Page-to-Screen Adaptations to Watch Out For This Year
The year 2016 saw the adaptation of already great novels into equally excellent films. These include Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass,
This year, more films will be added to this roster. Here are some books you may want to read first before they’re turned into movies.
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
One of the first movies to premiere this year, the film is a biographical story of three black women who helped NASA accomplish its greatest feat in the 1960s—sending a man on the moon. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner, and Jim Parsons.
- Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
The sequel to EL James’s erotic romance novel, Fifty Shades Darker explores the Christian Grey’s past. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will reprise their roles as Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively.
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Published in 2010, Before I Fall tells the story of a popular teenager, Samantha, who dies in a car accident. One suspect of the crash is a schoolmate whom Samantha and her friends have been torturing. Samantha is forced to relive her final day and slowly sees what she could have done to change the outcome. Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, and Diego Boneta star.
- The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Set in World War II, the film tells the true story of Warsaw zookeepers. With their help, hundreds of people were saved from the Nazis. Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl will play the lead roles.
- Wonder by RJ Palacio
Based on Palacio’s novel of the same name, the movie will feature Room’s breakout star, Jacob Tremblay, alongside Julia Roberts. The story is about a boy born with a facial deformity and his struggles fitting in in his new school.
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
One of the most popular Christie murder mysteries, this will be the first adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express in this century (not including its Doctor Who adaptation back in 2014). The film will be directed by and will star Kenneth Branagh. Other stars include Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Star Wars darling Daisy Ridley, and Hamilton favorite Leslie Odom Jr.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
This critically acclaimed sci-fi fantasy novel tells of the adventures of a young girl who travels through time to search for her father. A government scientist, her father went missing after working on a project called a tesseract. The movie will feature Oprah Winfrey and will be directed by Ava DuVernay.
- The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King
This film will jumpstart the adaptation of King’s eight-part series. The story of the fallen land of Mid-World is told through the eyes of gunslinger Roland Deschain. His quest involves reaching the tower that stands at the nexus point in time and space. A mysterious villain, known as the Man in Black, races against Deschain in his attempt to rule over Mid-World. The film will star Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black.
- Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
The film is an anthology of intertwined holiday romances. No news yet who will star, but Pitch Perfect screenwriter Kay Cannon is currently working on the screenplay with Luke Snellin set to direct.
- The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
This New York Times bestseller tells of the story of Sebastian Prendergrast, a young man living in a geodesic dome situated on the outskirts of Iowa. He’s lived all his life in the dome, being homeschooled by his eccentric grandmother on the teachings of futurist and philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. Prendergrast’s life changes after his grandmother suffers from a stroke and he is forced to leave the dome. The movie will feature Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman, and Michaela Watkins.
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
This YA story tells of 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, who suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) or “bubble baby disease.” Her condition causes her to be allergic to everything and prevents her from leaving her home in LA, where she lives with her mother, a physician. Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, and Anika Noni Rose play leads.
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
This popular children’s graphic novel series will be adapted into a film following its publication finale in 2015. It tells the story of two schoolboys who manage to hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is their fictional superhero, Captain Underpants. The film will feature Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal, and Ed Helms.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The only novel by the critically acclaimed poet, The Bell Jar is a semiautobiography. The novel tells of Esther Greenwood’s slow descent into mental illnesses. Dakota Fanning will star in this film to be penned and directed by Kirsten Dunst.
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
Mae Holland takes a job at a tech company and is faced by the struggles of being a woman in a male-dominated workplace. At first, things seem all right and rewarding, but the longer she stays, the more things fall apart. Emma Watson stars as Holland, alongside Tom Hanks, John Boyega, and Karen Gillan.
- My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
After his guardian’s murder, a young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, whom he believes committed the crime. Slowly, he himself begins to fall under her spell. The movie will star Rachel Wiesz and Sam Claflin.
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