ByDoroteja Bricelj, writer at

Upcoming books made into movies 2015

We're already halfway through the year 2015 and there were a lot of blockbuster movies. Prepare yourself, because maybe one of these is going to be your new favourite movie.

1. Dark places by Gillian Flynn

  • Dark Places is a mystery novel by Gillian Flynn published in 2009. The novel deals with class issues in rural America, intense poverty and the Satanic cult hysteria that swept the United States in the 1980s. Libby Day, the novel's narrator and protagonist, is the sole survivor of a massacre in Kinnakee, Kansas, a fictional rural town. After witnessing the murders of her two sisters and mother, in what appears to be a Satanic cult ritual, she escapes through a window and later testifies in court against her teenaged brother. Twenty-five years after the massacre, Libby, in need of money, meets with a group of amateur investigators who believe that her brother is innocent of the crime. With the group's support, she begins an investigation of the events of the massacre, tracking down other witnesses and possible suspects. Interspersed with the modern day investigation are flashbacks to the day of the massacre. These flashbacks are told from the points of view of Libby's mother, Patty, and her convicted brother, Ben. These viewpoints paint a picture of a grim life of desperate poverty, marital abuse and abandonment that characterize life on the farm prior to the murder.
  • Cast: Charlize Theron (Libby Day), Sterling Jerins (young Libby), Nicholas Hoult (Lyle Wirth), Christina Hendricks (Patty Day), Corey Stoll (Ben Day), Tye Sheridan (young Ben), Drea de Matteo (Krissi Cates), Chloë Grace Moretz (young Diondra) and Sean Bridgers (Runner Day).
  • Film's release: August 7, 2015
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2. Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

  • Z for Zachariah is a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel by Robert C. O'Brien that was published in 1974. Ann Burden is a teenage girl who thought she was the last survivor of a nuclear war. So in the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.
  • Cast: Margot Robbie (Ann Burden), Chris Pine (Caleb) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Loomis).
  • Film's release: August 28, 2015.
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3. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

  • The book starts with Bryson explaining his curiosity about the Appalachian Trail near his house. He and his old friend Stephen Katz start hiking the trail from the state of Georgia in the south, and stumble in the beginning with the difficulties of getting used to their equipment; Bryson also soon realizes how difficult it is to travel with his friend, who is a crude, overweight recovering alcoholic, and even less prepared for the ordeal than he is. Overburdened, they soon discard much extra food and equipment to lighten their loads. After hiking for what seemed to him a large distance, they realize they have still barely begun while in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and that the whole endeavor is simply too much for them. They skip a huge section of the trail, beginning again in Roanoke, Virginia. The book recounts Bryson's desire to seek easier terrain as well as "a powerful urge not to be this far south any longer." This section of the hike finally ends (after nearly 800 miles (1,300 km) of hiking) with Bryson going on a book tour and Katz returning to Des Moines to work. In the following months Bryson continues to hike several smaller parts of the trail, including a visit to Centralia, an environmentally poisoned mining town in Pennsylvania, and eventually reunites with Katz to hike the Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine, which again proves too daunting. The fact that Bryson did not complete the trail is not surprising since fewer than 25% of thru-hike attempts are successful; he quotes the older figure of 10%.
  • Cast: Robert Redford (Bill Bryson), Nick Nolte (Stephen Katz), Mary Steenburgen (Jeannie), Kristen Schaal (Mary Ellen), Nick Offerman and Emma Thompson.
  • Film's release: September 2, 2015.
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4. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

  • It's an upcoming American science-fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on The Scorch Trials, the second book in The Maze Runner trilogy. It's the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series. In this next chapter of the epic “Maze Runner” saga, Thomas and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all.
  • Cast: Dylan O'Brien (Thomas), Kaya Scodelario (Teresa), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Newt), Ki Hong Lee (Minho), Rosa Salazar (Brenda), Nathalie Emmanuel (Harriet), Jacob Lofland (Aris Jones), Giancarlo Esposito (Jorge), Aidan Gillen (Janson/Rat-Man), Barry Pepper (Vince), Lili Taylor (Mary Cooper), Patricia Clarkson (Ava Paige), Katharine McNamara (Sonya), Alexander Flores (Winston) and Dexter Darden (Frypan).
  • Film's release: September 18, 2015.
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5. Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

  • Black Mass is an upcoming 2015 American crime film directed by Scott Cooper and written by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. The film depicts the true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston. Following a string of too many of his violent actions, he becomes an FBI informant for 30 years in order to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. It starts around the late 1970s and early 1980s when Bulger was just beginning this operation, around the time when he was becoming the crime boss of Irish Winter Hill Gang.
  • Cast: Johnny Depp (Whitey Bulger), Dakota Johnson (Lindsey Cyr), Benedict Cumberbatch (Bill Bulger), Juno Temple (Deborah Hussey), Joel Edgerton (John Connolly), Corey Stoll (Fred Wyshak), Adam Scott (Robert Fitzpatrick), Kevin Bacon (Charles McGuire), Jesse Plemons (Kevin Weeks), W. Earl Brown (Johnny Martorano), Peter Sarsgaard (Brian Halloran), Julianne Nicholson (Marianne Connolly), Rory Cochrane (Steve Flemmi), Brad Carter (John McIntyre) and David Harbour (John Morris).
  • Film's release: September 18, 2015.
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6. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

  • With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale , Finnick and Peeta – Katniss goes off on a mission with the District 13 unit as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. Although rebels now control most of Panem, the girl on fire must still overcome one last challenge to win President Snow's "game" - to conquer the Capitol at the risk of losing her friends. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games as she realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future.
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Natalie Dormer (Cressida), Gwendoline Christie (Commander Lyme), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), Donald Sutherland (President Snow), Julianne Moore (President Alma Coin), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Plutar Heavensbee), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), Elden Henson (Pollux) and Robert Knepper (Antonius).
  • Film's release: November 20, 2015.
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7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  • Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Igor), James McAvoy (Victor Von Frankenstein), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lorelei), Andrew Scott (Roderick Turpin), Mark Gatiss (Dettweiler)
  • Film's release: November 25, 2015

8. The Martian by Andy Weir

  • During a human mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after being caught in a fierce storm, and is left behind when the rest of the crew evacuate the planet and begin to head back to Earth. Watney finds himself stranded and alone, with only meager supplies and his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal home, despite knowing that even if his survival is made known there is no realistic prospect for a rescue.
  • Cast: Matt Damon (Astronaut Mark Watney), Jessica Chastain (Commander Melissa Lewis), Kristen Wiig (Annie Montrose), Jeff Daniels (Teddy Sanders), Michael Peña (Major Rick Martinez), Kate Mara (Beth Johanssen), Sean Bean (Mitch Henderson), Sebastian Stan (Dr. Chris Beck), Donald Glover (Rich Purnell), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Venkat Kapoor), Naomi Scott (Ryoko), Aksel Hennie (Alex Vogel), Mackenzie Davis (Mindy Park), Lili Bordán (Blair) and Nick Mohammed (Tim Grimes).
  • Film's release: October 2, 2015
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9. The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

  • A tight-knit team of FBI investigators, along with their District Attorney supervisor, is suddenly torn apart when they discover that one of their own teenage daughters has been brutally murdered.
  • Cast: Julia Roberts (Jess), Nicole Kidman (Claire), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Ray), Dean Norris (Bumpy) and Michael Kelly (Siefert).
  • Film's release: October 23, 2015.
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10. Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

  • An orphan boy named Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves and befriends a bear named Baloo and a black panther named Bagheera. It’s a classic story and the talented cast of the film makes this a wildly anticipated live-action/CGI Disney release.
  • Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley.
  • Film's release: October 9, 2015.

Well here you go, and I know I'm not the only one that's super excited for Mockingjay part 2 and Maze runner. But I'm not only excited for these two movies but for all off them, because I know I'll watch them as soon as they come out. Let me know which movie are you most excited for down there and I'm curious if you've read the book, because I didn't and I'm ashamed of myself. I wish you good popcorn ;D


Which movie are you most excited for?


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