The concept of the big screen adapting written narrative has been quite a debatable topic over the years. While some films have had the opportunity to indulge into a diverse artistic discourse, others have failed to do so. The popularity of this genre of filmmaking is rising year after year and film industries have never missed an opportunity to draw the visual aesthetics of the writing aesthetics. For this list, I have taken into account films which either boast of great or popular books, or the names attached to it rings some exciting bells in our ears. So, without, further ado, here’s the list of upcoming movies based on books scheduled to release in 2018 and 2019. We can only hope that the new movies based on books would be as good as some of the latest ones.
10. ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ by John Bellairs
With horror maniac Eli Roth taking up a gothic horror fantasy genre flick, it’s sure exciting to see how it turns up on the big screen. Adapted from John Bellairs’ novel of the same name, ‘The House with a Clock in Its Walls’ stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Owen Vaccaro as the three leads which follows young orphan Lewis Barnavelt who aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. The film is up for release on September 21, 2018.
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9. ‘The Woman in the Window’ by A.J. Finn
Adapted from A.J. Finn’s novel, ‘The Woman in the Window’ is supposed to star Amy Adams as an agoraphobic woman living alone in New York who begins spying on her new neighbours only to witness a disturbing act of violence. The crime drama will be directed by Joe Wright and will release sometime in 2019.
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8. ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’ by David Lagercrantz
It’s a bummer that the new grim and dark crime filled world of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist will not see veteran director David Fincher come back on the director’s chair. Nonetheless, ‘The Girl in the Spiders Web’, written by David Lagercrantz, will see Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Álvarez reboot the franchise with Claire Foy don the role of Salander and Sverrir Gudnason don the role of Blomkvist. The crime thriller is to release on November 9, 2018.
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7. ‘Ashes in the Snow’ based on ‘Between Shades of Gray’ by Ruta Sepetys
Based on Ruya Sepetys’ novel ‘Between Shaded of Gray’, published in 2011, this upcoming film is a World War II drama. Directed by Marius A. Markevicius, the film will follow the Stalinist repressions of the mid-20th century and the life of Lina as she is deported from her native Lithuania with her mother and younger brother, and the journey they take to a labour camp in Siberia. The release date hasn’t been announced yet but is expected to release this year.
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6. ‘Christopher Robin’ based on ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard
A fantasy-comedy drama, ‘Christopher Robin’ is the story of the titular character- the little boy from the ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ stories, who is now all grown up and has lost all sense of his wondrous imagination. With the urge to rekindle his creative fancy, Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood re-enter Christopher’s life to help him find it again. The film is starring Scottish actor Ewan McGregor and is directed by Marc Forster. ‘Christopher Robin’ is set to release on August 3, 2018.
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5. ‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett
Written by Ann Patchett, the novel lays its foundation on the Japanese embassy hostage crisis – The Lima Crisis – in 1996–1997 in Lima, Peru. The novel follows the relationships among a group of young terrorists and their hostages, who are mostly high-profile executives and politicians, over several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love. The adaptation, expected to release this year, is supposed to be directed by Paul Weitz and will star Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert and Ken Watanabe.
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4. ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ by Erik Larson
A non-fiction novel written by American journalist and author Erik Larson, ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ is to be produced production company Playtone, founded by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. No other information has been released yet, but as per sources, ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ is supposed to release in 2020.
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3. ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath
An adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s only novel, ‘The Bell Jar’ is helmed by Kirsten Dunst and Dakota Fanning is supposed to play the protagonist Esther Greenwood, the young talented woman whose life is spiralling down into depression. With the 1979 adaptation directed by Larry Peerce failing to impress audience and critics, it would be interesting to see how this 2018 adaptation brings forth the artistic intricacies penned by the brilliant auteur. The release date hasn’t been announced yet but is expected to release this year.
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2. ‘BlacKkKlansman’ by Ron Stallworth
The recipient of the “Grand Prix” at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ has been directed by Spike Lee and is based on the novel of the same name written by Ron Stallworth. An autobiographical crime film, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ follows the story of the author-cum-protagonist, Stallworth – an African-American detective in Colorado Springs who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and eventually becomes the head of the chapter. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, and is supposed to release August 10, 2018.
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1. ‘The Black Hand’ by Stephan Talty
Published in 2017, Stephan Talty’s historical narrative details the crime wave that pounded New York City in 1903. Other than cinematic heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio being attached to the project, not much is known about the book. The film is supposed to hit the theatres in the second half of 2020.
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