Books coming to the screen in 2018

There are a stack of amazing books being adapted for the screen this year. Here are 10 of our favourites, and you can find plenty more picks by browsing our collections below.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society received a rave response from readers when it was first published in 2008. Set in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this epistolary novel is a an uplifting tale of kindness, friendship and books. (The story behind the novel is equally affecting: Shaffer became ill with cancer while editing the book and asked her niece, the author Annie Barrows, to help her complete it. She died before its publication.)

The film adaptation is titled Guernsey, and is slated for release in 2018.


Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

In Jeff VanderMeer’s brilliantly strange and unsettling sci-fi novel, four women embark on a dangerous journey into the mysterious Area X. They are the twelfth expedition to be sent by a secretive government agency after the first 11 have ended with various disasters – a mass suicide, a hail of gunfire, a fatal cancer epidemic. The only thing they can be sure of is that this environmental disaster zone is not the abundant wilderness it appears to be.

You can watch the trailer for the film adaption here.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic sci-fi adventure for children. When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as It. Together with his sister Meg and friend Calvin, Charles sets out to find and free his father.

You can watch the trailer for the film adaption here.


Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett won the Women Prize for Fiction for this elegantly crafted novel. Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home. The remaining hostages include a world class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon – and his translator, who will play a vital role in the relationships that develop between so many different nationalities closeted together.

The cast list for the film adaptation includes Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The first in a trilogy, Crazy Rich Asians is a delicious gossipy soap opera-esque series that follows the lives of a group of super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families living in present-day Singapore. The first book largely centres on American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu, who accompanies her boyfriend Nick to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and is thrust into the spotlight after discovering that he’s one of the most sought-after (and certainly the wealthiest) bachelors in the country.

Constance Wu and Henry Golding will star in the film adaptation as Rachel and Nick, alongside an all-star and all-Asian cast.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

When 16-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier’s emails to his secret pen pal, Blue, fall into the wrong hands, he is forced to play wingman to his blackmailer. As messy dynamics emerge in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue grows more and more flirtatious, Simon realises he has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone – before he’s pushed out.

You can watch the trailer for the film adaption (titled Love, Simon) here


We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Living in the Blackwood family home with only her sister, Constance, and her Uncle Julian for company, Merricat just wants to preserve their delicate way of life. But ever since Constance was acquitted of murdering the rest of the family, the world isn’t leaving the Blackwoods alone. And when Cousin Charles arrives, armed with overtures of friendship and a desperate need to get into the safe, Merricat must do everything in her power to protect the remaining family.

Look out for another one of Shirley Jackon’s novels to hit out screens this year – ghost story The Haunting of Hill House is being adapted for TV.


Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she’s his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she’s a menace. To design experts, she’s a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.

Richard Linklater is directing the film adaptation which will star Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig, among others.


Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Willowdean Dickson, or Dumplin' to her mum, has always been at home in her own skin. (Her thoughts on the ultimate bikini body: ‘Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it.’) But life as Willlow knows it is about to change, and when this happens she suffers an unaccustomed attack of self-doubt. In an effort to take back her confidence, she enters into the local Miss Teen Blue Bonner beauty pageant. Expect starry Texas nights, red candy suckers and Dolly Parton songs.

We’re especially excited for the film adaptation which will star Australian actress Danielle Macdonald, and music from Dolly Parton herself!


The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

Stephan Talty’s The Black Hand is the gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America. The book opens in the summer of 1904, when an insidious crime wave flooded New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The violence that ensued had a single calling card: the symbol of a black hand. From this chaos emerged Joseph Petrosino, a famously dogged detective and master of disguise. His commitment to stop the bloodshed took him all the way to Sicily.

The film adaptation of this book is set to be released this year, and will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Petrosino.

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

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