20 book-to-film adaptations coming out in 2018
- Craig Angus
- 22 December 2017
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
From classic Shakespeare works given a modern twist, to true stories about the unthinkable horrors of war
With sequels to come from both the enormously popular Maze Runner and 50 Shades series', a new movie from Leonardo DiCaprio, and director supreme Alex Garland's first film since Ex Machina there's a lot to look forward to in 2018. We've put together of 20 book adaptations you should keep an eye out for.
Author: Lisa Klein
Director: Claire McCarthy
Cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton
Did you know there's only two female characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet? Lisa Klein's book took the character of Ophelia and, in a smart reworking, made her the focus of the story. Star Wars breakout star Daisy Ridley plays the title role in this film, directed by Australian Claire McCarthy, alongside the remarkable Naomi Watts, who takes on the role of Gertrude.
Release date: January (USA)
The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Director: Wes Ball
Cast: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
The latest chapter of the hugely popular Maze Runner series sees the third story in James Dashner's science fiction universe get the big screen treatment. This time out, Thomas must save his friends by entering the Last City labyrinth, which might be the deadliest maze yet. Will they make it out alive?
Release date: 26 Jan
Author: Doug Stanton
Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña
An epic war drama set in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, based on Doug Stanton's non fiction book Horse Soldiers, which tackled the incredibly complex conflict in Afghanistan.
Release date: 26 Jan
Fifty Shades Freed
Author: EL James
Director: James Foley
Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
Salman Rushdie once said it made Twilight look like War and Peace, but E.J James laughed all the way to the bank, and millions saw it at the cinema. This time, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele get married, bicker, and probably have sex.
Release date: 9 Feb
Author: Jeff VanDerMeer
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac
With Ex Machina director Alex Garland at the helm, Jeff Van Der Meer's thriller, released in 2014, is in talented hands for its movie adaptation. It stars the formidable Natalie Portman as a biologist looking for answers.
Release Date: 23 Feb
Author: David Levithan
Director: Michael Sucsy
Cast: Justice Smith, Maria Bello, Angourie Rice
Based on David Levithan's bestseller of the same name, Every Day follows sixteen-year-old Rhiannon, who falls in love with 'A'. The protagonist's belle is, helpfully, a spirit who wakes each morning in a different body, living a different life every day. Sounds like a logistically complicated romantic pursuit; let's hope there's a resolution and uplifting message to take home!
Release date: 23 Feb
The War with Grandpa
Author: Robert Kimmel Smith
Director: Tim Hill
Cast: Robert DeNiro, Oakes Fegley, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman
The War with Grandpa features a mischievous, scheming young fella played by 13-year-old Oakes Fegley, who has a cheeky face and demeanour. When he's forced to give up his room to Grandpa (DeNiro, who else?) he relentlessly pranks the old man to try and squeeze him out.
Christopher Walken, whose stuttering delivery is always welcome anywhere, joins the party.
Release date: 23 Feb
Author: Jason Matthews
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgarton, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeremy Irons
Russian spies, CIA agents and forbidden love is the order of the day in Red Sparrow. Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton take the lead in the adaptation of a story by Jason Matthews, himself a former clandestine operations officer and senior manager for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Release date: 2 Mar
Author: Becky Albertalli
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Tony Hale
Becky Albertalli's story about an Elliott Smith loving teenager and his journey coming out as gay hits cinemas in March, having been chopped down from its original title Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda to something that works better in snappy conversation. The charismatic youngster Robinson rose to prominence in Jurassic World and elsewhere amongst the cast there's Tony Hale (Arrested Development's Buster Bluth) who plays Simon's teacher Mr Worth.
Release date: 16 Mar
A Wrinkle in Time
Direction: Ava DuVernay
Author: Madeleine D'Engel
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey
In Maleleine D'Engel's novel, Meg Murry's father goes missing after working on a government project. Now the book is given the Disney movie makeover, with 14-year-old Storm Reid starring as Meg. Previously a 2003 TV movie, the latest adaptation stars Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which and Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit.
Release date: 23 Mar
Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance
Set in a cheery dystopian future where the earth is suffering the effects from overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change, Spielberg is a natural choice to direct Ready Player One. Tye Sheridan plays lead character Wade Watts, alongside the star of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Olivia Cooke.
Release date: 30 Mar
The Leisure Seeker
Author: Michael Zadoorian
Director: Paolo Virzi
Cast: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell
Mirren and Sutherland reunite for the first time since Bethune: The Making of a Hero for this tearjerker of a tale about an elderly and ailing runaway couple. It recently premiered in Venice and gets a full UK release in April.
Release date: 13 Apr
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Author: Maria Semple
Director: Richard Linklater
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer
Director Richard Linklater's latest sees Cate Blanchett play Bernardette, a mother, and agoraphobic architect who goes missing. Kristen Wiig, who proved in The Skeleton Twins that she can do serious as well as she does funny, features, and the script has been worked over by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who previously brought us (500) Days of Summer.
Release date: 11 May (USA)
Crazy Rich Asians
Author: Kevin Kwan
Director: Jon M. Chu
Cast: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding
A wealthy Chinese wedding is the focus of the novel by Singapore writer Kevin Kwan. Jon M. Chu, who directed Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up Revolution and Step Up: All In, is in charge of Crazy Rich Asians' transition to the cinema. Let's hope he can rise (or step up!) to the challenge.
Release date: 17 Aug
Author: Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ana de Armas, Clive Owen
Stockholm is traded for New York in this drama, originally penned by the crime writing duo of Roslund/Hellström. Three Seconds deals with reformed criminals, organised criminals, and the infiltration of a high security prison.
Release date: 17 Aug (USA)
Author: Garrard Conley
Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton
A baptist preacher's son is forced to take part in a gay conversion program. Lucas Hedges, sensational in Manchester by the Sea, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, plays the young Garrard Conley in this much-anticipated cinematic interpretation of his memoirs.
Release date: 28 Sep (USA)
The Girl In The Spider's Web
Author: David Lagercrantz
Director: Fede Alvarez
Cast: Claire Foy, Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvia Hoeks, Claes Bang
David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, released in 2011, captured the darkness of Stieg Larsson's hit novel expertly, and the sequels seemed certain to follow. Instead, after lengthy to-ing and fro-ing, we have the adaptation of the controversial fourth book, written by David Lagercrantz after Larsson's death.
Release date: 26 Oct
Author: James R. Hansen
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy
If Neil Armstrong's wee pretend jaunt to the moon is of interest to you, then First Man might be right up your solar system, or Hollywood basement. Only joking, space is real, and while we're here the earth isn't flat. Chazelle and Gosling, who plays Armstrong, last teamed up for La La Land, which went rather well for them.
Release: 2 Nov
Author: Ann Patchett
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert, Kan Watanabe
A supremely talented soprano travels to South America for a private concert and gets more than she bargained for. Let's just say (and hopefully it doesn't spoil things for you!), there's a hostage situation. Julianne Moore plays the talented singer in peril.
Release date: tbc
The Black Hand
Author: Stephan Talty
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio
Paramount Pictures have, at great expense, acquired Stephan Talty's The Black Hand for Leonardo DiCaprio to star in and produce. That's all we know for the moment, but there's a lot of Hollywood hype around the true story of NYPD cop Joe Petrosino (the 'Italian Sherlock Holmes') and his quest to bring down the film's titular gang.
Release date: tbc