2019 is going to be a huge year for movies. Remade Disney classics, superheroes, and my personal favorite: book adaptations. The FFL reading challenge asks you to read a book becoming a movie in 2019 and I highly recommend heading to see the adaptation in theaters when they premiere.

Here are eight books becoming movies in 2019 that you can read and then see on the big screen.

Little WomenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott is an absolute classic, especially for girls, and the Greta Gerwig directed adaptation of this film will be a must-see. It’s got an all-star cast, with Timothee Chalamet at Laurie, Saorise Roann as Jo, Emma Watson as Meg, Meryl Streep as Aunt March, and Laura Dern as Marmee. It hits theaters around Christmas 2019.

Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel, “Little Women,” is the story of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. The novel is a classic coming of age story which follows the development of the young women into adulthood. Set against the backdrop of the American civil war, the story begins to unfold during Christmastime. With their father away at war, the family must endure great poverty induced hardship, often times going hungry. Central to the theme of the novel is the issue of overcoming one’s character flaws. For Meg it is vanity; Jo, temper; Beth, shyness; and Amy, selfishness. Through the various activities of the four sisters told throughout the novel lessons are learned of the consequences of these particular flaws.

Artemis FowlArtemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer was a must-read middle grade read that introduced kids to their favorite dastardly millionaire and a new world of elves and faeries. The movie adaptation is being directed by Kenneth Branagh, of Shakespeare and Murder on the Orient Express fame, and features star power like Judi Dench and Josh Gad along with some exciting newcomers. It will be in theaters on August 9, 2019.

Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of the bedtime stories-they’re dangerous!

The Woman in the WindowWoman in the Window by AJ Finn was the runaway thrilling best-seller of 2018 and if you love twists and turns, you’ll want to see this adaptation directed by Joe Wright. It stars Amy Adams in the lead role and features a supporting cast of Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore, Anthony Mackie, and hits theaters on October 4, 2019.

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching oldmovies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

RELATED READ: FFL’s 2019 Reading Challenge

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple will not doubt be an underrated winner in this year’s movie scene. It stars Cate Blanchett in the titular role and also features Kristen Wiig, Troian Bellasario from Pretty Little Liars, and Billy Crudup. It will hit theaters on March 22nd. 

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; she’s a disgrace to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

The GoldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and has been a highly anticipated movie adaptation ever since. It’s a huge book, so be prepared, but it’s got a great cast lined up. There’s Sara Paulson, Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson, and more. It will be in theaters on October 11, 2019.

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Sun is Also a StarThe Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon comes on the heels of her last successful adaptation, Everything, Everything. The movie stars up-and-comers Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton and is going to be a must-see YA movie in 2019. It is expected to be released in theater on May 17.

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. She’s definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Daniel has always been the good son, the good student, living up to his parents’ high expectations. Something about Natasha makes him think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of them. 

The Art of Racing in the RainA heart-warming film about life lessons learned from a race-card driver? A dg? Yes please. This beloved book is being adapted to film starring Amanda Seyfriend, Milo Ventimiglia, and Kevin Costner. This novel by Garth Stein will be in theaters on September 27, 2019.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope–a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.

Call of the WildThe classic school-wide read of a sled dog’s survival in the Alaskan wildness by Jack London is becoming a 2019 film starring Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens,among others. It will be in theaters around Christmas 2019. 

The story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush—a period when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and lessons he learns, to emerge as a leader in the wild.

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Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member