Listen. We are all aware that the Divergent stuff isn’t great, but some kind of audience still fills seats somewhere to see these subpar films. This is as a result of base material that has gained attention somehow from studios and fans alike. Let’s take a look at some of the upcoming novels that are becoming movies in 2016 and 2017. It will be interesting to see which follow in the footsteps of Room (critically acclaimed), or The Hunger Games (fans love it, critics despise it), or Twilight (everyone loves it (just kidding (but seriously how did that franchise make that much money (who was seeing those films (did anyone actually like them))))). Paranthe-(let’s)SEE what’s coming up!
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This story of a disabled man (The Hunger Games’ Sam Claflin) and unsure caretaker (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke) will make teens and moms alike cry (guys you can secretly see it alone two weeks after the release).
Steven Spielberg somehow stumbled across Roald Dahl’s classic novel and decided to direct it starring Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) as the titular Big Friendly Giant, and newly discovered but incredibly cute Ruby Barnhill (that name can’t get any cuter either!)
Real-life couple Micheal Fassbender (X-Men, Prometheus) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) are striving for the Oscars with this tale of a couple who find a baby lost at sea, raise it, and then meet her mother, and then are faced with the decision of telling her, or keeping the baby as their own.
It may not seem like 20th Century Fox is taking a risk with the popularity of this novel, but when looking further into the story, you will never see a movie like this again. The story is of a boy who discovers this secret world of children with special abilities through vintage photographs. Chaos, love, and friendship ensues. It is starring Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), and directed by Tim Burton, which should make things even more interesting. A franchise could be in the works based on the performance of this film.
This psychological thriller tells the story of a woman who rides the same train through London every day, and sees the same people. But one day, things change, and she becomes entangled in a murder investigation led solely by her. (It would be a pretty boring movie if nothing actually changed it was just two hours of a woman on a train wouldn’t it?) Honestly, I am just excited for this film for the press tour led by star Emily Blunt. Her and John Krasinski’s relationship is legendary.
This story may be the most interesting of all. It is one of a boy who has a mother with cancer, and every night a monster comes and visits him. It is based on a children’s book with a very menacing cover, so I’m interesting to see what audiences show up to see this story unfold. It has a decent cast including Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Liam Neeson (Every Action Movie Ever Including Taken 1-35), and Lewis MacDougall (Pan) as the main character battling the monsters that seem to appear in every corner of his life.
So there’s this previous franchise, I am not sure if you’ve heard of it or not. It’s really underground and only TRUE fans have heard of it. I think it’s called Harry Potter or something? Yeah, I figured you hadn’t heard of it. Well for some reason they’re trying to reboot that completely unsuccessful franchise with a new tale of American wizards. There has been some controversy among fans, but I imagine they will all show up to watch this screen adaptation based on characters from the same world as Harry Potter.
This novel tells the story of a woman who goes to work for the most complex internet company that links every piece of people’s information (*cough cough* Google *cough cough*) and ends up discovering a network of mysteries and the question of the extent of human knowledge is answered. Also, EMMA WATSON OH MY GOD (previously mentioned and hardly known Harry Potter). With slightly less joy the movie will also star Tom Hanks (tough to cite just one movie) and John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens).