As April is upon us, it’s time to share the next installment in this series of book to movie adaptations being released in the second quarter of 2018! These releases at first seemed a little lacklustre compared with Part One, as there aren’t a lot of mainstream blockbusters adapted from books releasing this quarter. However upon closer look, these smaller films have a lot of intrigue to them despite the lack of marketing they receive down under.
I’ve denoted all the films I personally want to see with a an asterisk (*), please let me know if there are any films you’re interested in or definitely won’t be seeing either in cinemas or from your couch. 😜 Perhaps you’ve read some of the source material too!
Firstly, I should mention the films I failed to mention in Part One of this series that were released in the first quarter of 2018.
Film: The Miseducation of Cameron Post*
Source: The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Cameron, a high-school track athlete, is forced to attend a Christian gay conversion therapy center after her legal guardian discovers she is a lesbian. But Cameron finds camaraderie and solidarity with the other gay teens there and learns how to survive in an intolerant world.
Film: Call Me By Your Name*
Source: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
Film: The Mercy
Source: The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin
The true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first Golden Globe singled-handed round the world yacht race in 1968.
Film: You Were Never Really Here
Source: You Were Never Really Here by Jonathon Ames
A traumatized veteran, unafraid of violence, tracks down missing girls for a living. When a job spins out of control, Joe’s nightmares overtake him as a conspiracy is uncovered leading to what may be his death trip or his awakening.
Film: Spinning Man
Source: The Spinning Man by George Harrar
Evan Birch is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Joyce goes missing, Evan’s previous off-campus dalliances make his wife question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Source: Disobediance by Naomi Alderman
The film follows a woman as she returns to the community that shunned her decades earlier for an attraction to a childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.
Film: The House of Tomorrow
Source: The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
A sheltered, socially-awkward teen becomes friends with a green-haired heart transplant patient who introduces him to punk rock.
Film: Avengers: Infinity War Part I * (Already have my tickets! 😋)
Source: Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team The Avengers
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Film: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Source: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
London, 1946. Juliet, a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey, the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey will change the course of her life forever.
Film: Lean On Pete
Source: Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin
Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean On Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.
Film: On Chesil Beach*
Source: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
The drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.
Film: Deadpool 2*
Source: Based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
Film: The Seagull
Source: The Seagull is a play by Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov
One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.
Film: Leave No Trace
Source: My Abandonment by Peter Rock
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. A small mistake tips them off to authorities sending them on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.
Film: A Kid Like Jake*
Source: A Kid Like Jake is a play by Daniel Pearle
On the eve of the admissions cycle for New York City kindergartens, Alex and Greg Wheeler have high hopes for their son Jake, a bright and precocious 4-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to GI Joe. As Alex and Greg navigate their roles as parents, a rift grows between them, one that forces them to confront their own concerns about what’s best for Jake, and each other.
Film: Eating Animals*
Source: Eating Animals by Jonathon Safran Foer