By the book: Book-to-screen adaptations we can’t wait to see in 2019

Emily Blunt takes part in filming of a scene from the movie sequel Mary Poppins Returns in front of Buckingham Palace, central London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Emily Blunt takes part in filming of a scene from the movie sequel Mary Poppins Returns in front of Buckingham Palace, central London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)

BOOK-TO-SCREENadaptations have filled our TVs and cinemas in big ways this year, including the critically acclaimed Crazy Rich Asians movie and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

So what’s in store for audiences in 2019?

We take a peek at the most highly anticipated stories going from tome to the big screen next year.

The Woman in the Window

The Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train of 2018, The Woman in the Window was a breakout hit for author A.J. Finn and an adaptation is now coming to the big screen.

The protagonist of this thriller is Anna Fox (Amy Adams), who has not left her home in 10 months.

She has haunted the rooms of her old New York house lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Every day she sits by her window and watches her neighbours.

When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them, a picture-perfect family of three.

But one evening she sees something no one was supposed to see and now Anna must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened.

But will anyone believe her and can she even trust herself?

Adams stars alongside Gary Oldman and Julianne Moore, and at the helm is director Joe Wright, known for The Darkest Hour, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice.

The Woman in the Window will be released in late 2019.

Mary Poppins Returns

Although Mary Poppins is renowned as one of the most British characters in literature and film, author P. L. Travers was actually born and grew up in Australia.

Before taking the kids to see the new Disney adaptation coming out on New Year’s Day, introduce them to the original book adventures of the famous nanny.

In the first book, Mary Poppins, we meet Mr and Mrs Banks and their children Jane, Michael and baby twins John and Barbara living at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London.

When the children’s nanny storms out in a huff, Mary Poppins arrives blown in by a very strong east wind, complete with travelling carpet bag, and agrees to take the job until the wind changes.

The children soon learn their nanny, though stern, vain and usually cross, has a magical touch that makes them love her, not to mention the series of magical adventures she takes them on.

Mary Poppins Returns welcomes Emma Blunt into the titular role, who visits grown-up Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Wishaw) in Depression-era London after the death of Michael’s wife.

With the help of Jack, a friendly street lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), and eccentric cousin Topsy (Meryl Streep), Mary Poppins brings back a little joy and magic into the family’s lives.

The Hate U Give

This timely young adult novel by Angie Thomas tells the story of 16-year-old Starr, who lives between the fancy suburban school she attends and the poor neighbourhood where she lives.

When Starr sees the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a white police officer, she faces pressures from all sides of the community on how to tell her side of the story, potentially endangering her life.

This novel explores issues surrounding race and police brutality in America in an accessible way for teenage and adult readers as Starr, while going through this traumatic event, still has to deal with the adolescent experiences of first love, friendship and family.

The Hate U Give film adaption will be released on New Year’s Day with Amandla Stenberg as Starr.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Reese Witherspoon has become known for producing fantastic adaptations about complicated and interesting women with films such as Wild and Gone Girl and award-winning TV series Big Little Lies.

Under her production company Hello Sunshine, Witherspoon has optioned two bestselling thrillers that have been the talk of 2018.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman follows the out-of-the-ordinary heroine Eleanor whose deadpan weirdness and wit often leads to misunderstandings between her and the world around her.

But things start to change when she meets Raymond, the bumbling IT guy from her workplace, and the two bond when they rescue an elderly man Sammy after he has a fall on the sidewalk.

Meanwhile Eleanor’s mother, whose phone calls she dreads, is a constant looming and menacing presence.

Something in the Water

Witherspoon’s other option, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, is the author’s psychological thriller debut.

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough and Mark is a handsome investment banker with big plans. They are passionately in love and take a trip to the tropical island of Bora Bora for their dream honeymoon in paradise.

But while scuba diving, they find something in the water and the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice.

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt made waves throughout the book world in 1992 with her intriguing first novel The Secret History, billed not as a whodunit but a whydunit.

Tartt’s 2013 and latest novel The Goldfinch is set among wealthy New York families and the underworld of art.

The star-filled movie adaptation is set for release next year starring Ansel Elgort as Theodore Decker, who was taken in as a child by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother dies in an accident.

Bewildered by the new world he finds himself in, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of his mother — a small, mysteriously captivating painting.

As an adult, Theo moves skillfully between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty antiques shop where he works.

Directed by John Crowley, director of Oscar-nominated Brooklyn, the film also features Nicole Kidman, Sarah Paulson, Finn Wolfhard and Australia’s Ashleigh Cummings.

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Luxury Lifestyle November 2018