I love books. I love films. So naturally, I love adaptations of books. Literally, there are very few easier ways to get to get me to strain my finances and cough up the ungodly amount it takes to see a new release film than to base it off of a book I’ve read (which is undoubtedly why Hollywood does it…that and they seem to have a dearth of original ideas these days).
Hopefully, the adaptation is a good one.
But even if it isn’t, there’s that perversely pleasing outrage and disappointment at the many ways in which the limitations of film have once again failed to match the spectacle of imagination.
In other words, you can always pick it apart with your friends
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Here’s a rough list I’ve compiled of movie adaptations I’m excited to see in the next several months. (I’ve intentionally excluded movies based on graphic novels or comic books. They’ll be getting their own post soon.) Feel free to use this post to mark your calendars. Your bank card is in for a very bumpy ride.
- The Dark Tower – People are all worked up about the Idris Elda’s casting as Roland, but I’m over the controversy. He’s a great actor, and I’m eager to see what he does with the role. Plus, Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black…?!? Something tells me he’s going to kill it. 8/17
- American Assassin – In this adaptation of the Vince Flynn novel, Dylan O’ Brien is a CIA recruit who loses his girlfriend in a terrorist attack. He dedicates the rest of his life to kicking ass (preferably those of the people who killed his girlfriend) and showing off his abs. (How many does he have? I stopped counting after eight.) 9/17
- It – Stephen King has another bestseller getting released as a movie! This is his year! <woot! woot!> As a longtime fan, it’s wonderful to see his books brought to the big screen again, but I have to confess to mixed feelings where this one’s concerned. Although I love what we’ve seen so far, there’s a part of me that will always remain loyal to Tim Curry’s incarnation of the sewer-dwelling clown. Pour one out for his Pennywise. I’m going to miss you, you nightmarish bastard. 9/17
- Blade Runner 2049 – Ryan Gosling stars in this movie set thirty years after the original. It’s based off of the novel The Edge of Human, which was intended as a sequel to the book on which the original film was based – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. If you’re not sure why you should be excited about this one, shame on you. Go sit down in a corner and watch Blade Runner until you understand what you’ve done. 10/17
- Murder on the Orient Express – Based on Agatha Christie’s classic novel, this movie has a stellar cast – Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Olivia Coleman, Derek Jacobi, and Tom Bateman. 11/17
- Maze Runner: The Death Cure – The Gladers get the band back together one last time. The Death Cure will forever be known as the movie that almost broke Dylan O’Brien…almost. 2/18
- A Wrinkle in Time – Some children rescue their parents and explore hidden dimensions with the help of their rather strange neighbors. Growing up, this was my favorite book. It led the way to a lifetime of science fiction and fantasy. 3/18
- Ready Player One – I can’t wait to see Ernest Cline’s ode to the 80’s brought to the big screen! Teen Wade Watts is a “gunter,” someone who spends his alloted screen time in a virtual word solving puzzles based on 80’s culture and searching for the three keys that will enable him to inherit a fortune. I can’t wait to see Ernest Cline’s sci-fi ode to the 80’s on the big screen! 3/18
What movie adaptation are you looking forward to seeing in the next few months? Are there any I missed and should add to my list?