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Artemis Fowl and 6 other book adaptations to look forward to this year

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Which comes first – the book or the movie? No matter who you ask, everyone will have a different answer as to which one you should experience first. This year alone sees a wide range of adaptations, from children's stories to crime thrillers and everything in between.

With Artemis Fowl, the popular children's book series, being adapted for the big screen this year, here are six more releases to look out for. Have we mentioned your favourite?

1. Five Feet Apart

Based on Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Release date 22nd March

With a lead cast including Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) and Haley Lu Richardson (The Edge of Seventeen), Five Feet Apart tells the story of two teenagers suffering from cystic fibrosis. Stella (Richardson) follows a strict rule that advises her to stay at least five feet apart from anyone who may jeopardise her health. This all changes when she meets Will (Sprouse), and what follows is the two struggling to choose between their heads and their hearts.

Likely to draw a similar audience to films such as The Fault in our Stars (2014), Five Feet Apart is the feature length directorial debut of Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni. It features a supporting cast including Moisés Arias, Kimberly Gregory and Bend it Like Beckham's Parminder Nagra. 


2. The Sun Is Also a Star

Based on The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 

Release date 9th August

The Sun Is Also A Star is the second of Yoon's books to be adapted for the big screen, following the release of Everything, Everything in 2017. This time around, we follow the story of Natasha (Yara Shahidi) and Daniel (Charles Melton), a young couple who meet just 12 hours before Natasha and her family are set to be deported to Jamaica.

Fans of Yoon's writing are sure to fall for this swooning love story. The Sun Is Also A Star is directed by Ry Russo Young (Before I Fall) with the screenplay written by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip).


3. Artemis Fowl

Based on The Artemis Fowl book series by Eoin Colfer

Release date 9th August

Based on the first two novels in Colfer's popular children's book series, Artemis Fowl takes us on a journey with Artemis Fowl II, a young criminal mastermind. On the search for his missing father, Artemis seeks the existence of fairies and their gold horde, believing this to be the answer to restoring his family and their fortune.

Plans for an adaptation of Artemis Fowl were first announced back in 2001. However it wasn't until 2013, when Disney got involved, that the project really started to take shape. Newcomber Ferdia Shaw is taking on the role of Artemis in this big screen release, and with a supporting cast including Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) and Judi Dench (Skyfall) it is safe to say that he is in good hands for his first film. Kenneth Branagh directs, his second collaboration with Disney following Cinderella in 2015.


4. The Informer

Based on Three Seconds by Roslund & Hellström

Release date 16th August

The Informer is a British action thriller, based on a novel by the popular Swedish crime writing duo Roslund & Hellström. Since their debut novel in 2004, the duo have gone on to write a number of other hits, with their stories being translated into over 30 different languages.

Centering on Pete Koslow, a reformed criminal working undercover for the FBI, The Informer has Koslow intentionally incarcerated again, in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison. What follows is a race against time as Koslow works to keep his true identity a secret. The cast includes Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Clive Owen (Children of Men).


5. The Woman in the Window

Based on The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Release date 27th September

The Woman in the Window is an upcoming mystery thriller, based on the novel of the same name released in 2018. It follows Anna Fox, a young agoraphobic woman who, after witnessing a disturbing act of violence whilst spying on her neighbours, must decide how to react.

There's an impressive cast including Amy Adams (Vice) and Julianne Moore (Still Alice), not to mention Gary Oldman who reunites with his Darkest Hour director Joe Wright.


6. The Goldfinch

Based on The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Release date 11th October

Directed by Brooklyn film-maker John Crowley, The Goldfinch introduces us to a young boy named Theo who is taken to live with a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As he grows up, Theo struggles to adapt to his new life, and clings to the one thing that reminds him of his late mother: a Dutch painting known as The Goldfinch.

The role of adult Theo is played by Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver), with additional cast members including Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games) and Nicole Kidman (Boy Erased).


7. The Rhythm Section

Based on The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell

Release date 22nd November

The Rhythm Section is an international spy thriller that follows the story of a young woman named Stephanie Patrick. After an orchestrated plane crash kills her family, Patrick is on a mission to find out who was responsible, and uncover the truth about what happened on that day.

Blake Lively (A Simple Favour) takes on the lead role, working alongside Jude Law (Captain Marvel) and Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther). The screenplay is adapted by Burnell, and is the first of his series of books based on the Stephanie Patrick character.


Which release are you looking forward to the most?

Are there any that we have not mentioned on our list? Tweet us @Cineworld and let us know your thoughts.

Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.