Friday Book Whimsy: Goodread’s Books to Screen

Below is a post from the wonderful reading website Goodreads that I found interesting. It contains the name of books that will be shown on television, steaming, or the big screen in 2018. The list includes some of my favorite books, including Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple; and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. And, of course, I have every intention of recording The Alienist by Caleb Carr when it begins showing on TNT on January 22.

From Goodreads…..

Book lovers are about to see a ton of their favorite novels come to theaters and televisions in 2018. And some of the biggest stars will be in on the adaptation action, from Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling starring in A Wrinkle in Time, to Steven Spielberg directing Ready Player One.

This is also your chance to re-read Fahrenheit 451 before it comes to HBO or The Haunting of Hill House before everyone binges the Netflix series. Or catch up on newer beloved novels including Where’d You Go BernadetteAnnihilation and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda before they become films. We’ve included the release dates (where available), and for the television shows we’ve added the network or platform. The book covers will link you to more information about the adaptations.

The science fiction series is based on Philip K. Dick’s short stories. Dick’s work has already inspired Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, The Man in the High Castle, among others. The series stars Bryan Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Anna Paquin, and Terrence Howard.


An elderly couple seeking one last big adventure embarks on a road trip in the faithful old RV they call “The Leisure Seeker.” The film stars Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, and Kirsty Mitchell.


The true story of a Special Forces team that secretly entered Afghanistan after 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. The movie stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, and William Fichtner.


In this romance, a famous musician returns home to the love he left behind a decade earlier. The movie stars Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, and John Benjamin Hickey.


In this historical thriller set in 1896 New York City, a crime reporter teams up with a psychologist to investigate a serial killer. The TV series stars Daniel Brühl, Dakota Fanning, and Luke Evans.


Young hero Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare.” This third movie in the series (based on the third book) stars Rosa Salazar, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Dylan O’Brien.


Morgan’s cyberpunk tale is set in a 24th-century world where consciousnesses can be downloaded into new bodies. The Netflix series stars Antonio Marziale, Chris Conner, and Hiro Kanagawa.


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Book three of the steamy Fifty Shades trilogy is the source material for the third movie. It sees Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reprising their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.


The adaptation of this Beatrix Potter classic, about a rebellious rabbit’s plan to gain entry to a coveted vegetable garden, will be coming to the big screen. It features the voices of Daisy Ridley and Margot Robbie as well as Domhnall Gleeson as Mr. McGregor.


In this riveting science fiction tale, a biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition. The film stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Issac, Gina Rodriguez, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Upset that he has to share the room he loves with his grandfather, Peter declares war in an attempt to get it back. The movie stars Robert De Niro, Jane Seymour, and Uma Thurman.


Every morning, “A” wakes up as a different person in a different body. Then, one day, “A” occupies the body of Rhiannon’s boyfriend, and “A” falls hard. The movie stars Justice Smith, Maria Bello, and Angourie Rice.


This new series is based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book that traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda in the late 1990s. The series stars Jeff Daniels, Sullivan Jones, and Kelly P. Williams.


A ballerina is recruited into a Russian intelligence service. Her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. The movie stars Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton.


Meg’s father is experimenting with a fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappears. Meg, her brother, and her friend must travel through the universe to find him. This Ava DuVernay film stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine.


Simon’s love story is complicated: No one knows he’s gay, and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is he’s fallen for online. The film stars Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, and Jennifer Garner.


In the dismal reality of 2044, the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS has died and posthumously released a video in which he challenges all players to solve his game—and win his fortune. This Steven Spielberg-directed movie stars Olivia Cooke, Hannah John-Kamen, and Ben Mendelsohn.


E.M. Forster’s classic novel is coming to the Starz network as a four-episode series which has already aired on BBC One in the UK. It stars Hayley Atwell, Philippa Coulthard, Matthew Macfadyen and Tracey Ullman.


When a high-ranking politician hires an ex-FBI agent to save his teenage daughter from a Manhattan brothel, our hero uncovers a web of corruption that even he may not be able to unravel. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, and Alessandro Nivola.


When Bernadette disappears from her upscale Seattle life, it’s up to 15-year-old Bee to track her down. Directed by Richard Linklater, this movie stars Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Judy Greer.


Flynn is known for novels with shocking twists à la Gone Girl and Dark Places. This HBO adaptation focuses on Flynn’s debut novel and stars Amy Adams, April Brinson, and Violet Brinson.


An Asian American woman travels with her boyfriend to Singapore to find herself immersed in the world of über-rich Asians preparing for the wedding of the year. The film stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, and Henry Golding.


Here’s one for those of you scared of the ocean: A gigantic and prehistoric shark terrorizes Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, and Jason Statham.


In this creepy historical thriller, a country doctor visits a patient in a crumbling mansion where the inhabitants are haunted by the past. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, and Will Poulter.


After a disease kills 98 percent of America’s children, the survivors develop superpowers and are sent to internment camps. The film stars Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore, and Amandla Stenberg.


An orphan goes to live with his uncle and discovers that both his uncle and his next-door neighbor are witches on a strange quest. The film stars Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Colleen Camp.


In this memoir, the son of a baptist preacher is forced to participate in a church-supported gay conversion program. The film stars Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Joel Edgerton.


Computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials. The movie stars Claire Foy, Cameron Britton, and Sylvia Hoeks.


This horror drama series is a modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel. The series stars Van Marten, Selena Anduze, and Katie Carpenter.


This memoir of meth addiction and recovery is told through the eyes of a father who watches his son as he struggles to break away from the drug. The movie stars Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, and Maura Tierney.


A young man is paralyzed after a car accident and turns to drawing as a form of therapy. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, and Rooney Mara.


The magical nanny Mary Poppins returns in this sequel to the classic film, based on the popular children’s series of books. The film stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth.


A writer bonds with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II. The film stars Matthew Goode, Lily James, and Jessica Brown Findlay.


HBO is adapting Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel about “firemen” who spend their time burning books. The movie stars Sofia Boutella, Michael Shannon, and Michael B. Jordan.


Three brothers tear their way through childhood and push against the volatile love of their parents. The movie stars Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand, and Evan Rosado.


A famous opera singer performing for a wealthy industrialist and her audience become hostages. The film stars Julianne Moore, Christopher Lambert, and Ken Watanabe.


Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the surviving people live on a gigantic moving train that circles the globe. Jennifer Connelly is set to star opposite Daveed Diggs.


This ten-episode series is based on the stories of Stephen King, with J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer. It stars Melanie Lynskey, Mickey Gilmore, and Scott Glenn.


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