14 book-to-movie adaptations to watch in the first half of 2018

Book lovers rejoice! Adaptations of A Wrinkle In Time, Indian Horse, Ready Player One and more are headed to screens this year.

2018 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for great book-to-screen adaptations. The 14 books below are headed to the big screen in the first half of the year, so get your popcorn ready!

The Leisure Seeker

Based on: The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian 

What it's about: Starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, this road movie is all about a runaway couple who embark on a cross-country journey in their vintage camper to get away from their children and their doctors.

Release date: Jan. 19, 2018

12 Strong

Based on: Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton

What it's about: Starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon and Michael Peña, 12 Strong is about the CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. special forces sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Release date: Jan. 19, 2018

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Based on: The Death Cure by James Dashner

​What it's about: Based on the 2011 young adult dystopian science fiction novel — the final book in the Maze Runner series — Maze Runner: The Death Cure sees young protagonist Thomas lead his group of escaped Gladers on a mission to break into what might be the deadliest maze yet, so that they may get the answers they've been searching for since the beginning.

Release date: Jan. 26, 2018

Fifty Shades Freed

Based on: Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

What it's about: Based on the third and final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, this Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan flick features the now-married Christian and Ana who have ghosts from their collective pasts that come back to haunt them.

Release date: Feb. 9 , 2018

Peter Rabbit 

Based on: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

What it's about: With the voice talents of James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Sia, this animated comedy film features the mischievous adventures of the iconic Peter Rabbit

Release date: Feb. 9, 2018


Based on: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

What it's about: Based on the book of the same name, this science fiction horror film features Natalie Portman on a quest to found out what happened to her partner after an environmental disaster.

Release date: Feb. 23, 2018

Every Day 

Based on: Every Day by David Levithan

What it's about: Starring Angourie Rice as 16-year-old Rhiannon, this adaptation is about a teenager who falls in love with a spirit named A, who wakes each morning in a different body, living a different life each day.

Release date: Feb. 23, 2018

Red Sparrow 

Based on: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

What it's about: Featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, this spy flick weaves a tale about a Russian intelligence officer and a CIA agent.

Release date: March 2, 2018

A Wrinkle in Time

Based on: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

What it's about: Directed by Ava DuVernay and starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, this anticipated film based on the 1962 classic novel is a universe-spanning tale about good and evil.

Release date: March 9, 2018

Ready Player One

Based on: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What it's about: Co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, this book adaptation is set in a near-future dystopian Earth, where the population spends most of its time in an interconnected virtual space called the OASIS.

Release date: March 30, 2018

Love, Simon

Based onSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

​What it's about: Starring Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp, Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, Love, Simon is about a gay high school student balancing his friends, family, email pen pal and the boy threatening to reveal his true sexuality to the whole school.

​Release Date: March 16, 2018

Indian Horse 

Based on: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

​What it's about: This adaptation of the late Richard Wagamese's novel is about Saul Indian Horse, a young First Nations boy who survives the residential school system to become a star ice hockey player.

Release date: April

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is based on the 2008 historical novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Dial Press/Brook McCormick)

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

What it's about: This historical drama is a layered tale that covers themes of self-discovery, loyalty, courage and standing strong in the face of danger in the shadow of the Second World War.

Release date: April 20, 2018

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is a dramedy about a family in crisis after the disappearance of its brilliant, misanthropic matriarch. (Back Bay Books/Leta Warner)

Based on: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

​What it's about: Featuring a stacked cast (including Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne) this comedy revolves around Bernadette Fox, an agoraphobic architect and mother who goes missing. Her daughter Bee is determined to find her before their family's trip to Antarctica. 

Release date: May 11, 2018


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