Because Hollywood loves nothing more than existing intellectual property with built-in audiences, studios have been adapting best-selling novels since almost as long as movies have existed. All Quiet on the Western Front, which won a Best Picture Oscar in 1930, and is considered one of the greatest movies ever made, was based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. Before Gone with the Wind set box office records in 1939, it was an equally popular novel by Margaret Mitchell. And as studios rely more and more on existing titles to guarantee at least some profit, adapting best-selling books is more popular now than it has ever been.
Case in point is this Friday’s release of The Girl on the Train, based on Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller of the same name. Despite a surprising amount of negative reviews, anticipation for the movie is still high, mostly because the millions of people who’ve read the book are curious to see how the filmed product matches their imagination. Before the year is up, you’ll have the chance to see movie versions of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Live By Night, A Monster Calls, and Inferno. But what about next year and beyond? Here are 10 of the most exciting book adaptations currently in the works.