Movie adaptations of books have always been common, but it seems in recent years, more and more screenwriters are taking their cues from other works — including dozens of comic-book movies that have popularized the genre for a new generation.
Here’s a look at some upcoming works that are set to make their debut on a screen near you.
Five Feet Apart
Can you love someone you can never touch?
That is the question asked in Rachael Lippincott’s “Five Feet Apart,” a tale that follows Stella Grant as she goes through treatment for cystic fibrosis.
At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.
This rule begins to be tested when Stella meets Will Newman, who also has CF. Unlike Stella, Will could care less about his treatments or the six-feet rule.
The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.
The film adaptation is set to release March 15 and stars Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse.
This mention is a call-out to Stephen King newcomers.
With the revamp of King’s “It” on the big screen, it’s only natural that other remakes would follow. This is also a trend in Hollywood, but that could be a whole other article.
Written in 1983, the book description is as follows:
“Sometimes dead is better. … When the Creeds move into a beautiful old house in rural Maine, it all seems too good to be true: physician father, beautiful wife, charming little daughter, adorable infant son — and now an idyllic home. As a family, they’ve got it al … right down to the friendly cat. But the nearby woods hide a blood-chilling truth — more terrifying than death itself … and hideously more powerful.”
The original film debuted in 1989. The remake is set to hit the big screen April 5.
The Sun Is Also A Star
“Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
“Daniel: “I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store — for both of us.
“The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”
This book description breaks down the three main characters of Nicola Yoon’s “The Sun Is Also A Star,” published in 2016. The film, set to release May 17, stars Charles Melton as Daniel and Yara Shahidi as Natasha.
As for who is set to play The Universe, that remains to be seen.
According to “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
This is the situation at hand for Aziraphale and Crowley, an angel and demon pair of “friends” who embark and a mission to stop the apocalypse.
Don’t worry, it’s a comedy.
A joint venture by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, “Good Omens” is set to be an Amazon Prime original series debuting May 31. The series will star Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant of “Doctor Who” fame as Crowley.
It might be time to get that Amazon Prime membership.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Bernadette Fox has vanished.
When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip.
But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces — which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades.
The film adaptation is set for Aug. 9 and stars Cate Blanchett as the title character.
The Woman in the Window
Anna Fox lives alone — a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times … and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble — and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one — and nothing — is what it seems.
The adaptation is a ways out — Oct. 4 — but it never hurts to settle down with the book early.
Fresh off another adaptation — the HBO series based off of bestseller “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn — Amy Adams is set to play Anna Fox in the film.