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11 upcoming book-to-film adaptations to celebrate Read A Book Day


Today is Read A Book Day, in which bookworms from around the world come together in appreciation of the printed word.

However, we're asking you to tear yourself away from that fiendishly addictive novel you're reading (if only for a few minutes), because we've rounded up 11 essential book-to-film adaptations coming your way over the next few months.

Crazy Rich Asians

Released 14th September

Originally pencilled in for an August release, this take on Kevin Kwan's bestselling romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians features Hollywood's first all-Asian cast for 25 years. A mixture of newcomers and veterans star in this sparkling, satirical look at family ties and consumer excess, as seen through the eyes of one woman marrying into an extravagantly wealthy Singapore family. Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina are among the cast.

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Released 21st September

Famous for his gore-strewn horror movies like Hostel, director Eli Roth heads into family-friendly territory with this adaptation of John Bellairs' bestselling Gothic adventure, The House With A Clock In Its Walls. Jack Black is the benevolent warlock who takes his young nephew (newcomer Owen Vaccaro) under his wing within his forbidding mansion, one that hides a sinister secret. Cate Blanchett adds further sparkle as a friendly witch, with Roth channelling the good humour and enjoyable menace of genre master Steven Spielberg.

The Little Stranger

Released 21st September

Chills of an altogether more frightening kind are on offer in this eerie ghost story, adapted from Sarah Waters' Booker Prize-nominated novel. As much a post-World War II period drama as it is a supernatural chiller, The Little Stranger, directed by Room filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson, focuses on a declining aristocratic family who may be being plagued by ghostly happenings. Domhnall Gleeson leads the excellent cast as unsuspecting doctor Faraday, with Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling rounding out the robust ensemble.

First Man

Released 12th October

The image of astronaut Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on to the moon's surface remains an image seared into our consciousness. So imagine our excitement upon discovering that La La Land filmmaker Damien Chazelle's First Man dramatises the events leading up to Armstrong's historic journey. The director re-teams with star Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, with The Crown's Claire Foy also featuring, in this adaptation of James R. Hansen's book, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.


Released 9th November

Actor Paul Dano's directorial debut has got a serious pedigree, starting with its source: Richard Ford's acclaimed, sixties-set novel focusing on the decline of of a marriage, as seen through the eyes of the couple's son. Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal have already drawn rave reviews as the fracturing husband and wife duo, with newcomer Ed Oxenbould also impressive as the son unable to stop the splintering of his family. File Wildlife under awards favourite.

The Girl In The Spider's Web

Released 9th November

Late Swedish author Stieg Larsson helped kickstart the so-called 'Scandi invasion' of recent years with his bestselling Millennium trilogy. The series introduced us to justice-seeking hacker Lisbeth Salander, who was then brought to life by Noomi Rapace in three ensuing movies (followed by Rooney Mara in the Hollywood remake from David Fincher). Larsson's legacy was continued by author David Lagercrantz with The Girl In The Spider's Web, and it's now the subject of its own movie adaptation, with Claire Foy taking on the role of the tormented Lisbeth.

Mortal Engines

Released 14th December

This pre-Christmas, action bonanza is based on the Whitbread-shortlisted novel by Philip Reeves, one that envisions a Steampunk version of London built on the back of a rampaging giant machine. It's an attention-grabbing premise, one brought to life by producer Peter Jackson, who reunites with Lord of the Rings collaborators Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Mary Queen of Scots

Released 18th January 2019

The tragically curtailed life of Elizabeth I's cousin, ruler of Scotland and prospective heir to the throne of England, has already been the subject of an acclaimed 1971 movie starring Vanessa Redgrave. John Guy's biography My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots now comes to the screen courtesy of longstanding theatre director Josie Rourke, here making her feature film debut. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie make a powerhouse pairing as Mary and Elizabeth.

Beautiful Boy

Released 18th January 2019

Director Felix Van Groeningen's heartrending drama is based on the memoirs Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff, and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. The movie details one family's battle with addiction over the years, as Steve Carell's parent grapples with his son's (Timothee Chalamet) struggle with addiction, in this drama from the producers of Moonlight.

If Beale Street Could Talk

Released 18th January 2019

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with this eagerly anticipated drama, adapted from James Baldwin's book. (The author was himself the subject of praised 2017 documentary I Am Not Your Negro.) This story of a tender Harlem romance torn asunder by false accusations and imprisonment is set to glow with the humanity and atmosphere that Jenkins brought to the sensational Moonlight, with rising stars Kiki Layne and Stephan James in the lead roles.

Boy Erased

Released TBC

Author Garrard Conley's searing memoir Boy Erased gets a suitably troubling and provocative adaptation courtesy of director Joel Edgerton. The movie recounts Conley's experiences in gay conversion therapy, with Lucas Hedges playing the writer himself. Edgerton is the fanatical preacher looking to provide a 'cure' with Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe playing the tormented parents.

Which of these upcoming adaptations are you most looking forward to? Let us know @Cineworld.