Top 10 Book Adaptations in 2019

There were so many wonderful books adapted for the big screen last year!! We didn’t make it to the movies as much as I would have liked – I’m definitely looking forward to making more of an effort this year!!

So whether or not you read before or after release here are 10 book adaptations coming soon in 2019:
(As release dates tend to change I’ve only included those in the first half of the year)

Native Son by Richard Wright
This is the third adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 classic. It’s a coming of age story about Bigger Thomas, an African American kid growing up in Southside Chicago in the 1930s whose involvement in an accidental death causes problems with the wealthy family he has been working for. I’m really excited about this one and can’t wait to read it! I love the setting and could be a bit of a tearjerker…
Starring: Ashton Sanders, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley
Release Date: 24th January

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
After her family dies in a plane crash, Stephanie Patrick goes undercover and trains with a covert intelligence agency to seek revenge. Directed by Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale, Billions) this is a spy thriller I’m really looking forward to! Sounds like a lot like Red Sparrow with Jennifer Lawrence which I really enjoyed.
Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown
Release Date: 22nd February
Watch the trailer here

The Knife of Never Letting Go by 
Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. He discovers that despite everyone’s shared ability to read minds, he is being kept from a terrible secret. Escaping the town with his dog, the pair run into a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the noise germ like all the other females on New World? This seriously sounds AMAZING. I’m super excited!
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas, Cynthia Erivo
Release Date: 1st March
Watch the trailer here 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
A modern adaptation of the classic Henry James Novella which has already been adapted into film. I really enjoyed The Others when it came out so I’ll be interested to see how they portray this version. And the kid from Stranger Things? Keen as.
Starring: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince
Release Date: 14th March
Watch the trailer here

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Told from 15-year-old daughter Bee’s point of view, the novel tells the story of her mother, Bernadette Fox, an agoraphobic architect who disappears right before a family trip to Antarctica. During Bee’s investigation of what happened to Bernadette, Bee uncovers her mother’s troubled past. I really enjoyed the novel which is both funny and heartwarming – hoping the movie will be too!
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne
Release Date: March 22nd
Watch the trailer here and check out my review here

The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson
Based on a true story of the unlikely friendship between a KKK leader and a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina and the way it changes both their lives. The two agree to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley
Release Date: 5th April
Watch the trailer here

After by Anna Todd
The first installment in this series is led by Tessa, a stereotypical good girl who falls for Hardin, the bad boy. So this story originated from fanfiction on Wattpad based on Harry Styles. It has had BILLIONS of reads online which is crazy! I’m intrigued.
Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin
Release Date: April 12th
Watch the trailer here

Pet Sematary by Stephen King
It is definitely a good time to be a Stephen King fan! This 1983 novel tells the story of Dr. Louis Creed, who moves his family to the seemingly perfect small town of Ludlow, Maine. The family discover that their home is close to a local pet cemetery – and an ancient burial ground… I haven’t read Pet Sematary yet! The second movie adaptation of Pet Sematary that seems like it will be closer to the book than the original.
Starring : Stephen King, Dale Midkiff
Release Date: April 21st
Watch the trailer here

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook
Set in 1940s post-war Germany, a woman returns to Hamburg to be reunited with her husband, a British Colonel who is rebuilding the city. She learns she’ll have to share a home with its previous owners – a mysterious German widower and his troubled daughter. This sounds really moody and interesting! A historical thriller that sounds a little emotional dealing with loyalties and betrayal.
Starring : Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Roman Reigns
Release Date: 26th April
Watch the trailer here

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
In this YA romance, the son of Korean shopkeepers (Daniel) and a daughter from a family of illegal Jamaican immigrants (Natasha) meet and fall in love one fateful day in New York City. Seems like YA fans seem pretty excited for this adaptation which sounds really good!
Starring: Charles Melton, Yara Shahidi, Gbenga Akinnagbe
Release Date: May 17th

Which one’s are you excited for? Any I’ve missed?
Comment below!!

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