Week by week, theaters will be stuffed with epics based on award-winning books, comic book-inspired blockbusters, comedies and dramas based on real events, translations of genre works, animated films drawn from comics and children’s books, continuing installments of bestselling series, and new takes on perennial classics. With more than forty adaptations and real-life-derived stories on offer — plus the inevitable handful of book-based awards-bait wild cards slotted in at the last minute — Word & Film presents a definitive breakdown of the movies you won’t want to miss in 2015. Stine’s super-popular series of spooky stories gets the meta treatment in this adventure comedy about what happens when Stine’s (Jack Black) invented characters suddenly come to life and wreak havoc on a small town.
Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in ‘Serena’/Image © Magnolia Pictures
“Cinderella” (March 13) Actor-director Kenneth Branagh, who helmed an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein twenty years ago, tries his hand at reinventing the classic folk tale about the abused beauty and her lost glass slipper in this live-action Disney version.
“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” (March 20) Tris (Shailene Woodley) returns to fight for the future in this adaptation of the second volume in Veronica Roth’s popular young-adult sci-fi trilogy.
“The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials” (September 18) This adaptation of Book Two in James Dashner’s post-apocalyptic YA series details what happens to the teenaged maze runners once they’ve escaped from the Glade. Read more…