Books to films in 2019
As we head into the New Year we reflect on 2018 as a fantastic year for book to film adaptations.
A.A. Milne’s favourite teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh, and friends hit the big screen in the summer with Christopher Robin, some Crazy Rich Asians tackled themes of society, class and traditions as Kevin Kwan’s book was brought to life, and, who can forget Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit which warmed the hearts of kids and adults alike?
So, surely, it’s going to be a challenge for 2019 to compete, right?
A small glance into the film future and it looks as if 2019 is going to continue this chain reaction of pleasing book to film adaptions with the year ahead holding some real treats sure to delight book and film fans alike.
Check out some of the most anticipated adaptations to look forward to:
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
About the book: A novel written by Maria Semple and published in 2012, Where’d You go, Bernadette? spent an entire year on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Before a family trip to Antarctica, agoraphobic architect Bernadette Fox goes missing. The book pieces together her disappearance through a series of emails, memos, transcripts and other documents all of which are compiled and narrated through the voice of Bernadette’s daughter, Bee.
About the adaptation: One of the most touching films to be released in 2019, the adaptation is set for the screen on 22 March. The cast includes a strong force of female actresses such as Cate Blanchett as Bernadette alongside Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer.
It’s been nearly five years since a film by Richard Linklater has appeared in cinemas (Boyhood, 2014), so we are expecting something special from him as he steps up to the plate to transform this book to film.
The Woman in the Window
About the book: It was a book that saw American author A.J. Finn cast into the limelight in 2017 as his thriller novel,
The Woman in the Window, quickly became the number one New York Times’ Bestseller. The book, which has gone on to sell over two million copies, and follows a Rear Window-esque narrative, focusses on Anna Fox, who has spent ten months housebound whittling away the days looking out on the world, and her neighbours.
When she witnesses a crime through her window, she is left to seek-out answers and solve the mystery alone.
About the adaptation: Sadly, we have a bit of a wait for this book to come to life on screen with its expected release date being the 4 October 2019. But, with the leading lady being prolific actress, Amy Adams, and fellow cast confirmed as Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and Anthony Mackie, it’s bound to be worth the wait. Joe Wright is behind the camera on this one, and with previous credits being classic adaptations such as Atonement and Pride & Prejudice as well as historic films such as Darkest Hour, this is going to see a change in genre for the director.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
About the book: The first of the Chaos Walking series by British author, Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go follows 12-year-old Todd Hewitt, who lives in the fictional town of Prentisstown, where everyone can hear everyone’s thoughts.
Just days before his thirteenth birthday, Todd runs away from home after a secret is revealed about his past, and what follows is an action-packed science fiction story which is captivating from beginning to end.
About the adaptation: The film adaptation has gone with Chaos Walking as its title but follows the same storyline as The Knife of Never Letting Go. Off the back of his spectacular debut as Spiderman in 2016, Tom Holland is on a bit of a roll at the moment and returns to cinemas as Todd in this adaptation. We must say, we are slightly dubious about how a 22-year-old can portray a 12-year-old boy, but, with Jumper and American Made director, Doug Liman, on directing duties, we wait to be proven wrong
Death on the Nile
About the book: One of the 66 detective novels Dame Agatha Christie wrote during her life, Death on the Nile, revolves around her famous detective character, Hercule Poirot. On a seemingly pleasant holiday to Egypt, Poirot is enjoying a cruise of the River Nile when a wealthy heiress is murdered. Her fate is the result of a fall-out with her friend, and the plot thickens and twists from there – in typical Christie fashion.
About the adaptation: Murder on the Orient Express was released at the end of 2017 to rave reviews and Kenneth Branagh is back as Poirot and as the film’s director, to bring us the next instalment from the world-famous detective. While his fellow castmates have not been confirmed, there is plenty of time to catch up on the novel as the film is not to be released until November 2019.
About the book: This is certainly not an uplifting book, but would you expect anything less from the horror icon that is Stephen King? Pet Sematary homes in on the Creed family – Louis, his wife Rachel and their two children. When tragedy strikes, Louis hears of a cemetery where the deceased can come back to life, but to what consequence? We won’t say more than that, because it’s a book that you really need to read yourself!
About the adaptation: It’s not the first time the novel has been adapted to film, but it seems like many of King’s books are being given a fresh lick of paint with IT and Netflix’s Gerald’s Game all recent adaptations. The film’s cast has been confirmed to include John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz and will be released on 4 April. With two books being turned into films, (IT: Chapter 2 is returning in 2019 too), in 2019, it seems next year, may well be the year of the King!