If Beale Street Could Talk

The book: Inspiring orator and author James Baldwin sets out a prescient narrative of a black man wrongly imprisoned in 1970s Harlem, while his pregnant girlfriend and their families fight to get him released.

The film: Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins’ unique visual style lets the story of Fonny and Tish unfold with deliberate gentleness, the achingly beautiful score reminding us throughout of the unwavering power that love can have.

It’s out: 8th February 2019

His Dark Materials

The book: Philip Pullman’s fantastical adventure trilogy, The Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, details the life of Lyra and the characters and realms she encounters.

The series: The BBC/HBO series includes a cast of James McAvoy, Lin Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson. The initial eight-part miniseries will give fans the chance to delve into Pullman’s fascinating worlds.

It’s out: 2019 TBC

Good Omens

The book: A darkly comic and bonkers fantasy penned by literary giants Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett about the coming of the Antichrist.

The series: David Tennant as a chaos-inducing demon and Michael Sheen as a fastidious angel star in this riotous and irreverent series as they try to prevent Armageddon. Oscar winner Frances McDormand joins the cast as God, because who else would she play?

It’s out: May 31st on Amazon Prime then on BBC2. 

Little Women

The book: Louisa May Alcott’s classic story about the four March sisters, growing up side by side and experiencing love, heartbreak and a loss of innocence.

The film: This latest adaptation, directed by Greta Gerwig, boasts a stellar cast including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet as the ultimate ‘boy next door’, Laurie. Expect Oscar nominations for this coming of age epic.

It’s out: UK previews December 2019, wide release Jan 2020

The Call of the Wild

The book: The 1903 novella by Jack London follows Buck, a dog stolen from his home who is forced to work as a sled dog in Alaska.

The film: Harrison Ford will take up the mantle of prospector John Thornton in this live-action/CGI adventure tale and he’s in good company; Thornton was previously played by Charlton Heston. Don’t mistake this for an adorable dog movie however, this is about loneliness and survival in the harshest of conditions.

It’s out: 26th December 2019

The Secret Garden

The book: Prompting generations of readers to exclaim, “Look, a secret garden!” when encountering a wooden door near some greenery, The Secret Garden depicts the childhood of spoilt brat Mary, who learns to love the beautiful things in life.

The film: Set during Partition in India, this will star Colin Firth as Mary’s crotchety uncle and the much loved Julie Walters in the role of housekeeper, Mrs Medlock. The screenplay is written by Jack Thorne of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child fame, so expect plenty of magic and wonder!

It’s out: 2019, date TBC

The Aftermath

The book: A British couple moves to a requisitioned house in Germany after WW2, living alongside the previous occupants, a single father and his daughter, causing all manner of tensions.

The film: Keira Knightley is known for her turns in sweeping period dramas (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and most recently, Collette), and stars in The Aftermath as a sexually repressed and conflicted housewife, who is understandably tempted by smouldering widower Alexander Skarsgard.

It’s out: March 2019

The Sun is Also a Star

The book: YA novelist Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything, tells the timely tale of a girl falling in love with a boy, hours before she is due to be deported from New York along with her family.

The film: Starring Yara Shahidi from Black-ish and Riverdale’s Charles Melton, this is set to join the growing number of popular, issues based YA adaptations, including The Hate U Give and Love, Simon.

It’s out: August 2019

Artemis Fowl

The book: A hugely popular sci-fi fantasy series, written by Eoin Colfer, in which Artemis Fowl uses his substantial brain power (and his inherited criminal leanings) to rebuild his family’s fortune.

The film: Kenneth Branagh is directing this Disney adaptation which means plenty of flamboyance and visual flair as we are thrust into the frenetic and dangerous world of fairies, goblins, centaurs and the Russian Mafia. In an inspired bit of casting, Judi Dench both delights and terrifies as Commander Root.

It’s out: August 2019

The Good Liar

The book: Told in flashbacks spanning a lifetime, this is the story of an aging con man trying one last swindle and a beautiful and wealthy widow who seems to be his perfect target.

The film: Expect plenty of twists and turns in this juicy thriller as Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren grace the big screen to play an unlikely couple, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, each with a dark and mysterious past and keeping the viewer perpetually in suspense.

It’s out: November 2019

All the Bright Places

The book: The cheerleader and the outcast bond after they contemplate taking their own lives, helping each other to heal emotionally and trying to deal with their past traumas against a high school backdrop.

The film: YA adaptations can define a generation and this exploration of mental health and the lack of understanding around it really taps into current conversations. Starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, this will be one of the most moving coming of age dramas all year.

It’s out: 2019, date TBC

Catch 22

The book: First published nearly 60 years ago, Joseph Heller’s satire follows the lives of pilots during WW2 who are unable to escape their absurd situation.

The series: This six-parter, produced and directed for Channel 4 by George Clooney (who will have a supporting role), stars Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler and Christopher Abbott and promises to be stylish, darkly comic and supremely entertaining.

It’s out: 2019, date TBC

Native Son

The book: Published in 1940, the story of Bigger Thomas, an impoverished African American and his tragically inevitable destiny as a criminal, made author Richard Wright the first bestselling black writer in America.

The film: The third adaptation of Native Son (previously starring Oprah Winfrey in 1986) will be artist Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut. Known for his exploration of the African American experience, he will undoubtedly give audiences a new perspective on this age old story.

It’s out: Premiering at Sundance January 2019 but UK release date TBC

The Pope

The book: The story behind the Netflix dramatisation of the resigning of one of the most conservative Popes in recent history and his unexpected successor. 

The film: Not only will the curtain be lifted on life inside the Vatican, but flashbacks will show Pope Benedict and Pope Francis as youths during WW2. Playing the two powerful leaders are screen icons, Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.

It’s out: 2019, date TBC

Roald Dahl animated series

The books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and The BFG are just a few of the stories from the author's beloved and award-winning library that will be reimagined for a new generation.

The series: Giants Netflix are creating an original animated series from the iconic Roald Dahl universe. Details are still to be released but expect magic, mayhem and a little bit of gobblefunk from the iconic Roald Dahl story universe. 

It's out: 2019, date TBC

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