6 new movies based on our favourite books that we can’t wait to watch
Books-turned-films to keep an eye out for
The incredible trailer of Stephen King’s book-turned-movie It had the internet engaged in a collective nightmare. But while King has our guts in a vice-like grip, there’s also the story of sexual exploration and ephemeral romance, Call Me By Your Name, based on The New York Times Bestseller written by André Aciman. And the list goes on.
From Agatha Christie to Jeanette Walls, here are all the authors whose classic works have been turned out onto the big screen. We can hardly wait.
Books-turned-movies to watch this year:
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet are the leads in this bittersweet film about a studious teen (Chalamet) who visits his parents on the Italian Riviera, and embarks on a fling with a summer guest (Hammer). Memories of the time go on to haunt both men for the next 20 years. This story of sexual exploration and ephemeral romance is based on the 2010 novel by André Aciman, which The New York Times called “exceptionally beautiful”. Could be the next big gay-themed movie after Moonlight (2016).
Based on Stephen King’s legendary 1986 novel, the film’s terrifying trailers have sent fans into a frenzy. But, its heebie-jeebies aren’t just on celluloid. Get this: in the book, the titular character returns to the town of Derry every 27 years, the film is releasing 27 years after the original television movie, and Jonathan Brandis (who played young Bill in the original production) died at 27. This one calls for snuggles.
The film is based on columnist Jeannette Walls’s 2005 memoir on growing up with a paranoid, alcoholic father and an eccentric mother, played by Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, respectively. Brie Larson is Walls in this emotional roller coaster, which sees her family running from the law, moving cities, switching jobs, until she eventually decides to stop and reconcile her past with her present. Watch with parents for added drama.
This movie takes Charles Martin’s 2010 page-turner and transforms it into a visceral, visual experience. On-screen powerhouses Kate Winslet and Idris Elba’s chartered flight crash-lands in the High Uintas Wilderness, one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote outback in the United States. Injured, despondent and fearful, the two strangers must learn to trust each other in order to survive the bleak landscape and brutal weather as they attempt to find help.
Agatha Christie’s most famous whodunit is now a movie starring Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe and Irish actor Kenneth Branagh as the beloved Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot. The 1974 adaptation of the Queen of Crime’s novel had an all-star cast too, and was nominated for six Oscars. Let’s see how this one stacks up.
Judi Dench plays the cantankerous but imposing Queen Victoria in this period drama and Indian actor Ali Fazal portrays Abdul Karim, an attendant who swiftly rose through the ranks and earned her confidence, much to the displeasure of nearly everyone. Based on Shrabani Basu’s 2010 book, it is a story of a friendship that transcended race, class and incredible social stigma to become one for the ages.