Upcoming Books-to-Film Adaptations

This is a pretty long list! And we’re probably missing some! But we want to get an updated list of all the book to film adaptation for the rest of 2018. Definitely, a few we are excited for, and few we are holding out on having too high of expectations!



A KID LIKE JAKE by Daniel Pearle (2015, Dramatists Play Service). Adapted by Daniel Pearle.

Collage_FotorDirected by Silas Howard. Starring Claire Danes, Priyanka Chopra, and Jim Parsons.

Produced by Bankside Films, Burn Later Productions, Double Nickel Entertainment, Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology (In association with), That’s Wonderful Productions and XS Media.

Summary: On the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan’s most exclusive private schools, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake’s behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A KID LIKE JAKE is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both

Released 1st June 2018

LOVING PABLO by Virginia Vallejo (2007, Random House Espanol). Adapted by Fernando León de Aranoa.

Collage_FotorDirected by Fernando León de Aranoa. Starring Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Peter Sarsgaard. 

Produced by Escobar Films and B2Y EOOD.

Summary: A revealing memoir of Colombian television journalist Virginia Vallejo’s affair with the “King of Cocaine,” notorious Medellin drug lord, Pablo Escobar. Told from the perspective of the present day, and reflecting on her cooperation with the US Department of Justice in 2006, as she testified against high-ranking Colombian ministers on trial for conspiracy and murder.

Released 15th June 2018


EATING ANIMALS by Jonathan Safran Foer (2009, Little Brown). Adapted by Christopher Dillon Quinn.

91uHOgQyjMLDirected by Christopher Dillon Quinn. Starring Natalie Portman.

Produced by Big Star Pictures, Handsomecharlie Films, and Heretic Films.

Summary: Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his life oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. Once he started a family, the moral dimensions of food became increasingly important. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.

Released 15th June 2018

LEAVE NO TRACE (org. My Abandonment) by Peter Rock (2009, Mariner Books). Adapted by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini.

Collage_FotorDirected by Debra Granik. Starring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie .

Produced by Bron Studios, First Look Media, Harrison Productions, Reisman Productions, and Still Rolling Productions.

Summary: A father and his thirteen-year-old daughter are living in an isolated existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon when a small mistake derails their lives forever.

Released 29th June 2018

ADRIFT by Tami Oldham Ashcraft (Org. title Red Sky in Mourning) (1998, Bright Works Publishing). Adapted by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, and David Branson Smith.


Directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Starring Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin, and Grace Palmer.

Produced by Huayi Brothers, Lakeshore Entertainment, RVK Studios and STX Entertainment.

Summary: Adrift is the story of Tami’s miraculous forty-one-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, sustained by her fiance Richard’s memory to guide her. It’s an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and survival on the high seas, and an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are never truly alone.

Released 29th June 2018



A PRAYER BEFORE DAWN by Billy Moore (2014, Maverick House). Adapted by Jonathan Hirschbein and Nick Saltrese.

Collage_Fotor.jpgDirected by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. Starring Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, and Nicolas Shake.

Produced by Senorita Films, Indochina Productions (in association with), Hurricane Films, Meridian Entertainment, and Symbolic Exchange.

Summary: A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man’s fight to survive inside Klong Prem Prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore travelled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba – a highly-addictive form of methamphetamine.

Released 20th July 2018



THE DARKEST MIND by Alexandra Bracken (2012, Disney Hyperion) Adapted by Chad Hodge.

Collage_Fotor.jpgDirected by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Starring Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie, and Amandla Stenberg.

Produced by 21 Laps Entertainment.

Summary: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Released 3rd August 2018

SICILIAN GHOST STORY (org. We Won’t Be Confused Forever) by Marco Mancassola (2011, Einaudi Coralli) Adapted and Directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

sicilian ghost storyProduced by Cristaldi Pictures, Indigo Film, MACT Productions, JPG Films, Ventura Film, RSI-Radiotelevisione Svizzera, and SRG – SSR. Starring Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez and Corinne Musallari.

Summary: In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance. Only their indestructible love will be able to bring her back along.

Released 3rd August 2018

DAMASCUS COVER by Howard Kaplan (Kaplan Inc, 2014). Adapted by Daniel Zelik Berk and Samantha Newton

damascus coverDirected by Daniel Zelik Berk. Starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Olivia Thirlby, Jürgen Prochnow, Igal Naor, Navid Negahban and John Hurt.

Produced by Huw Penallt Jones, Hannah Leader, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Joe Thomas.

Summary: In a last ditch effort to revive his career, washed out agent Ari Ben-Sion accepts a mission he never would have 30 years ago, to smuggle a group of Jewish children out of the Damascus ghetto. Or so he thinks. In Damascus, a beautiful American photographer, Kim, seems to be falling in love with Ari, but she is asking too many questions. His communication equipment disappears. His contact never shows up. The operation is only hours away and everything seems awry. Desperate to succeed, Ari might risk everything. Even his life.

Released 3rd August 2018

THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES by Benjamin Renner (First Second, 2017). Adapted by Benjamin Renner and Jean Regnaud.

big bad foxDirected by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert. Starring Guillaume Darnault, Damien Witecka, Kamel Abdessadok, Antoine Schoumsky, and Céline Ronté.

Produced by Folivari, Panique, StudioCanal, RTBF, and BE TV.

Summary: The fox dreams of being the terror of the barnyard. But no one is intimidated by him, least of all the hens. When he picks a fight with one, he always ends up on the losing end. Even the wolf, the most fearsome beast of the forest, can’t teach him how to be a proper predator. It looks like the fox will have to spend the rest of his life eating turnips. But then the wolf comes up with the perfect scheme. If the fox steals some eggs, he could hatch the chicks himself and raise them to be a plump, juicy chicken dinner. Unfortunately, this plan falls apart when three adorable chicks hatch and call the fox Mommy.

Released 3rd August 2018

CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan (Doubleday, 2013). Adapted by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

Collage_FotorDirected by Jon M. Chu. Starring Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.

Produced by Color Force, SK Global and Warner Bros.

Summary: Crazy Rich Asians is about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Released 17th August 2018.

JULIET, NAKED by Nick Hornby (Riverhead Book, 2009). Adapted by Tamara Jenkins, Evgenia Peretz, Phil Alden Robinson, and Jim Taylor.

Collage_FotorDirected by Jesse Peretz. Starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O’Dowd.

Produced by Apatow Productions and Los Angeles Media Fund (LAMF).

Summary: Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.

Released 17th August 2018.

THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2014). Adapted by Ian McEwan.

children actDirected by Richard Eyre. Starring Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, and Fionn Whitehead.

Produced by FilmNation Entertainment and BBC Films.

Summary: Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

Released 24th August 2018

YARDIE by Victor Headley (The X Press, 1992). Adapted by Brock Norman Brock and Martin Stellman.

yardieDirected by Idris Elba. Starring Amal Ameen, Stephen Graham, Fraser James, Calvin Demba, and Mark Rhino Smith.

Produced by Warp Films and BFI Film Fund.

Summary: D, a courier carrying cocaine from Jamaica to London, decides to go it alone and disappears into the mean streets of Hackney carrying a kilo of white powder that his erstwhile friends are anxious to recover. But D’s treachery will never be forgotten – or forgiven.

Released 24th August 2018.

THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters (Riverhead Books, 2009). Adapted by Lucinda Coxon.

Collage_Fotor1Directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Charlotte Rampling.

Produced by Potboiler Productions, Element Pictures, Anguille Productions and Film4.

Summary: One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

Released 31st August 2018.

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST by Emily M. Danforth (Balzer + Bray, 2012). Adapted by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele.

cameron postDirected by Desiree Akhavan. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher, Jr., Forrest Goodluck, Jennifer Ehle, and Quinn Shephard.

Produced by Beachside Films and Parkville Pictures.

Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother.

Released 31st August 2018

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN IT’S WALLS by John Bellairs (Puffin Books, 1973). Adapted by Eric Kripke.

Collage_Fotor2Directed by Eli Roth. Starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.

Produced by Amblin Entertainment and Mythology Entertainment.

Summary: Orphaned Lewis Barnavelt comes to live with his Uncle Jonathan and quickly learns that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a quest to discover the terrifying clock ticking within the walls of Jonathan’s house. Can the three of them save the world from certain destruction?

Released 21st September 2018.

BOY ERASED by Garrard Conley (Riverhead Books, 2016). Adapted by Joel Edgerton.

26109438Directed by Joel Edgerton. Starring Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Joel Edgerton.

Produced by Anonymous Content, Blue-Tongue Films, Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures.

Summary: The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small-town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality.

Released 28th September 2018


FIRST MAN by James R. Hansen (Simon & Schuster, 2005). Adapted by Nicole Perlman and Josh Singer.

51W12qlIWeL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgDirected by Damien Chazelle. Starring Pablo Schreiber, Ryan Gosling, and Claire Foy.

Produced by DreamWorks, Perfect World Pictures, Temple Hill Entertainment, and Universal Pictures.

Summary: A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.

Released 12th October 2018.

MOWGLI by Ruyard Kipling (Org. Title The Jungle Book) (1894, Macmillan). Adapted by Callie Kloves.

Collage_Fotor233.jpgDirected by Andy Serkis. Starring  Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett.

Produced by Imaginarium Productions and Warner Bros.

Summary: A human child raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.

Released 19th October 2018.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple (Little Brown, 2012). Adapted Richard Linklater, Holly Gent Palmo, and Vincent Palmo Jr.

13526165Directed by Richard Linklater. Starring Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, and Kristen Wiig.

Produced by Annapurna Pictures and Color Force.

Summary: About a misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. Bernadette Fox is notorious. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence.

Released 19th October 2018.

CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? MEMOIRS OF A LITERARY FORGER by Lee Israel (Simon Schuster, 2008). Adapted by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty.


Directed by Marielle Heller. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Julie Ann Emery, Richard E. Grant.

Produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Summary: When bestselling celebrity biographer, Lee Israel, is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend, Jack.

Released 19th October 2018


THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray, 2017). Adapted by Audrey Wells.

32075671Directed by George Tillman Jr. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Anthony Mackie, KJ Apa, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Issa Rae, Lamar Johnson, and Common.

Produced by Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment.

Summary: Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.

Released 2nd November 2018

IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin (Dial Press, 1974). Adapted by Barry Jenkins.

980full-if-beale-street-could-talk-coverDirected by Barry Jenkins. Starring Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Teyonah Parris, Regina King, and Colman Domingo.

Produced by Annapurna Pictures, PASTEL, and Plan B Entertainment.

Summary: A woman in Harlem desperately scrambles to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime while carrying their first child.

Released 30th November 2018.


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS by John Guy (Org. title Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004). Adapted by Beau Willimon.

Collage_Fotor4Directed by Josie Rourke. Starring Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and David Tennant. 

Produced by Focus Features, Perfect World Pictures, and Working Title Films.

Summary: A long-overdue and dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots by one of the leading historians at work today. Mary Stuart’s attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Released 7th December 2018

THE GRINCH by Dr. Seuss (Random House, 1957). Adapted by Michael LeSieur.

Collage_Fotor5Directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Produced by  Illumination Entertainment (as A Chris Meledandri Production), Perfect World Pictures (Beijing) and Universal Pictures (presents).

Summary: A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

Released 9th November 2018

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB by David Lagercrantz, based on Stieg Larsson series. (Knopf, 2015) Adapted by Fede Alvarez, Jay Basu, and Steven Knight.

Collage_Fotor6Directed by Fede Alvarez.  Starring Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, and Sylvia Hoeks.

Produced by Cantillon Company, MGM, Scott Rudin Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Yellow Bird.

Summary: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

Released 9th November 2018

HOLMES AND WATSON based on the Arthur Conan Doyles characters. Adapted by Etan Coen.

Collage_Fotor132.jpgDirected by Etan Coen. Starring  Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, and Ralph Fiennes.

Produced by Columbia Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions, and Mosaic.

Summary:  A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

Released 9ths November 2018

WIDOWS by Lynda La Plante (Time Warner, 1995). Adapted by Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen.

widows-9781499861556_lgDirected by Steve McQueen. Starring Viola Davis, Garret Dillahunt, and Carrie Coon.

Produced by Regency Enterprises, See-Saw Films, Film4, and New Regency Pictures.

Summary: Harry Rawlins had been masterminding robberies for 20 years. The hijack of a security van would bring the gang thousands, but the job went wrong & Harry & his team were killed. Harry’s widow, Dolly, had three options. She could hand over Harry’s ledgers to the police. She could hand them over to a bunch of thugs. Or she could take the business over.

Released 16th November 2018


MORTAL ENGINES by Phillip Reeve (HarperCollins, 2001). Adapted by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.

Collage_Fotor7Directed by Christian Rivers. Starring  Hugo Weaving, Frankie Adams, and Stephen Lang.

Produced by Media Rights Capital (MRC), Scholastic Productions (as Scholastic Entertainment), Silvertongue Films (as Silvertonge Pictures), Universal Pictures
and WingNut Films.

Summary: The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold. Thaddeus Valentine, London’s Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when a young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice.

Released 14th December 2018

AQUAMAN based on Geoff Johns series run. (DC Comics, 2012-2014) Adapted by Will Beall, Geoff Johns, Paul Norris, James Wan, and Mort Weisinger.

Collage_Fotor.jpgDirected by James Wan. Starring  Amber Heard, Jason Momoa, and Nicole Kidman.

Produced by DC Comics, DC Entertainment and, Warner Bros.

Summary: Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

Released 21st December 2018


ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL by Yukito Kishiro (1991, Viz Media) Adapted by James Cameron, Laeta Kalogridis, and Robert Rodriguez.

Collage_Fotor687.jpgDirected by Robert Rodriguez. Starring Jennifer Connelly, Rosa Salazar, and Eiza González.

Produced by Twentieth Century Fox, Lightstorm Entertainment, Troublemaker Studios
and TSG Entertainment (in association with).

Summary: Yukito Kishiro blurs the lines between human and machine in the sci-fi/action adventure Battle Angel Alita. Daisuke Ido, a talented cybernetic doctor, finds the head of a cyborg in a junk heap. When he rebuilds her body, Alita’s only clue to her past surfaces-her deadly fighting instincts! And now she is determined to find out the truth about who she once was.

Released 21st December 2018


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