The Walking Dead Renewed for an Eighth Season Ahead of Season Seven Premiere


Season 7 of “The Walking Dead” hasn’t even premiered yet but AMC has already renewed the series for an eighth season. Not that anyone is surprised of course.

AMC president Charlie Collier released a statement about the season 6 cliffhanger and the renewal:

“Eeny, meeny, miney, more. What a joy to partner with Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple and some of the hardest-working people in television to bring The Walking Dead to the fans.”

During the 8th season, “The Walking Dead” will hit 100 episodes, a coveted landmark achievement for any scripted series.

Season 7 of The Walking Dead premieres tonight at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Fans will finally have an answer to who Lucille chooses and my guess is – no one will be happy by the end of the episode.

Jennifer Lawrence Is Playing Zelda Fitzgerald in Ron Howard Biopic


According to a recent announcement, Jennifer Lawrence is set to play the lead, Zelda Fitzgerald, in an upcoming biopic currently titled Zelda.

Zelda is based on the Nancy Milford’s best-selling biography Zelda, which served as the inspiration for the screenplay which was written by Emma Frost. Zelda was the wife of author F. Scott Fitzgerald and his indispensable muse and fiercest competitor. Desperate to define herself through her own art, the film explores the question: Can love exist between creative equals? Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Fitzgerald was dubbed by her husband as “the first American Flapper,” but her life descended into madness (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia).

The drama is being developed by Ron Howard who is rumored to also be directing. Allison Shearmur is producing the project with Brian Oliver. Lawrence and producing partner Justine Ciarrocchi also will serve as producers.

There is currently no release date or anticipated production schedule yet.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Cast in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time

attends the LFF Connects Television: 'Black Mirror' screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Chelsea Cinema on October 6, 2016 in London, England.

attends the LFF Connects Television: ‘Black Mirror’ screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Chelsea Cinema on October 6, 2016 in London, England.

The upcoming A Wrinkle in Time adaptation is just getting better and better when it comes to casting! The Ava DuVernay-directed project has added Gugu Mbatha-Raw to the cast according to an announcement last week.

The film is adapted from the iconic novel of the same name written by Madeleine L’Engle’s in 1963. A Wrinkle in Time follows a young girl whose father goes missing while he’s working on a government project called the tesseract. With the help of three celestial beings, the young girl sets out to find her father alongside her brother and friend.

Mbatha-Raw will be playing the role of Dr. Murry, the mother of Meg. She joins the other confirmed cast members Oprah Winfrey (Mrs. Which), Mindy Kaling (Mrs. Who) and Reese Witherspoon (Mrs. Whatsit). Storm Reid will play Meg Murry, the young girl at the film’s center and daughter of Dr. Murry. Chris Pine is set to play Meg’s father opposite of Mbatha-Raw.

The word is that A Wrinkle in Time is the first in a series, so the film could be the beginning of a franchise. The script for A Wrinkle in Time was written by Frozen’s Jennifer Lee.

We don’t have an official premiere date for the adaptation but it is going into production this year.

Watch the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sneak Peek!

The first teaser for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here and it looks so bitchin’ and also there is a Baby Groot in it that will melt your heart. Check out the teaser above!

The film follows our hero misfits as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 sees the return of Chris Pratt as Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana as Gamora; Dave Bautista as Drax; Karen Gillan as Nebula; Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker as Yondu; and Sean Gunn as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan and Kurt Russell as Ego.

 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nik Korda and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Look for it to hit the big screen May 5, 2017.

Netflix Picks Up a CBC Series Based on Anne of Green Gables


Netflix has officially optioned a new adaptation of the popular novel “Anne of Green Gables.” Netflix has not failed before and I’m pretty sure this new adaptation will be AWESOME. Even better it is coming from an all-female team, with writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad), producer Miranda de Pencier (Beginners), and director Niki Caro (Whale Rider), helming the two-hour premiere.

The new series will be renamed “Anne” (for some reason I don’t quite understand) and is set to be produced by Canada’s CBC. The first season of “Anne” will include eight one-hour episodes and so far all we know is that it will premiere on Netflix and the CBC in 2017.

“Anne” will be based on the novel, “Anne of Green Gables,” a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.  It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island.

According to the announcement, the show will go beyond the scope of the novel, “including themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War On Digital HD on Sept. 2 and Blu-ray on Sept. 13


One of the best entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is set to release on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13. Join the nonstop action and pick their side—Team Cap, commanded by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), or Team Iron Man, led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, Captain America: Civil War.  In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud.  Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout. Pick a side in this spectacular adventure, packed with mind-blowing action, suspense and exclusive bonus content!

Rogers and Stark are joined by a star-studded lineup of beloved Marvel Super Heroes, including Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Clint Barton aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), along with new recruit Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and joined by two new additions to the MCU: T’Challa aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Captain America: Civil War has conquered both audiences and critics when it debuted to $179.1 million—the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time—and earning a 90% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is the highest-grossing film of 2016 domestically, internationally and globally, earning more than $1.14 billion at the worldwide box office.

Captain America: Civil War also continues Marvel Studios’ winning streak as the 13th consecutive film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to debut at #1 at the domestic box office.

If you pick up the home collection, you’ll also get more than 60-minutes of thrilling, exclusive bonus material includes: an inside look at the evolution of lead characters Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, a behind-the-scenes exclusive on the making of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” never-before-seen deleted scenes and hilarious outtakes. Plus, home audiences can learn more about the latest additions to the MCU and get an exclusive, first look at Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, coming to theaters Nov. 4, 2016.

Bonus features include*:


  • United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  • Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  • Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of “Captain America: Civil War.”
  • Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  • Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

*Bonus features may vary by retailer. The DVD does not include any bonus materials.

Pick up Captain America: Civil War on Digital HD, Digital 3D and Disney Movies Anywhere on Sept. 2 and on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 13.


Emily Carmichael to Direct Lumberjanes Movie


According to a report from TheWrap, the upcoming movie adaptation of the fan-favorite comic series “Lumberjanes” has gotten its director! Emily Carmichael will helm the project that is highly anticipated.

The Lumberjanes follows Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley, five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The series was awarded the Best New Series and Best Publication for Teens at the 2015 Eisner awards.

The first draft of the script was written by Will Widger and The Lumberjanes will be produced by BOOM! Studios’ Stephen Christy, Ross Richie and Adam Yoelin producing.


There is no anticipated release date and no details regarding production at the moment.

The Chronicles of Narnia Returning to the Big Screen with The Silver Chair


The Chronicles of Narnia will return to film thanks to a new deal with TriStar Pictures, the literary-focused label of Sony Pictures. The Mark Gordon Company, The C.S. Lewis Company, and Entertainment One along with TriStar Pictures will continue the Narnia tales by adapting “The Silver Chair” for film.

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven novels written by C.S. Lewis. They have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and published in more than 50 languages. The series began with the publication of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” in 1950. Six more novels (including the prequel, “The Magician’s Nephew,” and the sequels, “The Horse and His Boy,” “Prince Caspian,” “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” “The Silver Chair” and “The Last Battle”) followed over the next six years. The final title in the series, “The Last Battle,” was awarded the highest mark of excellence in children’s literature, the prestigious Carnegie Award.

The Mark Gordon Company and The C.S. Lewis Company are jointly developing and producing the film which will be adapted by David Magee, the two-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Life of Pi and Finding Neverland. Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams serve as producers.

“Developing this project with The C.S. Lewis Company has been immensely exciting and a real joy. We are so pleased to team up with our good friends at TriStar and our partners at eOne to introduce this new, magical chapter of the Narnia franchise to fans around the world, both old and new,” said Gordon.

Commenting on the announcement, TriStar head Hannah Minghella said,

“Reading ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ was one of the formative experiences of my childhood, just as it has been for children around the world for generations. So, to have the opportunity to bring new life to the Narnia films with a new creative team is a career highlight. Our mission is to build TriStar Pictures as a home for filmmaker-driven literary and commercial movies, and this film represents a huge step forward for us. We’re thrilled to be working with Mark, Doug, Melvin, Vincent, and David as we adapt The Silver Chair.”


Paul Rudd Offers Ant-Man and the Wasp Update


Paul Rudd is definitely my new sweetheart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I have been waiting patiently for the next feature film for his character, Ant-Man. Rudd recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight updating fans on the status of the next film, Ant-Man and the Wasp. 

Rudd said,

“We’ve been coming up with the story, just turned in a treatment, but it’s so preliminary. We’ll see. We have an idea of what it might look like but it could change a lot from where we’re at now.”

At least we can take care in the fact that Rudd as Ant-Man has started to be featured in other Marvel films, most recently, Captain America: Civil War. So we have that to tide us over until Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Rudd has reportedly been working on the script for the sequel MCU project with Transformers writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari and Academy Award winner Adam McKay.

Right now, what we do know though, is that Ant-Man and the Wasp will see the return of Rudd as Scott Lang alongside Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, with Michael Douglas also expected to reprise the role of Hank Pym in the film. Ant-Man and the Wasp is set for release on July 6, 2018.

While updating fans on the sequel, he also took time to praise the addition of Brie Larson to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Captain Marvel.

“I love that. Love Brie Larson. I think she’s incredible. I think we’ve very lucky to have Brie Larson in the fold.”

22 Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come in 2016


2016 is already half over but we still have TONS of movie adaptations to which to look forward. In the first half of the year we already saw big screen adaptations of “The BFG,” “The Jungle Book,” and a Netflix release of “The Little Prince” and so many more.

Check out the book to film adaptations for the second half of 2016 below:

August 19

Ben-Hur (dir. Timur Bekmambetov, Paramount)
Source: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace (Harper & Brothers, 1880)

Wallace’s novel was a best seller on release, surpassing Uncle Tom’s Cabin as the most-purchased American book in history, and holding that record for an astounding 56 years (Gone With the Wind unseated it). In the story, the life of a fictional Jewish prince named Judah Ben-Hur is set alongside the life of Jesus, his contemporary. Ben-Hur is enslaved by Romans, eventually becomes a charioteer, and encounters Jesus — for whom Wallace used only words drawn from the King James Bible for text, determined not to offend his religious audience. It worked: The book even scored a blessing from Pope Leo XIII. The 1925 silent film adaptation has been placed in the United States National Film Registry, while the 1959 adaptation won 11 Academy Awards. This remake is executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who specialize in entertainment for religious audiences, so it’s likely to hew closely to the text as well.
A Tale of Love and Darkness (dir. Natalie Portman, Focus World)
Source: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz (Mariner Books, 2005)

For her directorial debut (in Hebrew, no less!), Portman chose to adapt this memoir by Oz, Israel’s most famous living author. First published in Hebrew in 2002, the book has since been translated into 28 languages and sold over a million copies worldwide. In it, Oz — a prominent proponent of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — writes about his childhood in Jerusalem, the early years of the Israeli state, and his youth on a kibbutz, as well as a number of prominent Israeli figures with whom his life intersected. Portman also stars in the film.

August 26

Blood Father (dir. Jean-Francois Richet, Lionsgate)
Source: Blood Father by Peter Craig (Hachette Books, 2006)

Craig’s crime novel tells the story of an ex-con and former Hell’s Angel whose attempt to go straight gets thwarted when his estranged teenage daughter shows up. She’s being chased by her boyfriend’s lackeys after she witnesses a murder, and her father is her only hope to outrun them. The film stars Mel Gibson as the father and Erin Moriarty as his daughter.

September 2

The Light Between Oceans (dir. Derek Cianfrance, Walt Disney Motion Pictures)
Source: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Scribner, 2012)

After a warm reception from critics, Stedman’s debut novel has been a New York Times bestseller for years. Soldier Tom Sherbourne heads back to Australia after four bloody years fighting in the trenches of World War I and moves with his wife to a lighthouse. The couple eventually adopts a baby girl who washes up on shore, but when they head back to the mainland, they realize their actions have unforeseen consequences. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in the adaptation, and now they’re in love.

The 9th Life of Louis Drax (dir. Alexandre Aja, Lionsgate)
Source: The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen (Bloomsbury, 2004)

Why the “ninth” of the novel’s title has shifted to “9th” for the film adaptation is anyone’s guess (Twitter character restrictions?), but the outlines remain the same. In Jensen’s novel, a specialist at a coma clinic tries to bring 9-year-old Louis Drax back to consciousness after he falls off a cliff during a picnic, an event which grows more mysterious as the novel develops. The book is a page-turning psychological thriller, narrated by both Louis (who is comatose) and the doctor — a device that is often tricky to translate onto the screen. Aiden Longworth stars alongside Jamie Dornan, a man whose literary tastes are singular.

September 9

Sully (dir. Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros.)
Source: Highest Duty: My Search for What Truly Matters by Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow (William Morrow, 2009)

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became an instant American hero in January 2009, when he safely landed a malfunctioning commercial jet in the Hudson River and saved the lives of all 155 of the passengers and crew. In his best-selling autobiography, the captain tells the story of his life, as well as the events leading up to the “Miracle on the Hudson.” It’s clear the book was written to capitalize on Sully’s fame — and the trailer for the film suggests more reluctance in the character than the book, which is largely inspirational. But it’s a natural match for Clint Eastwood’s directing skills and Tom Hanks’s easygoing authority.

September 23

Queen of Katwe (dir. Mira Nair, Disney)
Source: The Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion by Tim Crothers (Scribner, 2013)

In Queen of Katwe, Crothers, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a poor Ugandan girl who encounters Robert Katende, a refugee turned missionary with the dream of empowering children through the game of chess. Mutesi takes up the game and soon become Uganda’s junior chess champion and then national champion, then travels to world chess competitions where she aspires to become a Grandmaster. Her story is told against the backdrop of unrest and poverty in her home country. Newcomer Madina Nalwanga plays Mutesi, with Lupita Nyong’o as her mother and David Oyelowo as Katende.

September 30

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (dir. Tim Burton, Fox)
Source: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books, 2011)

Riggs’s debut novel was initially intended to be a picture book of vintage photos he had collected, but as Tolkein once said, the tale grew in the telling: By the time he was done, he’d written a young-adult novel about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs and stumbles upon an abandoned orphanage on an island in Wales. This book’s got got everything: time travel, murder, monsters, transmutation, and more. The movie stars Asa Butterfield and Eva Green, and will be directed by Tim Burton, of course.
Denial (dir. Mick Jackson, Bleecker Street Media)
Source: History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Harper Perennial, 2006)

Originally released in 2005 as History on Trial: My Day in Court With David Irving, Lipstadt’s book is the incredible (and infuriating) story of her legal tangle with Irving, a Holocaust denier who famously claimed that more people had died in Ted Kennedy’s car in Chappaquiddick than died at Auschwitz. Lipstadt wrote in her 1993 book that Irving was “one of the most dangerous spokespersons for Holocaust denial,” and was promptly slapped with a libel lawsuit in the U.K. from Irving. The book is a courtroom drama that provides an eyewitness account of the mindset of Holocaust deniers. In the film, Rachel Weisz plays Lipstadt, while Timothy Spall plays Irving.

October 7

The Birth of a Nation (dir. Nate Parker, Fox Searchlight)
Source: The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron (Random House, 1967)

Styron’s 1968 Pulitzer Prize–winning novel is actually based on The Confessions of Nat Turner: The Leader of the Late Insurrection in Southampton, Virginia, which Thomas Ruffin Gray published in 1831 from his firsthand accounts of Turner’s slave rebellion. This novel imagines that encounter between Gray and an imprisoned Turner, alongside a series of flashbacks that illuminate Turner’s justification for his bloody insurrection. Given how little we know about Turner’s real life, it’s hard to categorize the book as fiction or nonfiction, and it came under heavy criticism after its publication for what detractors called its overly sympathetic depiction of slave owners. Parker’s film — which he wrote, directed, and stars in — doesn’t credit The Confessions of Nat Turner directly but has an immense commonality with its story and themes.

The Girl on the Train (dir. Tate Taylor, Universal Pictures)
Source: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead Books, 2015)

Hawkins’s thriller debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller lists and stayed there for several months. It’s often compared to Gone Girl, and the similarities are easy to spot: Both tell tales of love, obsession, perception, and murder from a uniquely female perspective. At the center of the Hawkins story is Rachel, played by Emily Blunt in the film, an alcoholic who seems to black out frequently but is maybe also being manipulated in ways she can’t recognize.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (dir. Steve Carr, CBS Films)
Source: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts (Little, Brown, and Company, 2011)

There are seven Middle School books, about Rafe Khatchadorian, the kind of kid every teacher has in their classroom, a quiet artist with a huge imagination trying to ignore the things that bother him at home. In the first installment, Rafe decides the best way to cope with middle school is to gamify it: Can he break every rule in the school? Patterson has written about a million books, and like almost everything he’s touched, this foray into the tween market has been wildly successful. Griffin Gluck stars as Rafe, with Lauren Graham as his mother.

October 21

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (dir. Edward Zwick, Paramount Pictures)
Source: Never Go Back by Lee Child (Bantam, 2013)

Lee Child earned the praise and admiration of dads everywhere when he created Jack Reacher, a former major in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps who now drifts around the country investigating suspicious situations. The character’s since starred in more than two dozen novels and stories, and in 2012 he made the leap to the silver screen in the film Jack Reacher, which was based on One Shot, the ninth Reacher novel. Tom Cruise reprises his role as Reacher in this one, which is apparently based on (or at least named for) the 18th novel, in which Reacher returns to the headquarters of his old unit, only to be taken into custody for crimes he purportedly committed while still in the army.

A Monster Calls (dir. Juan Antonio Bayona, Focus Features)
Source: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick, 2013)

Carnegie-winning novelist Siobhan Dowd first came up with the idea for A Monster Calls but died of cancer before she could write the book; Ness, the critically acclaimed author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, picked up the thread, producing a dark, funny novel about a 13-year-old boy who discovers an ancient monster outside his bedroom window one night. Like most monster stories, it’s really about much more than literal monsters. Bayona’s grim aesthetic (showcased in 2007’s The Orphanage) seems a great match for this sort of eerie, youth-driven story.

American Pastoral (dir. Ewan McGregor, Lionsgate)
Source: American Pastoral by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, 1997)

McGregor makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of Roth’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. (It’s the second Roth adaptation this year, after Indignation. One more and we’ve got a trend.) The novel follows a 1960s family whose placid, conventional life is upended when their daughter is accused of setting off a fatal bomb attack during a Vietnam War protest. In typical Roth fashion, the story isn’t told straightforwardly, adding to its depiction of the social upheavals in the 1960s and 1970s a layer of commentary on media and memory. McGregor also stars in the film, alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning.

October 28

Inferno (dir. Ron Howard, Sony Pictures Releasing)
Source: Inferno by Dan Brown (Doubleday, 2013)

No, we’re not talking about the 14th-century Italian poem: This Inferno is the fourth book in Dan Brown’s series of cryptological novels that also includes The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, and The Lost Symbol. To quote Janet Maslin, it’s another one of Brown’s “book-length scavenger hunts,” this time with ties to Dante and another magic box full of tricks. It’s another silly, nerdy, code-cracking novel, which in the hands of Tom Hanks and Ron Howard will likely turn into a silly, nerdy, code-cracking film.

November 11

Arrival (dir. Dennis Villeneuve, Paramount Pictures)
Source: “Story of Your Life” in Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang (Small Beer Press, 2010)

In Chiang’s sci-fi short story, a doctor named Louise Banks gets called in by the military to help communicate with aliens who have initiated contact with humanity. The story is an thoughtful exploration of determinism and free will, and it won a Nebula Award for Best Novella in 2000. That’s good enough for Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, who will co-star in the film version.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (dir. Ang Lee, Sony Pictures)
Source: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain (Ecco, 2012)

Fountain’s novel, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, is the story of a Iraq War veteran named Billy Lynn whose unit returns to the United States as war heroes, but soon discovers they are expected to return to Iraq. The novel tracks Lynn’s growing disillusionment with the public’s treatment of his “Victory Squad.” Ang Lee directs the film, which stars newcomer Joe Alwyn as Billy, alongside Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, and Chris Tucker.

Elle (dir. Paul Verhoeven, Sony Pictures Classics)
Source: Oh… by Philippe Djian (Gallimard, 2014)

You’re probably not familiar with Oh…, since it hasn’t been translated into English, but the Prix Interallié–winning novel is a female-focused story that depicts independent, complex women exercising power through their bodies in a world of terrible men. Isabelle Huppert stars in the French-language adaptation, which received critical acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

November 18

Nocturnal Animals (dir. Tom Ford, Focus Features)
Source: Tony and Susan by Austin Wright (Baskerville Publishers, 1993)

Wright’s novel hinges on a story within a story: In the outer tale, Susan Wright receives the manuscript of novel called Nocturnal Animals from her first husband. That novel, the inner story, is a thriller about a man named Tony Hastings, a math professor driving with his family to their summer house. As she reads Tony’s story, Susan finds herself changed as well, in ways she didn’t expect. Jake Gyllenhaal and Isla Fisher play the couple in the manuscript, while Amy Adams and Armie Hammer play their real-life counterparts. Finally, a movie about how Adams and Fisher look uncomfortably alike.

November 25

Lion (dir. Garth Davis, The Weinstein Company)
Source: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley and Larry Buttrose (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014)

A Long Way Home is Brierley’s account of being lost as a 5-year-old child in India, surviving on the streets before being adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult he used Google Earth to try to find his former home — and succeeded, setting off on a journey to meet the family he’d accidentally left behind years before. In the film version, he grows up to look like Dev Patel, so everything really does work out for him.

December 21

Patriots Day (dir. Peter Berg, Lionsgate)
Source: Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge (ForeEdge, 2015)

Sherman, best known for his 2009 novel The Finest Hours, teamed up with veteran Boston journalist Dave Wedge to recount the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The pair conducted months of interviews to get a fuller picture of the events leading up to the attack, as well as the confusion-filled aftermath. The film version is one of many upcoming projects about the bombing, but it’s the only one that stars Mark Wahlberg.