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Unmissable book-to-movie adaptations headed to the big screen soon


What’s better: the book or the movie? It’s a question that’s difficult to answer, and it’s about to get a whole lot harder with a host of upcoming literary adaptations…

1. The Goldfinch (27th September 2019)

The Goldfinch is the big screen adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright and Finn Wolfhard.

This coming-of-age story focuses on Theodore Decker (Elgort), whose mother was tragically killed in a New York art museum bombing. In the aftermath Theo stole a famous Dutch painting called The Goldfinch, and the piece of art remains a source of hope as he tries to repair his life.

After the novel’s success, this was always destined to be adapted for the big screen, and given the film’s pedigree (director John Crowley; screenwriter Peter Straughan; cinematographer Roger Deakins), we can’t wait to see it.

2. Doctor Sleep (31st October 2019)

Doctor Sleep is the sequel to revered Stanley Kubrick horror movie The Shining, which was itself based on Stephen King’s book of the same name.

Ewan McGregor stars as the grown-up Danny Torrance who discovers a girl with powers similar to his own, and a terrifying cult who wish to prey on these powers to grant them immortality.

The Doctor Sleep trailer suggests that the movie has taken a great deal of inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 masterpiece, right down to the recasting of actors from the original movie and the re-staging of key sequences. This is certainly going to be one to watch as the nights draw in during the spookiest time of the year.

3. Cats (20th December 2019)

Many will know this is an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name, but did you also know that Cats is based on a book?

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot is a collection of whimsical poems about feline psychology and sociology, which was adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 1980s, and it’s now coming to the big screen.

Helmed by Tom Hooper, director of the Oscar-winning Les Miserables, the starry cast includes Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson and Ian McKellen. 

4. Little Women (26th December 2019)

Greta Gerwig is set to follow up the success of the deeply personal Lady Bird with an adaptation of beloved literary classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

The book has already been adapted multiple times for the big screen, and Gerwig has assembled an all-star cast for her version of the March sisters’ story. The cast includes Saoirse Ronan who also starred in Lady Bird, as well as Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Meryl Streep and Laura Dern.

While the period setting is very different from Gerwig’s previous film, Little Women is still very much a coming-of-age story, and we can’t wait to see the spin that she puts on it.

Which of these books-into-movies are you most excited about? Let us know @Cineworld.

Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.