2016 Books to Movies

All of the books on this list are scheduled to be released as movies in 2016. Some of the release dates (in paratheses) will probably change or have not been announced yet. Click on the title for more information about the book; Click on the date or "TBA" for more information about the film!

Compiled by:
Brandon R.
13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

Michael Zuckoff
Adult Non-Fiction - 363.325 Zuc

"A true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there" (January 15).


Veronica Roth
Young Adult Fiction - Y Roth

In this third installment, "Beatrice and Tobias venture into the world outside of the fence and are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare" (March 18).


Lew Wallace
Adult Fiction - Wallace

"A Jewish nobleman, during the time of Christ, is falsely accused, enslaved by the Romans, and sets out to take vengeance on his best friend who betrayed him." Based on the novel by Indiana native Lew Wallace (August 12).

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

Ben Fountain
Adult Fiction - Fountai

"A satire set during America's war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium" (November 11).

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Anne Rice
Adult Fiction - Ri

"A story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity." The film is titled The Young Messiah (March 11).

Civil war : a Marvel Comics event

Mark Millar
Adult Graphic Novel - Millar

The film Captain America: Civil War will be drawn from this larger story that includes the increasing political interference in the Avenger's activities that causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man (May 6).

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

J.K. Rowling
Juvenile Fiction - J Rowling

"The film follows the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school". This is the book he wrote (November 18).

Hank Williams: the Biography

Colin Escott
Adult Non-Fiction - 780.92 Williams Esc

"The story of the country-western singer Hank Williams, his rise to fame, and its tragic effect on his health and personal life." The film is titled I Saw the Light, after what has become one of his most popular songs (March 25).


Dan Brown
Adult Fiction - Brown

"In the heart of Italy, Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces--Dante's Inferno--as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle" (October 14).

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes
Adult Fiction - Moyes

"A Love Story for this generation, Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for Will Traynor who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is" (March 4).

Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life

James Patterson
Juvenile Fiction - J Patterson ; Young Adult Fiction - Y Patterson

"When Rafe enters middle school, he and his friend create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct" (October 7).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Ransom Riggs
Young Adult Fiction - Y Riggs

"Jacob follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. As he explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive." Tim Burton directs the film version (December 25).

Never Go Back: a Jack Reacher Novel

Lee Child
Adult Fiction - Child

"Jack Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to find out he's now accused of a 16-year-old homicide" This will be the second film of the 18th book in the series after the first film of the ninth book One Shot (October 21).

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the classic regency romance-- now with ultraviolent zombie mayhem

Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Adult Fiction - Grahame

"As a mysterious plague falls upon the village of Meryton and zombies start rising from the dead, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to destroy the evil menace, but becomes distracted by the arrival of the dashing and arrogant Mr. Darcy" (February 5).


Shusako Endo
Adult Fiction - Endo

"In 17th Century Japan, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to a country hostile to their religion, where feudal lords force the faithful to publicly renounce their beliefs". Fans of director Martin Scorsese have been waiting for this film, through its various financing difficulties and cast changes, for over a decade (TBA).

Tarzan of the Apes

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
Adult Fiction - Burroug

"Tarzan, raised by apes and now leader of the tribe, is forced to choose between two worlds when his presence in the jungle is discovered." The film, which may include parts from other Tarzan books as well, is titled The Legend of Tarzan" (July 1).

The 5th Wave

Richard Yancey
Young Adult Fiction - Y Yancey

"Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother" (January 22).


Roald Dahl
Juvenile Fiction - J Dahl

"A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike his peers, he refuses to eat boys and girls" (July 1).

The Choice

Nicholas Sparks
Adult Fiction - Sparks

"Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events" (February 5).

The Circle

Dave Eggers
Adult Fiction - Eggers

"Mae Holland lands a job at The Circle, the world’s most powerful Internet company. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge" (TBA).

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

Michael Tougias
Adult Non-Fiction - 910.9163 Tou

"On February 18, 1952, two oil tankers just off the shore of Cape Cod were torn in half by the force of the storm. Four men in a tiny lifeboat battled insurmountable odds to save more than 30 stranded sailors" (January 29).

The Girl on the Train

Paula Hawkins
Adult Fiction - Hawkins

"After witnessing something shocking from the window of her train, Rachel tells the police and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved" (October 7).

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling
Juvenile Fiction - J Ki

Presents the adventures of Mowgli, the "man-cub," abandoned as a baby by his parents and raised by a pack of wolves, a bear, and a black panther in the wilds of the jungle (April 15).

The Lost City of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon

David Grann
Adult Non-Fiction - 918.11 Gra

"In 1925 Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle to find the legendary El Dorado. Thousands had died looking for it, but he embarked with his 21-year-old son, determined to prove that this ancient civilization--which he dubbed "Z"--existed. Then he and his expedition vanished. Author David Grann tries to solve the true story of this mystery after stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries" (TBA).

The Shack

William Paul Young
Adult Fiction - Young

"A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called 'The Shack'" (August 12).

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

Luke Harding
Adult Non-Fiction - 327.1273 Har

"Discusses the infamous intelligence breach brought about by Edward Snowden, including the dangers of global monitoring, how Snowden managed to leave the country with a hard drive full of secrets, and his battle for asylum." The Oliver Stone film, titled Snowden, also draws from the book Time of the Octopus, written by Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, that is currently not yet translated from the Russian (May 13).

The Taliban Shuffle: strange days in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Kim Barker
Adult Non-Fiction -

"A wisecracking foreign correspondent recounts her experiences in Afghanistan and Pakistan while sharing cautionary observations about the region in its first post-Taliban years and the responsibilities of the U.S. and NATO." Tina Fey stars in the movie titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (March 4).