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10 Book Adaptations for 2019

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2019 has many surprises in store for those who enjoy savouring the crème de la crème of literary world on silver screens. From heart-pounding thrillers and classic tales to sweeping romance, these ten book adaptations will appeal to both film fanatics and book addicts, who can’t wait to devour the stories before they hit theatres in 2019.

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell


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Following a catastrophic plane crush, that robs Stephanie Patrick of her family, the young woman begins her desperate search for some answers. As her private investigation bears no fruit, she begins to suspect a foul play. Through a twist of fate, Stephanie learns the shuttering truth behind the tragedy from a local journalist, prompting the only surviving member of the family to embark on a vigilante crusade under a series of assumed identities. It’s not long before femme fatale discovers invigorating power of revenge, which helps Stephanie break free from her drug addiction and questionable trade. But will her elaborate plot bring young assassin a much-needed closure?

Release date: 22nd February 2019

Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown.

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook


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This heart-wrenching historical novel portrays the devastating consequences of the World War II on civilian life in Hamburg. As the nation undergoes/undergo a slow recovery from the trauma of its/their darkest days, an English family is battling their own demons, when forced to live under the same roof with the Germans. In their bid to reconcile with the past, two families will have to set aside their feelings and overcome the prejudice deeply rooted in their conscience. As animosity and hatred are replaced by love and longing, two unlikely lovers are pulled into a whirlwind romance leaving the avalanche of heartbreak and betrayal in its wake.

Release date: 15th March 2019

Starring: Jason Clarke, Keira Knightly, Alexander Skarsgård.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


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When anxiety takes the better of Bernadette, she develops agoraphobia, entrusting all her errands to a virtual assistant in India.Unable to face reality, Bernadette disappears shortly before her planned trip to Antarctica, leaving her fifteen-year-old daughter, Bee, guessing what prompted her mother to vanish so suddenly. In her desperate search for the truth, Bee puts together email messages, documents and secret correspondence that unveil the reasons behind Bernadette’s disappearance.

Release date: 22nd March 2019

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer

Pet Sematary by Stephen King


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For Dr Creed and his family, relocation to an idyllic town of Ludlow opens a new chapter of their lives. Soon their dreams of peaceful existence are shuttered by a tragedy, claiming the life of the youngest member of the family. However, the serendipitous discovery of supernatural burial grounds gives inconsolable father a glimpse of hope to raise his son from the dead. Chilling and mind-bending, this tale unapologetically pulls at your heartstrings exploiting the fear of death and loss of the child, haunting you long after you have turned the last page.

Release date: 19th April 2019

Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Death on The Nile by Agatha Christie


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A luxury cruise along the Nile welcomes the crème de la crème of Western society to explore the oriental allure of Egypt. Honeymoon for some, revenge vehicle for others, for an unsuspecting Hercule Poirot- this seemingly idyllic voyage has a chance to turn into a working holiday. While passengers follow in the footsteps of pharaohs soaking up the Byzantine culture, evil penetrates each corner of the boat executing a monstrous plan. Despite being disguised as an ancient curse, the perfect murder conspiracy soon begins to crumble under the weight of the famous sleuth and his “little grey cells”.

Release date: 20th December 2019

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer

The Call of The Wild by Jack London


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Loosely based on a true story, London’s masterpiece follows St.Bernard coming to grips with life after being snatched from his sun-kissed Californian home. The harsh reality strikes when Buck is forced into submissiveness in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. Exploited and underfed, the sled dog suffers greatly at the hands of his avaricious masters. But despite all adversities, nothing can possibly break Buck’s spirit. While his natural instincts bring him closer to his true identity, his strength and cunning earn Buck the reputation of the most feared dog in Alaska.

Release date: 25th December 2019

Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


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Set in the 19th century, this coming-of-age story is centred around the March family and their battle for survival during the Civil War. When Mr March joins the army, his penniless family is left with no other option, but to fend for themselves. While Marmee assumes the role of a breadwinner, her young daughters go out of their ways to ease the burden by taking on some extra responsibilities. The March sisters could not be more different. While tomboyish Jo might lack the elegance of her older sister Meg, or the patience of her younger sibling Beth, this fiery-tempered character certainly has a lot more in common with mischievous Amy. From Christmas parties to secret society gatherings, the author creates a rich tapestry of social occasions, accentuating the stark contrast between the young ladies. Yet, despite their differences, the sisters display an incredible resilience and optimism in the face of grim reality, challenging the perception of gender roles.

Release date: 25th December 2019

Starring: Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies by Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett


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When two masters of modern fantasy join forces to create their version of Armageddon, you can bet your top dollar the result will be sensational. Angels, demons and witches all meet in a literary cauldron to be brewed carefully into a rich laugh-a-minute whimsical satire. This wildly imaginative story of two unlikely allies on their mission to save the world explores good and evil, nature versus nurture, free will, war and organised religion. Scalpel-sharp wit and quirky observations challenge and entertain the reader, setting this cult classic apart from other modern fantasy tales.

Release date: to be confirmed

Starring: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Sam Taylor Buck, Ilan Galkoff.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven


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Sixteen-year old Finch, who has been toying with the idea of exiting his life for awhile, knows a thing or two about depression. Over the years, frustration, heartbreaks and despair have become his only friends, exacerbating his fragile mental condition. But everything changes, when a beautiful stranger, who stops Finch from plunging into the dark abyss, becomes a much-needed breath of fresh air he has been gasping for. Captivating and beautiful, this moving tale of love pulls on your heart strings with powerful characters and holds you a prisoner to the last page.

Release date: To be confirmed

Starring: Elle Fanning, Justin Smith, Virginia Gardner, Alexandra Shipp

The Turn of The Screw by Henry James


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For a young and impoverished governess, a new position at the household of an eligible bachelor may spell the end of her miseries. As she assumes her responsibilities supervising the upbringing of two beautiful, yet distant siblings, she falls under the spell of the grand estate with its luxurious appointments. However, a seemingly dream job turns into a ghastly nightmare, when a helpless young woman comes to the realisation that the house is haunted by a beckoning evil. What follows next can only be described as series of spectral events of “uncanny ugliness, horror and pain”. The consummate storyteller, Henry James skilfully captures all attributes of a traditional ghost story, keeping the readers at the edge of their seats.

Release date: To be confirmed

Starring: Mackenzie Davies, Finn Wolfhard, Mark Huberman

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