The Personal History of David Copperfield

The book: Charles Dickens' great coming-of-age novel, considered his most autobiographical. Drawing upon experiences from his life, we start with his childhood in Hampshire to becoming an established novelist, surrounded by a colourful cast of characters.

The series: Lead by a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie and Dev Patel, filming has commenced in locations all around the UK including Norfolk, Yorkshire and Hull.

It's out: Premiere date 3rd October 2019, wide release 10th January 2020

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 26th December 2019

 


 

Noughts & Crosses

The book: Blackman’s dystopian novel paints an alternative history set in 21st century Britain. Sephy is a Cross: dark-skinned and beautiful, living a privileged life. Callum is a Nought: pale-skinned and poor, with his sole purpose in life to serve Crosses. 

The series: The upcoming BBC adaptation, filmed in the UK, will star Jack Rowan as Callum, Masali Baduza as Sephy and Peep Show's Paterson Joseph as Sephy's controlling father Kamal. 

It’s out: 2019, date TBC
 

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: 3rd November 2019

 


 

Gentleman Jack

The book: Historian Anne Choma retells the explosive diaries of fearless Anne Lister, a 19th-century noblewoman determined to explore her lesbian sexuality. Forging her own path in a society where being gay was virtually unknown, the story follows Anne as she moves from her home in Yorkshire to Denmark, determined to find herself a wife. 

The series: With Sally Wainwright at the helm, the BBC adaptation of Gentleman Jack has legions of period drama fans hooked. Suranne Jones stars as landowner and industrialist Anne Lister.

It's out: 22nd April 2019

 

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

 

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: 31st May on Amazon Prime then on BBC2. 


 

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 Two Popes

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


 

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: 1st 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: 9th August 2019
 

Artemis Fowl

The book: A hugely popular sci-fi fantasy series, written by Eoin Colfer, in which Artemis Fowl uses his substantial brainpower (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: 2019, date TBC


 

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: 15th 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: 17th May 2019

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: 6th April 2019

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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