Some books are just so good, they need to expand beyond words on a page. In 2019, tons of popular novels are transitioning to both the big and small screens. Yep, this means that for all you book worms out there, your favorite books may just end up in theaters or on one of the popular streaming services.
Anytime a book adapts into a movie or television show, the great debate begins: was the book better? It's safe to say that these debates rage on regardless of any book that goes through that transition. So, which of your favorites will be doing just that in 2019? Read the list below to see which 18 books will be hitting either the big or small screens this upcoming year.
St. Martins Griffin
This historical fictional novel that was published back in 2015 is coming to the big screens early in the new year. It tells the story of sisters in France during World War II and their journey of survival. Michelle MacLaren, an Emmy winner from her work on Breaking Bad, is confirmed to be directing. The film will be starring Aisling Franciosi as Clare and Sam Claflin as Hawkins.
This science fiction film, starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland, is an adaption of the first novel of this trilogy series. Holland will star as Todd Hewitt, a resident of a male-only town in which everyone can hear each other's thoughts. He flees and comes across the sole remaining female, played by Ridley. Together, they learn more about the world they live in. The science fiction elements of this book should play well with the transition into film.
Back Bay Books
Author Maria Semple tells the story of mother Bernadette Fox who disappears, leading her daughter Bree to embark on a mission to find her. In the film adaptation, Cate Blanchett will portray Bernadette. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer. It was supposed to come out at some point in 2018, but its release has been pushed to March 2019. Hopefully that means it'll be even better!
Simon & Schuster
This emotionally-driven novel sees two sick teens fall in love with each other, despite everything that requires them to be healthy to do the exact opposite. The balance of love and health will be seen on the big screen with Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson. The dramatic love story is poised to be a favorite at the theaters.
Yet another Stephen King adaptation, this 1983 horror novel will transform into a horror film and we're ALREADY shaking in our boots. Jason Clarke will star as protagonist Louis Creed, who has recently moved with his family to Maine, and their discovery of a pet cemetery puts the family through a horrifying experience. Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow are also starring in this film that is bound to scare and mesmerize viewers. Considering other classics like IT and Carrie, we're probably in for a treat come April.
Award winning stars Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgård star in this film adaptation about postwar Germany. The story follows a couple trying to move on after the WWII, but find it difficult when they are living with a German widower and his daughter. The film is guaranteed to show the extreme tension of those after World War II that the novel successfully portrayed.
This first novel of the eight-book series will arrive in theaters to begin the transition of this children's book series into film. It's one that's sure to get millennials into theaters, ready to quench the nostalgia in their hearts. Title character Artemis Fowl II will be portrayed by Ferdia Shaw as he partakes in a search for fairies in hopes of rescuing his father. Kenneth Branagh is set to direct.
With the huge success of the first film adaptation of the popular Stephen King horror novel in 2017, the second is bound to catch viewers attention (and scare them!). The sequel will see the return of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain also star as the adult versions of the first film's children. Years later, the key to survival is the same: beware of the clown!
Even comic books will be coming to life this upcoming year. The Vertigo comic book series will be headlined by three superstars. Tiffany Haddish, Elisabeth Moss and Melissa McCarthy will all be teaming up as wives of mobsters who take over their husbands' work when they all end up in jail. With a lineup of those three women, you can bet both comic book and non comic book fans will be eager to check out this film.
A much more recent book that became a quick hit, the film adaptation will star Amy Adams. Her character, Dr. Anna Fox, believes she sees a crime involving her neighbors while spying through the window. Alongside Adams, Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman are also taking lead roles. The book came out in early 2018, making this movie's turnaround lightning quick. That's not always a good thing, so we'll have to go to the theater to see how that decision fared for these moviemakers!
Little, Brown & Company
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner is off to the movies! The story of Theodore Decker, a terrorist attack survivor who lost his mother and is left with a famous painting, will be told by the big screen. Ansel Elgort will play the lead character Decker, with Sarah Paulson and Nicole Kidman appearing in supporting roles. If the success of the book is any indication, then this film could be in for a strong showing.
While not the first adaptation of this popular Louisa May Alcott 1868 novel, this may be the one that puts the novel's popularity back on the map. The story of the March sister's lives will be told during their young adult years. This Christmas Day film is certainly not missing star power, featuring Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Emma Watson. Just prepare to be WOW'd now with a cast like that.
John Green's very first novel is becoming a Hulu limited series. Set to be produced by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz, the film will explore Miles Halter's relationship with Alaska Young, and the spiritual journey they take side-by-side. Charlie Plummer will play Miles, while Kristine Froseth will play Alaska. While there is no set premiere date, this should be a good addition to Hulu's ever growing original programming. The book's gone through a loooong road trying to get brought to the screen, so the fact that it's *finally* happening is pretty damn exciting.
Looks like "A" may not be finished yet! The highly anticipated sequel to teen drama hit Pretty Little Liars will continue the stories of several of the original characters. Sasha Pieterse will reprise her role as "Queen Bee" Alison DiLaurentis, while Janel Parrish returns as villainess Mona Vanderwaal. Only time will tell if this series can create the same success that PLL managed to accomplish in its seven-year run, but you know we'll be watching.
Workman Publishing Company
This novel, while dealing with demons, angels and the Apocalypse, is actually a comedy. Yep, certainly unexpected! In the Amazon Prime adaptation, which will run as a limited series, David Tennant will take the lead as the demon Crowley, and Michael Sheen is the angel Aziraphale. The battle to prevent the Apocalypse, with a bit of comedy thrown in the mix, could serve as a complex and entertaining few hours.
Author Joseph Heller's World War II novel is being taken over as a limited series by an unexpected star: George Clooney! Clooney is set to direct the Hulu limited series that is based on the popular 1961 novel that created the term "catch-22." In addition to Clooney himself also starring in the series, Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie will all have prominent roles in the miniseries. Filming took place in the summer, where Clooney was involved in a minor accident. Luckily, he had no serious injuries, and the miniseries is on track to premiere some time in 2019. Hulu is just going full-force on their book adaptation game (and we're not complaining)!
Edward Norton is both directing and starring in this film adaptation of a 1999 novel. The story follows a private investigator who has Tourette syndrome and has to solve the murder mystery of his mentor. The crime novel will also see Alec Baldwin and Bruce Willis play the characters that have come to life in the film adaptation. Alec might be so canceled
Knopf Publishing Group
This positively received 2015 YA novel is transitioning to Netlix in hopes of the same reviews. Elle Fanning and Justice Smith come together for the film that explores their relationship after seemingly strong differences find them coming together. The rollercoaster of emotions readers felt from the novel is a sure thing to captivate viewers once it hits Netflix.