Page to screen in 2015

Paper Towns coverIt’s going to be another bumper year for movies based on books.

I’ve already seen more than enough written about the film adaptation of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, released on Valentine’s Day, so let’s move on…

After The Fault in Our Stars was such a hit last year, big things are expected of John Green’s Paper Towns.

Mockingjay coverThe same can be said of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places – filming started hot on the heels of the success of her bestselling Gone Girl.

YA series continue to shine with Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent by Veronica Roth, and the third Hunger Games movie Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, both out this year.

Another new YA series begins with Seventh Son, based on The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney.

The Longest Ride coverAnd if you loved the haunting feel of YA title Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, you’ll be pleased to know the adaptation, due for release late in 2015, has been directed by the master of modern Gothic, Tim Burton.

Popular authors seeing two of the movie adaptations of their novels coming out in 2015 are Ron Rash (The World Made Straight and Serena) and Nicholas Sparks (The Longest Ride and The Choice).

Far From the Madding Crowd coverThere is a lot of interest in a new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – probably because Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will play the doctor’s misshapen assistant Igor.

Another classic set for a 2015 revival is Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd. Actress Carey Mulligan will star as the troubled Bathsheba Everdene, adding to her list of classic characters she has portrayed: she has also been Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.

The Dressmaker coverOne that I’m really looking forward to is the adaptation of Rosalie Ham’s magnificent The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet as femme fatale Tilly and Judy Davis as her crusty old mum, Molly Dunnage.

What else should you be reading before the movie comes out later this year? How about:

Anything else you’re looking forward to? Tell us in the comments.