As much of I am a reader, I’m a cinephile. Therefore, I get really excited about upcoming book to movie adaptations. Below I’ve compiled a list of movies you can expect to be released in the first quarter of 2018 (and what you can add to your to-be-read piles if you want to read the book before you see the movie!)
I’ve put each film in chronological order of release date in Australia or just under the month they will supposedly release (as not all films will be released in Australia it seems.) I’ve also denoted the ones I’m most excited about and will definitely be seeing in cinemas with an asterisk.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner, Michael Peña, Rob Riggle and Elsa Pataky
Synopsis: 12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
Adapted From: Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton
Forever My Girl
Starring: Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe and John Benjamin Hick
Synopsis: After being gone for a decade a country star returns home to the love he left behind.
Adapted From: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin
The Death Cure
Release Date: Jan 18th
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario and Patricia Clarkson
Synopsis: Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.
Adapted From: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner
Starring: Angourie Rice, Debby Ryan, Owen Teague, Jacob Batalon, Lucas Jade Zumann and Colin Ford
Synopsis: A shy teenager falls for someone who transforms into another person every day.
Adapted From: Every Day by David Levithan
The War With Grandpa
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, Uma Thurman and Christopher Walken
Synopsis: Forced to give up his room to his grandfather, a scheming boy devises a series of outrageous pranks in an attempt to make him move out.
Adapted From: The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
Release Date: Feb 1st
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner
Synopsis: The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Adapted From: Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
Fifty Shades Freed
Release Date: Feb 8th
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Arielle Kebbel and Tyler Hoechlin
Synopsis: The third installment of the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy that sees Anna and Christain navigating their new marriage.
Adapted From: Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3)
Black Panther *
Release Date: Feb 15th
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya and Sterling K. Brown
Synopsis: After the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, T’Challa returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
Release Date: Feb 23rd
Starring: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac and Gina Rodriguez
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Adapted From: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Release Date: March 1st
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton and Mary-Louise Parker
Synopsis: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations.
Adapted From: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Leisure Seeker
Release Date: March 8th
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren and Kirsty Mitchell
Synopsis: A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.
Adapted From: The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Release Date: March 22nd
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, Domhnall Gleeson and James Corden
Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.
Adapted From: The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A Wrinkle in Time
Release Date: March 29th
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling and Zach Galifianakis
Synopsis: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.
Adapted From: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Release Date: March 29th
Starring: Katherine Langford, Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Miles Heizer and Keiynan Lonsdale
Synopsis: No-one knows Simon is gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing.
Adapted From: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Ready Player One*
Release Date: March 29th
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen and T.J. Miller
Synopsis: When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.
Adapted From: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Let me know in the comment section what movies your excited or apprehensive for, or ones you think you won’t be seeing in cinemas!