From Page to Screen in 2018

Check out these novels before their movie adaptations hit theaters this year:

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton – Describes the secret mission of a small band of U.S. soldiers who battled against Taliban forces on horseback and captured the Afghan city of Mazåar-i Sharåif, a critical location for further campaigns.
Adapted title: 12 Strong
Movie release date: January 19, 2018
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Michael Shannon

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian – Recognizing that the final stage of their lives is upon them, John and Ella Robina, the former an Alzheimer’s patient, the latter succumbing to cancer, sneak away from their over-protective children and doctors to embark on an RV vacation along Route 66.
Movie release date: January 19, 2018
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Kirsty Mitchell

Ophelia by Lisa Klein – In this re-imagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting.
Movie release date: January 22, 2018 (Sundance)
Starring: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts, Tom Felton

Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner – A conclusion to the best-selling trilogy that began with The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials finds Thomas placing the success of their mission into the hands of the Gladers, who must complete a blueprint for the cure to the Flare, an effort that is compromised by undisclosed memories.
Movie release date: January 26, 2018
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. Grey – Even though Christian and Anastasia are now a proper couple, they still have many obstacles to overcome, including Christian’s past coming back to haunt Anastasia. This book is intended for mature audiences.
Movie release date: February 9, 2018
Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Arielle Kebbel

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter – Adventurous Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother and wanders into Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Adapted title: Peter Rabbit
Movie release date: February 9, 2018
Starring (voices): Rose Byrne, James Corden, Daisy Ridley

Black Panther by Marvel Comics – When a violent uprising is sparked in the land of Wakanda, a African nation famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions, can its king, the Black Panther, save it from this fate?
Movie release date: February 16, 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – Describes the 12th expedition to “Area X,” a region cut off from the continent for decades, by a group of intrepid women scientists who try to ignore the high mortality rates of those on the previous 11 missions.
Movie release date: February 23, 2018
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Books Being Adapted for TV in 2018

Check out these novels before their television adaptations begin airing this year:

The Alienist by Caleb Carr – In 1896 New York, psychologist (or in period terminology, an alienist) Laszlo Kreizler joins forces with journalist John Schuyler Moore to track a vicious serial killer.
Network: TNT
Premiere date: January 22, 2018
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan – In a twenty-fifth century world in which death is nearly obsolete, former UN envoy Takeshi Kovacs, re-sleeved into a new body after a brutal death, finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly far-reaching conspiracy.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 2, 2018
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright – Explores both the American and Arab sides of the September 11th terrorist attacks in an account of the people, ideas, events, and intelligence failures that led to the attacks.
Network: Hulu
Premiere date: February 28, 2018
Starring: Sullivan Jones, Kelly P. Williams, Katie Flahive

Murder Games by James Patterson – Searching for a serial killer who leaves playing cards at the scenes of his crimes, police officer Elizabeth Needham teams up with brilliant professor Dylan Reinhart, whose book has been connected to the murders.
Adapted title: Instinct
Network: CBS
Premiere date: March 11, 2018
Starring: Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings

Drama High by Michael Sokolove – Describes the astounding success of the theater program at Harry S Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, under the direction of gifted teacher Lou Volpe.
Adapted title: Rise
Network: NBC
Premiere date: March 13, 2018
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