The trend of Hollywood turning to books for film inspiration seems to be soon becoming the new norm. When a Hollywood film studio gained the rights to the Harry Potter series, fans eagerly anticipated the first film’s arrival in the theater. That series was so popular that it earned more than $1 billion around the world. The success of those films led Hollywood to turn to books once again and look for ways to make even more money off treasured books. Daniel Handler, the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, saw his first book turned into a film, and Daniel, who used a pen name for the series, may see a second film coming later. With several films based on books set for release in 2015, now might be a good time for fans to take a look at some of those films.
Veronica Roth wrote a few books before finding success with her Divergent series. The three books tell the story of a young teenage girl in a post apocalyptic future. Roth sold the rights to the series and saw the first film, Divergent, become one of the highest grossing films of 2014. Fans of Tris and her boyfriend Four can look forward to seeing Insurgent, the second film in the series, land in theaters this year.
The Longest Ride
Nicholas Sparks is one of the most prolific romance writers of his generation. His books are so popular that he can sell the film rights before the books even land on store shelves. The latest book from Sparks arrives in theaters in 2015 and stars Scott Eastwood, the son of legendary actor and director Clint. The film tells the story of two couples: one a younger couple dealing with problems and an older couple. Early reports indicate that the film will tug at the hearts of viewers in the same way that The Notebook did.
The Hunter Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Suzanne Collins found success with her series called The Hunger Games, which focused on a young woman named Katniss and her experiences after surviving a fight to the death battle. The last film in the series follows the second half of the last book in the series and will likely be a hit when it lands in theaters in December.
With so many different films based on movies set for release in 2015, many fans might find that now is a good time to kick back and revisit those original books.