From Page to Screen: 6 Books Becoming Movies This Year
People always say that “the book was better than the movie.” Though this isn’t always the case, there are many benefits to reading the book before seeing the movie. The book always tends to provide more information and allows people to gain a more in-depth understanding of the plot and characters. If you personally feel like reading the book ahead of time might spoil the plot for you, why not read the book after watching the movie? This way, you can still draw your own comparisons without worrying about potential spoilers.
This year, many popular books are becoming movies. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but the ones that stood out to me the most. After reading this list, you might possibly find your next favorite book – or favorite movie!
Summary: This is the story of a group of four women (comprising of a biologist, anthropologist, psychologist, and a surveyor) as they embark on an expedition through the dangerous and mysterious land known as Area X. Previous expeditions into this area ( which is completely cut off from the civilized world) have resulted in disaster.
This 2014 novel, which combines genres such as fantasy, horror, and science fiction, is the first installment of author Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach Trilogy. It won the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel as well as the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award.
Natalie Portman will fulfill the lead role as the biologist, Jennifer Jason Leigh will portray the psychologist, Gina Rodriguez will play the anthologist, and Tessa Thompson is set to play the surveyor. The film is set to hit theaters on February 23, 2018.
2. Red Sparrow
Summary: Russian spy Dominika Egorova, trained in a secret “Sparrow School,” finds herself in a dangerous love affair with an American CIA agent.
This espionage thriller written by Jason Matthews, who is a former member of the CIA, was published in 2013. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel in 2014. Red Sparrow is the first in a trilogy, followed by Palace of Treason and The Kremlin’s Candidate.
This spy film will feature Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role of Dominika Egorova. Joel Edgerton will play CIA agent Nathaniel Nash. It will also feature Matthias Schoenaerts as Ivan Dimitrevich Egorov, Charlotte Rampling as the Headmistress of Sparrow School, Mary-Louise Parker as Senator Stephanie Boucher, and Jeremy Irons as General Vladimir Andreievich Korchnoi. This film will hit theaters on March 2, 2018.
3. A Wrinkle in Time
Summary: A young girl, Meg, embarks on an epic adventure across the universe in order to find her mysteriously missing father and bring him back home. Meg, her younger brother, and a classmate notably encounter three supernatural beings named Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, who help the children navigate the universe.
Written by Madeleine L’Engle, this science fantasy novel geared towards young adults was first published in 1962. The book most notably won the Newberry Medal in 1963. There are four more books that follow this novel in L’Engle’s Time Quintet series: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
This film will feature a loaded all-star cast: Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dr. Kate Murry, Michael Peña as the Man with Red Eyes, Storm Reid as Meg Murry, Zach Galifianakis as the Happy Medium, and Chris Pine as Dr. Alex Murry. Directed by Ava DuVernay and released by Walt Disney Pictures, this film will be in theaters on March 9, 2018.
4. Ready Player One
Summary: In the not-so-distant future, people escape to a virtual reality world dubbed OASIS. Before his death, the creator of OASIS is revealed to have left clues to a treasure within the virtual world that will give anyone who finds it both his fortune and his corporation. Teenager Wade finds one of these clues, and a dangerous race to the treasure begins.
This science fiction novel, published in 2011, acted as the debut novel of writer Ernest Cline. The novel has won many literary awards, including the Prometheus Award for Best Novel in 2012 and the ALA Alex Award in 2012. The author has confirmed that he plans on writing a sequel, though no title or release date has been revealed.
Tye Sheridan is set to play the main character, Wade Watts / Parzival. The rest of the cast comprises of Olivia Cooke as Samantha Cook / Art3mis, Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento, T. J. Miller as i-R0k, Simon Pegg as Ogden Morrow / Og, and Mark Rylance as James Donovan Halliday / Anorak. The film, helmed by director Steven Spielberg, is set to premiere on March 29, 2018.
5. Crazy Rich Asians
Summary: Rachel heads to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. Rachel is shocked to discover that he comes from an incredibly wealthy family and gets pulled into the family’s dynamics and lifestyle.
Written by Kevin Kwan, this 2013 contemporary fiction book, with features humor and romance, is an international bestseller. It is followed by two more books in the Crazy Rich Asians series: China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems.
Constance Wu will be playing the lead role of Rachel Chu. It will also feature Henry Golding as Nick Young, Michelle Yeoh as Eleanor Sung-Young, Gemma Chan as Astrid Leong-Teo, and Awkwafina as Goh Peik Lin. The movie should be released on August 17, 2018.
6. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Summary: Life turns upside down when fifteen-year-old Bee’s mother Bernadette disappears before a family trip to Antarctica. Bee begins compiling clues as she embarks on her mission to find her mother.
Cate Blanchett is set to play the title role of Bernadette. Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, James Urbaniak, and Troian Bellisario are set to be featured in the film as well. This comedy-drama film is set to be released on October 19, 2018.
I highly recommend reading the book before going to see the movie, so if any of these movies catch your eye, make sure to read the book before heading to the theaters. But before you start checking out all these great books at the library, make sure to submit to Sheepshead Review by February 22! We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts.