Hollywood has always been taking inspiration from books. It remains the most frequently visited tool for cinematic inspiration – even the Oscars has its own screenwriting category dedicated to it. Of the many movies based on books due to still come out this year, we made a selection of the five best. So grab your calendar and check out the list below.
1. ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ (2012) by Maria Sample
‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ is a 2012 best-selling comedy novel written by Maria Semple. The plot revolves around an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Fox, who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica. It is narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch.’
Directed by Richard Linklater whose work include Boyhood (2014) and Before Sunrise (1995), Where’d You Go, Bernadette stars the incredible Cate Blanchett alongside other stars such as Kristen Wiig and Troian Avery Bellisario. The movie will be released next August. Check out the trailer here.
2. ‘The Goldfinch’ (2013) by Donna Tart
The Goldfinch is a novel by Donna Tart published in 2013. It tells the story of Theodore “Theo” Decker. A thirteen-year-old boy, whose life is turned upside down when he and his mother visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, he becomes infatuated with a red-headed girl who is accompanied by an elderly man. However, a bomb explodes in the museum, killing his mother and several other visitors.
Directed by John Crowley, best known for the films Brooklyn (2015) and his debut feature, Intermission (2003), It stars Ansel Elgort as Theodore. The film is scheduled to be released on September 13, 2019. The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson Luke Kleintank, and Jeffrey Wright in supporting roles.
3. ‘The Little Woman’ (1868) by Louisa M Alcott
Little Women is a novel by U.S. author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), it follows the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her three sisters.
Written and directed by Greta Gerwig whose works include Frances Ha and Lady Bird. The film stars Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, Chris Cooper, and Abby Quinn. It is set to be released in the United States on December 25, 2019, by Columbia Pictures.
4. ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ (1996) by Joan Didion
The Last Thing He Wanted is a novel by Joan Didion. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1996. The story centers around Elena McMahon, a reporter for the Washington Post who quits her job covering the 1984 Presidential primaries to care for her father after her mother’s death. In an unusual turn of events, she inherits his position as an arms dealer for the U.S. Government in Central America.
The upcoming British-American political thriller film directed by Dee Rees, best known for the films Mudbound (2017), and Pariah (2011). It stars Anne Hathaway, Willem Dafoe, Ben Affleck, Toby Jones, Rosie Perez, Edi Gathegi, Mel Rodriguez, and Christopher Barbolini. Release date yet to be announced.
5. ‘The Earthquake Bird’ (2011) by Susanna Jones
The Earthquake Bird is the debut novel by British author Susanna Jones published in 2001. It won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize a Betty Trask Award and the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasy Dagger. The story opens in a Tokyo police station where 34-year-old Lucy Fly is being questioned over the murder of her friend Lily Bridges.
The Earthquake Bird is an upcoming mystery film written and directed by Wash Westmoreland whose work includes Still Alice (2014) and Colette. It stars Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough, Naoki Kobayashi and, Jack Huston. Release date yet to be announced.
So, which one of those movies are you most excited about? Let us know at the comments below!