21 Fall Film Adaptations

Posted by Catherine on September 19, 2016

Hollywood has long looked to literature for inspiration. Indeed, some of the most famous movies ever made have been based on books—think The Godfather, To Kill a Mockingbird, Doctor Zhivago, The Big Sleep, No Country for Old Men, The Shining, Gone with the Wind, and The Martian, not to mention all the Harry Potter films and The Wizard of Oz. This fall is no exception with a number of highly-anticipated adaptations coming to the big screen. Popular books such Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and the bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins are among the most buzzed about. Others include next month's American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth book, and Inferno, from the Dan Brown novel. We've highlighted some of the adaptations heading your way this fall. Check out our list below and tell us which movies you're excited—or perhaps nervous—about seeing!


SEPTEMBER RELEASES
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Queen of Katwe
September 23

Based on the nonfiction book by Tim Crothers
Starring Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, and Lupita Nyong'o



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The Dressmaker
September 23

Based on the bestselling Australian novel by Rosalie Ham
Starring Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving



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Goat
September 23

Based on the 2004 memoir by by Brad Land
Starring Ben Schnetzer, Nick Jonas, and James Franco



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Denial
September 30

Based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier by Deborah E. Lipstadt
Starring Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, and Tom Wilkinson



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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
September 30

Based on the bestselling fantasy novel by Ransom Riggs
Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, and Samuel L. Jackson



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Maximum Ride
September 30

Based on the YA series by James Patterson
Starring Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, and Peter O'Brien




OCTOBER RELEASES
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The Girl on the Train
October 7

Based on the bestselling thriller by Paula Hawkins
Starring Emily Blunt, Luke Evans, and Justin Theroux



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The Great Gilly Hopkins
October 7

Based on the Newbery Award-winning novel by Katherine Paterson
Starring Sophie Nelisse, Kathy Bates, and Octavia Spencer



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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
October 7

Based on the middle-grade bestseller by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Starring Griffin Gluck, Lauren Graham, and Rob Riggle



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The Late Bloomer
October 7

Based on the memoir Mad Made by by Ken Baker
Starring J.K. Simmons, Maria Bello, and Brittany Snow



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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
October 21

Based on the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
Starring Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, and Robert Knepper



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American Pastoral
October 21

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Philip Roth
Starring Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, and Jennifer Connelly



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Inferno
October 28

Based on the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown
Starring Tom Hanks, Felicity Jones, and Ben Foster




NOVEMBER RELEASES
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Arrival
November 11

Based on the short story "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang
Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker



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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
November 11

Based on the 2012 novel by Ben Fountain
Starring Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Steve Martin



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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November 18

Based on the Hogwarts textbook by Newt Scamander (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell



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A Street Cat Named Bob
November 18

Based on the true story of an unlikely friendship by James Bowen
Starring Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt



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Lion
November 25

Based on the memoir A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley
Starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, and Nicole Kidman




DECEMBER RELEASES
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The Bye Bye Man
December 9

Based on the supernatural short story by Robert Damon Schneck
Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, and Cressida Bonas



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Julieta
December 21

Based on three short stories from Runaway by Alice Munro
Starring Adriana Ugarte, Rossy de Palma, and Emma Suarez



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A Monster Calls
December 23

Based on the YA fantasy by Patrick Ness
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and Lewis MacDougall





Which film adaptations are you looking forward to the most? Which are you dreading? Tell us all your book-to-film thoughts in the comments!

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message 1: by Uthum (last edited Sep 19, 2016 08:37AM) (new)

Uthum Ekanayake Goat and The Girl on the Train


message 2: by Celia (new)

Celia Can't wait for Miss Peregrine's or Fantastic Beasts! Many of the others on this list look interesting as well.... My poor to-reads list.


message 3: by Davina (last edited Sep 19, 2016 09:17AM) (new)

Davina McGill Dying to see The Girl on the Train. I just have a feeling that this may be the one rare movie that might be just as good as the book.


message 4: by Chuck (new)

Chuck White Was looking forward to MISS PEREGRINE'S..., until I saw the unnecessary wholesale changes being made by Tim Burton. Now I will wait for the reviews and probably until it's available for streaming at home.


message 5: by Pamela (last edited Sep 19, 2016 09:35AM) (new)

Pamela You left out M R Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts. Shame on you!


message 6: by Sarah-Jane (new)

Sarah-Jane Suddick Can't wait to see 'a monster calls' the book was heartbreaking though


message 7: by Vivian (new)

Vivian Đình Can't wait for Inferno by Dan Brown ><


message 9: by Hayley (new)

Hayley I can't wait to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children... But I think I'll check out Maximum Ride and A Monster Calls too!


message 10: by Austin (new)

Austin I cant wait for a monster calls!!!!


message 11: by Ferne (new)

Ferne Looking forward to viewing The Dressmaker, The Girl on the Train, and A Street Cat Named Bob. I know some children in particular (but some adults too!) that will love seeing a film version of The Great Gilly Hopkins and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. ;) But, also to always say, the film adaptation will NEVER match the joys of reading the actual novel.


message 12: by Bethany (last edited Sep 19, 2016 01:35PM) (new)

Bethany Ainsworth I don't particular like Maximum Ride, but I will check out the movie. I can check the book out from the library to reread it and see how faithful it is to the book.

Also, the poster for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children doesn't look that good. Maybe I can check it out as well, since I have the book at home, but never finished it.

Also, I would probably enjoy Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.


message 13: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse I'd not heard of Queen of Katwe, but with that cast in it, it's got to be good.

Love Tom Hanks, but not even for him would I go see anything Dan Brown wrote or is involved with.

What I want to see is someone make a movie of The Golem and the Jinni!


message 14: by Megan (new)

Megan I was interested in seeing Maximum Ride like 8 or 10 years ago, back when development started. Now I'm sorta... over seeing that movie, since it's been so long. And because of the serious age changes to the kids. It's a shame.

I'm probably seeing Miss Peregrine, even with the switch of the girls' powers.

And I'm definitely seeing Fantastic Beasts.


message 15: by Molly (new)

Molly You forgot A Dog's Purpose!


message 16: by Alice Woodland (new)

Alice Woodland (alicethroughthebookstore) Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, The Girl on the Train, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and A Monster Calls.


message 17: by Caity (new)

Caity Chuck wrote: "Was looking forward to MISS PEREGRINE'S..., until I saw the unnecessary wholesale changes being made by Tim Burton. Now I will wait for the reviews and probably until it's available for streaming a..."

I totally agree. Switching Emma and Olive's roles was totally unnecessary. Now it just seems like Jacob's always looking up Olive's dress which is such a healthy relationship. But yeah one of the main reasons I shipped Jacob and Emma was because of how powerful they both were. Not that I hate Olive but I prefer Emma to have one of the more important roles


message 18: by Rahma (new)

Rahma Abdelrahman CAN'T WAIT FOR A MONSTER CALLS!!


message 19: by Ale96_CalS (new)

Ale96_CalS Paola I'm all excited for The Girl On the Train! I loved the novel and I hope I enjoy the movie as I did the book.


message 20: by Jesu (new)

Jesu Jericho I can't wait for Inferno


message 21: by Nur (new)

Nur Jayadi THE most curious for me is Miss Peregrine and Inferno


message 22: by Erica (new)

Erica A Monster Calls and Fantastic Beasts look like a ton of fun, and I enjoyed the first Reacher film so I'll be keeping an eye out for that as well!


message 24: by Amy (last edited Sep 21, 2016 07:45AM) (new)

Amy The Girl on the Train :) That cast is literally my dream <3 Emily Blunt will be amazing.
And I've already seen The Dressmaker and liked that.


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ I'd say Miss Peregrine's House for Peculiar Children, even though I have multiple issues already concerning the actors that I won't get into here. I'd also say Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, simply because I love imaging what sort of interpretations they'll have for the creatures.


message 26: by Keiry (new)

Keiry Ko Th Girl on the Train and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them <3.


message 27: by Caroline (new)

Caroline The Dressmaker and The Girl on the Train.


message 28: by Susan (new)

Susan Also missing was The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which is already out. Book was better IMHO, only because the pacing of the film was so slow.

Looking forward to Girl on the Train, absolutely!

Plan on reading Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and American Pastoral, then seeing the films.


message 29: by Chuck (new)

Chuck White Susan wrote: "Also missing was The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which is already out.

That was released three weeks ago, before this blog was posted, still during Summer. This list is for Fall releases.


message 30: by Susan (new)

Susan Chuck wrote: "Susan wrote: "Also missing was The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, which is already out.

That was released three weeks ago, before this blog was posted, sti..."


Ah, I see. My mistake!


message 31: by Caity (new)

Caity Oh and Maximum Ride was just a Youtube movie produced by Jenna Marbles. I couldn't last longer than five minutes before leaving


Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛ Caity wrote: "Oh and Maximum Ride was just a Youtube movie produced by Jenna Marbles. I couldn't last longer than five minutes before leaving"

Yeah, I was super disappointed when I realized that. I've been waiting for that series to get adapted for YEARS, and this low-budget fan film is all we get, and the characters don't even look anything like the book says....


message 33: by Kim (new)

Kim Roe Definitely American Pastoral. I heard about this years ago. I hope the fact that it took so long to be released isn't a bad sign!


message 34: by tiasreads (new)

tiasreads I'm excited to completely ignore every single movie on this list.


message 35: by Dick (last edited Oct 04, 2016 07:15PM) (new)

Dick Yaaresse wrote: "I'd not heard of Queen of Katwe, but with that cast in it, it's got to be good.


Question:
Love Tom Hanks, but not even for him would I go see anything Dan Brown wrote or is involved with.
This comment about Dan Brown's Inferno and all he's involved with surprised me. Can you tell me what turns you off about him? I have no involvement with Mr.. Brown but I just found your comment interesting.
Also, The Queen of Katwe tops my list to see before it floats out of theaters.



message 36: by Claudia Marcela (new)

Claudia Marcela A monster calls, definitely.


message 37: by Pink (new)

Pink Chuck wrote: "Was looking forward to MISS PEREGRINE'S..., until I saw the unnecessary wholesale changes being made by Tim Burton. Now I will wait for the reviews and probably until it's available for streaming a..."

The entire last quarter of the movie was altered, the leading female peculiar in the book was switched with a lesser character, and the ending was wrapped up to be a wimpy singlet for the whole series.


message 38: by Preetham (new)

Preetham The Arrival has a very interesting plot. I want to see it. Hope it gets released in India


message 39: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Really looking forward to A Monster Calls!


message 40: by Chuck (new)

Chuck White Pink wrote: "Chuck wrote: "Was looking forward to MISS PEREGRINE'S..., until I saw the unnecessary wholesale changes being made by Tim Burton. Now I will wait for the reviews and probably until it's available f..."

Thanks, you've saved me the price of a movie ticket and a couple of hours out of my life.


message 41: by Jacky (new)

Jacky Oh so many!
Jack Reacher and Fantastic Beasts is definitely on my watchlist, but it would be interesting to see the adaption for Girl on the train to, even though I DNF the book. And a monster calls, well.. it's Patrick ness, so, yeah. :D


message 42: by Trish (new)

Trish I think "A Man Called Ove" is supposed to release in America in October. Looking forward to that. Great book.


message 43: by Tara (new)

Tara Bloom Trish is right! My book group is going to see "A Man Called Ove" together in a week or two!


message 44: by Jodell (last edited Oct 05, 2016 11:05AM) (new)

Jodell Indignationyou missed Indignation by Phillip Roth, and Our Souls at Night Our souls at night by Kent Haruf...both I'm waiting patiently for...


message 45: by Kate (new)

Kate Robertson Yaaresse wrote: "I'd not heard of Queen of Katwe, but with that cast in it, it's got to be good.

Love Tom Hanks, but not even for him would I go see anything Dan Brown wrote or is involved with.

What I want to ..."

Couldn't agree more. I thought Golem and The Ginni was awesome. So original and would make a fantastic movie.


message 46: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Only book I read was Girl on a Train. But I do like this article.


message 47: by Candy (new)

Candy Leon wrote: "The Girl on the Train and A Monster Calls"

My top two picks also!!!!


message 48: by Susan (new)

Susan I'm a fan of the Jack Reacher books but don't care for Tom Cruise in the role so won't see that one.


message 49: by Diane (new)

Diane Can't wait for Inferno based on Dan Brown novel.....looking forward to the next Dan Brown novel, too.


message 50: by Mary (new)

Mary Can't wait for "Our Souls At Night" Kent Haruf


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