Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
by E L James

In Theaters February 9.

THE OFFICIAL MOVIE TIE-IN EDITION. The major motion picture releases on February 9 in time for Valentine’s Day 2018 and is based on volume three of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy with more than 150 million copies sold worldwide.

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all–love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Article – Hollywood buys film rights to debut novel by Scottish teacher

Hollywood buys film rights to debut novel by Scottish teacher

Claire McFall is little known in Britain but is hugely popular in China where her children’s book Ferryman is a bestseller

Dalya Alberge
16 Jan 2018
The Guardian

Her name is barely known in Britain, but a Scottish teacher has become a publishing phenomenon in China, where her debut novel for young adults has sold more than 1m copies over the past two years.

Now Claire McFall, 35, from the Scottish Borders, is likely to become better known closer to home. Hollywood producers have snapped up the rights to her book for two major feature films – one version for English-language audiences and another for Chinese ones – prompting her to give up the day job.

She told the Guardian she was “blown away” after learning that Legendary Entertainment, maker of blockbusters including Godzilla, had acquired the worldwide film and graphic novel rights to her “Ferryman” trilogy.

Published in the UK in 2013, Ferryman won that year’s Scottish children’s book award for the 12-16 category and was shortlisted for various prizes, including the Carnegie medal.

Article: 17 Books Being Adapted for TV in 2018

17 Books Being Adapted for TV in 2018
Posted on January 4, 2018 by Amy Sachs
BookBub Blog

2017 was full of amazing book-to-TV adaptations, from Emmy Award-winning favorites like Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale to thrilling fantasy like Midnight, Texas and riveting historical fiction like Victoria. Bookworms are in luck because 2018 promises to be just as full of amazing adaptations, from Gillian Flynn’s suspenseful Sharp Objects to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, here are the best new bookish TV shows to look forward to in 2018. Publishers’ descriptions included below.

The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Network: TNT
Premiere date: January 22

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold.

Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 2

Instinct based on Murder Games by James Patterson

A serial killer is loose on the streets of Manhattan. His victims appear to be total strangers. The only clue that links the crimes is the playing card left behind at each scene that hints at the next target.

The killer, known in the tabloids as The Dealer, is baiting cops into a deadly guessing game that has the city increasingly on edge. Elizabeth Needham, the tenacious cop in charge of the case, turns to an unlikely ally – Dylan Reinhart, a brilliant professor whose book turned up in connection with the murders.

As the public frenzy over The Dealer reaches a fever pitch, Dylan and Elizabeth must connect the clues to discover what the victims have in common – before The Dealer runs through his entire deck

Network: CBS
Premiere date: March 11

Rise based on Drama High by Michael Sokolove

Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Misérables?

To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows such as Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe’s students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders.

Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe’s, chronicles the drama director’s last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.

Network: NBC
Premiere date: March 13

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Greeted with excited critical praise, this extraordinary novel-inspired by the true story of two ice ships that disappeared in the Arctic Circle during an 1845 expedition-swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as “a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). The Terror chills readers to the core.

Network: AMC
Premiere date: March 26

The Child in Time by Ian McEwan

The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant. Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children’s books. It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted. Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.

From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche, and with time itself: “It was a wonder there could be so much movement, so much purpose, all the time. He himself had none.”

Network: PBS
Premiere date: April 1

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel. Little Women explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America.

Network: PBS
Premiere date: May 13

C.B. Strike based on the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith

A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.

Introducing Cormoran Strike, this is the acclaimed first crime novel by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Network: Cinemax
Premiere date: June

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.

Network: HBO
Premiere date: June

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office—leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella’s world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist—an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways.

Johannes’ gift helps Nella to pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all. In this repressively pious society where gold is worshipped second only to God, to be different is a threat to the moral fabric of society, and not even a man as rich as Johannes is safe. Only one person seems to see the fate that awaits them. Is the miniaturist the key to their salvation . . . or the architect of their destruction?

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Network: PBS
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

McMafia by Misha Glenny

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deregulation of international financial markets in 1989, governments and entrepreneurs alike became intoxicated by dreams of newly opened markets. But no one could have foreseen that the greatest success story to arise from these events would be the worldwide rise of organized crime. Today, it is estimated that illegal trade accounts for one-fifth of the global GDP.

In this fearless and wholly authoritative investigation of the seemingly insatiable demand for illegal wares, veteran reporter Misha Glenny travels across five continents to speak with participants from every level of the global underworld—police, victims, politicians, and even the criminals themselves. What follows is a groundbreaking, propulsive look at an unprecedented phenomenon from a savvy, street-wise guide.

Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

Network: HBO
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

Network: Starz
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

“Let’s say I was born when I came over the George Washington Bridge…” This is how we meet unforgettable Tess, the twenty-two-year-old at the heart of this stunning first novel. Shot from a mundane, provincial past, she’s come to New York to look for a life she can’t define, except as a burning drive to become someone, to belong somewhere. After she stumbles into a coveted job at a renowned Union Square restaurant, we spend the year with her as she learns the chaotic, punishing, privileged life of a “backwaiter,” on duty and off. Her appetites–for food, wine, knowledge, and every kind of experience–are awakened. And she’s pulled into the magnetic thrall of two other servers–a handsome bartender she falls hard for, and an older woman she latches onto with an orphan’s ardor. These two and their enigmatic connection to each other will prove to be Tess’s hardest lesson of all. Sweetbitter is a story of discovery, enchantment, and the power of what remains after disillusionment.

Network: Starz
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

You by Caroline Kepnes

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight — the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way — even if it means murder.

A terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, debut author Caroline Kepnes delivers a razor-sharp novel for our hyper-connected digital age. You is a compulsively readable page-turner that’s being compared to Gone Girl, American Psycho, and Stephen King’s Misery.

Network: Lifetime
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

Castle Rock based several works by Stephen King

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, It, and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Network: Hulu
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

Dietland by Sarai Walker

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. Or mocked. Or worse. With her job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls’ magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. Only then can her true life as a thin person finally begin.

Then, when a mysterious woman starts following her, Plum finds herself falling down a rabbit hole and into an underground community of women who live life on their own terms. There Plum agrees to a series of challenges that force her to deal with her past, her doubts, and the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” At the same time, a dangerous guerrilla group called “Jennifer” begins to terrorize a world that mistreats women, and as Plum grapples with her personal struggles, she becomes entangled in a sinister plot. The consequences are explosive.

Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBA in 2018

McMafia by Misha Glenny

McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
Paperback – April 7, 2009
by Misha Glenny

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deregulation of international financial markets in 1989, governments and entrepreneurs alike became intoxicated by dreams of newly opened markets. But no one could have foreseen that the greatest success story to arise from these events would be the worldwide rise of organized crime. Today, it is estimated that illegal trade accounts for one-fifth of the global GDP.

In this fearless and wholly authoritative investigation of the seemingly insatiable demand for illegal wares, veteran reporter Misha Glenny travels across five continents to speak with participants from every level of the global underworld—police, victims, politicians, and even the criminals themselves. What follows is a groundbreaking, propulsive look at an unprecedented phenomenon from a savvy, street-wise guide.

Network: AMC

Release date: TBA in 2018

Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs) by Richard K. Morgan

SOON TO BE AN EXCITING NEW SERIES FROM NETFLIX

The shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning in this “tour de force of genre-bending, a brilliantly realized exercise in science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review

In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or “sleeve”) making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold.

Praise for Altered Carbon

“Compelling . . . immensely entertaining . . . [Richard] Morgan’s writing is vivid and his plotting inventive.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A fascinating trip . . . Pure high-octane science fiction mixes with the classic noir private-eye tale.”—Orlando Sentinel

“Gritty and vivid . . . looks as if we have another interstellar hero on our hands.”—USA Today

Article: 16 Surprising Facts About Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

16 Surprising Facts About Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
BY KRISTY PUCHKO
FEBRUARY 2, 2018
Mental Floss article

For more than 60 years, Ray Bradbury‘s science fiction classic Fahrenheit 451 has sparked imagination, debate, and rebellion. The dystopian story of a man who burns books to prevent the dissemination of ideas—and then comes to realize the error of his choices—criticized censorship at the height of the Cold War. The novel remains full of surprises, contradictions, and misconceptions.

See the PagestoFilm post for Fahrenheit 451.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


Release Date: To Be Announced

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice.

Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.

Movie release date: December 25, 2018 (USA)

Trailer:

Regina King talks about ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ on Good Morning America:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr



Release date: January 22, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • SOON TO BE A TNT ORIGINAL SERIES

“A first-rate tale of crime and punishment that will keep readers guessing until the final pages.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Caleb Carr’s rich period thriller takes us back to the moment in history when the modern idea of the serial killer became available to us.”—The Detroit News

When The Alienist was first published in 1994, it was a major phenomenon, spending six months on the New York Times bestseller list, receiving critical acclaim, and selling millions of copies. This modern classic continues to be a touchstone of historical suspense fiction for readers everywhere.

The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

Fast-paced and riveting, infused with historical detail, The Alienist conjures up Gilded Age New York, with its tenements and mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. It is an age in which questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and fatal consequences.

Publishers Weekly – The 10 Most Anticipated Book-to-Film Adaptations of 2018

On the book-to-film adaptation front, 2016 brought us movies for Call Me By Your Name, It, and Wonder. Let’s see what’s on the horizon for 2018.

10. The Little Stranger (August 31)

Sarah Waters’s thoroughly creepy gothic novel, which was a finalist for the Booker and one of PW’s best books of 2009, is a natural fit for a film adaptation (another of her novels, Fingersmith, was the basis of Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden), and this year will see Lenny Abrahamson (director of Room) bring it to the big screen. In the summer of 1947, Farady (Domhnall Gleeson), a country doctor, is called to care for a patient at Hundreds Hall, the declining estate where his mother once worked. There, he becomes involved with the Ayers family, who may be haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life. The movie co-stars Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter, and Charlotte Rampling.

9. Fahrenheit 451 (TBA)

First adapted as a film in 1966 by François Truffaut, Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel will see another version this year on HBO, directed by Ramin Bahrani. In a dystopian world, fireman Montag (Michael B. Jordan) questions his job burning books and battles his mentor Beatty (Michael Shannon). HBO has released a teaser trailer for the movie.

8. Red Sparrow (March 2)

In this spy thriller based on Jason Matthews’s novel, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence) is a former Russian ballerina forced into a Russian intelligence program in order to get her mother medical care. She falls for an American mole in Russia (Joel Edgerton), whom she is tasked with exposing. Directed by Francis Lawrence (who directed three of the four Hunger Games movies), the film co-stars Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Charlotte Rampling. A trailer has been released here.

7. Annihilation (February 23)

This sci-fi film, based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel (the first of his Southern Reach trilogy), is about a biologist (Natalie Portman) joining an expedition to find her missing husband (Oscar Isaac) in an environmental disaster zone (the less you know, the better). The cast also includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, and David Gyasi. Alex Garland (Ex Machina) is directing.

6. Crazy Rich Asians (August 17)

Based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling novel, the film follows American-born Chinese economics professor Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), who travels with her boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. There, she finds out Nick comes from an extremely wealthy family and that he’s a very sought-after bachelor. The ensemble cast includes Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Harry Shum Jr., Awkwafina, Jimmy O. Yang, and Gemma Chan.

5. The Sisters Brothers (TBA)

Patrick deWitt’s ridiculously fun buddy western, a finalist for the Booker and one of PW’s best books of 2011, is getting an adaptation by Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). Set in the 1850s, the story follows two notorious assassin brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix), who are hired to kill prospector Hermann Kermit Warm (Jake Gyllenhaal) by their boss, the Commodore (Rutger Hauer). Much delightful chaos ensues. The film costars Riz Ahmed as Warm’s partner, Morris, and Carol Kane as Mrs. Sisters.

4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette (May 11)

Richard Linklater (the Before trilogy; Boyhood) will direct this adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling novel, with Cate Blanchett in the title role. After her anxiety-ridden mother, Bernadette, disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. The movie co-stars Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario, and James Urbaniak.

3. Ready Player One (March 30)

In 2045, people are obsessed with a pop-culture-aping virtual reality world called OASIS. Teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) embarks on a treasure hunt for the fortune of the world’s creator. Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance also star. The film, based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller (Cline also co-wrote the movie), is directed by Steven Spielberg. Watch the trailer here.

2. A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)

Ava DuVernay’s (13th; Selma) adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic comes with a budget over $100 million, so expect lots of great visuals when it hits IMAX screens in March. After learning her astrophysicist father (Chris Pine) is being held captive on a distant planet deep in the grip of a universe-spanning evil, Meg Murry (Storm Reid) works with her younger brother, her classmate, and three astral travelers (Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling) to save him.

1. If Beale Street Could Talk (TBA)

James Baldwin’s estate has put its support behind this adaptation of Baldwin’s 1974 novel, written and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). Jenkins, who is also slated to adapt Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, was working on the script for Beale Street when he was working on Moonlight, and he’s again working with a number of key Moonlight personnel, including James Laxton as director of photography, and Joi McMillan and Nat Sanders as editors. The story follows Clementine “Tish” Rivers (Kiki Layne), a woman in Harlem desperately scrambling to prove her fiancé (Stephan James) innocent of a crime while carrying their first child. The film co-stars Brian Tyree Henry, Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Regina King as Tish’s mother, and Colman Domingo as Tish’s father. Expect it to arrive during award season.



Publisher’s Weekly

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters



Release date: August 31, 2018

“The #1 book of 2009…Several sleepless nights are guaranteed.”—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

One postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday, the son of a maid who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country physician, is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once impressive and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. Its owners—mother, son, and daughter—are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as with conflicts of their own. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr. Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become intimately entwined with his.

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

Release date: January 22, 2018

In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Ophelia must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In a surprising twist, she devises a plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer



Release date: February 23, 2018

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson).

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Release date: August 17, 2018

The acclaimed international bestseller (“A dizzily shopaholic comedy.” –The New York Times) soon to be a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE starring Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Gemma Chan!

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.