Posted January 12, 2015 by in Book Lists

5 Best Book to Movie Adaptations in 2015

Movies and books are closely related. They both tell stories that entertain, expose, and engage us. These are two forms of art that allow us to escape the burdens of our own lives and enter into a fictional realm—one that can either be better or worse than the ones we are used to living. Oftentimes, movies come from ideas and stories already told in books.

While every year seems to have a healthy number of adaptations headlining the local cinemas, 2015 seems really promising. We have the big, obvious blockbusters planned for 2015 that come from books from recent memory—Mockingjay, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Paper Towns, Room, and Insurgent. Chances are that these movies will be good—maybe even great. However, there are a few more literary-minded adaptations lined up for 2015 that also have the hope of entertaining theatergoers and booklovers, alike.

The Martian by Andy Weir

18007564Who would’ve thought that a man being stuck on Mars by himself could provide enough material to carry a full novel? Well, it’s a real thing, my friends. The Martian, one of 2014’s most riveting and life-affirming books, is coming to the big screen. Ridley Scott is directing, with Matt Damon taking on the lead role of Mark Watney. Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig are also set to star as supporting characters. With a projected release date of November 25, 2015, this one should be really, really—really, really—good.






The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

13158800Derek Cianfrance, the director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, has a new project scheduled for release later this year. Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz are attached as the leads for the adaptation of M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans. Stedman’s novel appeared in early 2013, and was a popular book club pick. It tells the story of a husband and wife who dream of having a child. Really, they want nothing more. After years of failed attempts, a baby suddenly appears onshore. The couple has to decide if the baby is a “gift from God” or just something they should report to the authorities. The Light Between Oceans asks us readers to explore our own morality and to carefully consider own decisions.





Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

5886881Of 2014’s many great films, Gone Girl is my favorite. It is such a slyly funny and intelligent story. It’s also raw and brutal. I love the book, too—and I have since long before it was cool to do so. Anyhow, my love of Gone Girl kind of explains why Dark Places is one 2015 adaptation that I’m anxious to see. Dark Places is even DARKER than Gone Girl. There is a lot of murder, mystery, and family secrets. Check out the cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, and Corey Stoll. Yep. It sounds very promising. I’m ready for this one.






A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

13722902Dave Eggers is one of my favorite authors. His nonfiction is spectacular, and his fiction is solid, too. 2012’s A Hologram for the King is an odd novel. It’s funny, but it’s also incredibly depressing. It’s about an American businessman who has failed at mostly everything, so he travels to Saudi Arabia in search of a better future. It’s a very quiet meditation on professional and personal perseverance in a global economy. Tom Hanks leads the casting. Hey, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award. Oscar talk will probably be happening soon enough.






A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

9791A Walk in the Woods is one of the funniest books that I’ve ever read. It’s not just a laugh riot, though. Bryson’s book has adventurous aspects and also lovely commentary on the American wilderness. The premise of Bryson’s work is simple enough. A man who has been in England for 20 years returns to America. He decides to walk the Appalachian Trail. His friend Katz, who isn’t exactly fit, decides to join him. Together, they discuss the people, places, and animals they meet. Seeing this story come to the big screen makes my heart swell. I have full confidence that it’ll be great. The cast includes Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, and Nick Offerman. It’s slated for a late summer/early fall release date.





There you have them, Bookkaholics. Which adaptations are you most excited to see in 2015? Sound off in the comments below.

Bradley Sides

Bradley Sides holds an M.A. in English. His fiction appears in numerous print and online journals. He is a staff writer for Bookkaholic and a frequent contributor to Drunk Monkeys. He resides in Florence, Alabama, with his wife, and he is working on securing a release date for his debut novel, Leaving Today.