2015 is going to be another exceptional year with regards hit films which are derived from novels.
Using movie magic, beloved characters, emotions and the book world which you imagine are superbly brought to life.
Time and time again films spawning from already successful books transfer their popularity from page to screen with the prime example of this being the overwhelming success of Harry Potter (There are an estimated 450 million Harry Potter books in print worldwide and the film franchise has a combined gross of $7.7 billion). The Lord of the Rings films are collectively one of the highest grossing film series of all time and the Twilight and The Hunger Games films derived from novels have also been phenomenally fruitful.
Two of last years box office successes originated from novels-the touching drama, Still Alice and the psychological thriller, Gone Girl.
2015 brought the adult erotic fiction genre to the screen when Mr Grey was brought to life. Fifty Shades of Grey was one of the most anticipated films released this year due to the popularity of the trilogy – 31 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide and globally the film made almost $570 million.
It seems that the best of book to film adaptations are yet to come later this year: Ridley Scott’s science fiction film based on the 2011 book The Martian, starring Matt Damon, is due to be released in October; The classic horror Victor Frankenstein is also soon to be released, featuring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy; The true story of Whitey Bulger will be portrayed by Johnny Depp in Black Mass and Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne will lead the cast in the biographical drama The Danish Girl.
As a couple of these films are tipped to feature in the 2016 Oscar race there is still time to pick up one of these books before you see a potential Oscar winning film!
Ten hit films based on books
- The Wizard of OZ
- Casino Royale
- The Godfather
- The Shining
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Silence of the lambs
- Fight Club
- The Shawshank Redemption