7 Books To Read Before Their Adaptations Come Out In 2018

These are exciting times for literature and cinematography. With 2018 just starting, it came as no surprise that multiple studios would be getting back to work in order to push out the most exciting films for this year. As has happened in past years, many directors took it upon themselves to take works of literature and translate them into the screen. Here are just some of the most anticipated book adaptions.

"A Wrinkle In Time" movie poster
  • “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

Probably the most popular and familiar title of the list, “A Wrinkle In Time” will reach cinemas on March 9th. The book, originally published in 1962 by American author Madeleine L’Engle, tells the story of Meg and Charles, two children whose mission to save their missing father takes them on the strangest adventures. The movie will star young stars Storm Reid and Levi Miller, but also fan-favorites Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon, and is directed by Ava DuVernay. You can watch the trailer here.

"The Alienist"
  • “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr

Carr’s book hit shelves and 1994, and it’s on the 22nd of January of this year that TNT will be releasing the TV adaption. The story follows crime reporter John Moore, psychologist (back then known as ‘alienist’) Laszlo Kreizler and detective-aspirant Sarah Howard through late 19th century New York as they try to catch a killer targeting young males. The book has received praise from publications such as USA Today, Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly, and labeled as a highly accurate page turner. The show will feature Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans as Howard, Kreizler, and Moore, respectively. Watch the trailer here.

  • “Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer

When a biologist’s husband goes missing, she must embark on a dangerous hunt in an environmental disaster zone where nothing is as she expects. The book, published in 2014, is the first of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy. The main role will be played by none other than Natalie Portman, with Oscar Isaac as the biologist’s husband. Also in the cast are Gina Rodriguez (Golden Globe winner for her work in Jane the Virgin), Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson. The movie is expected to come out February 23rd, and the trailer can be found here.

"Ready Player One"
  • “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

Set in the near future, users of popular virtual reality world called Oasis go on a hunt for an easter egg located within the world placed there by Oasis creator. Whoever manages to find the egg will inherit the creator’s fortune, and that’s exactly what Wade Watts, the story’s protagonist, and resident outcast, plans to do. However, things prove to be trickier than he’d anticipated. Taking on the role of Wade is Tye Sheridan, whom we know from “X-Men: Apocalypse”. The cast also includes Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”), Simon Pegg (“Mission Impossible” and “Star Trek” series, among many others) and T.J Miller (“Deadpool”). Steven Spielberg directs, and you can see a trailer for the movie here.

  • “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket

Another TV show, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” follows the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – as they face off against villainous Count Olaf and his crew. The book series had previously been adapted into a movie featuring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep before Netflix picked it up for a series. The first season was well-received by fans, and the second season premieres March 30, with Neil Patrick Harries continuing to play Count Olaf. Watch the trailer here.

"Love, Simon"
  • “Love, Simon” by Becky Albertalli

Originally titled “Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda”, the book centers around Simon, a closeted homosexual teenager who struggles with avoiding being outed and his crush on an anonymous classmate. The book has received amazing praised, with 97% of Google users liking, and it scoring a 4.3/5 in Goodreads. The adaption will reach theaters on the 16th of March, bringing back familiar young actors like Nick Robinson (“Jurassic Park” reboot) and Katherine Langford (who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Hannah Baker in “13 Reasons Why”.) The trailer is here.

"The Death Cure"
  • “The Death Cure” by James Dashner

In the last installment of James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” trilogy, Thomas and his allies must try to find the cure to the deadly disease known as “the flare”, and save his friends. The movie, like the previous two, stars “Teen Wolf” alumni Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario (whose portrayal as Effy in “Skins” became a fan-favorite). Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Nathalie Emmanuel, Aiden Gillen and Giancarlo Esposito are also coming back. The trailer can be found here.