Books to Movies 2015

Books to Read Before They Hit the Screen in 2015

Books to Movies 2015

Now that we’re in the thick of movie awards season and I’m spending way too much money heading to the theater, my mind has shifted toward some of the books headed for the big (and small!) screen next year. It seems like some of these have been rumored for ages while others will have Hollywood working in high gear in order to be finished so soon. Bring on the excitement and dread!


Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Director: TBA
Stars: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Director: Ken Kwapis
Stars: Nick Offerman, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen

a walk in the woods movie

A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
Director: Tom Tykwer
Stars: Tom Hanks, Tom Skerritt, Sarita Choudhury

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
Director: Patricia Rozema
Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Ellen Page, Max Minghella

Cell by Stephen King
Director: Tod Williams
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Isabelle Fuhrman

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
Director: Thea Sharrock
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Clafin

The Revenant by Michael Punke
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Poulter

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Jason Clarke

child 44 movie

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Alicia Vikander

The Martian by Andy Weir
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Matt Damon


MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (HBO)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Stars: TBA

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (BBC)
Stars: Steven Peace, Alan Bentley, Ronan Vibert

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (BBC)
Stars: Damian Lewis, Anton Lesser, Claire Foy

wolf hall tv

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (BBC)
Stars: Simona Brown, Michele Austin, Hetty Baynes

Images: IMDB, DailyMail

Which books are you most excited to see on screen? What has you most nervous?


  • Karena Fagan

    Adaptations don’t make me nervous. The book is always going to be the book no matter what the movie does and I think it’s interesting when directors choose a new take on the source material. Want the book’s story? Read the book. Anyway, I’m really interested in Americanah. I really loved it and can’t wait to see what they’ll do with it.

  • Good to know…thankfully, I’ve read most of those I would want to see – or not. Sometimes I avoid films of books I loved. Too risky. Emma

  • Child 44 – this has been on my TBR ever since I read The Farm last year…now I have motivation to read it! I have a sample on my Kindle. I tend to always think the book is better than the movie, so I’m probably nervous about every single one of these. But, I rarely see movies anymore, so I probably won’t see any of them either :) Great creative post idea – speaking to your 2015 goals!

  • Wesley

    I loved Child 44! The one that I’m really emotionally invested in is Serena, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. I love that book and recommend it to everyone so if the movie sucks I’m going to be upset! Also reminds me I need to get on the ball with Jonathon Strange…

    • I keep wondering where Serena is! It was supposed to be out earlier this year, but it keeps getting pushed back.

      • Wesley

        Which is very worrisome

  • Whaaaaat?! They’re turning A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson into a movie? I’m trying to fathom how that’s going to work. I’m kind of nervous, but the IMDB shows it’s got some actors in it that I can appreciate (okay, okay…so Professor Trelawney is going to be in it…), so I might give it a try.

  • Okay, I really need to finally read Americanah. A movie adaptationis being made AND Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is speaking in Buffalo in March!

  • Lindsey

    I’m most excited to see Americanah and The Light Between Oceans (amazing casting on both counts). I’m definitely curious about the MaddAddam adaptation since all of the action seems like it would easily translate, but there’s some seriously crazy stuff in those books that would take some impressive CGI to pull off!

  • I just read Me Before You and I was totally thinking it could make a good movie!

  • Amy Sachs

    I didn’t know Me Before You was being made into a movie! I’m already preparing to cry a second time. In the meantime I have to finally read Americanah!

  • I am so excited for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and Wolf Hall (did you see the trailer? I may have started flailing considerable, lol) xD I feel like Child 44 has been in production for ages, lol (then again I read the book years ago, might just be that). Thanks for putting this list together, definitely need to get around to a few of these (Me Before You, The Light Between Oceans) :)

    • I caught the Wolf Hall trailer RIGHT before this went live, otherwise I would have thrown it in ;) I tried to read the book several times and it should be something that totally worked for me, but something about the voice just didn’t stick. So, I’m really excited about the show.

  • Ooohh! I have to get on reading some of these (Child 44, Americanah) and I look forward to seeing what the filmmakers do with The Light Between Oceans, MaddAddam, A Walk in the Woods, The Martian, and Me Before You. Thanks for bringing these 2015 flicks to my attention!

    • There are a few that I think will translate really well and some that have me scratching my head a bit. It’s going to be interesting to see!

  • Ashley Farley

    I can’t wait for ME BEFORE YOU!!!! Great list. Thanks for sharing

  • Jennifer Smeth

    Great list! Some I knew were being made into movies, but a few I had no idea about!

  • I’m looking forward to The Martian!

    • Even though I had some trouble with the book, I thought it would make a great movie, so I’m looking forward to it, too.

  • Cell was not a good book. I have little hope for the movie. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised…?

  • O wow there are a lot here I hadn’t heard about yet — a few I’ve already read and a few on my shelves I haven’t read yet — definitely will keep that in mind when picking what to read!

  • Child 44 is such a great book,I have high hopes for the movie. Plus I must get moving on Madadam before the TV series comes out!

  • I’m most excited for Dark Places. I loved that book so much! I have to read MaddAddam like yesterday!

  • I’m soooooo scared about MaddAddam. HOW WILL THE BLUE PENISES BE HANDLED?

  • Oh, crap! I’ve got a lot of reading to do!

  • Nishita

    Didn’t know movies were going to be based off some of these books. I am so curious to see Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norell.

  • Deb

    I’m reading Americanah right now, but I need to read The Martian before that comes out. I can’t see MaddAddam translating to screen very well. The Casual Vacancy could definitely work though.

  • I am so, so, so excited for the miniseries of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I’m trying not to expect too much out of it, though, as that’s the path to disappointment.

    Do you like to read the books right before you see the movies? I tend to try to leave space between reading the book and seeing the film, to avoid really intense comparisons and bewailing the bits the movie had to leave out.

    • Leaving some space is probably the smartest idea. I’m not someone who absolutely has to read a book before I see a movie, but I definitely try to if I can.

  • Wow are these all coming to theaters in 2015? I better get cracking’. I’ve read the Moyes, Bryson, Stedman, and the Martian book. Very interesting to hear that Fassbender and Rachel Weisz will be in the Stedman adaptation. Hmm, I’ll be there! Did you see Imitation Game? Pretty great. Also I just read Still Alice so will see that adaptation as well. cheers!

  • crimeworm

    Can’t wait for Wolf Hall to start next week on BBC…plus Americanah, Dark Places and Child 44 are all films I’ll be looking out for….great post! (Although I’ll be struggling to read Wolf Hall in a week…!)

  • Oh, wow, A Walk In the Woods! That’ll be fun. Loved that book. I need to get cracking on everything else!

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  • Charlotte @ Books and Baby etc

    Argh I didn’t know they were making Dark Places into a film!

    • For a while I thought it was going to be TV, but I think that Sharp Objects is going to be a TV show. So much Gillian Flynn!

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  • Great list!! So glad to have found it. So much reading to do!

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  • I’m so nervous about A Walk in the Woods. It’s one of those books that I think is wonderful because of the way the author writes about the events – not so much the events themselves. And Bill Bryson is one of my top 5 favorite authors – so I’d hate to see this bomb. (I just googled Ken Kwapis and his filmography doesn’t really inspire confidence.) I probably won’t see it unless it gets incredible reviews.

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