Spring's Biggest Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Posted by Cybil on April 02, 2018
Sponsored by Howards End.


Order your movie tickets and fire up your queue! A brand-new season of thrilling adaptations is under way, including Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One and HBO’s Fahrenheit 451. In fact, there's still time to dig out your dog-eared copies from English class before watching either of these beloved classics on the big and little screen.

For this roundup, we focused on film and television adaptations with release dates from March 20 to June 20—essentially when spring fever hits the Northern Hemisphere. The release dates are also based in the U.S., which means our friends from across the pond might have already seen The Child in Time or Little Women before their premiere on PBS.

Try to keep the comments spoiler-free. Or better yet, prepare for your viewing experience by adding your favorites to your Want to Read shelf. If a particular adaptation catches your eye and you'd like to know more, you can always click on the book cover for more information.


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Moored in an Arctic wasteland, the crew members of a Royal Naval expedition must fight for their survival against a bleak and icy landscape—and a monstrous predator. This series stars Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, and Tobias Menzies.


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In the dismal reality of 2045, 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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A children's book author confronts the unthinkable when his three-year-old daughter is taken at the supermarket. Now grief and devastation wreck his world as his marriage falls apart. This film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kelly MacDonald, and Stephen Campbell Moore.


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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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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 U.K. It stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman.


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A young man is forced to leave his geodesic dome with nothing but the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller to guide him. This journey of self-discovery is now a film that stars Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, and Nick Offerman.


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The boundaries between faith and sexuality are tested when a young woman returns home and exposes the cracks and tears within her Orthodox Jewish community. The film stars Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, and Allesandro Nivola.


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A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant. It stars Evan Jonigkeit and Ella Purnell.


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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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This enduring classic follows the lives of the March sisters as they come of age in a time of war. Adapted multiple times through multiple generations, this beloved favorite is now set to premiere on PBS as a miniseries starring Maya Hawke, Kathryn Newton, and Dylan Baker.


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England, 1962. An idyllic romance between a young musician and an earnest history student falls prey to societal pressures. Now they face their wedding night with doubt and uncertainty. This film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.


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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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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Joseph Schumann I don't recall a time when there was this books adapted to the small or big screen. This is a very welcome trend that will be beneficial to all readers groups especially if you combine a book and a movie with a reading partner. It will be interesting to find out what the better adaptions are.


message 2: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Simon Vs./Love Simom??


message 3: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Routh Love, Simon was released March 16, so it precedes the March 20-June 20 span this post covers.


message 4: by Honesty (new)

Honesty I so hope HBO doesn't ruin Fahrenheit 451.


message 5: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear I can't wait to see the new adaptation of Little Women and to share this classic story with my nieces.


message 6: by Ryan (new)

Ryan Provstgaard Who else loves that Michael B. Jordan is playing Guy Montag in HBO's Fahrenheit 451??


message 7: by Karen (new)

Karen Howard's End was done in 1992 as a movie. Emma Thompson earned an academy award for best actress.


message 8: by Brenda Stein (new)

Brenda Stein Honesty wrote: "I so hope HBO doesn't ruin Fahrenheit 451."

How could they do that?


message 9: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Danielle wrote: "Love, Simon was released March 16, so it precedes the March 20-June 20 span this post covers."
okay thank you


message 10: by Sharadha (new)

Sharadha Jayaraman HBO's Fahrenheit 451 trailer doesn't look riveting at all to me. I was no fan of the book when I read almost a year back, but the trailer doesn't do it much good either. I'll keep an eye out for reviews on the movie.


message 11: by Katie (new)

Katie Ryan wrote: "Who else loves that Michael B. Jordan is playing Guy Montag in HBO's Fahrenheit 451??"

OMG YES YES!!


message 12: by Rachel (last edited Apr 09, 2018 04:22AM) (new)

Rachel Oh, this is a good thread. I hope Goodreads keeps it up. Personally excited for Fahrenheit 45 and On Chesil Beach (because Saoirse Ronan)


message 13: by Kelly (new)

Kelly QNPoohBear wrote: "I can't wait to see the new adaptation of Little Women and to share this classic story with my nieces."

It was shown over Christmas in the UK and our family really enjoyed it.


message 14: by Noor (new)

Noor It's not Emma Watson but Emily Watson btw


message 15: by Silvercloud (new)

Silvercloud Jackson I'm excited to see that Michael B. Jordan is playing Guy Montag in this adaptation! I already see differences coming :)


message 16: by Mansi (new)

Mansi Also City vs City by China Melville, I was told by a friend


message 17: by Rhianna (new)

Rhianna Ryan wrote: "Who else loves that Michael B. Jordan is playing Guy Montag in HBO's Fahrenheit 451??"

I just love Michael B. Jordan


message 18: by Sharadha (new)

Sharadha Jayaraman Silvercloud wrote: "I'm excited to see that Michael B. Jordan is playing Guy Montag in this adaptation! I already see differences coming :)"

+1!


message 19: by GypsyBookworm (new)

GypsyBookworm Cool! I didn't know about Fahrenheit 451. Too bad I don't have HBO.


message 20: by J (new)

J As long as I know Little Women the miniseries of BBC aired last year around december or so. The adaptation that is coming out this year is a movie that is suppose to air some time this fall.


message 21: by Vonia (new)

Vonia Ian McEwan is becoming the next Cormac McCarthy.


message 22: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Vonia wrote: "Ian McEwan is becoming the next Cormac McCarthy."

No possible comparison! Look seriously at the body of work written by Cormac McCarthy and read the substance and quality. Read his thematic threads. Ian McEwan may write well, but the quality of his work and the style of his writing is in no way as creative or comparable to Cormac McCarthy. The two writers are not even in the same genre of subliterary categories.
Could you explain to me where you see your correlation between the two?
I would like to hear your argument if I am wrong, I do not want to be left feeling stupid.
Sincerely,
Dawn


message 23: by Tania (new)

Tania J wrote: "As long as I know Little Women the miniseries of BBC aired last year around december or so. The adaptation that is coming out this year is a movie that is suppose to air some time this fall."

This post has the BBC version which was shown over Christmas here (in the UK). The post says it is basing it on US release dates, between 20th March and 20th June so I guess it will be airing there sometime between those dates.
Similarly, we have already seen Howards End, which was really good, I love the book, too.
@Mansi. The City and the City is on here at the moment starring David Morrissey.


message 24: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse How many times are they going to remake Little Women? It's become like Jane Eyre in that there are so very many remakes and so very few of them are as good as the original. There's supposedly another one in post-production due out in the fall that has Lea Thompson.

I like the books to movie resurgence, but I wish it were not the same books over and over.


Eliza and her books Honesty wrote: "I so hope HBO doesn't ruin Fahrenheit 451."

The trailer is out on youtube and it looks terrible


message 26: by Kitsune (new)

Kitsune Yaaresse wrote: "How many times are they going to remake Little Women? It's become like Jane Eyre in that there are so very many remakes and so very few of them are as good as the original. There's supposedly anoth..."

I have to agree. They should finally make something else for the matter.


message 27: by Bruce (new)

Bruce Never judge a book by its movie!


message 28: by Lori S. (new)

Lori S. Bruce wrote: "Never judge a book by its movie!"

Very true.


message 29: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Ricksand Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't making a movie of Fahrenheit 451 go against the very spirit of the book?


message 30: by Gene (new)

Gene Borowski I just saw an ad on Facebook and according to Viking Books they're turning "A Gentleman in Moscow" into a television series.

Someone by the name of Kenneth Branagh is going to be Alexander Rostov. Personally, in my minds eye I always visioned Jon Hamm as playing the part.


message 31: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Kole I'm so looking forward to Fahrenheit 451. If anyone is looking for a novel like Ready Player One, can I plug, Virtual Heaven?


message 32: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't making a movie of Fahrenheit 451 go against the very spirit of the book?"

Ha! Probably. But it's already been done, too. It was made in the 1960s. Julie Chrisite and Oskar Werner (who was also in Shoes of the Fisherman) were in it. It was...forgettable.


message 33: by Tammy (new)

Tammy Michael Shannon !!!!


message 34: by Brianna:) (new)

Brianna:) Ready Player One!! So excited for this one. It looks awesome.


message 35: by Malvika (new)

Malvika Currently reading Little Women.... :)


message 36: by Lola (new)

Lola I can't wait to see Ready Player One in the movies and I really want to read Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda!!


message 37: by Brianna:) (new)

Brianna:) Lola wrote: "I can't wait to see Ready Player One in the movies and I really want to read Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda!!"

Me too


message 38: by J (new)

J Yaaresse wrote: "Katsuro wrote: "Maybe I'm wrong, but doesn't making a movie of Fahrenheit 451 go against the very spirit of the book?"

Ha! Probably. But it's already been done, too. It was made in the 1960s. Juli..."


True, I saw that movie for school.... I will rather stay with the book, thank you.


message 39: by Jolinda (new)

Jolinda You forgot The City & the City by China Mieville. It released on April 6th on the BBC.


message 40: by Amber (new)

Amber The Child In Time screen adaptation is beautiful and much better than the book.


message 41: by *Sophie* (new)

*Sophie* There is also David Levithan’s book “Every Day” coming out on April 20. It looks really good, I’ve just read the book and can’t wait to see the film!


message 42: by Thomas (new)

Thomas Bruso Angela Lansbury is also cast in Little Women. The trailer looks good!


message 43: by Sharadha (new)

Sharadha Jayaraman *Sophie* wrote: "There is also David Levithan’s book “Every Day” coming out on April 20. It looks really good, I’ve just read the book and can’t wait to see the film!"

This really got me excited to see the trailer (as it is one of my favourites) but it isn't as good as I'd expected. Looks like one of those books which shouldn't be made into a movie; after all the fluidity of prose cannot be captured on camera, that is for keeps only by the reader :)


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Tester1 I like this good article


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message 48: by Mark (new)

Mark Magers My public library has a list of books that became or will become movies by release year.


message 49: by Skram (new)

Skram Karen wrote: "Howard's End was done in 1992 as a movie. Emma Thompson earned an academy award for best actress."

Brenda Stein wrote: "Honesty wrote: "I so hope HBO doesn't ruin Fahrenheit 451."

How could they do that?"


Well, Spielberg ruined Ready Player One, so it 's possible!


message 50: by Sue (new)

Sue Karen wrote: "Howard's End was done in 1992 as a movie. Emma Thompson earned an academy award for best actress."

Also starred Anthony Hopkins.


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