Read it before you see it


There are lots of books that getting the dramatic treatment in 2016, either for the movies or for TV and it is a truth universally acknowledged that the book is better 99% of the time.

Here are some of the books which may come to Australian screens in 2016*


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and a Thousand Cocktails by Mike and Dave Stangle – humorous true story.

13 Hours in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff – true story, six American soldiers under attack by terrorists in Benghazi.

The Finest Hours by Michael J Tougias and Casey Sherman – true story, sea rescue.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – rewriting of the classic, zombies, romance.

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks – contemporary romance.

How to be Single by liz Tuccillo – thirtysomethings in New York.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – contemporary romance.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs – classic tale of the man brought up by apes.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – suspense.

Inferno by Dan Brown – more in the Robert Langdon thriller series.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain – satire set during the Iraq War.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – will be showing in the UK on the BBC in January 2016 so I’m hoping it will make it to Australia sometime in 2016.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre – also being put on by the BBC.

Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – being promoted by the ABC already.

The Jack Irish series by Peter Temple – also being promoted by the ABC.

Room by Emma Donoghue – the best selling and Man Booker shortlisted novel about a mother and her child held captive for years.

And there’s another Bridget Jones film coming out, Bridget Jones’ Baby, but apparently it isn’t based on Mad About the Boy – read it anyway!


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – science fiction, dystopian.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth – third in the Divergent trilogy.  Like the later Harry Potter books, this book will be made into two films.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – a young man’s grief.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – story of the supernatural.


The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – not a cartoon this time.

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll – the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The BFG by Roald Dahl – story of a young girl and a giant.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander (JK Rowling) – about the magical creatures in the Wizarding World.

*This information is from international as well as Australian sources, some films may not make it to Australian screens. See The Guardian for instance.
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