5 Book-to-Movie Adaptations Still to Come

by Lauren Bridges

2018 has been full of book-to-movie adaptations, and although the year is half way over, there’s still a LOT to come. Book-to-movie adaptations are always scary because they’re either hit or miss, and for us book lovers, they’re usually a miss, but yes, we always go back for more.

There’s been some big hits so far, like: Red Sparrow, Ready Player One and A Wrinkle In Time…none of which I actually read but I enjoyed the movies, and maybe I’ll get around to it one day so I can make the comparisons. Others, such as the final installment of The Maze Runner series, featuring Dylan O’Brien, have not been so successful. That’s just my personal opinion, and anyone who has ever talked to me knows how passionate I am about those books and movies (I will never understand who allowed this adaptation.) Nevertheless, there’s a few I’m still looking forward to seeing in the months to come.

1.       Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, told through the perspective of five narrators, already has a lot of buzz around it. Crazy Rich Asians has been described as “A Pride and Prejudice like send up.” The story follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese professor, to her boyfriend Nick’s hometown of Singapore for a wedding. It doesn’t take long for Rachel to learn Nick is the most eligible bachelor in Asia and comes from an extremely wealthy family.

Release Date: August 15, 2018
Starring: The adaptation has a well-known cast including Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding. Directed by Jon M. Chu.

2.       The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar

This classic has been talked about becoming a book-to-movie adaptation for years now, and we still don’t have a release date, although it’s supposed to be 2018. What we do know is it will be Kirsten Dunst’s directorial debut and feature Dakota Fanning as the protagonist Esther Greenwood.

3.       Boy Erased

Boy Erased

While I haven’t read Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased yet, fans are thrilled about this one, and after watching the trailer, they should be. Based on a true story, Boy Erased is about the son of a Baptist preacher who is forced to participate in a gay conversion program put on by his church.

Release Date: November 2, 2018
Starring: Boy Erased is starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russel Crowe and Joel Edgerton.

4.       The Girl In The Spider’s Web

The Girl In The Spiders Web

In this novel by David Lagercrantz, Lisbeth is a young computer hacker, who along with journalist Mikael Blomkvist, finds herself caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Release Date: November 9,2018
Starring: Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander, Lakeith Stanfield and Sylvia Hoeks.  

5.       The Darkest Minds

The Darkest Minds

In this futuristic YA novel by Alexandra Bracken, the government tries to imprison everyone under the age of 18 that now possesses special abilities. A group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and take control.

Release Date: August 3, 2018
Starring: Another great cast, The Darkest Minds stars Amandla Stenberg, Bradley Whitford and Many Moore.