The Book Geek Guide to Movies and TV in 2016

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Marvel and DC fans are getting amped up for the next round of comic-based movies, and there are a lot of those coming in 2016. But there are also a ton of films and series based on books hitting screens this year—in fact, almost every month has at least one. So here is your handy guide to 2016 in book-to-film adaptations. What are you most looking forward to seeing?

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(This article was updated January 17, 2016.)


The Abominable Bride

When: January 1 on BBC/PBS, January 2 iTunes, January 5 in theaters, and January 11, 2016, on DVD and Blu-ray
What: Period-setting Christmas special for the BBC’s Sherlock series
Based On: Novels and characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Shannara Chronicles series poster showing several of the characters

via MTV

The Shannara Chronicles

When: January 5, 2016
What: Sci-fi/fantasy series (MTV)
Based On: Novels by Terry Brooks

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

When: January 13, 2016
What: Michael Bay film
Based On: Nonfiction book by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Lady in the Van

When: January 15, 2016
What: Dark comedy
Based On: Memoir and play by Alan Bennett

War and Peace
Poster for The 5th Wave featuring Chloe Grace Moretz

via Sony

When: January 18, 2016
What: BBC miniseries to be aired on A&E, Lifetime, and History in the US
Based On: Novel by Leo Tolstoy

The 5th Wave

When: January 22, 2016
What: Alien-invasion sci fi
Based On: The first novel in a YA trilogy by Rick Yancey


When: January 23, 2016
What: British series (ITV) to be aired in the USA on Esquire Network
Based On: Old English epic poem

Love and Friendship

When: January 23, 2016
What: Period piece/romantic comedy
Based On: Lady Susan by Jane Austen

The Magicians

When: January 25, 2016
What: Fantasy series (SyFy)
Based On: Novels by Lev Grossman


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie poster

via Lionsgate

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

When: February 5, 2016
What: Period piece/horror comedy
Based On: Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Choice

When: February 5, 2016
What: Romance
Based On: Novel by Nicholas Sparks

How to Be Single

When: February 12, 2016
What: Romantic comedy
Based On: Novel by Liz Tuccillo


When: February 15, 2016
What: Time-travel thriller/mystery series (Hulu)
Based On: Novel by Stephen King


Me Before You

When: March 4, 2016
What: Drama
Based On: Novel by Jojo Moyes

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot film poster

via Paramount Pictures

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

When: March 4, 2016
What: Based-on-a-true-story film
Based On: Nonfiction book by Michiko Kakutani (The Taliban Shuffle)

House of Cards

When: March 4, 2016
What: Season 4 of the Netflix political drama series
Based On: The UK miniseries of the same name, in turn based on the novel by Michael Dobbs

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

When: March 18, 2016
What: Sci-fi film, the third in a series
Based On: Allegiant, the last novel in the Divergent series of YA novels by Veronica Roth (the book is being split into two movies, with the second, Ascendant, coming out in 2017)

The Little Prince

When: March 18, 2016
What: Stop-motion children’s film
Based On: Classic illustrated book Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


When: March or April, according to executive producer Ronald Moore back in September
What: Season 2 of the time-travel/historical/fantasy/romance TV series (Starz)
Based On: Novels by Diana Gabaldon


Game of Thrones season 6 poster featuring Jon Snow and the words "April" and "HBO"

via HBO

Game of Thrones

When: April (exact date TBA)
What: Season 6 of the fantasy series (HBO)
Based On: A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin—though the show is now catching up to and even passing the books on some story lines

The Jungle Book

When: April 15, 2016
What: Live-action Disney film
Based On: Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

When: April 22, 2016
What: Sequel/spin-off to Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Based On: Characters from the fairy tales “Snow White” (collected by the Brothers Grimm) and “The Snow Queen” (by Hans Christian Andersen)


Alice through the Looking Glass

When: May 27, 2016
What: A follow-up to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland film (this one is directed by James Bobin, co-creator of Flight of the Conchords and director of the new Muppets movies)
Based On: The works of Lewis Carroll


Orange Is the New Black

When: June 17, 2016
Season 4 of the prison-set drama/dark comedy series (Netflix)
Based On: Memoir by Piper Kerman



When: July 1, 2016
What: Live-action Disney film
Based On: Children’s book by Roald Dahl

The Legend of Tarzan movie poster showing Tarzan and a Gorilla

via Disney

The Legend of Tarzan

When: July 1, 2016
What: Live-action Disney film
Based On: Novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Still-Untitled Jason Bourne Film

When: July 29, 2016
What: The fifth installment in the action/spy series that started with 2002’s The Bourne Identity
Based On: Novels by Robert Ludlum and Eric Van Lustbader


The Girl on the Train

When: October 7, 2016
What: Thriller
Based On: Best-selling 2015 novel by Paula Hawkins


When: October 14, 2016
What: The next installment in the Robert Langdon (The Da Vinci Code) series
Based On: Novel by Dan Brown

A Monster Calls

When: October 14, 2016
What: Children’s low fantasy
Based On: Novel by Patrick Ness


Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

When: November 11, 2016
What: War drama/comedy
Based On: Novel by Ben Fountain

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them poster

via Warner Brothers

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When: November 18, 2016
What: Fantasy film set in the world of Harry Potter
Based On: Book by J. K. Rowling


Let It Snow

When: December 9, 2016
What: Christmas romance
Based On: YA compilation novel/story collection by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

When: December 25, 2016
What: Dark fantasy
Based On: YA novel by Ransom Riggs


And the following are expected out sometime in 2016, but no dates have been announced yet:

A few of these are still in development and could slip into 2017 or even be cancelled altogether. Hollywood is a harsh mistress.

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