fairy tales “Snow White” (collected by the Brothers Grimm) and “The Snow Queen” (by Hans Christian Andersen) May Alice through the Looking Glass When: May 27, 2016 What: A follow-up to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland film (this one is directed by James Bobin, co-creator of Flight of the Conchords and director of the new Muppets movies) Based On: The works of Lewis Carroll June Orange Is the New Black When: June 17, 2016 What: Season 4 of the prison-set drama/dark comedy series (Netflix) Based On: Memoir by Piper Kerman July The BFG When: July 1, 2016 What: Live-action Disney film Based On: Children’s book by Roald Dahl The Legend of Tarzan When: July 1, 2016 What: Live-action Disney film Based On: Novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs Still-Untitled Jason Bourne Film When: July 29, 2016 What: The fifth installment in the action/spy series that started with 2002’s The Bourne Identity Based On: Novels by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader October The Girl on the Train When: October 7, 2016 What: Thriller Based On: Best-selling 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins Inferno When: October 14, 2016 What: The next installment in the Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code) series Based On: Novel by Dan Brown A Monster Calls When: October 14, 2016 What: Children’s low fantasy Based On: Novel by Patrick Ness November Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk When: November 11, 2016 What: War drama/comedy Based On: Novel by Ben Fountain Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them When: November 18, 2016 What: Fantasy film set in the world of Harry Potter Based On: Book by J. K. Rowling December Let It Snow When: December 9, 2016 What: Christmas romance Based On: YA compilation novel/story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children When: December 25, 2016 What: Dark fantasy Based On: YA novel by Ransom Riggs TBA And the following are expected out sometime in 2016, but no dates have been announced yet: American Pastoral, based on the novel by Philip Roth The Disaster Artist, the making of The Room as told in the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell Good Behavior, TNT series based on the Letty Dobesh novels by Blake Crouch A Hologram for the King and The Circle, films based on the books by Dave Eggers How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on the short story by Neil Gaiman (though Gaiman commented on Facebook that despite reports of a 2016 release, it “probably won't be out until 2017”) The Night Manager, miniseries based on the spy novel by John le Carré The Light between Oceans, based on the novel by M. L. Stedman The Limehouse Golem, based on the Gothic murder mystery Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd Nocturnal Animals, based on the novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright Poldark, season 2 of the PBS-aired BBC series based on the historical novels by Winston Graham Silence, based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō Tennison, ITV miniseries sequel to Prime Suspect, ostensibly based on the novel(s) by series creator Lynda La Plante The Zookeeper’s Wife, based on the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman A few of these are still in development and could slip into 2017 or even be cancelled altogether. Hollywood is a harsh mistress. Keep up on book news in Minnesota and around the world, including lots more on upcoming film and TV adaptations, with Book Geek Bulletin two times a month!
Madeleine Vasaly