2016 is shaping up to be a big year for book-to-film adaptations. It holds a ton of highly anticipated big screen adaptations, particularly titles like The Girl on the Train.
Take a peek at the major titles that you’ll be able to catch in the movie theatre this year.
The Light Between Oceans
With her first novel published in 2012, Australian M.L Stedman rapidly attracted the attention of American studios, notably DreamWorks which bought the rights to produce the forthcoming film. Three years after it was lauded by literary critics, the heart-rending story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who adopt an abandoned baby will be played by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in the principal roles and directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond the Pines).
Release date: September 2 in North America
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Twelve years after The Edge of Reason, England’s most famous bachelor girl returns to the big screen in a third opus which will not follow the plot of Helen Fielding’s most recent novel, Mad About the Boy. Now in her forties, Bridget Jones, once again played by Renée Zellweger, is single and pregnant. But who is the father? Her ex Mark Darcy, once again played by Colin Firth, or Jack Qwant, a new suitor played by the former McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey?
Release date: week of September 14 (September 16 in North America)
The Girl on the Train
British writer Paula Hawkins enjoyed huge success with her 2015 psychological thriller set in London. Hailed by millions of readers across the globe it also impressed Tate Taylor (The Help) whose film adaptation will be released in October. The story focuses on Rachel, played by Emily Blunt, a depressed alcoholic divorcee, who attempts to resolve the mystery of the disappearance of a woman she watches every morning on the train.
Release date: week of October 5 (October 7 in North America)
For the third time, in the wake of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, Tom Hanks will take on the role of Harvard professor Robert Langdon, a character invented by novelist Dan Brown in 2000. Once again under the direction of Ron Howard, the American star will be accompanied by Felicity Jones, Ben Foster and Omar Sy, in a fresh adventure which has them travel to Italy and across Europe.
Release date: week of October 12 (October 28 in North America)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Tom Cruise takes on a new mission in the role of Jack Reacher, a former military policeman who emerged from the imagination of writer Lee Child at the end of the 1990s. Having adapted the ninth Reacher novel, One Shot, in 2012, Paramount returned to the series to adapt the 18th volume, Never Go Back, and engaged the services of a new director, Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) who took over from Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). In the forthcoming movie, Jack Reacher returns to his military base in Virginia, where he is accused of murder.
Release date: week of October 19 (October 21 in North America)