26 Films to Watch This Fall that are Based On Other Works

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Check out this list of sequels, remakes, adaptations and reboots that will be arriving in cinemas this fall! From comic book films and historical epics, to horrors and romantic comedies. This fall movie season has a bit of everything for fans of already established intellectual properties.

A Simple Favor – September 14th

Directed by: Paul Fieg

Written by: Jessica Sharzer

Genre: Black Comedy, Mystery

Based on: A Simple Favor, a novel by Darcy Bell

Starring:  Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding and Andrew Rannells.

Synopsis: Centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Stephanie is joined by Emily’s husband Sean (Henry Golding) in this thriller filled with twists and betrayals, secrets and revelations, love and loyalty, murder and revenge.


The Predator – September 14th

Directed by: Shane Black

Written by: Fred Dekker and Shane Black

Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

Based on: The Predator is the fourth film in the Predator franchise.

Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen and Sterling K. Brown.

Synopsis: From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.


Nappily Ever After – September 21st  (Netflix)

Directed by: Haifaa al-Mansour

Written by: Tina Gordon Chism, Lisa Loomer, Adam Brooks and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Based on: Nappily Ever After, a novel by Trisha R. Thomas

Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield, Ricky Whittle and Camille Guaty.

Synopsis: In Nappily Ever After, Violet Jones (Sanaa Lathan) has a seemingly perfect life — a high-powered job, an eligible doctor boyfriend and a meticulously maintained, flawless coiffure. But after a life-changing event doesn’t go according to her plan, and a hair-raising incident at the hairdresser, her life begins to unravel. Eventually, Violet realizes that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one she really wanted.


The House with a Clock in its Walls – September 21st

Directed by: Eli Roth

Written by: Erik Kripke

Genre: Fantasy

Based on: The House with a Clock in its Walls, a novel by John Bellairs

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sunny Suljic and Kyle MacLachlan.

Synopsis: The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.


Smallfoot – September 28th

Directed by: Karey Kirkpatrick

Written by: Karey Kirkpatrick and Clare Sera

Genre: Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Musical

Based on: Yeti Tracks, book by Sergio Pablos

Starring: Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Danny DeVito, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry and Jimmy Tatro.

Synopsis: Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” brings him fame and a chance with the girl of his dreams. It also throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in a rollicking story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.


Venom – October 5th

Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Written by: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel

Genre: Comic Book, Superhero

Based on: Marvel Comics character

Starring: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed, Scott Haze and Reid Scott.

Synopsis: sFollowing a scandal, journalist Eddie Brock attempts to revive his career by investigating the Life Foundation, but comes into contact with an alien symbiote that bonds with Brock, giving him superpowers as long as they share the same body. Together, they must work to stop other Symbiotes from infecting all of humanity, taking on the shared moniker Venom.


A Star is Born – October 5th

Directed by: Bradley Cooper

Written by: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters

Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance

Based on: Remake of the 1937 film, A Star is Born

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.

Synopsis: Follows a Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper), a country music star who is on the brink of decline when he discovers a talented unknown named Ally (Stefani Germanotta). As the two begin a passionate love affair, Jack coaxes Ally into the spotlight, catapulting her to stardom. But as Ally’s career quickly eclipses his own, Jack finds it increasingly hard to handle his fading glory.


First Man – October 12th

Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Written by: Josh Singer

Genre: Biopic, Drama

Based on: First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, a novel by James R. Hansen

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciarán Hinds, Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit and Lukas Haas.

Synopsis: The riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969.


Halloween – October 19th

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Written by: Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green

Genre: Horror, Slasher

Based on: Halloween is the eleventh film in the Halloween franchise

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Virginia Gardner and Nick Castle.

Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.


The Hate U Give – October 19th

Directed by: George Tillman Jr.

Written by: Audrey Wells and Tina Mabry

Genre: Drama

Based on: The Hate U Give, a novel by Angie Thomas

Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Common and Anthony Mackie.

Synopsis: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.


Johnny English Strikes Again – October 26th

Directed by: David Kerr

Written by: William Davies

Genre: Action, Comedy

Based on: Johnny English Strikes Again, is the third Johnny English film

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Ben Miller, Olga Kurylenko, Jake Lacy and Emma Thompson.

Synopsis: Johnny English Strikes Again is the third instalment of the Johnny English series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as the accident-prone secret agent.

The new adventure begins when a cyber attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, leaving Johnny English as the Secret Service’s last hope. Called out of retirement, English dives head first into action with the mission to find the mastermind hacker. As a man with few skills and analogue methods, Johnny English must overcome the challenges of modern technology to make this mission a success.


Suspiria – October 26th

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Written by: David Kajganich

Genre: Horror

Based on: Remake of the 1977 film Suspiria by by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi

Starring: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Elena Fokina, Sylvie Testud, Renée Soutendijk, Christine LeBoutte, Fabrizia Sacchi, Małgosia Bela, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Synopsis: An ambitious and bright American student arrives abroad to study at a world-famous school. She begins to suspect that the academy may be a front for a more menacing organization when the once-quiet campus is rocked by a brutal murder and several other cruel and strange homicides.


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – November 2nd

Directed by: Lasse Hallström and Joe Johnston

Written by: Ashleigh Powell and Tom McCarthy

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Based on: The story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann and the ballet The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Starring: Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman.

Synopsis: All Clara (Mackenzie Foy) wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother. A golden thread, presented to her at godfather Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual holiday party, leads her to the coveted key—which promptly disappears into a strange and mysterious parallel world. It’s there that Clara encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and the regents who preside over three Realms: Land of Snowflakes, Land of Flowers and Land of Sweets. Clara and Phillip must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve Clara’s key and hopefully return harmony to the unstable world.


The Grinch – November 9th

Directed by: Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney

Written by: Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow

Genre: Animated, Christmas

Based on: How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, a story by Dr. Seuss

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch

Synopsis: The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.


The Girl in the Spider’s Web – November 9th

Directed by: Fede Álvarez

Written by: Steven Knight, Fede Álvarez and Jay Basu

Genre: Crime Thriller

Based on: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a novel by by David Lagercrantz

Starring: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks and Stephen Merchant.

Synopsis: Spider’s Web follows superhacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they find themselves at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt governments.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – November 16th

Directed by: David Yates

Written by: J.K. Rowling

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

Synopsis: At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.


Widows – November 16th

Directed by: Steve McQueen

Written by: Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen

Genre: Heist Thriller

Based on: Widows, TV series by by Lynda La Plante

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

Synopsis: Widows is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.


Ralph Breaks the Internet – November 21st

Directed by: Rich Moore and Phil Johnston

Written by: Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon

Genre: Animated, Comedy

Based on: Ralph Breaks the Internet is the sequel to Wreck-It Ralph

Starring: John C Reily, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson, Alan Tudyk and Gal Gadot.

Synopsis: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 leaves Litwak’s video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet—which may or may not survive Ralph’s wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet—the netizens—to help navigate their way, including a webite entrepreneur named Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site “BuzzzTube.”


Creed II – November 21st

Directed by: Steven Caple Jr.

Written by: Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker

Genre: Sports Drama

Based on: Creed II is the eighth film in the Rocky franchise

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, Wood Harris and Brigitte Nielsen,

Synopsis: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.


Mary Queen of Scots – December 7th

Directed by: Josie Rourke

Written by: Beau Willimon

Genre: Drama, Epic, Historical

Based on: My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, biographical novel by John Guy

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn, Martin Compston, Brendan Coyle and Guy Pearce.

Synopsis: Mary Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.


Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse – December 14th

Directed by: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

Written by: Phil Lord

Genre: Animated, Superhero

Based on: Marvel Comics character

Starring: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Jake Johnson, Liev Schreiber, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez and Lily Tomlin.

Synopsis: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.


Mortal Engines – December 14th

Directed by: Christian Rivers

Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson

Genre: Post-apocalyptic Adventure

Based on: Mortal Engines, a novel by Philip Reeve

Starring: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang.

Synopsis: Thousands of years after civilization was destroyed by a cataclysmic event, humankind has adapted and a new way of living has evolved. Gigantic moving cities now roam the Earth, ruthlessly preying upon smaller traction towns. Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan)—who hails from a Lower Tier of the great traction city of London—finds himself fighting for his own survival after he encounters the dangerous fugitive Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar). Two opposites, whose paths should never have crossed, forge an unlikely alliance that is destined to change the course of the future.


Mary Poppins Return – November 19th

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Written by: David Magee

Genre: Fantasy, Musical

Based on: Mary Poppins Returns is the sequel to Mary Poppins

Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

Synopsis: Set in Depression-era London of the 1930s, Mary Poppins Returns sees Michael and Jane Banks (Whishaw and Mortimer) now grown up. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins re-enters the lives of the Banks family and, along with the street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.


Aquaman – December 21st

Directed by: James Wan

Written by: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall

Genre: Comic-book, Superhero

Based on: DC Comics character

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman.

Synopsis: Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, born half-human as Arthur Curry and half-Atlantean. The film will focus on a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and the undersea Atlanteans, who are ready to lash out in revolt.


Bumblebee – December 21st

Directed by: Travis Knight

Written by: Christina Hodson and Kelly Fremon Craig

Genre: Science fiction

Based on: Transformers toys by Hasbro

Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker and Pamela Adlon.

Synopsis: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.


Alita: Battle Angel – December 21st

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez

Written by: James Cameron and Laeta Kalogridis

Genre: Action, Cyberpunk

Based on: Gunnm (Battle Angel Alita) manga by Yukito Kishiro

Starring: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

Synopsis: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.

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