New Adaptations To Watch Out For in 2018
Christopher Booker once said that there were only seven stories in the world. And in the case of film and television, that just might be true, given how many adaptations are coming out. Whether they’re done badly, like Avatar: The Last Airbender, or done so brilliantly that they gave the story a completely new appeal, like HBO’s Game of Thrones, there’s no denying that they’re everywhere. With a whole army of them to behold, it’s hard to know which ones you’ll enjoy, or entice you go back and read or watch the source material – even if it’s just to say that the book was better.
Benedict Cumberbatch, eternally cast as the stilted genius, is heading somewhere a little different with this series, based off Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels. Cumberbatch plays the alcoholic, substance abusing titular character on Showtime’s newest series, joined by Hugo Weaving and a stellar cast of talent. It promises to be both confronting and darkly humorous in equal measure, and an enthralling performance all around.
If you want to catch up on your reading with Aubyn’s novels, head over here.
A Wrinkle in Time
A favourite of children’s sci-fi literature is coming to the big screen, supported by big names like Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine. Written at a time when film couldn’t suffice to bring stunning description to life, Madeleine L’Engle’s novel was a staple of many a childhood, and promises to be an even more fascinating tale onscreen.
If you’re keen to revisit your childhood with L’Engle’s series, head over here.
Ready Player One
Ernest Cline’s novel was rife with references to 1980s pop culture, making it a gem for lovers of the era, and quite possibly a copyright nightmare. Steven Spielburg took on the task of bringing the novel’s geeky charm to the big screen, so rest assured that it’ll be a sight worth seeing in the cinemas.
If you want to immerse yourself in Cline’s pop culture crazy world, head here to do so.
Crazy Rich Asians
The title refers not to Asian people who are both crazy and rich, but those who are wealthy to the point of craziness, as lead actress Constance Wu makes a point of noting – the distinction is important, because the novel discussed the absolute insanity of Asia’s elite, revealing details that were almost too shocking to be believed.
If you want to check out the crazy capers of Kevin Kwan’s characters, check out the novel here.
Arguably Kurt Vonnegut’s most famous novel, it’s already been adapted several times, for everything from stage to graphic novels. HBO’s version, however, will be the first one that includes Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella (Kingsman) and Lilly Singh.
If you’re fired up by the idea of this literary classic, check out the book here.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The whole world, it seems, is mad for more from the Harry Potter universe, even if the boy wizard isn’t in the starring role. Newt Scamander, beloved protagonist of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is returning to charm us once again in 2018. The next instalment features Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Zoe Kravitz, and Johnny Depp in lead roles.
If you want to check out the Hogwarts-approved book that gives the film series its name, find it here.
The Bell Jar
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, female stories are being given the attention they’re due. So it’s no surprise that filmmakers plan to tackle Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar, given the poet’s importance to adolescent women everywhere. Its stark portrayal of mental illness in young women is a hard story to stomach, but an important one, and perfectly in tune with contemporary society’s growing awareness of mental health.
Keen to take a peek into Plath’s mind? Find a copy of her only novel here.
In 1996, Peruvian terrorists seized hundreds of hostages at a party hosted by the Japanese embassy, resulting in almost half a year of terror before the Peruvian government staged a raid, rescuing hostages and executing the terrorists. The incident seems like an unlikely one to be connected to opera, but that’s what Ann Prachett’s celebrated novel, Bel Canto, managed to do in its fictionalised account of the events. It’s been turned into an opera (pictured above) and it’s also going to be premiering as a film in 2018, with Julianne Moore and Christopher Lambert taking starring roles.
Find something to sing about and read Prachett’s novel, which you can find here.