Most Anticipated Book to Screen Adaptations for 2015 Release
There’s nothing like a good book and there’s nothing like a good book being made into a movie that does the book justice. I’m one of those people that imagines which actors I’d like to see play the lead characters and which parts could easily be left out without having an impact on the flow of the story. However, I also try to watch most movie adapatations as if they were stand alone pieces as there’s nothing worse than finding that a book series you love has been cast completely different to how you envisioned and they’ve missed out one of your favourite scenes. Next year, there are some real corkers due for release from some of the most popular books of recent times. I’m sure the fans are excited to see how each director has handled the material so without further ado, let’s take a look at what Marcus Sakey, author of Brilliance and of the following article on The Huffington Post, has suggested as the most anticipated adaptations. It’s worth noting that he’s mention his own book!
1. Mockingjay (Part Two) by Suzanne Collins
Since Mockingjay Part I and Mockingjay Part II are based off of the same book, it’s difficult to guess as to where the split for the movies will be made. Given the first two movies, though, my bet is they’ll get it right. The film is in post-production and slated to hit theaters November 20, 2015.
2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Due to the recasting of the main character, the film’s release date was pushed from this summer to the day before Valentine’s Day of next year. While a trailer has yet to be released, set pictures and images ohave already drummed up a lot of excitement. Fifty Shades will be rated R, much to the surprise of dedicated fans. If you’re hoping for a raunchier flick, though, don’t worry– an NC-17 version is rumored to be released around two weeks after the original.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
All that’s really known about this adaptation is that Tim Burton, the mastermind behind “Alice in Wonderland” and many more hits, is directing. Nationwide casting calls are currently in place for the lead and the film is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.
4. Brilliance by Marcus Sakey
In the first installation of the Brilliance saga, there is a mounting civil war between brilliants (essentially savants) and normal citizens. Protagonist — and brilliant — Nick Cooper must decide how far he’ll go to prevent war–and which side he’ll land on if he fails. Cooper’s character has yet to be cast so rumors are flying about who will fill the role. So far, Noomi Rapace is attached to play Cooper’s gifted partner and love interest. The film is projected to hit theaters in 2015 and the second book in the series, A Better World, is out now.
5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This new take on the classic Frankenstein tale is going to be told through the eyes of Frankenstein’s assistant, Igor. Instead of focusing on the “monster,” the film will spend most of its time on the relationship between Igor and Frankenstein. Igor is played by Daniel Radcliffe and Frankenstein is played by James McAvoy, two of the finest actors working today, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
6. Inferno by Dan Brown
Tom Hanks returns as protagonist Robert Langdon (from “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels & Demons”), with Ron Howard directing. The plot focuses on one of the most infamous tales, Dante’s Inferno. In the story, Langdon goes to Florence, Italy with newcomer Sienna Brooks to find where they quickly get involved in conspiracies, bioterrorism, and more. The series so far has been very popular, with “The Da Vinci Code” grossing $758 million worldwide and “Angels & Demons” bringing in $486 million. Inferno will hit theaters around Christmas on December 18, 2015.
7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
As a battle ends and war begins, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are forced to find allies in former enemies. The factionless characters must fight the government that killed their families in order to protect not just themselves, but their entire population. The first book/film in the series, “Divergent” opened to an impressive $56 million weekend. Insurgent filming is underway currently and will hit theaters on March 20, 2015.
8. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The cast of this live-action adaptation guarantees that the film will be a hit. Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley and more have already signed on; Jon Favreau is attached to direct. As the film is still in pre-production, a firm release date has not yet been set.
9. American Sniper by Chris Kyle
In this autobiography, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle remembers his career in the armed forces that includes more than 150 confirmed kills. Bradley Cooper plays Chris Kyle, author and main character, while Sienna Miller plays his wife, Taya Renae Kyle. Clint Eastwood is directing the film and it will hit theaters sometime in 2015.