From Page to Screen in 2019

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

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron – Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that disallow pitbulls in their community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel back to the person she loves.
Movie release date: January 11, 2019
Starring: Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edward James Olmos

How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell – When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World,” a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Adapted movie title: The Hidden World
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrara

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell – When Stephanie Patrick learns that a terrorist bomb was responsible for the plane crash that killed her family, she embarks on a plan for revenge that includes training to become a terrorist herself.
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they set out across New World, searching for answers about their colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing settlers from Old World.
Movie release date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook – Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
Movie release date: March 15, 2019
Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke Continue reading

9 Books Adapted for TV in 2019

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

The Passage by Justin Cronin – The latest test subject in a covert government experiment, abandoned six-year-old Amy is rescued by an FBI agent who hides them in the Oregon hills, from which Amy emerges a century later to save the human race from a terrifying virus.
Network: Fox
Premiere date: January 14, 2019
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Caroline Chikezie

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot’s detective skills are tested by a mysterious correspondent who predicts and then executes alphabetical murders.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: February 1, 2019
Starring: John Malkovich, Rupert Grint, Andrew Buchan

The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way – As six superheroes unite to attend their adopted father’s funeral, they must deal with their individual problems and team up to save the world from different foes.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: February 15, 2019
Starring: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett – The world is going to end next Saturday, just before dinner, but it turns out there are a few problems: the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.
Network: Amazon & BBC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Anna Maxwell Martin

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller – Depicts the struggles of a U.S. airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II base.
Network: Hulu (miniseries)
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley – A high-ranking member of a secret organization that battles supernatural forces wakes up in a London park with no memory, no idea who she is, and with a letter that provides instructions to help her uncover a far-reaching conspiracy.
Network: Starz
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Olivia Munn

The Witcher (series) by Andrzej Sapkowski – Geralt is a witcher, yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire. His sole purpose is to destroy the monsters that plague the world, but not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good.
Network: Netflix
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill – When Charles Talent Manx, an unstoppable monster who transforms children into his own terrifying likeness, kidnaps her son, Victoria McQueen, the only person to ever escape his unmitigated evil, must engage in a life-and-death battle of wills to get her son back.
Network: AMC
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto, Olafur Darri Olafsson

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate charges of heresy against Franciscan monks at a wealthy Italian abbey but finds his mission overshadowed by seven bizarre murders.
Network: SundanceTV
Premiere date: TBD 2019
Starring: John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett