I posted Books to Movies 2018 in March last year so I feel like I’m ahead of the game this year although we are already half way through January! There are at least 20 books slated to become movies this year according to the Popsugar article I am quoting here.
A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron is already in the theaters starring Ashley Judd, Jonah Hauer-King and Edward James Olmos. I don’t know about the rest of the movie but the puppy is just adorable! And apparently this movie will be followed up in May by another W. Bruce Cameron adaptation, A Dog’s Journey starring Dennis Quaid.
February 22nd will see the release of The Rhythm Section based on the book of the same name by Mark Burnell. The thriller will star Blake Lively and Jude Law and involves a plane crash and a revenge mission! Another thriller scheduled for release on March 1st is Chaos Walking based on the novel The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a young adult science fiction fantasy about a world inhabited only by men and they have the ability to hear each other’s thoughts. It sounds more like the stuff of comedy to me but the description is quite dark.
In late March things lighten up with the comedy/drama Where’d You Go Bernadette? the 2012 runaway bestseller by Maria Semple. This one stars Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, and Kristen Wiig. It pains me to say that I listened to this one on audio a few years back and I really – let’s go with – disliked it. But that should not discourage you from reading it or seeing the movie. I think it was a book I should have read rather than listened to. Lots of family discord and it just seemed that every time I turned it on someone was yelling! I hope the movie is a bit less contentious.
There are a number of World War II adaptations due out this year. Among them are Greyhound based on The Good Shepherd, a novel by C.S. Forester, The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook, and Kristin Hannah’s 2015 blockbuster, The Nightingale.
There are many more movies scheduled to be released in 2019:
Three Seconds a Swedish crime novel by Roslund and Hellstrom
Transgression (tentatively titled) based on the horror novel The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud
Two by Stephen King. Pet Semetary with John Lithgow and It with Jessica Chastain.
An all star cast including Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman will appear in the recent bestseller, The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.
And I’m excited about the Christmas 2019 release of Greta Gerwig’s take on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved Little Women starring Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet. I hope it is a good take! Christmas will also see the release of Jack London’s beloved Call of the Wild starring Harrison Ford among others.
So come on in and pick up your classic novel, your horror novel, your war story, or your dog story and get reading before you head out to the theater. We all know the book is ALWAYS better!