All the novels getting the big screen treatment this year
There are two types of people in life: those who read the book before they see the film that’s inspired by it. And those who like to watch the movie and then dive into the adaptation.
Whichever side you fall on (and whatever people say you’re allowed to favour either route) here’s our round-up of the biggest film adaptations still to come this year.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
A teenager, Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is sent to Christian conversion therapy when she is caught with another girl in an effort to “cure” her homosexuality. Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour) directs Emily M Danforth’s 2002 YA novel based on a real-life blog by a teenager forced into a conversion camp.
In cinemas 7 September
Crazy Rich Asians
It’s the film that’s smashed the box office – it’s now the highest grossing romcom of the decade – while Akwafina, one of the film’s all-Asian cast, is a Stylist cover star. Now the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 book about a professor from New York who visits her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and discovers they’re wealthy is almost on UK shores.
In cinemas 14 September
The Little Stranger
Sarah Waters 2009 gripping gothic novel is bought to the big screen by Room director Lenny Abrahamson. Domhall Gleeson is a doctor called to a crumbling country hall where acerbic loner, Caroline (Ruth Wilson) is one of its remaining inhabitants, and it’s soon clear the house has something evil running through it.
In cinemas 21 September
The Hate U Give
Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a young black woman drawn into activism after witnessing police shoot her unarmed best friend. Angie Thomas was a debut author when this vital YA novel that tackles racism and police brutality came out in 2017, but it went on to become a New York Times bestseller.
In cinemas 26 October
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
The follow up to J.K.Rowling’s magical Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be music to Potter fans’ ears. It sees Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) team up with a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) to bring down Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).
In cinemas 6 November
The Girl in the Spider’s Web
HRH Claire Foy becomes hacker Lisbeth Salander – the character developed by the late Stieg Larsson – who gets caught up in a tangle of spies and corruption, in this adaptation of the book written by David Lagercrantz.
In cinemas 21 November
Lord Of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson takes on on Philip Reeve’s 2001 novels set in an alternate dystopian future. It’s a world where cities on wheels can attack each other and a museum apprentice (Robert Sheehan) must fight for survival against a female assassin (Hera Hilmar) before they form an allegiance.
In cinemas 14 December