Books to Movies & TV in 2019: 28 Upcoming Adaptions

2019 has some really promising book adaptations being made into movies and TV series, great news for book lovers and film alike. Of course, while most semi-popular books are getting optioned nowadays, actually seeing them make it to the screen is another issue (as opposed to lingering in developmental limbo).

Here’s a list of books with movie or TV adaptations that have actual release dates in 2019, have been filmed or have stated that they will affirmatively be released in 2019. Read them now! :)

Good Omens (Amazon Prime Series)
Release Date: First Half of 2019

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett, is pretty much the funniest book about the apocalypse that you’ll find. The show will be available on Amazon Prime (30-day trial available here). It’s got David Tennant and Michael Sheen as the main characters, and John Hamm will play Gabriel, the primary messenger of God.

I love Good Omens. It’s in my top five books of all time. As a sidenote, here’s a wonderful article about Terry Pratchett that Neil Gaiman wrote for the Guardian, for any Pratchett-Gaiman fans out there.

Good Omens on Amazon

The Rhythm Section (IMDB)
Release Date: February 22, 2019

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell is getting a star-studded adaption with Blake Lively, Jude Law and Sterling K. Brown. It’s a spy thriller about a woman who joins a covert intelligence agency and dons a new identity to seeks revenge after her family dies in a plane crash. Trailer hasn’t been released yet, but I’ll update when it’s out!

Rhythm Section on Amazon

Chaos Walking (IMDB)
Release Date: March 1, 2019

Chaos Walking Patrick Ness Adaptation Movie

Chaos Walking is an adaptation of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go which is Book One in his Chaos Walking trilogy. Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland star in the movie.

The YA dystopian sci-fi novel is about a 12-year-old boy, Todd Hewitt, who is the only boy from a town full of men where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. He flees from town with his dog when he realizes something is very wrong with the town and comes across a girl that curiously managed to survive whatever wiped out the female townspeople.

Chaos Walking on Amazon

Chaos Walking on B&N

Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Release Date: March 22, 2019

Where'd You Go Bernadette with Cate Blanchett and Kristin Wiig

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a story about a woman who is a genius shut-in who lives with her family in Seattle. Her daughter attends private school nearby and her husband works at Microsoft. When her neuroses get the best of her, Bernadette disappears, leaving her daughter to embark on a search for her whereabouts.

I liked the book. I love Cate Blanchette, who will play Bernadette. Kristin Wigg (fantastic) and Judy Greer (also great) star as well. Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise) is directing. The book is funny and heartwarming, and hopefully the movie will be too.

Where’d You Go on Amazon

Where’d You Go on B&N

Greyhound / A Good Shepherd
Release Date: March 22, 2019

This Tom Hanks movie is an adaptation of The Good Shepherd by C.S. Forester, but will be titled Greyhound. This is not the same story as the movie The Good Shepherd that came out in 2006 starring Matt Damon.

Greyhound is a war drama about a navy officer commanding a convoy of allied ships in WWII with Nazi U-boats in hot pursuit.

Good Shepherd on Amazon

Five Feet Apart
Release Date: March 22, 2019

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott is a YA romance about a boy and girl who both have cystic fibrosis and fall in love. Due to their weakened immune systems, they must stay five feet apart at all times. The film adaptation stars Cole Sprouse, Haley Lu Richardson, and Claire Forlani.

Five Feet Apart on Amazon

The Informer / Three Seconds
Release Date: March 22, 2019

The Informer is based on the novel Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. It’s a crime thriller about an ex-con who goes undercover to infiltrate a prison.

Three Seconds on Amazon

The Best of Enemies
Release Date: April 5, 2019

The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson is based on the true story of the unlikely friendship between a KKK leader and a civil rights activist in Durham, North Carolina. The movie adaptation will star Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell.

Best of Enemies on Amazon

Pet Sematary
Release Date: April 5, 2019

This has been adapted before, but Stephen King Adaptations are running rampant right now. It’s a good time to be a King fan, and the people behind the movie have said that they are planning to make this adaptation truer to the original book.

Pet Sematary is about a family who moves to a town in Maine where they discover a cemetery just for pets. But the cemetery holds certain secrets, as the family is about to discover…

Pet Sematary on Amazon

Pet Sematary on B&N

The Aftermath
Release Date: April 26, 2019

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook is set in post-WWII Germany. Kiera Knightly plays a woman who is newly reunited with her husband after the war, ready to move into a new home. He husband decides to allow the previous owner (Alexander Skarsgård) and his daughter remain in the home, igniting an emotional drama about loyalties and betrayal.

The Aftermath on Amazon

The Sun is Also a Star
Release Date: May 17, 2019

the sun is also a star movie nicola yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything) is done filming and will be coming out in 2019. This YA adaptation stars Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton. Natasha is a science geek who is facing possible deportation when she falls in love with Daniel. Get ready for adolescents everywhere to swoon.

Sun is Also a Star on Amazon

Sun is Also a Star on B&N

Artemis Fowl
Release Date: August 9, 2019

Artemis Fowl is a children’s sci-fi book series by Eoin Colfer that is well-loved and has a ton of fans. The movie, which is being directed by Kenneth Branaugh, stars newcomer Ferdia Shaw (@ferdiashaw) along with Hong Chau, Judi Dench, and Josh Gad.

Originally, the plan was for this movie to cover the first two books of the series. More recent reports have indicated that the movie will only cover the first book.

Artemis Fowl on Amazon

Artemis Fowl on B&N

It: Chapter 2
Release Date: September 6, 2019

The It adaptation released in 2017 was a huge hit, but it actually only adapted part of the book. In the sequel, the first film’s childhood friends return home as adults to confront the supernatural killer Pennywise the Dancing Clow. Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy star in It: Chapter 2.

IT on Amazon

IT on B&N

The Woman in the Window
Release Date: October 4, 2019

Amy Adams The Woman in the Window

The Woman in the Window book was a surprise hit with a huge bidding war that was actually only released earlier this year. It’s a solid thriller about a woman who believes she sees a crime being committed through the window in a house across the way. The book includes a number of homages to Hitchhock’s Rear Window, so I’m curious if the movie will do the same.

I thought the book was pretty good, and Amy Adams is starring in the movie, so I’d be surprised if the movie doesn’t turn out well.

Woman in the Window on Amazon

Woman in the Window on B&N

The Goldfinch
Release Date: October 19, 2019

The Goldfinch Adaptation

The pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt is hitting the big screen with a cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort and Luke Wilson.

The novel is a bildungsroman about a boy, Theo Decker, who steals a famous painting during a bombing at a museum. It’s an eventful Dickensian-type story, which I found accessible, intelligent and entertaining when I read it many years ago.

The Goldfinch on Amazon

The Goldfinch on B&N

The Good Liar
Release Date: November 15, 2019

good liar

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle adaptation will star Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. It’s a psychological thriller about a man who meets a wealthy widow online and spins a web of lies to try to woo her.

The Good Liar on Amazon

The Good Liar on B&N

Catch-22 (Hulu Limited Series) (IMDB)
Release Date: 2019

Catch 22 Hulu Limited TV Series Clooney

The problem with adapting a classic like Catch-22 is that, let’s face it, the show will always be worse. Even if George Clooney and Hugh Laurie are in it. I’m looking forward to the show, but the book will always be OG.

It’ll be on Hulu (two-week free trial here). And of course there’s no time like the present to crack open Joseph Heller’s classic World War II satire.

Catch-22 on Amazon

Catch-22 on B&N

Motherless Brooklyn (IMDB)
Release Date: 2019

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn is a classic detective novel by Jonathan Lethem. Lionel Essrog is an orphan with tourettes who works for a small-time mobster and makeshift detective agency owner Frank Minna. When Frank is killed, all hell breaks loose among his men.

Ed Norton is directing and starring, along with Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.

Motherless Brooklyn on Amazon

Motherless Brooklyn on B&N

Release Date: December 20, 2019

Cats Movie Adaptation Working Title Films

Cats: The Musical! is getting a star-studded movie adaptation with Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift and James Corden in the mix. (Originally, Wicked was slated for this date, but it’s getting pushed to 2020.)

What people sometimes forget, but book lovers tend to remember is that Cats: The Musical is originally based off a T.S. Elliot collection of poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. I’ve never read it, but if you want to check out the source material, it’s by one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century.

Practical Cats on Amazon

Practical Cats on B&N

Call of the Wild (IMDB)
Release Date: December 25, 2019

Karen Gillam, Harrison Ford, Dan Stevens and Wes Brown are all slated to star in this live-action CGI-animated adaptation of Jack London’s classic tale, Call of the Wild.

In it, Buck (a dog) gets stolen and sold to freight haulers in the Yukon during the Alaska Gold Rush.

Call of the Wild on Amazon

Call of the Wild on B&N

Little Women
Release Date: December 25, 2019

Little Women Greta Gerwig Adaptation Movie

Greta Gerwig is directing an adaptation of Little Woman which began filming this month (October) in Boston. You can see Emma Watson walking around as Meg. Plus there’s other videos from the set roaming around as well. Meryl Streep is in it, too, as Aunt March! Plus, Timothée Chalamet.

I’m guessing the movie will be decent at least given how much star-power is there. Gerwig’s version will focus on the character’s lives as adults moreso than the 1994 adaptation. I’m still attached to the Winona Ryder version, but we’ll see. This one is slated for a Christmas release.

Little Women on Amazon

Little Women on B&N

All the Bright Places
Release Date: 2019

All the Bright Places Movie

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven has been tugging at YA hearts everywhere since it was released. It’s the story of two unhappy teens in a small town who find each other. The Netflix movie adaptation will star Justice Smith and Dakota Fanning.

P.S. Many thanks to Sophia Ismaa who alerted me that this was missing from this list!

Bright Places on Amazon

All the Bright Places on B&N

The Turning / The Turn of the Screw
Release Date: 2019

The Turning is being executive produced by Steven Spielberg and is based on the supernatural horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (the movie The Others was partially based on this as well).

Turn of the Screw on Amazon

Release Date: April 2, 2019

After by Anna Todd is mostly notable because the author started off her book series on the online platform Wattpad and ended up with over 1.5 billion reads. This movie is about the nice girl who falls for the bad boy, etc.

It stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin (he played the kid version of Tom Riddle and he’s the nephew of Ralph Fiennes).

After on Amazon

A Dog’s Way Home
Release Date: January 11, 2019

A Dog’s Way Home is by W. Bruce Cameron (he’s also the author of A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey). It’s about a dog named Bella that has to find her way home.

Dog’s Way Home on Amazon

The Rosie Project
Release Date: May 10, 2019

There’s not a lot known about the movie version yet, but it’s set to be a summer release for 2019 by Sony Pictures (though it’s looking it it might be pushed back).

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a story about an autistic man man who sets out to find a wife. It’s a funny and quirky story with a lot of heart. I thought the book was charming, and I like romantic comedies as movies moreso than as books, to be honest. So, keeping my fingers crossed that this one will be a win.

The Rosie Project on Amazon

The Rosie Project on B&N

Native Son (IMDB)
Release Date: January 24, 2019

Native Son by Richard Wright is a coming of age story about Bigger Thomas, an African American kid in the South Side of Chicago (yay! this was my hood during grad school!), growing up in the 1930’s. It looks like this will be more of an indie film than a big blockbuster-type movie.

Native Son on Amazon

The Nightingale (IMDB)
Release Date: January 25, 2019

This movie has a set release date, but no cast has been reported. I’m not sure that I’m hopeful about this movie, since it doesn’t seem like it has a lot of buzz, though the book is very well-received. It will be directed by Michelle MacLaren. IMDB lists it as coming out in January but that’s like a month away and no cast or trailer is listed. So, who knows?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is the story of two sisters in German-occupied France during World War II. It’s a story of survival and love and the strength of the human spirit. (There’s another movie called The Nightingale that came out in 2018 which is totally different.)

The Nightingale on Amazon

The Nightingale on B&N

What do you think about the movie and TV book adaptations coming in 2019?

There’s also a bunch of stuff that didn’t make the list because it’s not clear they’ll actually come out in 2019. If something changes I’ll update. These include adaptations of: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, Death Comes As the End by Agatha Christie, and 1984 by George Orwell. Looking for Alaska by John Green is also becoming a Hulu Limited Series, but no release date has been announced. His Dark Materials is a maybe for a BBC series in 2019-ish it seems. Also it looks like there might be an adaptation of The Rook.

Updated 12/14: Added trailers and a bunch of stuff. Death on the Nile was previously listed here, but looks like it’s been pushed to October 2020.

I think Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Goldfinch, Good Omens and Catch-22 are probably at the top of my to-watch list.

Which one of these adaptations are you guys looking forward to the most? See anything missing here? Drop me a line below!

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