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My 13 Most Anticipated Book-to-Movie Adaptations for 2016

most anticipated book to movie adaptations for 2016

I have to admit that I’m one of those people who cries foul when a movie takes a completely different turn from the books. Yes, I am looking straight at you, Percy Jackson movie. However, there are still movie adaptations that gave justice to books. I’m talking about The Hunger Games and The Perks of Being a Wallflower now. 2015 was a good year for book to movie adaptations and there are still tens of movies to be released in 2016.

I figured I’d hit two, er, three birds in one stone and write my list of my most anticipated book-to-movie adaptations for 2016. By that, I mean, I might kick off the read more books and watch more movies from my 2016 goals, know which movies I should watch out for, and have a new blog post up on my blog. Yey!

The list below is arranged by their release dates. Titles with * are books I haven’t read yet. I’m working on reading them before the respective movie’s release date.

The 5th Wave

1. The 5th Wave

Release date: January 15

Who’s starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Maika Monroe

What it’s about: Cassie Sullivan tries to survive in a world devastated by an alien invasion. The only thing that keeps Cassie going is the hope that she can save her brother from a “training” camp established by the “Others”.

Thoughts: I’m just finished reading the book now. Looks like a more… extreme case of alien invasion than The Host (book-to-movie adaptation was out last 2014). Looks really promising if the producers/directors/actors did their job right.


How To Be Single

2. How to be Single*

Release date: February 12

Who’s starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Lily Collins, Alison Brie

What it’s about: Manhattanite Julie travels the world to study the dating habits of other women, and back in New York, her single friends navigate their love lives.

Thoughts: The kind of movie you’ll take your girlfriends with – which I may or may not do. Haven’t watched a romcom for a while now.



Allegiant3. Allegiant*

Release Date: March 18

Who’s Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James

What it’s About: Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

Thoughts: I should probably watch the second movie first… and read the third book. But my friend already spoiled the ending for me… I hate you, Syd.



4. Through The Looking Glass*Through the Looking Glass

Release date: May 27

Who’s starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp

What it’s about: The sequel to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. Six months later, Alice has another adventure through said looking glass and meets characters such as the Jabberwocky.

Thoughts: It’s a classic + Johnny Depp is in it. It’s bound to be good. And, I liked the first movie.




Me Before You5. Me Before You

Release date: June 3

Who’s starring: Emilia, Sam Claflin, Matthew Lewis

What it’s about: In this love story, young Louisa forms a bond with Will, the paralyzed man she is employed to help. (PS. No summary can give justice to the book.)

Thoughts: I am ready to ugly-cry in the cinema again (which is nothing new.) Bring it on! But really, the books was so good and I have faith in this movie adaptation.



Inferno6. Inferno*

Release date: October 14

Who’s starring: Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, Ben Foster

What it’s about: The Da Vinci Code series continues with Robert Langdon’s latest adventure as he tries to stop another international scheme by following clues in Dante’s The Divine Comedy.

Thoughts: The Da Vinci Code’s sequel. Of course, I’ll be anticipating this movie.




Fantastic Beasts

7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them*

Release date: November 18

Who’s starring: Eddie Redmayne

What it’s about: Rowling revisits the Harry Potter universe in this book about Newt Scamander, who “wrote” the textbook that Potter and his classmates would study.

Thoughts: It’s from the Harry Potter world. Of course I need to watch it. I need to.




miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-ransom-riggs8. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Release date: December 25

Who’s starring: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield

What it’s about: Jacob Portman follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs which lead him on an adventure that takes him to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.

Thoughts: Tim Burton is directing. The book was interesting. I might be a bit creeped out but I’m really excited for this. (Too bad it’ll probably be showing in the PH in 2017, not 2016.)



Looking for Alaska9. Looking for Alaska

Release date: TBD

Who’s starring: No cast yet.

What it’s about: Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself, pulls Pudge Halter into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

Thoughts: Not my favorite JG book but all the movie adaptations of his books were great, so far. And this movie has the same set of directors!



Brain on Fiire10. Brain On Fire*

Release date: TBD

Who’s starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tyler Perry, Thomas Mann, Jenny Slate

What it’s about: Susannah Cahalan’s autobiography examines her diagnosis of the rare autoimmune disorder encephalitis, which caused her to black out, have violent episodes, and have delusions.

Thoughts: Looks like I’ll be watching Chloe Moretz in the big screen a lot this year. Also sounds like a thriller. I’ll watch it if I’m no longer a scaredy-cat by the time it’s released.



Nerve11. Nerve*

Release date: TBD

Who’s starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco

What it’s about: In this YA novel, a high-school senior gets caught up in a creepy online game of truth or dare. To survive this game, choosing dare is your only option.

Thoughts: I have never heard of this book before doing a google search of which movies will be produced this year, but dang, that summary got me. I’m excited for this movie.



Ugly Love12. Ugly Love

Release date: TBD

Who’s starring: Nick Bateman

What it’s about: Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her. Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.

Thoughts: One of those friends with benefits scenario. Also for fans of 50 Shades of Grey. Not too keen about this but my friends are very excited for the movie (and I’ll be dragged along) so I’m putting it on this list.



The Darkest Mind13. The Darkest Minds*

Release date: TBD

Who’s starring: No cast yet.

What it’s about: After a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.

Thoughts: A dystopian novel? Feels like a mix of many books I have read. I feel like it’s a mix of Marie Lu’s (author of Legend and the Young Elites) and Tahereh Mafi’s (author of Shatter Me) books.


Other book-to-movie adaptations for this year: The Girl on the Train, The Little Prince, The Choice (by Nicholas Sparks), Mike and David Need Wedding Dates (starring Zac Efron and Adam DeVine), The Circle (starring Emma Watson), The November Criminals, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Fallen (if you’re into fallen angels).

I’m most excited to see Me Before You, The 5th Wave, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

PS. I can’t believe they’re releasing The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) on 2017! Is one year of waiting not enough torture for us fans?! Also, credits to PopSugar for some of the summary used in this post.

What movie are you most excited to see?

xoxo, Richel V.

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  • Reply
    Rejoyce Canaynay
    February 7, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    Are you more on the e-book or you rather buy a book copy? I’ve been thinking of reading the “Me Before You” but someone told me the book is not yet available here in PH? BTW, your post is very helpful for me since I’m in search of some good book to movie movies. Thanks!

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      Richel V.
      February 8, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      I’d like to say that I’m more of a printed copy, but I’m more on e-books right now to save money. I’m pretty sure I saw physical copies of Me Before You in the PH, but sometimes it’s sold out. Glad this post helped! 🙂

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    January 17, 2016 at 5:09 AM

    I’m excited for a lot of these books turning into movies, including Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them~! Gonna be awesome!

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      Richel V.
      January 18, 2016 at 9:20 AM

      I know! So many things to be excited for in 2016! 🙂

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    Michelle Bio
    January 16, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    I’m really most excited to see Miss Peregrine, with Tim Burton directing, it just has to be good!

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      Richel V.
      January 16, 2016 at 9:38 AM

      I know!! Too bad it might show in our cinemas next year and not this year! 🙁

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    Nickole Codico
    January 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    I haven’t read Me before you but when I found out it’s starring Emily Clarke & Sam Claflin, I almost squealed, and I know I’ve got to read this book before it comes out! 🙂

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      Richel V.
      January 13, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      What pushed me to read the book now was finding out there was a movie and Emilia and Sam would play the lead roles. That was exciting! And the book did not disappoint. At. All. I hope you can read it before the movie comes out! It’s still a few months ahead. 🙂

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    January 12, 2016 at 4:29 PM

    I’m excited to see Allegiant, and through the looking glass. For the rest, I didn’t know they are from books, especially the 5th wave

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      Richel V.
      January 12, 2016 at 4:45 PM

      Some of these I didn’t know where books as well – like How To Be Single. 🙂

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    January 12, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    I’ll keep a track on this article ! Definitely need to know how the films turns out !

    Kenza from

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      Richel V.
      January 12, 2016 at 10:34 AM

      This year is just full of potentially great movies, isn’t it? 🙂

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    Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)
    January 12, 2016 at 1:36 AM

    I really wish The Death Cure would be released this year… too much excitement! I am very excited for Looking for Alaska and Allegiant. Also very interested to see what Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be all about 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      January 12, 2016 at 11:17 AM

      I know! I might just love The Maze Runner movies more than the books (partly because of Dylan O’Brien) but I am so excited for that!! I’m hoping LFA will actually be released this year, no one’s set to play Alaska still. 🙁

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    January 11, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    I’m so excited for Ugly Love, one of my fave books! Great List Richel! Who will play Alaska though?

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      Richel V.
      January 11, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      That’s the thing – no one’s set to play Alaska yet! I heard the other characters are already casted, just not Alaska. I read an article saying the movie was pushed to be released on 2017 – rather than for this year. 🙁

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    January 11, 2016 at 4:32 AM

    I’m so, so, so excited for Fantastic Beasts, it’s unreal! Harry Potter world combined with Eddie Redmayne?? Dream come true. Film adaptations can be tricky. I’m excited to take a look at some of the other books you’ve mentioned, hopefully before the movie comes out!

    Via Sora

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      Richel V.
      January 11, 2016 at 10:46 AM

      Yes! Harry Potter + Eddie! Nothing could go wrong with that – hopefully. I hope you get a chance to read some of the books here. I personally recommend Me Before You! 🙂

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    January 11, 2016 at 3:08 AM

    So many to be excited for! I loved Looking for Alaska.


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      Richel V.
      January 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      I’m excited to know who’ll be cast as Pudge and Alaska! 🙂

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    MJ Matienzo
    January 10, 2016 at 2:40 PM

    I’m looking forward to Allegiant and How to be Single! Maybe I should try reading the book How to be Single first before watching it. I’m also curious of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, they say the book is good.

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      Richel V.
      January 10, 2016 at 4:54 PM

      The book for Peculiar is good. Maybe give that a chance, too? I hope all the book to movie adaptations for this year will be amazing. 🙂

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    Dyanne Pauline
    January 9, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Me before you is getting a movie adaption!?! Oh myyyyy, must watch!! Although I’m kinda scared, they won’t give the book any justice. I love the book so much, I might hate it if they won’t be loyal to the book. :3

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      Richel V.
      January 9, 2016 at 10:48 PM

      I have high – okay, semi high – hopes that they won’t completely slaughter the adaptation. Haha! I think Sam Claflin is the perfect Will and Emilia can just pull off Louisna. Let’s see how it goes! I hope all ends well!

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    January 9, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    I can’t wait for Looking for Alaskaaaaaaa! One of my faves from John Green! I like it more than TFIOS.

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      Richel V.
      January 9, 2016 at 6:21 PM

      My fave from John Green is Paper Towns. Still, I’m really excited on how they’ll transform Looking for Alaska to the big screen!

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    Jeini Relova
    January 9, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    Oh my Richel. Inferno for real? I can’t wait for this one. I want to see how they will be able to pull this one. The Darkest Mind seems interesting too. 2016 is just full of nice movies. <3 | Spices + Everything Nice

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      Richel V.
      January 9, 2016 at 4:23 PM

      Yesss. Inferno’s out this October 28th! That’s true. So many movies! Can’t wait for the comic books turned movies as well!

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        Jeini Relova
        January 14, 2016 at 8:04 PM

        This is really making me so excited and my wallet my hate me for this. Hehehehe.

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          Richel V.
          January 15, 2016 at 2:38 PM

          I told myself that I’ll only watch 5 movies on the big screen this year and I already know that won’t happen. Hahaha!

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