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Ten Book to Movie Adaptations for 2018 That Might Actually Be Good

Is the movie EVER better than the book? I would venture to say, rarely, but maybe it can be AS good. In 2017, for example, Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" was adapted by HBO and received critical and popular acclaim. 

I believe we say the "book is always better the movie" because we have a richer experience using our own imaginations instead of watching someone else's come to life. However, more and more I see the attention being paid to screen adaptations of our beloved stories paying off. Here's a list of ten scheduled to be released in 2018 that could be quite good.

Jason Matthews's "Red Sparrow": "Red Sparrow" was written by an ex-CIA agent and Jennifer Lawrence will star in the adaptation of this fictional CIA story. 

The most anticipated adaptation of 2018 is arguably Ava Duvernay's, of "Selma" fame, "A Wrinkle in Time", based on Madeline L'Engle's novel of the same name, a story beloved by children and adults. Duvernay is the first black woman director of a movie whose budget exceeds 100 million dollars. The movie's trailer looks promising and includes the stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine. 

A current bestselling science fiction novel is "Ready Player One" and it will be released as a movie on March 30th. I almost didn't include it because the predictions aren't great, but Stephen Spielberg is directing it and I'm guessing it will be quite the ride to see it on the large screen. 

When people ask me for a laugh out loud novel, I start with the recommendation for "Where'd You Go, Bernadette". A beloved book by many of my customers, there is a screen adaptation in the works that will star Cate Blanchett and Kristin Wiig. I am looking forward to when the trailer is released. I can't imagine not laughing outloud when Kristin Wiig is involved. 

We will see Ryan Gosling play Neil Armstrong this year. The project adapts the book "First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong" by James Hansen and has a script by Josh Singer, the Oscar-winning co-writer of Spotlight. I'm going to keep my eye out for this one.

Michael B. Jordan of "Friday Night Lights" and "Creed" is set to star in a remake of the classic novel, "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper burns and Jordan's character, Guy, is a fireman whose job it is to burn books. Set in the near future, the story takes us on Guy's story arc as he begins to question what his job requires him to do.

Yes, there is another adaptation of "Little Women" in the works. Look for it on PBS's Masterpiece Theater in May when it releases on Mother's Day. Since it's a miniseries, it will probably go into depth more than the popular 1994 movie was able to. 

Were you a fan of Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl"? Flynn's debut novel, "Sharp Objects" was also excellent and will be adapted to screen this year as an HBO series. It will star Amy Adams and one of the producers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marti Noxon, is involved, so I think we might get lucky. 

If you like your stories even more chilling, Hulu is releasing "Castle Rock", a series brought to you by Stephen King's mind (!), the trailer announces. It also announces the fingerprints of J.J. Abrams as the executive producer, so between these two talented gentleman, there will be plenty of shivers to go around. Just the trailer gave me the willies. 

Last, if Shakespeare is more your jam, look for "King Lear". I'm probably more excited about this cast than anything else I've heard about. It includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Tobias Menzies, the evil antagonist of my beloved Outlander. I am excited to see another Shakespeare come to life on the big screen. Psst: Shakespeare is always meant to be watched instead of read so let yourself off the hook and go to an excellent theater or screen interpretation. I think this will be one of them.

It's a new year! It's a year of new stories. I hope one of these gives you what great stories do: change, inspiration, healing, or release. Have fun!

Jenny Wells