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6 book-to-movie adaptations to watch this year

Dian Arthen
Dian Arthen

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, May 15, 2016  /  11:39 am
6 book-to-movie adaptations to watch this year

A scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (Pottermore/-)

This year is an exciting year for all the bookworms and movie lovers out there as plenty of successful books that have been adapted for the silver screen will be released

Below we have curated a few good titles to add to your reading and movie list.

The Girl on the Train

Release date: Oct. 7

The psychological thriller that has been called the next Gone Girl is the first best-selling novel by British author Paula Hawkins. It tells the story of a divorced Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), an unemployed alcoholic. Every day she takes the train pretending to her roommate that she goes to work and the train passes her old house, which is now occupied by her ex-husband Tom Watson (Justin Theroux), his wife Anna (Rebecca) and their kid.

A few houses down, there lives a young couple named Scott (Luke Evans) and Megan (Haley Bennett) Hipwell. Rachel loves fantasizing about their perfect life, until one day she wakes up with no recollection of what happened to her the night before and finds various wounds and bruises over her body. When news about the disappearance of Megan comes out on TV, Rachel feels that her lost memory is somehow connected to the case and begins investigating what she was doing the night Megan went missing.


Release date: Oct. 28

The fourth book in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series is finally getting its movie release with Academy Award winner Tom Hanks making a comeback as Robert Langdon and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard as director. 

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Just like the previous two movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons,  Robert has a smart and beautiful sidekick, this time Dr. Sienna Brooks, played by Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones, as they both race against time across the beautiful countries of Europe to stop a deadly global threat.

Me Before You

Release date: June 3

This is your chance to see Game of Thrones’ the mother of dragons and The Hunger Games’ Finnick Odair play as a couple. Based on the romantic novel of the same name written by Jojo Moyes, a cheerful happy-go-lucky Louisa Clark (Emilia Clark) finds herself as the caregiver to permanently disabled Will Traynor (Sam Claflin).

The two clearly have different personalities, however, as they spend more time together, romance begins to bloom and both of them surprisingly bring out the best in each other.

The Light Between Oceans

Release date: Sept. 2

Rumor has it, real life “it” couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander started their romance when filming this movie where they star as a married couple, Tom and Isabel Sherbourne.

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Tom works as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, Australia, and one day he finds a baby and a dead body washed up onshore. Having previously suffered from miscarriages, Isabel decides to raise the baby girl. It is all happy for the little family until one day they meet a grieving woman Hannah Roennfeldt (Rachel Weisz) who lost her baby in the ocean.

This beautiful and heart-wrenching story is adapted from the debut novel by Australian author M.L. Stedman.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Release date: May 27

When Johnny Depp is paired together with Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton is directing the movie, you bet it will be a one highly imaginative, odd and visually pleasing package.

A sequel to Alice in Wonderland, the story is adapted from Lewis Carroll’s classic Through the Looking Glass in which Alice once again goes down into the rabbit hole to save the Mad Hatter from an illness. Other than the recurring A-listers from the previous movie such as Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen also star in the movie as the Time.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Release date: November 18

Potterheads need no introduction to this as the book itself is written by J.K. Rowling about the magical creatures found in the Harry Potter universe.

Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne plays the fictional writer of the book, Newt Scamander, as he ventures out into the New York’s secret society of wizards and witches 70 years before Potter gets his acceptance letter to Hogwarts. (kes)

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