16 Films Based on Books Coming This Fall

This summer saw the arrival of several noteworthy book-to-film adaptations in theaters and moviegoers can expect plenty more this fall. Hollywood is hitting the books hard this season. In addition to the YA film adaptations still coming to theaters this year, there are also over a dozen more novels soon to reach the big screen. Here are 16 book adaptations to look out for between now and the end of the year.

The Drop

Based on a short story by Dennis Lehane (that is being released as a full-length novel later this year), this crime thriller examines the use of New York City bars as money laundering ‘drop.’ It follows a lonely Brooklyn bartender who uncovers a drop of a different sort in the form of a pit bull puppy that he rescues, leading him to come into contact with Nadia, a mysterious woman hiding a dark past. Directed by Michaël R. Roskam, the movie stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, as well as the late James Gandolfini in his last feature film. The movie is due for debut on September 12.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson returns to the big screen with his latest action flick as former NYPD cop and unlicensed private investigator Matt Scudder. The movie, based on the book by Lawrence Block, follows Scudder as works just outside the law and treads some murky ethical waters by helping a pair of drug dealers search for the assailants that killed their wives. But while looking for the monsters responsible, Block stops just short of becoming a serious criminal himself. The movie is set to hit theaters on September 19.

This Is Where I Leave You

The movie, based on Jonathan Tropper’s book of the same name, follows the story of four siblings who are forced to reunite at their childhood home in order to sit shiva after their father’s recent death. Jason Bateman stars as main protagonist, Judd Altman, who recently caught his wife cheating on him with his boss. The movie also features Tina Fey as unhappily married mom Wendy Altman, Adam Driver as the family’s black sheep Phillip Altman, and Corey Stoll as Paul Altman, the no-nonsense brother who takes on the family business. The movie is set to hit theaters on September 19.

The Boxtrolls

The upcoming stop motion animated film, based on the novel Here Be Monsters!, follows the story of orphaned boy Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) who was raised by cave-dwelling trolls called the Boxtrolls. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by an exterminator named Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), Eggs has to concoct a plan to save his family. The movie also features the voices of Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, and Tracy Morgan, among others. Audiences will be able to catch it in theaters starting on September 26.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

This British rom-com, based on François Lelord’s novel of the same name, stars Simon Pegg as Hector, a psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired is his own life. He tells his girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) that he feels like a fraud doling out advice when he can’t even find satisfactions in his own life. So he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the secret to happiness. The movie opens in limited theaters on September 19 before expanding on October 3.

Gone Girl

One of the most highly anticipated movies of the season is the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling book Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles. The film, directed by David Fincher and written by Flynn, follows the story of Nick Dunne, a husband who becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation after his wife, Amy, goes missing under mysterious circumstances. Reese Witherspoon is producing the big screen version through her company, Pacific Standard. It will be released on October 3.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Directed by Miguel Arteta and based on Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book of the same name, the movie follows Alexander on the eve of his birthday as he wishes his family would have a similar experience to his own slew of really bad days. Ed Oxenbould stars in the lead role, while Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play his parents who must try to survive their own terrible day as his wish comes to fruition. The movie hits theaters on October 10.

Kill the Messenger

The upcoming movie is inspired from both real life journalist Gary Webb’s Dark Alliance newspaper series (later compiled into a book) and from Nick Schou’s novel about Webb (whose death in 2004 was ruled as a suicide), Kill the Messenger. It chronicles the story of Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) after he is discredited for writing columns about the possibility that the CIA bankrolled Nicaraguan Contras in the 1980s. Directed by Michael Cuesta, the film co-stars Michael Sheen and Andy Garcia. The flick is set to premiere in theaters on October 10.


Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe, and William Levy star in this upcoming movie about a woman who puts her career and seemingly perfect life with her husband and kids in serious jeopardy after she gives into her own temptations and becomes embroiled in numerous affairs with other men, including a sexy artist. The affairs put her on a dangerous path that could cost her both her marriage and her own life. The movie is based on author Zane’s bestselling 2001 erotic thriller novel. It’s due to hit theaters on October 10.

The Best of Me

The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, based on the bestselling 2011 novel of the same name, features Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden as two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a mutual friend. The reunion quickly ignites the former spark between them, but the same forces that once drove them apart may prove to be a problem the second time around as well. The movie is set to premiere on October 17.


This creepy flick is based on Joe Hill’s international bestselling novel of the same name and stars Daniel Radcliffe as Ig Perrish, a 26-year-old man believed to be the top suspect in the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). A year after Merrin’s death, Ig wakes up from a night of hard drinking to find that he’s sprouted a set of horns that give him the power to drive people to confess their deepest sins. Ig soon realizes he must use the horns to help figure out who his girlfriend’s real killer is and exact revenge for her murder. The movie is set to hit theaters this Halloween.

Before I Go to Sleep

The upcoming thriller, based on the novel of the same name by S.J. Watson, stars Nicole Kidman as a woman who wakes up every day with no memory of her life as a result of a horrific past accident. But when scary new details start to emerge, it forces her to question everything that she believes she knows about her life, as well as the people in it like her husband (Colin Firth) and doctor (Mark Strong). The film, directed and written by Rowan Joffé, is set for release on October 31.

The Imitation Game

The upcoming historical drama follows British mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing, an individual who was key to cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II and who was then later prosecuted for his homosexuality. Based on Andrew Hodges’ biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, the movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as Joan Clarke, his close friend and colleague. The flick, which also features Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, and Allen Leech, is scheduled for debut on November 21.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The last book in the smash hit YA trilogy from Suzanne Collins will be split into two parts for its big adaptation. The book follows teen heroine Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) after she is rescued from her second stint in the Games and taken to District 13 by rebellion leaders. Still coming to terms with the demolition of her home, District 12, Katniss struggles in her new role as the reluctant face of a mass revolution against the Capitol. The movie, also co-starring Liam Hemsworth, will hit theaters on November 21.


Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a 26-year-old who sets out on a treacherous 1,100 mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail in an effort to get as far away from her dark past (including her heroin addiction, failed marriage, and the death of her beloved mother) as possible. Though she meets several hikers during her journey, she has to endure most of the treacherous conditions on her own and the mostly solo quest forces her to reevaluate her personal life. The first trailer for the film generated tons of buzz, with audiences expressing mixed reaction to their first look at Witherspoon in the part. The film, based on Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling 2012 memoir of the same name, is slated to hit theaters on December 5.


Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort, Unbroken, follows the incredible true story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini, a former Olympic long-distance runner who becomes a World War II prisoner of war after surviving being lost at sea for over 47 days. Jack O’Connell takes on the lead role of Zamperini in the film, which is already getting Oscar buzz after the first official trailer hit the web earlier this summer. The movie, adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling biographical novel of the same name, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25.

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