Read All About It: Our Most Anticipated 2016 Book-to-Film Adaptations

By Zoe Keys

The Jungle Book (out now)

When Rudyard Kipling wrote his collection of illustrated short stories in 1894, we doubt he imagined his audience still being transfixed by the story of boy cub Mowgli more than 100 years on. Using a combination of live-action and computer animation, director Jon Favreau's reimagined Jungle Book film is as beautifully made as it is captivating. All of our favourite characters are in attendance, with newcomer Neel Sethi portraying Mowgli, and Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Lupita Nyong'o lending their voices to a cast of freakishly true-to-life 3D animals.
The Jungle Book
Alice Through The Looking Glass (out now)

In 2010, Tim Burton took audiences to the more sinister side of Lewis Carroll's famous tale of Alice in Wonderland. This year, Burton and his ensemble cast of delightfully bonkers characters are back in Alice Through the Looking Glass, with Alice (Mia Wasikowska) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) teaming up to fight Time, portrayed by a delightfully evil Sacha Baron Cohen, who wants to control Wonderland by his own clock. Dark and kooky may be Burton's calling card, but it is the elements of madness in Carroll's original story that make this rollicking adventure such a firm favourite.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
The BFG (July 2016)

You would be hard pressed to find a child who hasn't devoured Roald Dahl's iconic story of the BFG under the bedclothes with a flashlight. In director Steven Spielberg's live-action re-creation, the Big Friendly Giant is played by a transformed Mark Rylance, with orphan Sophie portrayed by newcomer Ruby Barnhill. Together, the unlikely team fight to keep the other children-guzzling Giants from ruining the world. Beautifully shot in live-action animation, the film will warm hearts and lead to riotous giggling in much the same way Dahl's original story has done for generations.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (October 2016)

What happens when you combine an abandoned, underwater orphanage, a time loop and a young boy with a talent for seeing an invisible enemy? Welcome to Miss Peregrine's Home for the Peculiar Children. Ransom Riggs' bestselling young-adult novel gets the Tim Burton treatment in this dark and delightfully English film, in which Jacob, portrayed by Asa Butterfield, is led to discover an orphanage on a Welsh Island, filled with peculiarly talented children. Led by the enigmatic Eva Green as Miss Peregrine, Jacob and Co battle evil to escape their time-looped future, and in doing so discover that peculiarity is the best defence against enemies unknown.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 2016)

Never fear, impatient Harry Potter fans! JK Rowling has created a whole new world for you to lose yourself in – and this one is set before Harry, Ron and Hermione were even born. The inspiration for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a textbook of the same name, created by Rowling and issued to Harry and his fellow students at Hogwarts. In the film, we follow Magizoologist and author Newt Scamander, portrayed in all his brilliant madness by Eddie Redmayne, as he navigates 1920s New York, exploring a historic world of magic never before seen.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them