Books are obviously a never ending and great source for filmmakers (just this month, IT came out in cinema’s, to just name one example). I am one of those people who like to read the book before seeing the film adaptation. This is not because I like to be disappointed by awful book adaptations (because let’s face it, mostly the books are better. True story). It’s because I like to read the books unspoilered. I’m OK with knowing how an adaptation will play out on the screen, but I like my books to surprise me and not know the ending. So, here are five books with an upcoming adaptation to the big screen, which I might try to read before seeing them. Will you give these a try?
Author: Jeff VanderMeer
Year of publication: 2014
Goodreads plot recap: Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer. This is the twelfth expedition.
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac
Release date: February 23rd, 2018
Watch the Annihilation trailer now!
Murder on the Orient Express
Author: Agatha Christie
Year of publication: 1934
Goodreads plot recap: Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench and a shit load of other famous stars
Release date: November 9th, 2017
Watch the Murder on the Orient Express trailer now!
Author: Brian Selznick
Year of publication: 2011
Goodreads plot recap: Ben and Rose secretly wish for better lives. Ben longs for his unknown father. Rose scrapbooks a famous silent actress. When Ben finds clues and Rose reads enticing news, the children independently run to New York for what they are missing. Ben’s story in words, Rose’s in pictures, come together in deafness.
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley
Release date: December 7th, 2017
Watch the Wonderstruck trailer now!
Author: Jo Nesbø
Year of publication: 2007
Goodreads plot recap: Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf.
Police Investigator Harry Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised—and constantly revised—by the killer.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Chloë Sevigny
Release date: October 19th, 2017
Watch the Snowman trailer now!
Author: Jason Matthews
Year of publication: 2013
Goodreads plot recap: In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Mary-Louise Parker, Joel Edgerton
Release date: March 2nd, 2018
Watch the Red Sparrow trailer now!
What adaptation are you looking forward to?
Besides these five books/films, there are plenty of other adaptations coming our way, as is always the case. From utter trash (I won’t name a certain book with 50 in it’s title) to utter pleasure. There are several adaptations which I personally am looking foward to a LOT, but since their release dates are much further in the future, they aren’t featured here. For instance: Ready Player One; Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda; All the Bright Places. And speaking of the latter, I hope they’ll find the perfect Finch.
And let’s not forget television. Top of my list is Good Omens, but I also want to see Mr. Mercedes; Sharp Objects; His Dark Materials. So what book adaptation are you looking foward to the most? And what book should also be made into a film or tv-show?