The Girl on the Train   The Light Between Oceans, Trade Pbk

With book adaptations dominating this year’s Oscar nominations, thoughts are turning to the most anticipated adaptations of 2016 and it looks like it will be another banner year.

Leading the list in best sellers is The Girl on the Train, marking its one-year anniversary on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list this week. At #2, it’s likely to still be on the list when the film arrives on Oct 7th. In animated kids movies, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG is expected to be a big draw and in literary titles, focus is on Oscar-winng Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, based on Ben Fountain’s 2012 National Book Award Finalist.

But one title is missing. The Light Between Oceans, the long-running best seller by M.L. Stedman. Adapted by Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, starring hot celebrity couple Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, the film is complete, with the first stills released last month, but there’s still no word on when it will arrive in theaters.

There is hope. IndieWire notes in the article,  The 20 Movies That Need to Be Released in 2016,” that rumors of a Cannes 2016 debut in May, signal it will arrive on screens “before the end of the year, most likely in the thick of awards season.”

For other adaptations in the works, check our Upcoming Adaptations list. For tie-ins, Upcoming — Tie-ins

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