Book-to-Movie Adaptions Coming Fall 2016
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Film Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Release Date: Sept. 30
Ransom Riggs created a fantastical world of children with special powers in the first book of his Peculiar trilogy and now Tim Burton helms the film adaptation. Eva Green stars as the titular enigmatic headmistress and Asa Butterfield is Miss Peregrine’s newest charge, Jacob. --Allison Sadlier
For more on Miss Peregrine, see all of EW's coverage.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Film Title: The Girl on the Train
Release Date: Oct. 7
It was the thriller that took 2015 by storm: Rachel Watson (played by Emily Blunt in the film), a divorced alcoholic with voyeuristic tendencies, thinks she witnesses part of a crime. But as she gets entangled with police and the victim’s family, she can’t suppress the gnawing feeling that she might have something to do with the crime herself. -- Isabella Biedenharn
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
Film Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Release Date: Nov. 18
What was originally a spinoff textbook to the Harry Potter series becomes a film about the book's fictional author Newt Scamander. Eddie Redmayne will play the Hogwarts dropout who has to collect a coterie of escaped magical creatures in 1920s New York City. -- Allison Sadlier
For more on Fantastic Beasts, see all of EW's coverage.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Film Title: The Light Between Oceans
Release Date: Sept. 2
Real-life lovebirds Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander lead Derek Cianfrance’s adaption of M.L. Stedman’s 2012 tearjerker. After diving into a whirlwind romance amidst Western Australia’s idyllic coast, a war vet-turned-lighthouse keeper and his wife take in a castaway newborn when they fail to have a baby of their own. The gesture eventually sparks devastating consequences. --Dana Getz
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
Film Title: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Release Date: Oct. 7
Rafe Khatchadorian hates everything about middle school. In an act of defiance, he and his friend Leo the Silent vow to break every rule at their school. The film adaptation stars Griffin Gluck as Rafe, and features comedy vets Lauren Graham, Retta, and Adam Pally. -- Madeline Raynor
For more on Middle School, see all of EW's coverage.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Film Title: A Monster Calls
Release Date: Dec. 23
A monster movie getting Oscar nominations? It could happen here, as Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is more about grief than supernatural horror. (Ness himself wrote the screenplay for the movie, directed by J. A. Bayona.) Newcomer Lewis MacDougall stars as Conor O’Malley, a boy who’s visited by a storytelling monster as his mother suffers from terminal cancer. After some release date changes, A Monster Calls is set to be in theaters Dec. 23. --Christian Holub
For more on A Monster Calls, see all of EW's coverage.
American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Film Title: American Pastoral
Release Date: Oct. 28
Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut alongside Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connolly in this adaption of Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Set in the post-war turmoil of 1960s America, the film follows a successful businessman as his life begins to unravel when his daughter adopts a radical new political affiliation. --Dana Getz
For more on American Pastoral, see all of EW's coverage.
Inferno by Dan Brown
Film Title: Inferno
Release Date: Oct. 28
The third of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels to be adapted into a film starring Tom Hanks, Inferno once again combines Renaissance art with modern terror, as Langdon races against time to solve a conspiracy based around Dante’s Inferno. Inferno is due out Oct. 28, just in time for Halloween. --Christian Holub
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Film Title: Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Release Date: Nov. 11
Helmed by Ang Lee, the film adaptation of Ben Fountain's 2012 novel about an Iraq war hero who comes home and is honored at the 2004 Super Bowl takes major risks when it comes to filmmaking. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was shot at 120 frames per second, a technique that's used to capture scenes "how your eyes see things," Lee told EW earlier this year. Starring newcomer Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, and Vin Diesel, Billy Lynn is told through flashbacks, imagined futures, and a poignant present. -- Jessica Goodman
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Fences by August Wilson
Film Title: Fences
Release Date: Dec. 25
Denzel Washington directs and stars in the Scott Rudin-produced drama based on August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play by the same name, which follows Negro League baseball player Troy Maxson (Washington) after he retires and begins working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh. Washington previously played Maxson in the 2010 Broadway revival of Fences and Viola Davis, who costarred in that production as Maxson's wife, will join him in the film version as well. The Paramount flick is well positioned for awards season when it hits theaters on Dec. 25.-- Jessica Goodman
For more on Fences, see all of EW's coverage.
Tony and Susan by Austin Wright
Film Title: Nocturnal Animals
Release Date: Nov. 23
Fashion designer-turned-director Tom Ford wrote and directed this adaptation of Wright’s 1993 novel about a woman (Amy Adams) reading her ex-husband’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) manuscript (titled “Nocturnal Animals” in the book) — a novel that feels dangerously real and unsettlingly threatening to her. -- Isabella Biedenharn
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Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
Film Title: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Release Date: Oct 21
Tom Cruise returns as Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, the sequel to 2012's Jack Reacher. This time around, Reacher heads to Virginia to see the head of his former unit, Major Turner (Cobie Smulders) and gets entangled in a web of espionage, dead soldiers, and a potential daughter. -- Jessica Goodman
For more on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, see all of EW's coverage.
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by Chesley B. Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow
Film Title: Sully
Release Date: Sept. 9
It’s been seven years since heroic pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger made that amazing emergency landing on the Hudson. Now on Sept. 9, we will see his story on the big screen, adapted from his memoir and starring Tom Hanks.-- Madeline Raynor
For more on Sully, see all of EW's coverage.