2019 has already been huge for the world of cinema (and Disney in particular), with the release of both the incredibly star-studded Aladdin and The Lion King live-action adaptation, not to mention this year’s string of Academy Award-nominated offerings, from The Favourite to Green Book.
However, there are also plenty of novels that have been picked up by production companies and are set to hit the big screen either later this year or 2020. From spooky Stephen King adaptations to adventurous YA offerings and female-focused narratives, here are 10 of the best books that are being adapted into films in the near future.
Leila Slimani’s best-selling novel Lullaby was released to five star reviews in 2018. The book follows the story of Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer and her husband Paul, who hire a nanny for their two children following their return to work. When they find Louise, a quiet, polite and Peter Pan-like woman, the couple and their new nanny become dangerously dependant on one another and jealousy, resentment and suspicions start brewing until Myriam and Paul’s idyllic domesticity is shattered by a murder.
The book, which is also known as The Perfect Nanny in the US, is being adapted into a movie by Legendary who will produce it alongside Why Not and Pan-Européenne, according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is currently in post-production, meaning no air date has been set.
It has been a childhood classic for many but if you’ve yet to read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, now is the time to do so. The famous book chronicles the lives of four sister named Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. We follow their journey from childhood, right the way through to womanhood in the late 1800s.
The upcoming film remake, created by the Oscar nominated director of Ladybird, Greta Gerwig, is set to be a huge success following its release in 2020 thanks to it’s amazing all star cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, James Norton and the one and only Meryl Streep.
No one does horror like Stephen King and In the Tall Grass is no exception. Co-written with his son and fellow best-selling novelist, Joe Hill, the short story was first published in 2012 and focuses on a brother and sister, who after hearing a young boy’s cry, venture into a dark forest in Kansas only to encounter a serious of horrifying effects within the tall grass.
Back in 2018, it was reported that Netflix had bought the rights to the movie. But while no exact air date has been confirmed, it is believed that it will be hitting the streaming service sometime this year, with the cast including Patrick Wilson, Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson, according to Deadline. In the Tall Grass will be the third Stephen King adaptation to be picked up by Netflix who have already produced Gerald’s Game and 1922.
Kristin Hannah’s best-selling 2015 novel The Nightingale follows the lives of two sisters who have been separated as they navigate survival in the dangerous world of German-occupied war-torn France during World War II. The heartbreaking novel is often praised for its beautiful portrayal of human resilience and female strength.
TriStar Pictures have adapted the novel into a movie created by Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren and producer Elizabeth Cantillon. Starring Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, the film was premiered at the Venice Film festival in 2018 and will be released officially in August 2019.
Killers of the Flower Moon investigates a series of murders of wealthy people in Osage County, Oklahoma in the 1920s after big oil deposits are discovered on their land. Written by David Grann, the book was published in 2017 but already has a film adaptation in the pipeline.
Deadline confirmed in October 2018 that Italian filmmaker Martin Scorsese (the man behind the likes of Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Wolf of Wall Street) will be directing the upcoming film while Leonardo DiCaprio has also been confirmed to star in it.
Stephen Talty’s The Black Hand:The Epic War Between A Brilliant Detective And The Deadliest Secret Society In American History is a gripping story about the origins of the mafia in New York and the fearless detective nicknamed ‘Italian Sherlock Holmes,’ who dedicated his life to putting an end to it. Published in 2017, the book begins in the summer of 1903 and is thrilling to say the least.
Rumour has it both Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, who are also working together on Killers of the Flower Moon, are involved in the upcoming film adaption. The news was reported by Variety before the book was even released and stated that Dicaprio would produce and star in the movie for Paramount Pictures.
The Woman in the Window is a novel based on protagonist Anna Fox, an agoraphobic who hasn’t left her New York flat in 10 months. She watched her neighbours, the Russells, through her window every day until one night she witnesses something so shocking that her life changes forever.
The book’s film adaptation will be created by Fox 2000 and directed by English filmmaker Joe Wright. It will star Amy Adams, reports Variety while Scott Rudin and Eli Bush will produce and Tracy Letts has been confirmed to write the screenplay. It is expected to be released in autumn 2019.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first instalment of Patrick Ness’ sci-fi trilogy, Chaos Walking. First published in 2005, the story follows 12-year old Todd Hewitt who runs away from Prentistown after discovering a secret from the town’s past.
The film adaptation titled Chaos Walking will star Spider-man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, Star Wars’s Daisy Ridley and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen. Directed by Doug Liman, the film is expected to be released in 2020.
Jennifer Niven’s book All the Bright Places is a heartbreaking and honest look at mental health and the powerful effects it has on the people suffering with it as well as their loved ones. It follows Finch and Violet, two suicidal teenagers who save each other.
In 2018, Deadline confirmed that US filmmaker Brett Haley would direct the film adaptation which will star Elle Fanning and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor Justice Smith.
First published in 1937, this Agatha Christie classic is a murder mystery everyone needs to read. It follows detective Poirot who sets out to uncover a murder on board the steamer boat Karnak along the famous river.
Following on from 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, the 2020 remake of Death on the Nile (which received its first film adaptation in 1978) will have Kenneth Branagh direct the film as well as star in it. It will also feature Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer.