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2018's Big Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Posted by Cybil on January 08, 2018
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Book lovers are about to see a ton of their favorite novels come to theaters and televisions in 2018. And some of the biggest stars will be in on the adaptation action, from Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling starring in A Wrinkle in Time, to Steven Spielberg directing Ready Player One.

This is also your chance to re-read Fahrenheit 451 before it comes to HBO or The Haunting of Hill House before everyone binges the Netflix series. Or catch up on newer beloved novels including Where'd You Go Bernadette, Annihilation and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before they become films. We've included the release dates (where available), and for the television shows we've added the network or platform. The book covers will link you to more information about the adaptations.

Which of these books would you recommend to your fellow readers before they become part of the TV and movie lexicon? If you're intrigued by these books, be sure to add them to your Want-to-Read shelf!


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The science fiction series is based on Philip K. Dick's short stories. Dick's work has already inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, The Man in the High Castle, among others. The series stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, and Terrence Howard.


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An elderly couple seeking one last big adventure embarks on a road trip in the faithful old RV they call "The Leisure Seeker." The film stars Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, and Kirsty Mitchell.


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The true story of a Special Forces team that secretly entered Afghanistan after 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and William Fichtner.


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In this romance, a famous musician returns home to the love he left behind a decade earlier. The movie stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, and John Benjamin Hickey.


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In this historical thriller set in 1896 New York City, a crime reporter teams up with a psychologist to investigate a serial killer. The TV series stars Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans.


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Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the "Flare." This third movie in the series (based on the third book) stars Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Dylan O'Brien.


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Morgan’s cyberpunk tale is set in a 24th-century world where consciousnesses can be downloaded into new bodies. The Netflix series stars Antonio Marziale, Chris Conner, and Hiro Kanagawa.


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Book three of the steamy Fifty Shades trilogy is the source material for the third movie. It sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reprising their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.


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The adaptation of this Beatrix Potter classic, about a rebellious rabbit's plan to gain entry to a coveted vegetable garden, will be coming to the big screen. It features the voices of Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie as well as Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor.


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In this riveting science fiction tale, a biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition. The film stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Issac, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


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Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter declares war in an attempt to get it back. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, and Uma Thurman.


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Every morning, "A" wakes up as a different person in a different body. Then, one day, "A" occupies the body of Rhiannon's boyfriend, and "A" falls hard. The movie stars Justice Smith, Maria Bello, and Angourie Rice.


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This new series is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book that traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s. The series stars Jeff Daniels, Sullivan Jones, and Kelly P. Williams.


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A ballerina is recruited into a Russian intelligence service. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.


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Meg's father is experimenting with a fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappears. Meg, her brother, and her friend must travel through the universe to find him. This Ava DuVernay film stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.


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Simon's love story is complicated: No one knows he's gay, and he doesn't know who the anonymous classmate is he's fallen for online. The film stars Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, and Jennifer Garner.


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In the dismal reality of 2044, the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS has died and posthumously released a video in which he challenges all players to solve his game—and win his fortune. This Steven Spielberg-directed movie stars Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, and Ben Mendelsohn.


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E.M. Forster’s classic novel is coming to the Starz network as a four-episode series which has already aired on BBC One in the UK. It stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen and Tracey Ullman.


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When a high-ranking politician hires an ex-FBI agent to save his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, our hero uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, and Alessandro Nivola.


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A young man is paralyzed after a car accident and turns to drawing as a form of therapy. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara.


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When Bernadette disappears from her upscale Seattle life, it's up to 15-year-old Bee to track her down. Directed by Richard Linklater, this movie stars Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer.


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Flynn is known for novels with shocking twists à la Gone Girl and Dark Places. This HBO adaptation focuses on Flynn's debut novel and stars Amy Adams, April Brinson, and Violet Brinson.


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An Asian American woman travels with her boyfriend to Singapore to find herself immersed in the world of über-rich Asians preparing for the wedding of the year. The film stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.


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Here's one for those of you scared of the ocean: A gigantic and prehistoric shark terrorizes Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, and Jason Statham.


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In this creepy historical thriller, a country doctor visits a patient in a crumbling mansion where the inhabitants are haunted by the past. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter.


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After a disease kills 98 percent of America's children, the survivors develop superpowers and are sent to internment camps. The film stars Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore, and Amandla Stenberg.


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An orphan goes to live with his uncle and discovers that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a strange quest. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Colleen Camp.


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In this memoir, the son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Joel Edgerton.


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Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials. The movie stars Claire Foy, Cameron Britton, and Sylvia Hoeks.


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This horror drama series is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel. The series stars Van Marten, Selena Anduze, and Katie Carpenter.


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This memoir of meth addiction and recovery is told through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles to break away from the drug. The movie stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, and Maura Tierney.


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The magical nanny Mary Poppins returns in this sequel to the classic film, based on the popular children's series of books. The film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.


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A writer bonds with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II. The film stars Matthew Goode, Lily James, and Jessica Brown Findlay.


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HBO is adapting Ray Bradbury's classic dystopian novel about "firemen" who spend their time burning books. The movie stars Sofia Boutella, Michael Shannon, and Michael B. Jordan.


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Three brothers tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. The movie stars Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand, and Evan Rosado.


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A famous opera singer performing for a wealthy industrialist and her audience become hostages. The film stars Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert, and Ken Watanabe.


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Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the surviving people live on a gigantic moving train that circles the globe. Jennifer Connelly is set to star opposite Daveed Diggs.


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This ten-episode series is based on the stories of Stephen King, with J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer. It stars Melanie Lynskey, Mickey Gilmore, and Scott Glenn.



Comments (showing 1-50 of 80) (80 new)


message 1: by John, Software Engineer (new)

John Lee I love Shirley Jackson!


message 2: by Oda Renate (new)

Oda Renate You forgot to mention THUG. Pretty sure its coming out this year.
otherwise its gonna be a great year!


message 3: by Vince (new)

Vince Someone thinks Snowpiercer needs redoing?


message 4: by Elisa (new)

Elisa Don’t forget First Man!


message 5: by Julie (new)

Julie "You" (For some inexicable reason, made into a Lifetime mimiseries)


message 6: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Don't forget Mortal Engines


message 7: by Tom (new)

Tom Bradley Can't wait for Ready Player One


message 8: by Jody (new)

Jody Don’t forget “Lean on Pete”!


message 9: by Dodojojo (new)

Dodojojo Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson and Jonathan Rhys Meyers completed filming Henry James' The Aspern Papers last summer. It's listed as a 2018 film over at IMDB, but I haven't seen a actual release date yet.


message 10: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Isn’t The Nightingale supposed to release in Aug 2018?!


message 11: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Johnson Checked IMDB & it’s a different one. The one your thinking of is 2019 & doesn’t show a cast yet :(


message 12: by Wes (new)

Wes Also THE TERROR by Dan Simmons. Really good book. Will be on AMC.


message 13: by Mara (new)

Mara OMG I DIDN'T know about BEL CANTO. I HOPE THEY DO IT JUSTICE!!


message 14: by AmyJo (new)

AmyJo Guernsey will be out in Europe in April according to IMDB. I Can’t wait!


message 15: by Gregory (new)

Gregory We the Animals was such a beautiful novel...hope the adaptation remains faithful


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol Palmer There was a movie version of Snowpiercer just a couple years ago (2014?) with Chris Evans. Why are they remaking it?!


message 17: by Ann (last edited Jan 17, 2018 10:08AM) (new)

Ann I do hope that they will do a sequel to A Wrinkle in Time.


message 18: by Paula (last edited Jan 17, 2018 10:33AM) (new)


message 19: by Ser Nico (new)

Ser Nico Carol wrote: "There was a movie version of Snowpiercer just a couple years ago (2014?) with Chris Evans. Why are they remaking it?!"

Because.

Such is the way of the world.


message 20: by Johann (new)

Johann  Divine Isn't there a movie already for Snowpiercer: The Escape?? The one starred by Chris Evans. Are they the same or completely different stories? (Even if both settings are in a train)


message 21: by Becka (new)

Becka Grieco I really want to see The Darkest Minds movie!


message 22: by J (new)

J The Haunting of Hill House!!! How exciting, although nothing will compare to the experience of reading the book!


message 23: by ana (new)

ana Bel Canto! Omg! I really looove this book. Well, I wont get my expectation so high anyway.


message 24: by Peter (new)

Peter  F. 'Rius Jílek I've just started watching Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams.


message 25: by Susieqkw (new)

Susieqkw So many good ones!


message 26: by Dodau (new)

Dodau Tom wrote: "Can't wait for Ready Player One"
Me too, loved the book


message 27: by Dana (new)

Dana Bernadette!


message 28: by Debra (new)

Debra I wish 50 shades would just fade away. Such garbage it is!

I wish someone would make Dragonriders of Pern now. With today's special effects... would be wonderful.

and yes, Snowpiercer? The one with Tilda Swinton was just fine!


message 29: by Shannon (new)

Shannon OConnor What a great book to movie year!


message 30: by Carrie (new)

Carrie "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" by Shirley Jackson was also adapted into a movie, but there's no word on a release date yet.


message 31: by Maria (new)

Maria I truly enjoyed the movie adaptation of "snowpiercer", why make a show?


message 32: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Horvath And Sweetbitter!


message 33: by Roberta (new)

Roberta Gregory wrote: "We the Animals was such a beautiful
novel...hope the adaptation remains faithful"

They must not have had much of a budget because they filmed in my neighborhood. They sent out a letter ahead of time asking us not to park our car out in the driveway that day because it's too new for the movie.


message 34: by L. (new)

L. McCoy The Meg sounds like one of those movies that will be so stupid I just have to watch it. I love cheesy shark movies.
I plan on reading Fahrenheit 451 and Haunting of Hill House later this year and had no idea HBO and Netflix were doing new adaptations. I saw an old adaption of Fahrenheit 451 which I loved so I’m hyped AF for that one (though I’m gonna have to wait until my library has a DVD or until it’s added to Amazon Prime)!
I saw the ads for Peter Rabbit, doesn’t look like my kinda thing though I’d love to see a proper horror movie or book with animals rising up and torturing humans (I know, twisted but that’s just how my brain works, besides the guy did get his hands stuck in freaking bear traps).
I never heard of 12 Strong though I’m definitely adding to my reading list.
I can’t believe they’re doing A Wrinkle in Time again (though I hated the book so...).
For comic books: WHO ELSE IS HYPED FOR INFINITY WAR AND DEADPOOL 2! WOO!


message 35: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Carol wrote: "There was a movie version of Snowpiercer just a couple years ago (2014?) with Chris Evans. Why are they remaking it?!"

It is becoming a tv series


message 36: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa The woman in the window is becoming a movie as well


message 37: by Charles (new)

Charles Bundschu I enjoyed your preview, thanks; especially the one self-published that was picked up for hard copy! I edited a nonfictional novel for Frank Ketoret titled, A Worthy Rock. Not self published, it exists as a blog format, but has table of contents for three “books” the first of which is a children’s story and sets the fictional theme: The third book can be read first, then as back stories and character development. There is a fourth story not published because our computer shut down (windows 95) Frank Ketoret is a retired journalist who writes to biblical themes.


message 38: by Ann (new)

Ann Debra wrote: "I wish 50 shades would just fade away. Such garbage it is!

I wish someone would make Dragonriders of Pern now. With today's special effects... would be wonderful.

and yes, Snowpiercer? The one w..."


I love the Dragonriders of Pern. I wish more people knew about it.


message 39: by Suzanne (new)

Suzanne Mitchell City of Saints and Thieves also!


message 40: by Raya (new)

Raya P Morrison Carol wrote: "There was a movie version of Snowpiercer just a couple years ago (2014?) with Chris Evans. Why are they remaking it?!"

And it was a great movie too! I have no idea why we need another one :/


message 41: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Burrows John Le Carre's Little Drummer Girl is also being made into a movie with Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth). It was originally a movie with Diane Keaton.


message 42: by John (new)

John Winkler Looking forward to seeing 'The Black Donnellys' based on the book by Thomas P. Kelley. The pilot of this compelling and spirited story has been written and is now being pitched to different networks.
Another TV series in the making is 'God Fearing Man'. This is an abandoned project from the late great Stanley Kubrick. Based on the book 'I Stole $16,000,000' by Thomas P. Kelley, this project has been brought back to life by Philip Hobbs and Steve Lanning. Michael C. Hall has been asked to play the role of Herbert Emerson Wilson, the notorious safecracker. These books can be seen and are available from www.darlingterracepublishing.com


message 43: by Kaye (new)

Kaye McSpadden Also add to the list: "The Terror" by Dan Simmons -- coming to AMC this spring as a multi-episode series directed by Ridley Scott.


message 44: by Okew (new)

Okew The las time i read was 20 yrs ago


message 45: by Dudung (new)

Dudung Returner I thought Snowpiercer was already done with Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans?


message 46: by Okew (new)

Okew yo bru i think i 4got how 2 read, like the homies at my house r rich so


message 47: by Okew (new)

Okew LOLOLOLOLOL


message 48: by Okew (new)

Okew this is dope


message 49: by Jerrie (new)

Jerrie August cannot arrive soon enough for me as I eagerly await the movie of Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians on August 17!!! Putting the date on my calendar now.


message 50: by Sam (new)

Sam Mortal Engines should be on this list!


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