Book to Screen in 2018

While it seems there has always been a lot of books being adapted to movies and television shows, 2018 just feels extra full of 'em. We'll leave it up to you to decide whether you're excited or apprehensive about these. Here's a (by no means comprehensive) list:

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

• Release date: Jan. 19

• The book was re-issued under the title 12 Strong, which will also be the title of the new film. Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, and Trevante Rhodes will star.

• Watch the trailer for 12 Strong.


The Death Cure by James Dashner


Fifty Shades Freed by EL James

  • Release date: Feb. 9


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

• Release date: Feb. 23

Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac, and Tessa Thompson will star.  Directed by Ex Machina's Alex Garland.

Watch the trailer for Annihilation.


Every Day by David Levithan

  • Release date: Feb. 23
  • Angourie Rice, Maria Bello, and Justice Smith will star.


The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

  • Release date: Feb. 23
  • Robert De Niro will play Grandpa. Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken will costar.


Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

  • Release date: March 2
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, and Charlotte Rampling will star.
  • Watch the trailer for Red Sparrow.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

• Release date: March 9

• Ava DuVernay will direct. Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon will star as the three witches. See the whole cast here.

• Watch the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli

  • Release date: March 16
  • Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why and Nick Robinson from Everything, Everything will star. Greg Berlanti will direct.


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

• Release date: March 30

• Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, and Simon Pegg will star. Directed by Steven Spielberg.

• Watch the trailer for Ready Player One.


Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

• Release date: May 11

• Richard Linklater will direct Cate Blanchett as Bernadette. Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, and Judy Greer are attached as well. See the whole cast here. The screenwriters behind the film (500) Days of Summer are adapting the screenplay.


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • Release date: Aug. 17
  • Constance Wu and Ken Jeong will star. Jon Chu is directing


Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellström

  • Release date: Aug. 17
  • Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Ana de Armas, and Joel Kinnaman will star.


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

  • Release date: Aug. 31
  • Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling will star.


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

• Release date: Sept. 14

• Amandla Stenberg will play Ruby, and Mandy Moore will also star.


Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

  • Release date: Sept. 28
  • Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Joel Edgerton will star.


First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen

  • Release date: Oct. 12
  • Ryan Gosling has been cast as Neil Armstrong. The actor will be reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle. Claire Foy is playing Janet Armstrong.


The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

• Release date: Oct. 19

• Claire Foy is playing Lisbeth Salander.


Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

• Release date: Dec. 14

• Peter Jackson will direct. Hugo Weaving, Jihae, and Robert Sheehan have been cast.

• Watch the trailer for Mortal Engines.


Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

  • Release date: TBD in 2018
  • Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe, and Demián Bichir will star.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Release date: TBD in 2018
  • George Tillman Jr. will direct. Amandla Stenberg, Anthony Mackie, and Regina Hall will star.


The Black Hand by Stephan Talty

  • Release date: TBD in 2018
  • Leonardo DiCaprio will star and produce.


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

• Release date: TBD in 2018

• The movie will be titled Guernsey. Michiel Huisman, Lily James, and Glen Powell are starring.


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

  • Release date: TBD
  •  Kenneth Branagh is set to direct.


Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

  • Release date: TBD
  • Jennifer Lawrence is attached to star.

Slaugherhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Release date: TBD
  • Slated as a TV series (with no network yet attached for distribution).
  • “Happy!” showrunner Patrick Macmanus will produce, and has stated that the series will expand on the world of the novel while staying true to Vonnegut’s themes and tone.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

• Release date: TBD

• Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Lilly Singh, and Laura Harrier will star. Directed by Ramin Bahrani.