So many new and exciting book adaptations are coming to theaters in 2018, from all the hubbub surrounding the first installment to Jeff VanderMeer‘s fantasy thriller series, Annihilation, to the climactic finale of E.L. James‘ Fifty Shades Trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, yet another remastering of Madeleine L’Engle‘s classic childhood fantasy journey, A Wrinkle in Time.
So to help you get pumped for a year of reading, and movie watching, this New Year, here are all the book adaptations hitting the big screen this year as we know.
Disclaimer: This list may be updated with more additions without notice throughout 2018.
Know a book adaptation coming this year but it’s not on our list? Let us know in the comments!
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, January 26
Synopsis: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.
Starring: Dylan O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario.
Based on: James Dashner’s novel of the same name.
Fifty Shades Freed, February 9
Synopsis: Believing they have left behind shadowy figures from their past, newlyweds Christian and Ana fully embrace an inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. But just as she steps into her role as Mrs. Grey and he relaxes into an unfamiliar stability, new threats could jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.
Starring: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.
Based on: E.L. James’ novel of the same name.
Peter Rabbit, February 9
Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
Starring: Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie.
Based on: Beatrix Potter’s children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Every Day, February 23
Synopsis: A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Starring: Maria Bello, Angourie Rice, and Debby Ryan.
Based on: David Levithan’s novel of the same name.
Annihilation, February 23
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Starring: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson.
Based on: Jeff Vandermeer’s novel of the same name.
The War with Grandpa, February 23
Synopsis: Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter decides to declare war in an attempt to get it back.
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, and Uma Thurman.
Based on: Robert Kimmel Smith’s novel of the same name.
Red Sparrow, March 2
Synopsis: 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.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.
Based on: Jason Matthews’ novel of the same name.
A Wrinkle in Time, March 9
Synopsis: Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg’s classmate Calvin O’Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.
Starring: Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon.
Based on: Madeleine L’Engle’s novel of the same name.
Love, Simon, March 16
Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.
Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, and Jennifer Garner.
Based on: Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
Ready Player One, March 30
Synopsis: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, and Hannah John-Kamen.
Based on: Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, May 11
Synopsis: After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process.
Starring: Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig.
Based on: Maria Semple’s novel of the same name.
Crazy Rich Asians, August 17
Synopsis: Three wealthy Chinese families prepare for the wedding of the year.
Starring: Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.
Based on: Kevin Kwan’s novel of the same name.
The Little Stranger, August 31
Synopsis: The Little Stranger tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1947, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother, son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how terrifyingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter.
Based on: Sarah Waters’ novel of the same name.
The Darkest Minds, September 14
Synopsis: After a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government.
Starring: Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore, and Amandla Stenberg.
Based on: Alexandra Bracken’s novel of the same name.
First Man, October 12
Synopsis: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Starring: Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, and Ryan Gosling.
Based on: James R. Hansen’s First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, October 19
Synopsis: Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.
Starring: Claire Foy, Cameron Britton, and Sylvia Hoeks.
Based on: David Lagercrantz’s novel of the same name.
Unofficial book adaptations expected for release in 2018
Boy, Erased, TBA
Based on an LGBTQ+ memoir by Garrard Conley.
The Silent Wife, TBA
Based on a thriller novel by the late A.S.A. Harrison.
The Mothers, TBA
Based on the African-American family novel by Brit Bennett.
The Hate U Give, TBA
Based on the young adult novel by Angie Thomas.
The Husband’s Secret, TBA
Based on a family mystery novel by Lianne Moriarty.