The Books Behind the Screen: What’s Coming This 2018


The rest of the year lies ahead, filled with movies and TV shows based on some highly-acclaimed, controversial, and unique reads. Here are 12 of them:

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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The first book in Kevin Kwan’s bestselling trilogy, Crazy Rich Asians follows American-born Chinese Rachel and her boyfriend Nick as they navigate the complicated and controversy-filled world of the super rich.

The cast includes Constance Wu and Henry Golding, together with Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., and more. It’s premiering on August 17.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In a future where people are obsessed with OASIS, a virtual reality world, teenager Wade Watts joins countless other players in hunting down a mysterious treasure left behind by the world’s creator.

The cast is led by Tye Sheridan, together with Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylanc. It’s premiering on March 30.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Published in 1962, this sci-fi tale follows thirteen-year-old Meg as she embarks on an epic journey to rescue her father who is held captive on a distant planet, in the clutches of a great evil.

It has a powerhouse cast, with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, as well as Chris Pine and Storm Reid. It’s premiering on March 9.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

A more thrill-oriented sci-fi story, Annihilation features four female scientists who venture into Area X, a mysterious location filled with unknown dangers. Natalie Portman takes the lead as Lena, a biologist who enters Area X after her husband returns grievously injured.

The rest of the cast includes Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and David Gyasi. It’s premiering on February 23.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

In this poignant coming-of-age novel, high schooler Simon is still in the closet. But when his secret is put at risk of being thrust into the spotlight, Simon has to find a way to get out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out.

It stars Nick Robinson in the titular role, together with Katherine Langford, Miles Heizer, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, and Josh Duhamel. It’s premiering on March 16.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes love letters to all her past crushes, letters meant for her eyes only. Until one day, the letters are sent out to her previous loves, and her life is thrown into chaos when they confront her one by one.

It stars Lana Condor, Janel Parrish, and Noah Centineo, and is premiering on August 6.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

This creepy gothic novel is set in the summer of 1947, as the country doctor Farady is called to care for a patient at the Hundreds Hall where his mother once worked. While there, he becomes involved with the Ayers family who just might be involved with something incredibly sinister.

It stars Domhnall Gleeson as well as Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling. It’s premiering on August 31.

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

What happens when a former ballerina turned Russian spy falls in love with the American mole she’s tasked with exposing? That’s the question this spy thriller attempts to answer.

It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton, together with Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. It’s premiering on March 2.

Drama High by Michael Sokolove

This is the story of an extraordinary drama teacher who changed students’ lives and inspired an entire town. Soon to be a musical drama TV series on NBC, it is set to premiere on March 18.

Sharp Objects

The debut novel of author Stephanie Danler, it follows Tess as she moves from Ohio to New York City and becomes a backwaitress. Soon, she finds her palate, career expectations, and love life are quickly expanding. It comes out in October on Starz.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Before writing Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn created this crime thriller. It follows Camille, a reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two teen girls. As she begins to identify with the victims, she must unravel the own puzzles buried in her mind. It stars Amy Adams and will premiere this summer on HBO.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This 1959 novel is a classic supernatural thriller. A group of strangers converge on a haunted home, including a doctor who’s investigating fear. It’s coming to Netflix later this year.

Which of these are you most excited to watch?

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