Last year gave us tons of stellar book to movie adaptations. From To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Dumplin’ on Netflix, to Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen, we were a lucky bunch of readers. But this year might be even better.
Here are a few I’m excited to see and write about.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Just announced, The Bell Jar is headed for the big screen with Kirsten Dunst as writer and director. Dakota Fanning will play Esther Greenwood, a successful woman who spirals downward in the face of her depression. No release date as of yet, but I’ll be on the lookout.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Bee’s mother disappears without any warning. So to find her, Bee starts looking through all of her mother’s documents and messages to try and piece together the story. This is set to release March 22nd, and you can already view the trailer.
Native Son by Richard Wright
Bigger Thomas kills a white woman in a moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Native Sun tells his story as he’s sentenced to prison for his crime. Rashid Johnson directed this movie set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha and Daniel meet by chance on a sidewalk in New York City just as she’s about to be deported back to Jamaica. Daniel knows it’s fate that brought them together, Natasha isn’t so sure. But in the one day, they spend together they both see that it can’t end there. Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel will hit theaters May 17th.
The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
Amy Adams will star as Anna, the agoraphobic woman who spends her time at home, looking out her window. But when a family moves in next door, she sees something that she shouldn’t. Suddenly Anna’s world gets a lot bigger. The movie is set to release October 4th and will also star Julianne Moore and Gary Oldman.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Theo Decker miraculously survives a car crash that kills his mother. The only thing he can cling to of hers, an old painting, brings him into the world of art and the scandalous Upper East Side art scene. Ansel Elgort is set to star and it will release in October.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Little Women has been made into a film before, but the March sisters are coming back again this Christmas through Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Laura Dern. Meryl Streep will also star (I presume as Mrs. March), so my expectations are high.