Movies Based on Books 2016

(Total Movie Adaptations: 50)

Adapted Books 2016


The 5th Wave (2016)

Science fiction thriller directed by J. Blakeson based on the novel of same name by Rick Yancey. The story is set in the present day in which four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope. The cast includes Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Alex Roe, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber and Zackary Arthur.

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The 9th Life of Louis Drax (2016)

Supernatural thriller based on the novel of the same by Liz Jensen. The story begins on Louis Drax’s (Aiden Longworth) 9th birthday, when a lifetime of curious mishaps culminates in the boy’s near-fatal fall. Desperate to reveal the strange circumstances behind the young boy’s accident and dark coincidences that have plagued his entire life, Dr. Allan Pascal (Jamie Dornan) is drawn into a mystery that explores the nature of the sixth sense, testing the boundaries of fantasy and reality. The cast also includes Aaron Paul, Barbara Hershey and Oliver Platt.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)

Action thriller based on a true story directed by Michael Bay and adapted from the book “13 Hours” by Mitchell Zuckoff which follows the events of September 11, 2012 when six members of a security team fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, after the attack of Islamist militants. These men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale. This is their personal account, never before told, of what happened during the thirteen hours of that now-infamous attack. The cast includes James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa, and Freddie Stroma.

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The Adderall Diaries (2016)

Crime-thriller written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky, based on a “true-crime memoir” book of the same name by Stephen Elliott. The story follows writer Stephen Elliott (James Franco) stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues who becomes involved with a high-profile murder case that leads him to come to terms with his troubled past while embarking on a potentially life-changing romance in the present. The cast includes Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Jim Parrack, Timothée Chalamet, Danny Flaherty, Cynthia Nixon and Christian Slater.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Adventure fantasy directed by James Bobin, produced by Tim Burton based on “Through the Looking-Glass” by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The story follows Alice (Mia Wasikowska) who has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and is called upon to return to the fantastical realm of Wonderland/Underland to her friends. She soon learns that The Hatter (Johnny Depp), has lost his Muchness, so Mirana (Anne Hathaway) sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time and there she encounters the evil Time (Sacha Baron Cohen). Returning to the past, she comes across friends and enemies at different points in their lives, and embarks on a perilous race to save the Hatter before time runs out. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Timothy Spall, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Alan Rickman.

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American Pastoral (2016)

Crime drama is based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth and directed by Ewan McGregor. Set in the social and political turmoil of the 1960s the film follows successful businessman, Seymour “Swede” Levov (Ewan McGregor), a once legendary high school athlete now married to former beauty queen Dawn (Jennifer Connelly). However turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life when his teenage daughter, Merry (Dakota Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act. Swede then dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family, but what he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.  The cast also includes Rupert Evans, Valorie Curry, David Strathairn, Peter Riegert and Uzo Aduba.

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Arrival (2016)

Sci-fi drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve based on the short story “Story of Your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang. When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers, and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity. The cast also includes Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg, Tzi Ma and Mark O’Brien.

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Ben-Hur (2016)

Epic historic action adventure directed by Timur Bekmambetov based on the novel novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ” by Lew Wallace. The story centers on nobleman, Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), who is falsely accused of an assassination attempt by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell). He survives years of slavery under the Romans and attempts to get revenge by challenging his adoptive brother in a grand chariot race while being forever changed after a series of encounter with Jesus of Nazareth. The cast includes Morgan Freeman, Nazanin Boniadi, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Black-D’Elia, James Cosmo and Ayelet Zorer.

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The BFG (2016)

Fantasy adventure directed by Steven Spielberg based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl which follows a girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who encounters the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because unlike his peers refuses to eat boys and girls. The cast includes Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Michael and Daniel Bacon.

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The Big Short (2015)

Drama written and directed by Adam McKay based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis which is set during the financial crisis of 2007–2010 by the build-up of the housing and credit bubble. The story follows four outsiders who after seeing what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. The cast includes Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, Karen Gillan, Tracy Letts, Selena Gomez, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock and Max Greenfield.

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)

Comedy drama based on the novel of the same name by Ben Fountain which follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. They are brought home by the US administration for a promotional tour that leads them to the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game where they’re honored before they return to war in Iraq. The cast includes Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Chris Tucker and Ben Platt.

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Blackway (2016)

Thriller based on the novel “Go With Me” by Castle Freeman, Jr. in which the story is set against the rugged backdrop of a Pacific Northwest logging community and follows Lillian (Julia Stiles), who after returning to her hometown becomes the subject of harassment by ex-cop turned violent crimelord, Blackway (Ray Liotta), who operates with impunity in this small community on the edge of the wilderness. Forsaken by the local townspeople, and advised by the Sheriff to leave town, Lillian decides instead to take a stand against her sociopathic stalker, and enlists the help of ex-logger Lester (Anthony Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick Nate (Alexander Ludwig), the only two men in town brave enough, or crazy enough, to go with her, and go up against Blackway. The cast also includes Hal Holbrook and Lochlyn Munro.

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The Choice (2016)

Romantic drama based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Sparks which follows feisty medical student Gabby Holland (Teresa Palmer) who moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw (Benjamin Walker), it sends them both on a romantic journey neither ever dreamed possible. As their bond grows, the unlikely couple must decide how far they’re willing to go to keep the hope of love alive. The cast also includes Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Brett Rice and Tom Wilkinson.

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Cell (2016)

Horror sci-fi based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, when a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless bloodthirsty animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (John Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors, including train driver Tom McCourt (Samuel L. Jackson) to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son and estranged wife. The cast also includes Isabelle Fuhrman, Owen Teague, Clark Sarullo, Anthony Reynolds, Erin Elizabeth Burn and Stacy Keach.

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016)

This sequel is directed by Yuen Woo-ping based on the novel “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by Du Lu Wang which tells an epic story of lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption, set against breathtaking action in an epic martial arts battle between good and evil that will decide the fate of the Martial World. The cast includes Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum, Jr., Jason Scott Lee and Roger Yuan.

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Denial (2016)

Bio-drama directed by Mick Jackson based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier” by Deborah E. Lipstadt’s. The movie recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. The cast also includes Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden, Caren Pistorius, Alex Jennings and Mark Gatiss.

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

The next chapter in The Divergent Series and also first of two cinematic parts directed by Robert Schwentke based on the novel Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. The film follows Tris and Four (Shailene Woodley and Theo James) as they venture over the wall to discover that the post-apocalyptic Chicago they live in is just part of a greater world. The find more people are alive beyond the city walls and they get taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. The cast also includes Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts and Jeff Daniels.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Spin-off fantasy drama from the Harry Potter movie series inspired by the book of the same name by J. K. Rowling in which the story is set in New York in 1926, with ad follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stopping by the city after completing a global tour to collect new magical animals. However, keeping the lid on a case of magical beasts is apparently harder than it looks, with the creatures escaping into the city which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj (American for Muggle) worlds. The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell, Faith Wood-Blagrove, Jenn Murray, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Carmen Ejogo and Gemma Chan.

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The Finest Hours (2016)

True story based on the book “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue” by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias which follows the rescue mission that took place in 1952 off the Cape Cod coast after two oil tankers, SS Fort Mercer and SS Pendleton were destroyed by treacherous winter winds and waves. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds. The cast includes Ben Foster, Josh Stewart, Holliday Grainger and John Ortiz.

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Genius (2016)

Bio-drama directed by Michael Grandage based on the book “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. Scott Berg. The story follows the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), the man who discovered authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and the larger than life literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law). The cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Dominic West, Guy Pearce and Laura Linney.

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

Thriller based on Paula Hawkins debut novel of the same name which follows Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), an alcoholic troubled woman whose husband left her for his mistress. One day as she’s commuting on the train she spots Scott and Megan (Luke Evans and Haley Bennett), who seem to have the perfect life as a couple. But one day havoc ensues this couple, Rachel witnesses a murder and she starts to realize that she may have been involved in the crime. The cast includes Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux, Édgar Ramírez, Allison Janney and Lisa Kudrow.

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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Post-apocalyptic sci-fi horror thriller written by M.R. Carey adapted from his own novel of the same name. The plot centers on a dystopian future following a breakdown of society after most of humanity is wiped out by a fungal infection and focuses upon the struggle of a scientist Caroline Caldwell (Glenn Close), a teacher Helen Justineau (Gemma Arterton), and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie (Sennia Nanua). The cast also includes Paddy Considine and Shay Gutteridge.

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Goat (2016)

Drama based on the memoir of the same name by Brad Land, the story centers on 19-year-old Brad Land (Ben Schnetzer) who is a college student recovering from a brutal assault. He decides to rush a frat that his slightly older brother, Brett Land (Nick Jonas), already belongs to, and soon finds himself surrounded by a toxic stew of violence, aggression, and abuse even more traumatizing than the earlier attack. The cast also includes Gus Halper, Danny Flaherty, Jake Picking, Virginia Gardner and James Franco.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins (2015)

Drama adapted from the children book of the same name by Katherine Paterson, the story follows young girl Gilly Hopkins (Sophie Nélisse) who is the meanest girl in town who has never seen her real mom (Julia Stiles) and has moved from one foster home to another. Then she’s placed with Maime Trotter (Kathy Bates), and Gilly surprises herself and everyone around her, except for Trotter, when she starts to love her. The cast includes Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs and Billy Magnussen.

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High-Rise (2016)

Drama directed by Ben Wheatley based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard in which the story centers on a new residential tower built on the eve of Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power. The film follows Robert Laing (Tom Hiddleston) a young doctor seduced by the lifestyle in the high-rise, an isolated community, cut off from the rest of society in their luxury tower block, and its creator, the architect Anthony Royal (Jeremy Irons). Taking up residence on the twenty-fifth floor, Laing discovers a world of complex loyalties, and also strikes up a relationship with Royal’s devoted aide Charlotte (Sienna Miller). But after Laing befriends Richard Wilder (Luke Evans), a documentary filmmaker relegated to the second floor, who is determined to provoke the class injustices inherent in the high-rise, a dangerous social situation develops and the high-rise eventually fragments into violent tribes. The cast also includes Elisabeth Moss, James Purefo and Keeley Hawes.

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A Hologram for the King (2016)

Comedy adapted from the novel of the same name by Dave Eggers, written and directed by Tom Tykwer. The story follows Alan Clay (Tom Hanks), a desperate washed up American businessman who in a last-ditch effort to stave off bankruptcy, pay his daughter’s college fees, and finally accomplish something big travels to Saudi Arabia to sell his idea to a wealthy monarch. The cast includes Sarita Choudhury, Tom Skerritt, Tracey Fairaway, Omar Elba and David Menkin.

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How to Be Single (2016)

Romantic comedy directed by Christian Ditter based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun. The cast includees Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans, Jr., Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy and Jason Mantzoukas.

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Total Adaptations: 50

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