From what we know so far, 2019 already has a formidable line-up of promising book to film adaptations on the horizon. From two haunting thrillers taken from the works of Stephen King to a gripping drama based on A.J Finn’s bestselling The Woman in the Window, (set to star a stellar cast, FYI). But you know the rule, you should always read the book before feasting your eyes on the movie, so kick back and get comfortable, because if you’re wanting to revel in these sure-fire box office hits, you’ve got some groundwork to do.
The Rhythm Section, by Mark Burnell
After Stephanie Patrick’s family all die in a plane crash, she turns to a life of drugs and prostitution, stopping only when she discovers that the plane crash wasn’t, in fact, an accident. Through the help of a covert intelligence agency, Patrick goes undercover and barrels forward in her quest for revenge. Expect to see the likes of Blake Lively and Jude Law in the gripping adaptation. In cinemas 21st November 2019.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple
This comic novel follows 15-year old Bee and her best friend as they set about finding Bee’s mother — agoraphobic architect Bernadette Fox — who disappears right before the family are due to take a trip to Antartica. A touching and funny story that will no doubt be brought magically to life by the cast, which will include Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Troian Bellisario, amongst others. In cinemas 4th April 2019.
The Woman in the Window, by A.J Finn
This New York Times bestseller introduces you to agoraphobic Anna Fox, the recluse who hasn’t left her New York home in 10 months. She spends her days drinking too much wine and watching the neighbours, until one day, she witnesses something that no one was supposed to see. A thriller that’s been dubbed ‘the next Gone Girl,’ one that’s made even more titillating in light of author A.J Finn’s (real name Dan Mallory) controversy, this is one you really need to be putting to the top of your list. In cinemas October 2019.
The Sun Is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon
Over the course of just 24 hours, protagonists Natasha (played by Yara Shahidi in the film) and Daniel (Charles Melton) both meet and live out a fully-fledged romance. The problem? Once those 24 are up, Natasha will be deported from New York City to Jamaica. In cinemas 16th May 2019.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
A Pulitzer Prize-winning work, even those not interested in the film should carve out the time to read The Goldfinch if they haven’t already. The coming of age tale follows 13-year-old Theo Decker, whose life turns into turmoil when his mother is killed in a terrorist bombing that he survives. He is taken in by wealthy family friends and traverses the journey of grief all with the help of an unassuming painting. In cinemas October 2019.
Pet Sematary, by Stephen King
Now the second film adaptation to be made, this year’s Pet Sematary will again bring King’s 1832 horror novel to the forefront of our attention. The namesake book follows Dr. Louis Creed and his family as they move to the quaint, charming town of Ludlow, in Maine. Following the death of the family cat, it’s made apparent that the nearby, seemingly innocent pet cemetery is far more twisted than anyone could ever have imagined. In cinemas 4th April 2019. (NB: Stephen King fans will find themselves making two trips to the box office this year, as the second Iteration of 2017’s IT is also due in cinemas on the 5th of September.)
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
If you didn’t read this book at any point throughout your childhood, now marks the perfect time to finally absorb all the magic from its highly-acclaimed pages. (And if you did, there’s no harm in reading this classic novel again.) Little Women follows the four March sisters — Beth, Amy, Meg and Jo — as they progress from girls to young women and come to term with love and loss along the way. An all-encompassing cast including the likes of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet and Meryl Streep will star in the movie. In cinemas 2nd January 2020.
The Aftermath, by Rhidian Brook
In 1940s post-war Germany, a woman arrives in the ruins of Hamburg to be reunited with her husband. She soon learns that she’ll have to share her new home with the previous owners, a mysterious widower and his troubled daughter, resulting in a complicated mash-up of grief, lust, passion and betrayal. Keira Knightley will be reprising her role as the gold standard of period actresses in the thrilling adaptation, with Alexander Skarsgård taking the role of her husband. In cinemas 25th April 2019.
The Good Liar, by Nicholas Searle
Sunday Times Bestseller The Good Liar follows conman Roy as he successfully deceives a wealthy, well-to-do widow he meets online. Told across a century’s timeline, every chapter unleashes new twists, turns and gripping secrets. The awe-inspiring Dame Helen Mirren co-stars alongside the incomparable Sir Ian McKellen in the upcoming film version. In cinemas November 2019.
The Best of Enemies, by Osha Grey Davidson
Originally published in 1996, Davidson’s The Best of Enemies tells the unlikely true story of a friendship between a civil rights activist and a local Ku Klux Klan leader in 1960s Durham, North Carolina. Taraji P. Henderson is already pinned to wow the crowds in her role as the fiery and outspoken Ann Atwater. In cinemas April 2019.