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Booked for screen: Adaptations bring the magic of your favourite novels to the big screen

2018 has a whole bunch of book-to-movie adaptations coming out, and if you’re a bookworm, there’s no better time to plan your movie outings.

hollywood Updated: Feb 12, 2018 11:53 IST
Aditya Dogra
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Peter Rabbit, and Ready Player One are some of the popular books that are being turned into movies.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Peter Rabbit, and Ready Player One are some of the popular books that are being turned into movies.

For those who have a special place in their heart for the written word, we can just say this — 2018 is going to be one helluva ride. Combining books with the visual medium, this year will see a host of book-to-movie adaptations hit the big screen. Be it sequels, remakes, or debut adaptations, bookworms now have another reason to brush up on their favourite books. Here is a list of some of movies you should watch out for.

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit is a fictional anthropomorphic character that has been a huge part of our childhood, thanks to the children’s stories by Beatrix Potter. The character has been brought to life with the voice of English actor James Corden, and traces the mischievous rabbit’s adventures with the McGregor family. Other stars in the movies include Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, and Daisy Ridley.

Every Day

A poster of the Michael Sucsy directorial, Every Day.

This young adult romance and fantasy novel written by American author David Levithan has been adapted for the big screen by Jesse Andrews, and will be directed by Michael Sucsy. The film stars Australian actor Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with a spirit named A — a travelling soul who wakes up each morning in a different body, living a different life every day. The movie will hit theatres in February this year.

Red Sparrow

Poster of Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow

Adapted from a novel of the same name by Jason Matthews, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative, Red Sparrow is an upcoming American spy thriller directed by Francis Lawrence. American actor Jennifer Lawrence will play Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova in the movie. The project has an ensemble cast that consists of Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, Joely Richardson, and Jeremy Irons. The film is set to release in March.

A Wrinkle in Time

The poster for A Wrinkle In Time.

Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine are just some names that are coming together to bring Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel by the same name to the silver screen. This movie is a landmark film as director Ava DuVernay became the first black woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $100 million. The film is scheduled for a March release this year.

The Accidental Prime Minister

The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh was a memoir about the former Indian prime Minister, written by Indian policy analyst Sanjaya Baru, and garnered a lot of praise. The book is being adapted by director Hansal Mehta, with actor Anupam Kher playing economist and politician Manmohan Singh in the biographical political film. The film is set for a winter release.

Love, Simon

An upcoming American teen comedy-drama, the film is based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and will be directed by Greg Berlanti. The film revolves around Simon (played by Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old close gay high school student, who is forced to balance his friends, family, email pen pal Blue, and the boy threatening to reveal his true sexuality to the whole school. The movie is slated for a March 2018 release.

Ready Player One

The poster for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

American author Ernest Cline’s debut new adult science fiction novel Ready Player One will soon be seen on the silver screen in a film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. When the founder of OASIS, an interconnected virtual space, dies and bequeaths ownership of the programme to the first person to find a hidden treasure within it by playing games and solving puzzles. What follows is a race between Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan), his friends, and a large corporate entity that wants OASIS for themselves. The movie is slated for a March release this year.

First Man

We have always been fascinated with the moon landing, and First Man — a biographical historical period drama by director Damien Chazelle — adapts Neil Armstrong’s official biography by the same name. The film will star Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, along with actors Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, and Jason Clarke. It will depict the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The film is scheduled for an October release this year.


The poster for the Natalie Portman-starrer, Annihilation.

Actors Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac will be bringing Jeff VanderMeer’s novel by the same name to life in a film spanning multiple genres — science fantasy, action, and horror. It has been written for the screen and directed by Alex Garland. The movie will be the first in the Southern Reach Trilogy by the author, and hits theatres in February.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a 2012 comedy novel written by Maria Semple, that revolves around an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Fox, who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. The film by the same name, directed by Richard Linklater, will star Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer among others, and is slated for a May release this year.

Crazy Rich Asians

The first look of Jon M Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians.

The film centres around American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu, who accompanies her boyfriend to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding, only to get thrust into the lives of Asia’s rich and famous. Based on a novel by Kevin Kwan, the film is set to release in August. It is being directed by Jon M Chu and will star actor Constance Wu as the protagonist.

Other novel-turned-movies to watch out for:
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure
  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • The Grinch
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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