If you’re a bibliophile or a film buff, 2018 is sure to put a spring in your step, as a large array of popular novels will come to theaters and televisions.
Between June and August, expect to be entertained by movies adapted from books hot off the bestseller list. From family and musicals to drama, comedy and horror, there is something for everyone — and still enough time to read one or two of the books on which these movies are based.
1. “On Chesil Beach” (based on the novel of the same name by Ian McEwan) – June 2018
What’s it about? In 1962 England, a young couple dates and marries in quick succession, but immediately runs into trouble on their honeymoon night.
Who’s in it? Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Anne-Marie Duff
2. “Love, Simon” (based on the novel “Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda“) – June 2018
What’s it about? The book follows a high school student whose life is turned upside down when his classmate threatens to out him as gay.
Genre: Young adult, coming-of-age
Who’s in it? Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel
3. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (based on the Marvel comics with the same title by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby) – July 2018
What’s it about? As Scott Lang balances being a superhero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Genre: Superhero, adventure, sci-fi
Who’s in it? Evangeline Lilly, Hannah John-Kamen, Paul Rudd
4. “The Meg”(based on “Meg, A Novel of Deep Terror“ by Steve Alten) – August 2018
What’s it about? Seven years ago, and seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, Dr Jonas Taylor encountered something that changed the course of his life. Now he must confront his fears and return to the crushing depths to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
Genre: Suspense, thriller, sea adventure
Who’s in it? Ruby Rose, Jason Statham, Rainn Wilson
5. “Asinamali” (based on the play of the same title by Mbongeni Ngema) – August 2018
What’s it about? Adapted from Mbongeni Ngema’s Broadway production of “Asinamali”. In the prison yard on Robben Island, a man named Nelson Mandela told Msizi Dube: “Go and do it for all of us, for all our people. So one day we may join you in a free South Africa.”
Who’s in it? Kevin White
6. “The Darkest Minds” (based on the novel of the same title by Alexandra Bracken) – August 2018
What’s it about? Imprisoned by an adult world that now fears everyone under 18, a group of teens form a resistance group to fight back and reclaim control over their future. For fans of “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games”.
Genre: Young adult, sci-fi, thriller
Who’s in it? Mandy Moore, Amandla Stenberg, Gwendoline Christie
7. “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (based on the novel of the same name by Mary Ann Schaffer) – August 2018
What’s it about? A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
Genre: Drama, historical, romance
Who’s in it? Lily James, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman
8. “Crazy Rich Asians” (based on the novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan) – August 2018
What’s it about? Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.
Genre: Comedy, romance
Who’s in it? Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding
9. “The Wife” (based on the novel of the same title by Meg Wolitzer) – August 2018
What’s it about? A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. But behind the compromises, the disappointment and disillusionment, there lies a secret…
Who’s in it? Christian Slater, Elizabeth McGovern, Glenn Close
10. “Black KkKlansman” (based on “Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime“ by Ron Stallworth) – September 2018
What’s it about? Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully managed to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan and became the head of the local chapter.
Genre: Comedy, biopic, thriller, drama, crime
Who’s in it? Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Laura Harrier
11. “Submergence” (based on the novel of the same title by JM Ledgard) – September 2018
What’s it about? In a room with no windows on the east coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.
Genre: Thriller, romance, drama
Who’s in it? Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Alexander Siddig
12. “A Simple Favor” (based on the novel of the same title by Darcey Bell) – September 2018
What’s it about? Stephanie, a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s sudden disappearance from their small town.
Genre: Crime, mystery, thriller
Who’s in it? Blake Lively, Linda Cardellini, Anna Kendrick
13. “The House with a Clock in Its Walls” (based on the novel of the same title by John Bellairs) – October 2018
What’s it about? A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
Genre: Adventure, fantasy, horror, thriller
Who’s in it? Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Sunny Suljic
14. “Venom” (based on the Marvel comics by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie) – October 2018
What’s it about? When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he has to release his alter-ego, Venom, to save his life.
Genre: Horror, sci-fi, thriller, superhero
Who’s in it? Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson
15. “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (based on the novel “Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger“ by Lee Israel) – November 2018
What’s it about? Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, the true story of bestselling celebrity biographer Lee Israel. When Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
Genre: Biopic, comedy, drama
Who’s in it? Melissa McCarthy, Julie Ann Emery, Richard E Grant
16. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” (based on the classic story of The Nutcracker by ETA Hoffmann) – November 2018
What’s it about? A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.
Genre: Adventure, ballet, family, fantasy
Who’s in it? Keira Knightley, Eugenio Derbez, Mackenzie Foy
17. “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” (based on the novel of the same title by David Lagercrantz) – November 2018
What’s it about? Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
Genre: Crime, thriller
Who’s in it? Claire Foy, Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia Hoeks
18. “Hunter Killer” (based on the novel “Firing Point“ by George Wallace) – November 2018
What’s it about? An untested American submarine captain teams up with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.
Genre: Action, thriller
Who’s in it? Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Ryan McPartlin
19. “The Grinch” (based on the book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas“ by Dr Seuss) – December 2018
What’s it about? A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.
Genre: Adventure, animation, children, comedy, family
Who’s in it? Benedict Cumberbatch
20. “Robin Hood” (based on the novel “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood“ by Howard Pyle) – December 2018
What’s it about? A war-hardened crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography and a timeless romance.
Who’s in it? Taron Egerton, Jamie Dornan, Eve Hewson
21. “Mortal Engines” (based on the book of the same title by Philip Reeve) – December 2018
What’s it about? Many years after the Sixty Minute War, cities survive on a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels, attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.
Genre: Fantasy, sci-fi, adventure
Who’s in it? Hugo Weaving, Frankie Adams, Stephen Lang
22. “Mary Poppins Returns” (based on the books by P.L. Travers) – December 2018
What’s it about? In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins. Through her unique magical skills, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Genre: Family, musical
Who’s in it? Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth
Here are nine of the book-to-movie attractions to look forward to in 2018 in South Africa between January and May.
1. The Maze Runner: Death Cure – January 2018
What’s it about? – When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze.
Genre: Young adult, teen, adventure
Genre: Intelligence and espionage, history.
3. A Wrinkle In Time – March 2018
What’s it about? In 1962, Madeleine L’Engle debuted her novel “A Wrinkle in Time“, which would go on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal. Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story became a classic of children’s literature and is beloved around the world. Now Disney is bringing it to the silver screen!
Genre: Teen, young adult, time travel, science fiction
4. Red Sparrow – March 2018
What’s it about? Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to “Sparrow School”, a Russian intelligence service, where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Genre: Espionage, political thriller
5. Peter Rabbit – March 2018
What’s it about? A feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
Genre: Children’s, bedtime, animals
6. Ready Player One – March 2018
What’s it about? It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty and disease are widespread.
Genre: Young adult, dystopian
7. The War With Grandpa – March 2018
What’s it about? Peter is thrilled that Grandpa is coming to live with his family. That is, until Grandpa moves right into Peter’s room, forcing him upstairs. Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.
Genre: Teen, young adult, humour
8. Death Wish – March 2018
What’s it about? Dr Paul Kersey is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as victims are rushed into his ER – until his wife and college-age daughter are viciously attacked in their suburban home.
Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense
9. Every Day – May 2018
What’s it about? From the genius of David Levithan, co-author of “Will Grayson, Will Grayson“, and “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist“, comes a love story like none you’ve read before. A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Genre: Teen, young adult, science fiction, dystopian
These two articles combined have been initially published on Huffington Post SA in 2018.
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