Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Saved! Access Favorites in your account profile. Removed from my favorites

25 Book-To-Movie Adaptations In 2016

  1. Begin
    Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

    SHARE IT

    comments
    See All Slides
    A great story is priceless. And in an age when Hollywood is reticent to make wholly original movies (see: the four dozen superhero movies released in the last decade), great books are as good as gold.

    The number of literary adaptations we see on the big screen seems to get bigger every year. Why? For studios, they're a safer bet, with built-in audiences and plots ready to go. But more importantly, there's the fact that literary writers are some of the most imaginative storytellers there are — they're talented at fusing rich characters, intricate plots, and resonant themes into masterful page-turners. And with the right people behind and in front of the camera, those novels can be turned into fantastic films.

    We've already seen a number of movies based on books hit the big screen this year, like Allegiant and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. But there are nearly 20 more titles to get excited about in 2016. From Paula Hawkin's mystery thriller Girl on the Train starring Emily Blunt, to Sam Munson's The November Criminals starring Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz, here are 25 of 2016's most highly anticipated book-to-movie adaptations.

    Begin Slideshow
  2. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kmxLybfGNC4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    0 of 25

    The 5th Wave
    Released in January

    Based On: The YA novel by Rick Yancey
    What It's About: A girl teams up with a mysterious stranger on her quest to reunite with her brother, as the extinction of the human race is spurred by alien attacks, disease, and natural disaster.
    Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Liev Schreiber, Alex Roe, Nick Robinson

  3. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/RrDI4-BSovs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    1 of 25

    How to Be Single
    Released in February

    Based On: The novel by Liz Tuccillo
    What It's About:
    A college grad decides she needs a break from her longterm boyfriend and moves to NYC, where her crazy coworker shows her how fun single life can be.
    Starring:
    Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann

  4. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/nWPM1jTnuuo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    2 of 25

    The Choice
    Released in February

    Based On: The romance novel by Nicolas Sparks
    What It's About:
    A ladies' man falls for his new next-door neighbor, a spunky med student — with a serious boyfriend.
    Starring:
    Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Alexandra Daddario, Maggie Grace

  5. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/0G0C-vMHcQY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    3 of 25

    Allegiant
    Released in March

    Based On:
    The first half of of the final book in Veronica Roth's YA Divergent trilogy
    What It's About: Tris and Four finally venture beyond the wall around Chicago and learn shocking truths about the outside world, as the battle for humanity rages on.
    Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Naomi Watts, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Zoë Kravitz

  6. <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2V8V6-VjnWw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    SHARE IT

    0 Comments
    See All Slides
    4 of 25

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
    Released in March

    Based On: The memoir The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker
    What It's About:
    A TV news producer takes an assignment in Afghanistan, plopping her right in the middle of a risky war zone where she gets to know other journalists.
    Starring:
    Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton