The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Film coming August 11, 2017
The Glass Castle is based on the harrowing 2005 memoir of the same name by Jeanette Walls. It tells the story of the journalist’s unconventional and poverty-stricken upbringing which saw her travelling from town to town, across Arizona and California, in order to escape debt with her dysfunctional parents and three siblings. It’s a riveting tale that sees Walls’ younger self go through tough times dealing with her father’s alcoholism, her mother’s depression, and being forced to grow up before her time in order to engineer her escape from the chaos that was her family life.
The memoir was praised by critics upon its release 12 years ago and was a New York Times bestseller, selling more than 2.7million copies worldwide. The upcoming film-directed by Destin Daniel Cretton-stars Brie Larson as Jeanette with Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson playing her onscreen parents Rose Mary and Rex Walls and Sarah Snook playing her onscreen sister Lori.
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
Film coming August 25, 2017
Deborah Moggach’s first period novel is set amidst Tulip Mania during the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century. The story follows Sophia Sandvoort, the young wife of ageing merchant, Cornelis, who has managed to increase his wealth exponentially thanks to the popularity of the tulip in Amsterdam. To celebrate his new riches, Cornelis commissions young artist, Jan van Loos, to paint a portrait of him and Sophia, but the longer he spends with the young bride, the more their feelings grow for each other.
It’s taken a long time for this book-to-film adaptation to see the light of day, with the rights changing hands between Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein and the leads going from Keira Knightley to Jude Law to Alicia Vikander and Dane DeHaan. Footage from the Justin Chadwick-directed film was first screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2015, with the release date pushed back several times which does seem to imply that the film doesn’t exactly do the book justice.
IT by Stephen King
Film coming September 8, 2017
This is the second Stephen King book to get a 2017 cinematic adaptation after The Dark Tower, but it’s not the first time Pennywise the Clown has been seen on screen. Tim Curry played the child-killing ghoul in the 1990s TV version and received critical acclaim for his interpretation of the literary villain. The novel was published four years earlier and tells the story of seven children, who dub themselves “the Loser Club,” living in Derry, Maine, who are terrorized by a demonic being that often uses a clown disguise to lure unsuspecting kids into danger. They call it “It” as it changes forms to become the thing each person it encounters fears most. The book follows the children into adulthood as the eponymous being continues to threaten Derry.
The upcoming revamped version of IT sees Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) take on the titular role, with Stranger Things’s Finn Wolfhard leading the young cast including Jaeden Lieberher (The Book of Henry). Andrés Muschietti is directing IT, which is solely focused on the child Loser Club, which he’ll follow up with the adult Loser Club’s story in a second film.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Film coming October 6, 2017
Charles Martin’s romance-disaster novel was released in 2011 and follows the story of two people falling in love after crash landing in the High Uintas Wilderness. Dr. Ben Payne and writer Ashley Knox find themselves stuck at Salt Lake City airport after their flights are cancelled, but after Ben charters a plane and offers Ashley a seat, they are on their way home. Unfortunately, their pilot suffers a heart attack, and they crash land and find themselves stranded and injured in the mountains. With only each other to rely upon, Ashley and Ben’s relationship becomes ever closer as they fight to survive the harsh conditions of the wilderness.
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet take on the leads in the film version-directed by Hany Abu-Assad-though their names have been changed to Alex Martin and Ben Bass.
Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel
Film coming October 27, 2017
Thank You For Your Service is actually David Finkel’s sequel to his non-fiction book, The Good Soldier, and follows up with some of the soldiers 2-16 Infantry Battalion-who fought in Baghdad during 2007 and 2008-after they have returned home to their civilian lives. Some of these soldiers suffer from physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and struggle to readjust to life outside the military. On top of the tough readjustment they face, the serviceman face difficulties in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and, through his own words as well as that of the soldiers, the book details the true cost of serving one’s country.
Miles Teller leads Jason Hall’s adaptation as one of three American soldiers returning from Iraq and trying to reintegrate with their families, along with Beulah Koale and Scott Haze.
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
Film coming October 20, 2017
No, this isn’t a remake of the children’s picture book, rather Jo Nesbø’s chilling crime novel led by Harry Hole. The Norwegian detective finds himself investigating a slew of murders around Oslo, with each victim being a married mother, and an ominous snowman appearing at every murder scene. To give anymore of the plot away would ruin the suspense, and if there’s one thing this bestselling author does well, it’s thrilling suspense.
Tomas Alfredson is directing the film adaption with Michael Fassbender taking on the leading role of Harry. Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Val Kilmer, Chloë Sevigny, and J. K. Simmons make up the supporting cast in the film that brings new meaning to the term cold case.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Film coming November 10, 2017
Arguably Agatha Christie’s most famous novel, Murder on the Orient Express set the bar high for murder mysteries and detective novels. The 1934 novel’s name is a dead giveaway to the plot, as it follows Belgian detective Hercule Poirot’s investigation into the homicide of an elderly American on the titular train. With multiple suspects, all connected in some way to the victim, the novel weaves an intricate story that keeps the reader guessing until the end of the line.
Murder on the Orient Express has been adapted many times, and Poirot portrayed by many a celebrated actor-most famously by David Suchet-but Sir Kenneth Branagh has cast himself in the role for his cinematic adaptation of Christie’s classic. Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Daisy Ridley, Josh Gad, Penelope Cruz, and Olivia Colman are some of the star-studded names in the supporting cast.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Film coming March 9, 2018
Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 sci-fi novel has long been a children’s favorite and is part of the critically-acclaimed Time Quintet series. It follows Meg Murry and family’s adventures through time and space to save their scientist father. She is joined by her gifted younger brother Charles Wallace and school friend Calvin O’Keefe, and helped along the way by mystical beings Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which as they battle the evil forces keeping Mr. Murry prisoner.
Disney has adapted the book twice, and this second version from Ava DuVernay sees a far more diverse interpretation with the lead Meg played by young black actress Storm Reid and the Mrs. W roles played by Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kalling.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Film coming March 30, 2018
If you’re an 80s pop culture fan, then Ready Player One is the book for you. Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel is set in the not-too distant future where the world has been wrecked by an energy crisis, and people live out their best lives in the OASIS, a free computer-generated world created by an eccentric billionaire computer game developer, James Halliday. Following his death, it is revealed that Halliday left an Easter Egg in the OASIS and whoever finds it would inherit his fortune and control over the virtual world. The story follows young and poor protagonist Wade Watts as he searches for the egg and battles nefarious players who want to beat him to it.
Steven Spielberg is at the helm of this big-budget adaptation starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and T. J. Miller.
Fear Street (series) by R. L. Stine
Following the success of Goosebumps, R. L. Stine released books under the Fear Street umbrella, all set in the fictional Ohio city of Shadyside and the stories revolving around the titular address. These books mainly focus on murder mysteries that are far more bloody and gory than those depicted in Goosebumps, but some titles have been known to feature the supernatural too. The first book is called The New Girl, but there are over 50 others in the series you can choose from.
20th Century Fox has hired Leigh Janiak to write and direct a Fear Street feature, and apparently she’s penning three different scripts to be shot consecutively and released one month after another.